I love submitting my quilts to my local fair. This year, dropoff for the quilts was this past Sunday, which just happened to be the day my husband and I finished driving home from being out of town for Babsie’s funeral and taking a much needed break and visit with family. Unfortunately, I just could not be in two places at once, so I was not able to drop off my quilts for display this year. Instead, I thought I’d share the quilts that I was going to take to the fair here and give an honest assessment of them.
I submitted Wayward Transparency in the Original pattern category.
I learned a lot about quilting a diagonal cross-hatch on my longarm when I quilted this first version of Wayward Transparency. On the first pass of quilting, I did not fill the empty triangular corners with scrap batting and I caused the quilt to shift a bit as I quilted, which I did not notice until I rotated the quilt and quilted it the second direction; there are a few areas where the second pass of quilting pushed the quilt top over. Lesson learned, though: I know to add batting in the corners for the next time I want to quilt like this so that I can avoid that kind of shifting!
I really love how this quilt top came together. I paid special attention to the directional prints to keep everything going in the same direction.
Skydust is my version of Stephanie from Late Night Quilter‘s third Quilt Theory collection pattern.
It was my first flange binding, and I think the ghost shapes I quilted lead the eye into the negative space of the design. Overall I was hoping that this quilt might appeal to the judges this year. The more modern quilts are not typically as prominent but I thought this one had a chance to speak to them in a different way!
I submitted Refraction in the Small Quilt category, and as it was also machine quilted at home (their category for domestic machine quilted), I thought it was likely to do well in the category. If I could change anything about this quilt, the lightest green stands out a bit more prominently and I think a substitution would unify the design a bit more.
I think changing the thread colors to blend with the piecing helps the piecing to be what you see when you look at the quilt.
Have you entered your quilts into a local fair? I’m a bit sad I won’t be viewing my quilts when I go to the fair later this month, but life just had other plans this year.