The Mountain Regional State Fair turn-in day for the competitions is Monday, and I am entering 23 contests this year in a bunch of divisions. I actually started early enough in August this year pulling it all together, getting my online entries done, and completing projects. I have 5 quilt entries, 5 photography entries, several in crafts and clothing, along with a couple of cooking competitions and for the first time two entries for the gardening division. The tall board with four photos on the right is a storyboard, the first time I have entered that category. It is a series of pictures of the cardinal feeding her young at our bird feeder. I have such fun in September every year!!
The quilts have to have the labels covered so the judge cannot see who did what.
Three of the quilts needed sleeves put on for hanging at the show. See my tutorial on Temporary Hanging Sleeves.
I found some matching fabric scraps for this cover and pinned it on. This quilt is my new pattern Chocolate Cherries.
I’ll be entering the Colors of August placemats and table topper into crafts table linens.
I wanted to give a nod to the fair theme of Silver Anniversary year with my Christmas Wreath entry. I’ll have more on this project later in the year.
Then I got out my acrylic paints, and had some fun one afternoon. Yes, I did this one day instead of working on quilting the cranes.
A little stocking wood cutout was painted for the Christmas Ornament category. I painted the black lines as it had suggested for ‘stitching’ lines.
It was sprayed with clear varnish, and a sprinkle of diamond dust was added while the varnish was wet for some sparkle. Then I added three red rhinestone accents for the berries, and tied a gold sparkly wire bow on the top.
I’ll enter the Watering Can Garden Art into the decorative painting on metal category. It is really an amateur job, but I think it is cute, and a different kind of base.
The wool penny rug from last October’s Autumn Jubilee will go into an applique category.
I was going to enter both of the quilts from last year’s Autumn Jubilee, but I was lucky enough to sell one of them in my Etsy store. So, I’ll enter the one that is left, unless it sells too. I’d rather sell them than have them for the fair.
The tablet cover will go into the crafts sewing division.
And my Caliente set will go into clothing.
In the gardening competition, I plan to enter this torenia, provided it is still blooming like this. I cleaned it up, getting rid of the spent flowers, then gave it a bit of fertilizer. I hope it will be just as pretty on the day the entries are taken in. I’m also going to enter some basil, if the critters don’t eat it first. I moved both to the Carolina room (a three season porch in the back) to keep them safe from the leaf eaters.
I’ll show you the competitions and how I did in a few days. I have until Monday morning to finish Orizuru, the paper cranes wall hanging. I’ll be working a shift in the log cabin at the quilting booth on Wednesday afternoon September 12th, and also on Sunday morning September 16th. Stop by if you are at the fair then and say hi! Do you like going to your State Fair? What do you like to see there?
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