The last two weeks have been a whirlwind! I confess.... I love seeing my quilts on display. I am not in it for the money, as a blue ribbon is only $3, but I do love to display my quilts. I gift a lot of quilts, but each year I look back through photos and decide on some quilts to enter in our local county fair. I am a co-superintendent of the quilt/afghan dept. and take an afternoon off work to help check them in. I decided on 9 quilts/wallhangings, all in different categories to enter this year.
I am there for the judging and I am the one who stands with the judge to tell her which category this quilt or afghan is in. Our fair is judged on the American system, one set of ribbons unless there are 10 items in the category or more. Many years ago I was doing a LOT of quilting for others and started entering in the professional division, although I am FAR from a professional. I still enter that category as the fair board said it's hard to switch back, even though I don't quilt for pay anymore.
I did get my Canyon Dance quilt finished. Terrible photo in a hurry before the fair.
We had a LOT of entries this year. 84 to be exact. My friends got this display set up after judging. I have two quilts in the front row. My Canyon Dance with Best of Show professional and my Crown of Thorns with a blue and extra $15 sponsored cash award at the judge's discretion. In the photo are also my Splash of Lime and Cat Houses and Snippets. My friend also made a Canyon Dance with my templates and her quilt is on the front row right.
I was working with two young men on the other side putting up afghans and smaller quilts in the two photos below. My One Block Wonder is in the second phot on the bottom.
Then my friends did this wall with the wallhangings and tablerunners. The screens are up so nobody can touch or steal!
Another view of my Crown of Thorns and Canyon Dance after the screens are up.
I actually did very well, winning 9 blue ribbons. Part of the fun of fair weekend is family. This picture is distorted since we were in a curve, I am really not such a giant, my mom is taller than me! Me, mom, SIL Dee holding Isaak her grandson, niece Kylie, sisters Lori and Sue. I hadn't gotten back in line after finding a classmate walking by to take our picture.
So if that wasn't enough.... there is another fair in the next county. They allow entries from the surrounding counties and I have never entered before. I have never even been to that fair! My husband wanted to go to "town" and pick up some things and I said if we went Tuesday I would enter quilts. So after work we did. I picked 5 because their categories were very limited. They judge on the Danish system, entries get a ribbon if they deserve it.
I had to go down Saturday as my car was throwing codes and needed a checkup so I went to the fair. I was shocked to see the entries behind plastic, but at the same time, it keeps dirty hands off of them! I was awarded 5 blues! I went back Sunday afternoon to pickup up my entries.
|Baby Boy Grandson quilt|
|Canoyon Dance was all folded up and laying down.|
|Crown of Thorns with a Best of Class.|
I want to get back to some quilting, all I have done is make a big mess, trying to design a small wallhanging for th Teal Swap to support Ovarian cancer.