Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair review

On beautiful Sydney Harbour in the interim venue at Glebe Island (no, it’s not an island!) we recently held our five day Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair. This event is Australia’s largest craft show – in fact we know of no other that is bigger in the entire Southern Hemisphere and people from around the country travel to it.

It is held in conjunction with the Sydney Quilt Show of the NSW Quilters Guild and the quilts this year were indeed spectacular with a red and white category attracting 130 works and the total number of entries a record 440 stunning quilts.

The show is a who’s who of the world of craft and quilting and personalities spotted included blogger Molli Sparkles, Carol Veillon editor of the French Quiltmania magazine, textile designer Julie Paterson, authors Yvette Stanton and Siobhan Rogers to name just a few.

Here are some highlights for your enjoyment.

By Judy Newman

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3 thoughts on “Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair review”

  1. I travelled from Newcastle with 3 friends by car on the first day of the fair. A sign at the intersection where the Anzac bridge meets the road coming south to turn right to access the lower road would have been helpful. Ended up over the bridge and had to find our way back. Once we navigated our way to the site we were met with helpful and smiling security people. Such a nice surprise as usually they are very gruff. Inside we did not know which way to turn as we were overwhelmed at first. Thoroughly enjoyed the stalls and wonderful new ideas. Each member in our group agreed it was a great show. We did not get to see everything as time was against us. The only let down was the food. Apparently the soup was the way to go. There was little to choose from and shelves were not restocked in a timely manner. We do appreciate that this is a temporary site and it was the first day. Hopefully things improved for the following days.

  2. Did not know the where the new site was and was lucky I showed my tickets to my daughter who gave me a chauffer (my son-in-law) and my granddaughter and I got there and back, hassle free.
    This was my 10 year old granddaughter’s first experience to a craft show and declared it to be a “grandmothers’ heaven”. We found crafts that interested her the most, like card making and beading. I was impressed with the attention the stalls took to teach us and my granddaughter, Jade, is scar free and I am convinced that she will continue to be interested in various crafts.


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