Anyway, there are always many beautiful things (other than just quilts) exhibited in this building. As I was walking through I heard one teenager say to her mom, "There is no way this stuff is handmade - it's too perfect!" I agree....there are many things that you look at and think..."Wow, the hours and hours that must have gone into that...it's just so perfect."
I really liked these Barbie wedding gowns - I remember those dolls too. :)
Here someone got creative with golf balls. Notice the quilt behind and underneath.
We don't just have food on a stick - we also have quilts on a stick. :)
Again, because my interest is in quilts, that is what I am focusing on here. Now, I am going to step up on my soap box at this point and say something that bothered me as I walked through the building. I read that in 2011 over 2000 participants exhibited over 6800 items (over 2800 food/baking and special contest items). That is a tremendous amount of items to display in an aesthetically pleasing manner and I felt that overall the items in the building were exhibited as such. Many displays were done by theme such as bugs, up north, Christmas, spring, religious, halloween, animals, children, etc.
As I show the pictures that I took I in no way want to discount the hard work that went into any of the quilts that I point out. I simply want to point out what bothered me about the displays. I have never entered anything in the state fair but my thoughts are that most people who do are wanting to win a ribbon and hoping for their quilt to be visible to the public because they won something. And, they certainly don't think that their quilt will be damaged in the process of being displayed. Quilts were used as props, backdrops, etc. and they were stapled, pinned, stretched, draped in any fashion to meet the need for the exhibit. Often in the exhibits the ones that were winners were the least visible.
The above quilt is hand quilted/hand appliqued and looked to be about 36- 46" but I am not sure because I can't see all of it from top to bottom or side to side because of all the things pinned to it. What a shame - it got two blue ribbons!
This was a fun and cheerful exhibit. I really liked all the things shown here. The quilt hanging in the back is a great quilt made from what looks like mostly Kaffe fabrics and just shouts FUN! Little children's clothing is hanging in there along with lady bug quilts at the bottom and a tiny one up in the right corner. See the Lone Start quilt draped to the right of the picture? Here it is close up...
Of the two large quilts in the exhibit this is the one that won a ribbon. It is hand quilted and had applique in the corners (from what we can see) - but it is not the quilt that was given the most exposure in this exhibit. I think it also shouts FUN! Which one would you have rather seen?
I took this picture to illustrate that they are not at a lack of space to hang winning quilts. None of these three were ribbon winners in any categories. They were all well made quilts - but why not put winning quilts here?
This picture shows the back wall of the building where they usually hang/display the outstanding works. Of the five quilts on the back wall only the second from the right was a ribbon winner the other winning quilts were on the far left wall and down in the far right corner, again, not fully displayed - when they had the room to completely display it! The one in the middle I am sure got such prominence because of it being hard to interpret if not fully shown. It is made up of what looked to be finished half inch squares....It really was very unique.
If I am wrong about anything I have posted here - please let me know. I don't want to offend anyone. Thanks.
OK, enough of my gripe session. I want to leave you with something positive. These two life size ladies tickled my fancy. They reminded me of my great aunts that used to come and visit at my Grandpa's house and sit in front of the fireplace and gab....
Funny thing is now I am a great aunt and I wonder if I look that old to my little great nieces. :)
Thanks for reading...have a wonderful holiday!
Added later: I have had several wonder when the items are judged. Before or after they are displayed? I don't know the answer to that question, do you? If you know would you comment please? Thanks.