Sunday Stash #27 – Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair
When I see something I like, I
usually get it. So when I saw that Ms. Midge was partying with some Azalea Living Elements from Art Gallery, I contacted her to beg, borrow, or steal her scraps. (I was totally down with stealing, but I thought I’d give her the option). What we settled on was a fabric swap, where I sent her some Tula in exchange for this beauty. It really is a sparkle fabric!
Oh, and she had some extra Aurifil thread lying around so I rummaged through the bottom of my pocketbook and sent her two hundred and sixty, five cent coins. What a load off my back!
Thank my wonky stars I had that weight lifted, because I needed all my energies to make it through this little thing called the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair. It was my first time here, and it did not disappoint. I was overwhelmed with the haberdashery selection, as well as the wide range of crafts being shopped. One only has to look at the below banner to understand the breadth of crafting love!
It was here I also met some of my loyal fans, Cassie and her mum, Carolyn. They tracked me down from the trail of glitter I was leaving in my wake. It is impossible to stay out of the spotlight these days! The paparazzi snapped this quick pic of us, and then I had to go meet some other fans. Equal opportunity for everyone!
Have y’all heard of Australian fabric designer, Saffron Craig? If not, you need to desperately check out her website and the organic fabric she designs. First, the quality and the feel is sublime, much like the loft of Art Gallery fabrics, perhaps a bit heavier. Secondly, Saffron’s designs are whimsical, illustrative, and graphic. It’s Heather Ross meets Parson Gray meets Jeni Baker! I also attended her workshop about her fabric design process. There were only about ten of us in the audience, so I got to ask lots of questions (even staying after everyone had left!) about the details of the fabric production, how she uses technology, and where she’s going next. This squiggle line print is a new favourite!
As I made my way through the crowds (some of those ladies with canes are vicious!) I managed to crowd surf to the shopping zones. I must say, while there was a lot of fabric, a lot of it looked the same, and there was an overabundance of Japanese kimono style fabrics. Oh, and the colour du jour was muted browns, and dusty pinks. Don’t worry though, I managed to seek out the best of the rest and rescued them from a monotone life.
I picked up some rainbow variegated thread to quilt my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt, which is nearly finished, I promise! The catch: it is a rayon thread from WonderFil. Has anyone out there used rayon thread before? The woman at the WonderFil stand advised this would give me the sheen I was after while being easier than metallic to quilt with. Thoughts?
As I kept crowd surfing, I finally stumbled across the pièce de résistance with this selection of Art Gallery Oval Elements. I consider these one of the best modern blenders out there at the moment. And these colours? Have you ever?!
But lo and behold, what did I find next? A range of Simply Color ombres. I would have bought them in the US to add to the Magic Suitcase, however, they seem to be becoming increasingly hard to come by. Would it not surprise anyone for them to reprint in new colourways? Seems like a surefire winner to me!
What is this? They match. How can this be? Oh, I think there is some divine inspiration happenin’ up in here! Let the cutting begin!
After all this fabric shopping, I did wander through the quilt show featuring over four hundred quilts on display ranging from small, small minis to extra large super kings. However, I think most of them went fabric shopping at last years Quilt Fair, as most were just a bit drab and floral for my liking. There was some amazing technique, but goodness, let’s brighten this place up! One of the fabric vendors did say to me, “So we’ll expect to see your quilt in next year’s show.” Oh honey, that goes without saying.
Linking up with Fiona at Finding Fifth for this week’s Sunday Stash-a-thon! You should do the same.
There was definitely no line for the men’s bathroom at the quilt show.