A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
Last Monday, a week ago, I had to pick up my things from the fair. Do you know what 30 jars of opened foods, that have been setting on a display shelf for two weeks, smells like? Trust me, it’s awful.
I was tempted to throw all the jars into the trash but that would be against my nature. I’m too thrifty to throw away perfectly good canning jars when a thorough wash will make them good again. Well how did I do at the fair? See for yourself.
Five 1st, two 2nd, and two 3rd in the canning category. One 2nd for a blueberry pie entered into a cooking contest, and two 2nd for my quilts.
I really didn’t expect to win so many ribbons for the canning. I thought maybe at most I would win two or three and not necessarily first. I was told I would have won more ribbons but Tattler lids are not allowed. They aren’t USDA approved so those jars were disqualified. Well DUH! Why wasn’t that stated in the rules? Or told to me when I dropped them off for judging? I could have gone home and gotten jars with metal lids. I had to go home anyway to get rings so it wouldn’t have been a problem picking up different jars of food too. I had forgotten to put rings back on some of my jars which is why I went all the way back home to get some. OK, I’m not complaining, just questioning why it isn’t stated in the rules or why I wasn’t told. I’m happy that someone verified I did a good job on the canning. It feels good to get recognition.
My SIL went with me to pick up her quilt. We each had a wheeled cart to take things to the car. When we got to her house I noticed one of my quilts was missing. YIPE! I made a mad dash back to the fairgrounds hoping against hope that it was there someplace. YES! Some kind person had found it in the hallway just outside the canning area and turned it in. I was lucky and very thankful to whoever it was.