I had the opportunity to go to my local fair on Friday night. My husband and I braved the long ticket counter lines to get in, and the first place we went was straight to look for my quilts on display.
I knew that I would have quilts hanging from the ceiling (more details on that in a minute), but I also submitted a few smaller items so we walked the perimeter display areas to find them first.
I was excited to see that the Blue Rin pillow received a first place ribbon! Note that in general, ribbons are not placed on the items and instead stickers are put on the name tags for the items. The ribbons and judging comment sheets are handed out in an envelope at pick up (which happens later this evening).
The Green Rin Pillow (in the same category as the Blue) received honorable mention. I knew I was putting them up against each other in the same category, and I can’t argue: the blue pillow was executed a bit better than the green just because the needle turn applique on the green pillow was larger and wrapped around the edges a bit. At least, in my mind that’s why. I’ll be curious to read the judging sheets when I get them!
The toughest category at the fair (meaning the category with the most entries) has to be the large quilt, machine pieced, longarm quilted category. I submitted 2 quilts to this category, and Spring Growth was one of those two quilts. It did not place, but it was still fun to see it hanging on display. I’m really proud of the flow quilting I quilted in the negative space.
Digital Wave was the second quilt I entered in the large quilt, machine pieced, longarm quilted category. It also did not place. Neither of those results surprise me. As you can see in this picture, it can be hard to view the quilts as they hang pretty high over head. For the most part, my husband and I tried to photograph the hanging quilts from a distance, but the photography display was tall and just behind my back as I photographed Digital Wave and there just wasn’t a better angle.
The category that I am always excited to enter is the original pattern category. This year, I only had one quilt in this category (we are allowed to submit up to 2 quilts in each category) because Oh Happy Day was selected to show at Quilt Festival in November. Spiraling Petals placed second, which I found very exciting!
Downstream received a second place as well. This ribbon surprised me the most! I feel like the design and quilt are really modern and I was really stunned that it placed / received a ribbon at all.
Now for the 2 mini quilts that I haven’t shared yet on the blog (stay tuned, more details coming very, very soon!!). Up first is Cross Check and another 2nd place.
Last but not least out of my quilts is Single Burst, which received 3rd place.
Whew! What a roundup. Overall I will be bringing home 7 ribbons (for 9 submitted quilts): 1 first place, 4 second place, 1 third place, and 1 honorable mention. I have to admit that I did not expect to receive so many ribbons and I am looking forward to reading the judging comments.
This quilt by Marilyn Hendrix was the big award winner for all the quilts at the fair. It is so hard to show detail in these photographs, but the quilt was beautifully executed/pieced, and crisply quilted.
And this hand quilted modern quilt caught the eye of everyone in the room. I heard a lot of “look at the goldfish cracker quilt, mommy!” comments as I was walking around. It won a well deserved first place in its category.
For me, no visit to a fair is complete without a shaved ice. My favorite flavor is Tiger’s Blood (Cherry and Coconut), and after the hot day, it was a refreshing treat.
My husband and I love walking around and seeing the animals at the fair. This year we made friends with this dorky rabbit (who was just in mid cleanup after having a bit to drink).
What is your favorite part of a fair, other than the quilts (of course!!)?