Meeting Sarah

20181112_200251I had a wonderful evening yesterday, I went to a trunk talk by Sarah Fielke. Sarah is the designer of my Down the Rabbit Hole quilt which I made last year as part of her BOM and I’m now (slowly) hand-quilting. She lives in Sydney, Australia and she mentioned on Facebook a couple of months back that she was coming over to the UK to do a couple of talks and classes in two locations, I couldn’t believe it when I found one of them was only 30 miles away at Simply Solids! I booked as soon as tickets became available and persuaded a friend to come too.

Of course I packed my quilt into a bag to take with me, but I also took a couple of squares of fabric and a pencil as I had a plan!

I had no idea how big or small an event this would be, when we arrived it was clear it was a small, select audience of maybe twenty ladies, so it was a lovely personal talk. The two ladies I sat next to had also brought their DTRH quilts so at least I wouldn’t be the only one!20181112_200926

Sarah brought lots of quilts to show us, talking us through her life in quilting, quilts from her books, quilts given as presents, quilts with a story behind them. They were beautifully made, most were hand appliqued and hand quilted.20181112_201414

At the end she showed us her Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, it was wonderful to see it for real! Her applique is as perfect as it looks on the videos! She asked if anyone had made the quilt and of course the three of us said ‘Well, yes, actually…’ So we all took turns to hold ours up, it was fascinating to see how different they all looked with the different colourways. I think she genuinely loved seeing our quilts, especially when we mentioned we’d not done needle-turn applique before. Here’s a photo from facebook which Sarah shared of my quilt, it’s a terrible photo of me though, I look like Mrs Merton!!!46061352_10217375375084279_6215109473095122944_n

After the talk we all milled around the quilts, chatting and admiring the craftsmanship. I took my fabric squares out of my bag and asked Sarah to sign one of them (I thought I’d give her a choice of fabric!) she signed in pencil, big enough for me to embroider over for a label to go on the back of my quilt. This evening I embroidered over her writing so I now have a designer label for my quilt, just have to finish it!

DSC_0001 (2)I managed to get a photo of the two of us, I’m grinning like a cheshire cat, it was a great evening!20181112_195918

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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24 Responses to Meeting Sarah

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Isn’t it wonderful to meet someone you admire and you like them too.!! What a fun evening.

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  2. claire93 says:

    what a lovely time you had!

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  3. Ann Creek says:

    Your quilt is lovely, Margaret. xxx

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  4. Shasta says:

    Oh wow how wonderful that you got to meet her and see the beautiful quilts in person. I am surprised that it was a small group that came to see her

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    • craftycreeky says:

      It was a great evening. I wasn’t sure how many would be there, it was only a little room, I think also she isn’t that well known over here and I’m not sure how it was advertised, I only found out from a comment Sarah made on facebook.


  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    What a glorious night for you two! So nice to read your report. Thank you!

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  6. Melody Anderson says:

    Your quilt is Gorgeous!! just like you thought it would be I think, and you are a lovely woman and Sarah looks like she would lots of fun too! So luck you getting to meet someone that is so genuine and accomplished. Happy Sewing from Iowa

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  7. tialys says:

    What a great evening and she certainly had some beautiful quilts to show – yours definitely being one of them! I hope you were proud of yourself – it looks amazing. I hadn’t realised your rabbits were so huge – I didn’t get that impression from your blog photos.
    BTW you’re the only other person I ‘know’ apart from me who uses the verb ‘to mill’ when talking about, well, milling. 😊

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    • craftycreeky says:

      It was a wonderful evening, DTRH is a seriously big quilt, it’s not easy taking photos of it at home so the scale doesn’t really show. Milling is probably quite a northern word, never thought about it before, it’s funny how some words are so localised.


  8. nanacathy2 says:

    I can feel your excitement just buzzing from this post and allow me to assure you that you don’t look like Caroline Ahern or the Cheshire cat, you just look suitably happy and filled with joy.

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  9. Jane moir says:

    How lovely – looked a splendid evening. I am very envious as another DTRH from Scotland, and also loved Sarah’s videos. Love her applause method too. Signed up for Coming Home – oh wasn’t goi g to do a big project but stars and houses 💕💕

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  10. Wow – this was a really exciting post. I am so glad you had her sign. That was the icing for this project!

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  11. kathyreeves says:

    What a wonderful evening, and only 20 of you! WOW, that was special!


  12. wybrow1966 says:

    Lovely to see what you look like too! And get more of an idea of the scale of your quilt!

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  14. Catherine says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! So glad you had such a great time.


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