Best of Show!

Each year for the past 4 years I have entered my handmade items into competitions at our North Carolina State Fair.  The first year I entered just crocheted items.  I have been crocheting many, many years and knew that I did good work, but I really didn’t know how my work compared to others.  All three items that I entered that first year won ribbons — 2 first place, and a second place.

(I looked for and could not find a picture of the christening gown I crocheted that year.  I’m sure I have a picture somewhere, just not sure where.)

After that first year, I was hooked.  It’s not the prize money — each first place wins just $6-$8 and second and third place win even less than that.  It’s the thrill of the competition!  It’s exciting to see a ribbon on an item you made.  It’s exciting to see others appreciate your hard work.

2012 Fair Win

2012 Fair Win

Since then, I have expanded my entries into other areas.  I usually win several ribbons, and usually do best with the items that I made throughout the year rather than the items I try to make at the last minute. And these are items I would be making anyway — they are baby gifts, Christmas presents, birthday gifts, or usually just something I wanted for my own use.  This year I focused on quilting and embroidery more than crochet.

The first quilt I entered 2 years ago, didn’t win anything.  It is still one of my favorite quilts though, and I have kept it for myself.

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The Mexican Rose original design quilt I entered last year won 4th place.  I was very happy with that because there is stiff competition in all the quilt categories, and it was my first quilting win.

Mexican Rose

Mexican Rose

My entries for the 2013 fair did great…

Torreya Turtle won 1st place in the stuff toy category.

Torreya Turtle

Torreya Turtle

Ellie the Elephant came in second place in the baby quilt category.

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My nativity embroidered quilt won a first place ribbon.

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And last but not least, my goose tracks quilt won BEST OF SHOW.  Finally, that Best of Show award is no longer evading me.  I was so excited, I was giddy.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  YAY!!

IMG_3250I’m still shooting for a best of show in the crochet/knitting category too.  Maybe next year…

New Goodies

Don’t you just love it when you get fun stuff in the mail?  Normally the mailbox is full of bills, so it’s nice to get stuff that you actually want sometimes.  Well, my mailbox has been full of little surprises lately.

Today I received the sweetest thank you note from Ashley at Wasn’t Quilt in a Day.  Ashley was one of the winners of the pin cushion give-a-way I did last month.  And the fact that she took the time to hand write a thank you note and post it in the mail is super nice.  I honestly didn’t know folks did things like that any more.  She lives in Jersey, but I’m wondering if maybe she isn’t a Southern girl at heart.  And although she is fairly new at quilting, let me just say that she is on a roll making beautiful quilts and her excitement is contagious!  Go check her out… I know she’ll end up being one of your favorite bloggers.

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Then last week, I had new fabric arrive two days in a row.  It was Christmas in August.

First, I was the lucky winner of a $15 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop given to me by Richard and Tanya Quilts as part of their Link a Finish Friday.  Oh yeah!  I almost never win anything… and I won and couldn’t believe it!  And boy did I make the most of my winnings.  I shopped from the 50% off category and was able to buy three whole yards of delicious Moda fabric.  With my gift certificate, it cost me just $1 plus shipping.  I like that kind of shopping.  Be sure to visit Richard & Tanya — they are super nice folks.

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Then the next day, I was blessed to receive a box from Art Gallery Fabrics.  Remember the umbrella I made and entered into their Make it Right Challenge.  Well, I didn’t win the popular vote.  I’m not surprised really.  Although I had a good entry, I don’t have a ton of friends or a huge following of folks that would likely vote for me.  But, I did win the ‘Most Creative’ category as voted on by the Art Gallery Fabrics designers and staff which is a huge honor.  I didn’t know what to expect as part of the swag bag, so I was super excited to open the box.  Look at what I found — a twin size pack of cotton batting, an 8-fat quarter pack of the Textures fabric line by Angela Walters, a 6-pack of various other Art Gallery Fabric lines (each piece is between 17″-25″), a 10-pack of beautiful Aurifil thread, and a free Craftsy class.  How exciting is that!

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It’s been a while since I posted a finished project… in fact it’s been a while since I posted at all.  It’s been a busy summer but I have managed to get one or two things done.  I made this baby quilt with the same fabric that I used for the umbrella.  I like the chevron pattern, although I think I went about making it the hard way.  Next time I’ll know better.DSC_0039I used left over scraps for the back.  I had a few other blocks made with the scraps, but I decided that including all of them would make it too busy.  I guess they’ll find their way into another quilt at some point.DSC_0034

Linking up with Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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