fun filled

Where to start . . . we had a fun filled 3 days at the Craftexpo. We met lots of lovely people and crochet enthusiasts, our patterns and kits were a hit and sold like hot cakes!

I have to thank my daughter for driving to and fro the Show each day, she was a life saver.

And I’d like you to meet my Nan, she popped in on Saturday and she’s the one who taught me to crochet many moons ago. She taught me to make granny squares at first and then one day I saw her crocheting roses in fine crochet cotton and I said show me how to make those Nan and she said oh I don’t think you’re ready to make roses yet, I think I was 10 at the time, I pleaded and pleaded with her til she said ok, I was very persistent, and we sat out on the back patio that afternoon, she persevered with me til at last I crocheted something that resembled a rose.

Moving right along I managed to get out and snap a few pics on the last day of the Show. Below is Jackie’s gorgeous stand, always filled to the brim with beautiful fabrics and quilts. Blueberries is located on the Central Coast and is well worth a visit if you are in the area!

I met Ally at the Show, she was just lovely. Ally was working on the Blueberries stand, and she has a gorgeous new pattern out called ‘Baby Bee’s’ that you can see below. You can see more of what Ally’s been making over on her blog Sunshine and Stitching, pop in and say hello!

Next we have a pic of another fabulous stand, Retallacks Creative Sewing Centre. Located in Port Macquarie when ever I’m holidaying I make sure to pop in for a visit, again fabulous fabrics and quilts.

Now we have some pics of some gorgeous quilts from another up and coming designer, Kate Conklin. Kate’s patterns are already stocked by quite a few stores. I randomly met Kate on the Saturday, I love chance meetings, her quilts were displayed on the Material Girls Down Under stand, showcasing exquisite hand quilting they were lovely and fresh!  You can see more of Kate’s quilts over on her blog, make sure to pop in and say hello.

And as for the Quilt Exhibition (it was only a very small exhibition let’s not forgot) unfortunately the first word that pops into my head is bland and as much as I really did want to snap some fabulous shots of quilts to share with you, the only thing that caught my eye was the colourful twig tree below, funky feathered birds hanging from the branches was about as exciting as it got. Now don’t get me wrong bland is ok if you like that tea stained look, I myself have made a bland quilt or two. One of my bland quilts lives permanently in the lounge room, the kids just love, it must be that worn quality it holds. It’s made from olde world roses fabric, I hand quilted it (so I must have loved it at the time) and I even finished it with a deep scalloped border. It’s just not me anymore. So funky feathered birds it is!

And last but not least look what my gorgeous daughter surprised me with today, a lovely bouquet of colourful blooms! she knows me well! I’d like to share them with you, I so appreciated the lovely comments that you’ve left and emails received, when preparing for a Show you do burn the candle at both ends, and at times you think what am I doing and then the day arrives and it’s showtime and you have an absolute blast! So thank you for keeping me going, and thank you to all the lovely people who stopped by the stand and said hello.

For the rest of the week I’ll be filling orders, catching up on emails, catching up on some sleep (who am I kidding, most likely not) I’ll also be adding the new patterns and kits to the site, there are also some exciting things in the pipeline which I’ll be able to share with you soon I hope, and I have something to show you tomorrow, they were delivered late today, I think you’ll like them, I’ll snap a pic in the morning. And lastly there’s a giveaway still to do, I haven’t forgotten, so stay tuned!


50 Comments on “fun filled

  1. Fantastic pictures Sarah! Looks like you had a fun filled time! Those quilts are just beautiful! It was nice that your Nan could stop by. I can see she is your inspiration!

  2. You are such an inspiration to me!!! I came across an old craft book this weekend at a used book sale that had some wonderful granny square patchworks & I instantly thought of your work. I have yet to try a rose but figure if you were brave enough to try at 10 I should surely tough it out at 45!!!

    Take Care!

  3. Olá Sarah!
    Estou a escrever-lhe um longo caminho, do Brasil. E eu amo o seu trabalho e seu blog. Parabéns pelo sucesso ExpoCraft. (Traduzido por meio da ferramenta de idioma do Google)

  4. What a remarkable show and just as colorful as you are!! I know that it took a lot of hard work but wasn’t it worth it? I love the colors that you use in all your work, you are an artist indeed.

  5. Hi there..
    You and I are so much alike honey.. I went into the display looking for fresh and funky.. and didnt find it 😦 not to say that the quilts werent spectacular.. just not my style..

    Thanks for blogging me sweet!

    Chat soon xx

  6. Congratulations Sarah, you are a breath of fresh air,your beautiful work always brighens my day,your stall looked amazing, great pictures, your Nan looks like she is very proud of you.You truley have made it hip to hook.

  7. Loved the pics and the stroy about the exhibition. Nice picture ofyour Nan – holding your Wool Eater Squares! She must be very proud of her pupil!

    I am making my second Wool Eater Blanket – and it is being admired by all. I would love to post a pic for you to see. Never mind I shall post it on my blog, giving credit where credit is due!

    thank you for inspiring me with your fantstic colour combinations!



