Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

Dang, its over

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.

5 comments on “Dang, its over

  1. Lilly pickles
    September 7, 2017

    Oh my gosh, I am so impressed. Your quilts are beautiful. I am so happy to have noticed the link to this page. Not sure how I missed it. Now to read all your posts.

    • Anita
      September 10, 2017

      Thank you Lilly. I’ve neglected this blog for awhile as I do my best to finish up quilts on the waiting list. AND writing posts for the frugal living one. Its been a few years since I put a post on the tutorial blog. Just can’t seem to find the time for it.

  2. Kathi
    September 5, 2017

    LOVEEE your quilts Anita. and WHOO HOO a ribbon for BOTH the piecer and the quilter at your fair. THAT in itself is WONDERFUL. that YOU get one is a PLUS. we didn’t even GO to our fair this year. I don’t enter anything, even if I had the time. HUGE waste and the cost of parking to pick quilt up at the end is like a slap in the face. pay to enter. pay to pick it up. etc. but SO GLAD YOU enjoyed the time.

    • Anita
      September 5, 2017

      Your fair sure is different than ours. There is no fee on drop off or pick up day. We are sent a pass through mail to show at the gate. I enter items for the discounted entry tickets. Normally the cost for each entry ticket is $12 for kids and seniors. With parking an additional $12. If a person creates a craft to enter the cost is $10 per department. Not per entry. I can enter several items in the textile department for the one fee. This entry entitles me to buy 2 books of 11 tickets at $2.50 each ticket. Each ticket pays for entry and parking too. That’s a hugh savings. Instead of costing me $24 for one day at the fair it costs me $2.50. I take a picnic lunch and a frozen tea or frozen kool aid. I also drink water from the fountains. If I take Ladybug with me it costs only $5 for the two of us to have a whole day of fun. On wrist band day I take her and buy a band. With it she rides all the rides as many times as she wants for the one price. Every year I watch the mens singing competition and think of your Darling David. I believe he would certainly love that. Ladybug likes the girls cheer leading competition and dance competition. We both enjoy looking at the 4H crafts, the quilts, and watching all the crafting demonstrations. To me its just as much fun, maybe more, as going to an expensive amusement park out of town.

      • Kathi
        September 6, 2017

        Yes Anita, YOUR fair is a LOT more fun, and affordable, than ours is. So HAPPY you and Ladybug have such a good time.

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