A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.
The fair is over until next year. I treat the fair as a staycation for myself before the Christmas rush happens. Saying that sounds strange to say because I know I’m not going to have a Christmas rush anymore. The fair was a wonderful 11 days of sights, sounds, smells, and people everywhere.
One of my customers won ribbons on two of his quilts. Maybe you’ll recognize this one from Gordon V that I did when I still lived at my old house. He does beautiful piecing.
I’m very happy his quilt got a ribbon because his quilts are very nice. Here is another of Gordon’s quilts. This one got second place for its category. Gordon called to say that new rules at the fair gives both the piecer and the quilter a ribbon. That means I get recognition for my part in the quilt.
Ladybug made a pillow to enter. She drew the design, made the pattern, chose the fabric, cut out the pattern pieces, sewed it together, all by herself. The only thing I did to help was show her how each step should work and she did it herself.
Just look at that smile. Her first ribbon. She’s already talking about what to make for next year. When I asked her what was the character that she drew, she looked at me solemnly and said; Now Na Na, can’t you tell that is a penguin? Umm… yeah, I do now. BTW, the two white spots on the eyes are the light sparkles. She told me the penguin has green shiny pupils.
I entered two quilts and got two third place ribbons. Winning isn’t as important as it used to be for me. Its far more enjoyable just to create something then let others view what I made. When I desperately wanted customers a ribbon was very important. Ribbons helped me be recognized for quality work and brought me new customers. Now that I’m semi-retired the ribbons don’t seem to matter as much. Well, sure, I do like winning but these days I like seeing other people win more than myself. Is that weird of me? Is it wrong to be happy someone else got a blue ribbon and I received the third place? Well, I AM happy so there!
I didn’t get to wander and look around as much as I have in past years. I was with other people who didn’t want to look at the same things as me. We shared time in both places. Here is one of the quilts I entered. You may recognize it as one I made for my newest grand daughter back in April. Its folded in the case because the fair ran out of room to hang quilts. That was a disappointment.
Here is the other one I entered. This one is for my newest great-grand child. A boy this time.
His parents should have gotten it in the mail on Thursday. Well my staycation is over. Time to get back to work. Sigh. No one likes to see a vacation end but it always does.