Welcome to Shiralee Stitches. I live on a cattle farm in Australia with my family.
I am passionate about all things fabric so much so I started my own online and mobile store. Link is on the sidebar to my store. I teach patchwork classes and take my shop to quilting and patchwork groups and also attend various craft markets.
I love English Paper Piecing, applique, machine quilting, working with woven wools. I have started making my own designs which I love.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Craft Fair Fun

Whilst I have been absent for a short time from blogging, I have been having the BEST time on a little trip to our capital city of Sydney with my Mum to attend the BIG Quilt Fair there for the very first time....
OH WOW!!!!!
It is huge, and I wasn't disappointed.....such a lot of exhibitors, quilts on display, and workshops and demos to watch........
No time to waste....after our flight in the morning we were here at 1pm.....this is Mum....ready to head in......
.....and within half an hour we'd met up with this bunch of amazing bloggy friends.......
Lea, Mum, myself, Cardygirl, Chookyblue, and Sandy N...............then the shopping onslaught began  ........(piccies of purchases to come, when I finally rest from work this week to explore all the goodies!)

Every opportunity was taken to catch up with the online sewing community........here we are at a blog meet Chookyblue had arranged.....some of these faces  familiar to me and some I had the joy of meeting in person for the first time.....so lovely to put names to blogs, and also have a peek inside their bags and see what they had found to buy at the fair.......
As you know shopping is exhausting and a girl needs a girly night out every so often..........
 Meeting up for dinner........Rileys Ramblings, Heavens to Bettsy, This Old Aunt Quilts, Lyn, On My Verandah, Leah, and Chookyblue......of course they have real names but this will get you to their blogs.......
This is where we ended up....waterfront restaurant.......very special for this farm girl who rarely gets to the BIG smoke....lol......
........Here we all are......
Beautiful Darling Harbour in the background..........
......and the evening wouldn't be complete without it's fair share of laughs and silly behaviour!!!!!!!.......
.....I shall not name these normally well behaved larrikans!!!.......

.....needless to say we had a ball...(well I did anyway!!!).........
My life has definitely been enriched by making the plunge into blogging.......to meet and socialise with like-minded sewing ladies is priceless, and something that's only just begun for me..........
....more photos of the Fair and the must-have(??????) goodies that came home with me soon........

6 comments:

shez said...

cant wait to see your goodies that you got Shiralee

Chookyblue...... said...

oh what fun we had........very special for us farm girls to sit by the water and enjoy a gorgeous dinner...........now who is the cheeky girl playing jokes in the photos.........LOL.......was so much fun catching up.......

Maree: said...

Great Pics Soo Good to meet you too Sandy...Hmmm Just as well we all have a sense of Humour with that Photo Stealer & are they her Fingers as Extra's...I hope she behaves herself she might not be invited next year..ROFLMAO!!
cheers

Anita said...

I had so much fun too, glad you enjoyed yourself. I enjoyed sitting with the farm girls having dinner by the water LOL LOL

Too many eggs said...

Looks like you guys all had a really great time

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great photos Sandy, can't wait to see your purchases, Chooky only bought one or two things...LOL...