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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.