  8. Looks like you had a great time at the CraftExpo. All the stands look inviting and colourful. I think it’s great how our taste in colur changes over the years. I’m doing lots of stuff in bright colours now.
    Will you be coming to the Quilt and Craft Show in Adelaide in November? Would be lovely to see you there.

  9. It was wonderful to meet you and your daughter. Your stall was so funky – you can certainly pull a crowd.That’s really nice that your nan could be there. Its lovely to see three generations of crafters. Thanks for your kind words and for taking pictures of my quilts hanging up. I forgot my camera!

  10. my nana taught me to crochet also! the show looked amazing…oh i wish i was there!! i love how you put color together! very inspiring. glad all went well..get some rest 🙂

  11. How I’d have loved to be at that show. Hope you did well. I’d love to enter your giveaway, please.

  12. Your totes look really great!
    And the giveaway is amazing – for sure I would like to win the yarn 🙂

  13. Thanks for a chance at your amazing giveaway, I read about it at Kate’s blog…would love that tote for sure!

  14. oh my! i wish i was the lucky winner! you are so nice and generous for making this giveaway filled with amazing gifts!

    well, fingers crossed till friday! 😀



  15. WOW! That bag would look so good sitting amongst my stash and if it contains the amazing colours that you use, then it should have flashing lights all around it!

  16. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the show!
    I would put the bag of yarn to great use. Please enter me in the drawing!

  17. Great pictures, thank you for sharing. I love getting to see the inspiring projects and booths at shows around the country.

  18. What a great giveaway, I would love to have a chance at it!
    Sara in AL

  19. Congrats on the show Sarah !
    And yes please, I’d like to be entered into the draw.

  20. Oh wow what a great give away…love the set up at the show…please do enter me into the drawing…and I hope you have a blessed week…

  21. I wish we had shows like that here… I love how colourful yours was, visiting your blog everyday just brightens up my day with all the colours around :o)

  22. My new goal is to learn to crochet as neat and beautifully as you! I am so inspired by your beautiful site and the colors that you use in your work. Your giveaway is beyond generous and I would be so thrilled to win!
    Thank you!
    Jane Swanson

  23. I just love your blog – the colors you use are so beautiful! Thank you for the giveaway!

  24. Your crochet definately has had me inspired! Being a graphic designer, I just love the choice of colours you do!

    Congrats on a successful show, certainly look like an awesome stall.

  25. I recently stumbled upon your website and have totally fallen in love with it! Excellent work.

  26. Hi Sarah!

    Thanks to you & your blog, you encouraged me to pick up the hook again and start crocheting! Now i’m looking for my Granny’s sewing machine so I could start quilting too! More power to you! :))

    Hugs & Kisses from the Philippines


  27. What a fantastic giveaway – please count me in too? I cannot get over your bright colours – and your fantastic combinations! Love them!

  28. love your color design…love the crochet items…would love a tote just because it came from you 🙂

  29. I cannot think of anything better to win – I have been in such a crocheting mood lately!

  30. For one brief moment (very brief) I wished it was me getting ready for the shows again. The photos of your stand look fantastic. I too have a Gram (Veronica Violet) to thank for my ‘craftiness’. Please enter me in your draw for your great new tote bag. Your blog is so inspiring!

  31. Hi Sarah! I would love to recive that wounderful bag here in cold and snowy Sweden. 🙂 Just love your patterns and inspiering blog. Kind regards. 🙂

  32. Like you I feel grateful that I had someone, who happened to be my great aunt, introduce me to crochet 45+ years ago. I still have my first granny rug I made in the 70’s (of course orange, purple, pink and red) and am now fully back into it. And some of my thanks must go to the young people, like you ,who are bringing it into the 21st century.
    Keep inspiring. It keeps these great crafts alive.

  33. I love your crochet patterns. The colors are drool worthy. Thanks for the giveaway. My birthday is Sunday, winning would be a great gift.

  34. What a wonderful giveaway! Please count me in-I get so many great ideas from your blog, and look forward to checking for new posts every day! Thanks!!


  35. Oh my goodness I want to win this SO bad! Those totes are adorable and your yarn colors are fantastic. This tote would be perfect to take along to the coffee shop and crochet while I sip!

  36. Oh my. I would definitely like to win that! Your work is so beautiful. The crochet and quilting. Gorgeous. I just got my first sewing machine and am learning to sew. My best friend’s mom taught me to crochet a couple of years ago and I love it.

  37. Can’t remember how I stumbled across your website a couple of months ago, but ever since then I have to check in every couple of days to see what new ideas and colour combinations you come up with. I guess you could say It has become an addiction.

    Thanks for sharing your weekend with us.

  38. Beautiful designs! Your use of color is awe inspiring!

  39. Just ran across your site today. Wow! Excited to hang around awhile. Thanks,
    Becky 🙂

  40. wow! would love to win one of your totes — how fantastic would that be?? please count me in.

    thank you,

  41. Sarah, I love your website, your wonderful fresh patterns and sense of colour – you have inspired me to learn how to crochet

  42. I love to check out your blog for the great display of colors. How fun for Nan to see you in action!

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