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Local Fair Opening Day

Friday was the opening day for the local fair, and I was looking forward to going down to see my quilts on display all day! It has been a pretty hot summer, and yesterday was no exception, so my husband and I planned to go down to the fair in the evening after the peak heat of the day had passed.

Local Fair Home Arts Building

Local Fair Home Arts Building

When you walk through the entrance gate at the fair, the building on the immediate left is the Home Arts building, so the suspense didn’t last long. Before we even got through the entrance, I could see Namibia Trees hanging in the middle of the center isle. Awesome!

Namibia Trees at Local Fair

Namibia Trees at Local Fair

Namibia Trees - First in Class!

Namibia Trees – First in Class!

And there it is! I won first in my class. Sweet! To be honest… I am not sure there were many in the large quilt, machine pieced, machine quilted class, though. Most of the quilts in the large category were in Class 10 (machine pieced, long arm quilted). The quilt that won overall best in show and best in the division was in Class 10, and while it didn’t speak to me, it obviously did to the judges!

Best in Show, Best in Division

Best in Show, Best in Division

I personally was more impressed with the quilt that took second in Class 10. We all probably recognize the paper pieced basket weave star, and I think the quilt was well executed and the color choices complimented one another very well.

Second in Class 10

Second in Class 10

And then I wandered around the hall for quite a while trying to find my Shooting Star Mini Quilt! It was not hanging up with the other quilts. Well, it is small, and to be seen well, it was hung down low in an actual display booth instead of from the rafters!

Shooting Star Mini Quilt at Local Fair

Shooting Star Mini Quilt at Local Fair

It is obvious to me that the mini quilt was folded up for a while, which is a bit disappointing. It is tiny, why did it need folded at all, let alone so much? Oh well. I was really happy to get to see both of my quilts on display, and the fact that both of them won a ribbon in their division and class categories is just an extra bonus.

Also obvious? I did not need to spend time stitching on hanging sleeves like the entry form called for!

Tiger's Blood Hawaain Ice

Tiger’s Blood Hawaiian Ice

Speaking of added bonus, I was pretty happy to walk around with my Tiger’s Blood Hawaiian Ice and look at baby rabbits, baby milk cows, goats, beef cows, a porcupine (!!), and very old hit and miss engines. We also took some time to go through the Photography exhibit; maybe next year my husband will enter some of his photography, too.

20 thoughts on “Local Fair Opening Day

  1. Kristyn says:

    WOO HOO- congratulations on your winning quilts.

  2. Renee says:

    Front and center and first place! Awesome! And a second place! That’s pretty exciting! I’m getting to psyched to enter quilts in our fair…Entries are 3 weeks away. I’m also anxious because I want to enter my profanity quilt and I’m not sure how that will go over, haha. I’m not sure about that grand prize quilt either–are those giraffe appliqued? The piecing is simple and it looks like the quilting is really simple too. I totally agree that the second place is more appealing and interesting to look at!

  3. Vera says:

    Congrats! When I was looking at the pics I was thinking why did you sew the sleeves on 🙂

  4. Shauna says:

    congrats!!!! Both quilts are awesome and deserved the ribbons they won!!! And I agree I like the second place overall much more than the first place one.

  5. Judy says:

    CONGRATS!!! How exciting! I totally agree about the giraffe quilt. . . Goes to show that judging really is dependent on the judges! SO excited for you! 😀

  6. Lorna Jones says:

    Congrats! First time to enter and 2 placed quilts! Awesome!!! I am curious about the porcupine – is is a pet, did someone raise it, or was there any explanation? How odd.

  7. sally says:

    Congratulations, that’s brilliant! And I’m not surprised – those quilts were gorgeous.

  8. Congratulaions on your winning ribbons!! It is so much fun to enter at the fair!!

  9. Congrats on your awards. Just think of all the people that will have the pleasure of seeing your quilts!

  10. Joanna says:

    Congrats!! So exciting!

  11. Liz says:

    Congratulations! Great job with the quilts. I bet it was the hanging sleeves that put them over the edge 🙂

  12. HOW EXCITING! They look great 🙂

  13. Very good!! I am so impressed to know a celebrity!

  14. tonijosews says:

    I’m with you on the giraffes: It doesn’t speak to me either. I like your trees waaaay more. 🙂

  15. springleafstudios says:

    congrats!!! It’s beautiful.

  16. Well done and well deserved on your first! Of the quilts pictured, yours is my favourite, and I am not biased! 🙂
    I must admit that I love the agricultural displays at these shows too.

  17. What an awesome opportunity! I hope you have those ribbons hanging proudly in your quilting room!

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