One of the benefits of writing a blog is that I have a record of what I did and when. With the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, all the entries have to be created within the past year, so I have to be able to tell what was made after September 1 of last year. Looking back through all my posts, one thing is very apparent. I don’t have much this year to enter into competitions. The great majority of my quilting time this year has been for quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project or Quilts of Valor, or repairs for others and all those quilts are gone. I can only come up with two quilts for the quilting competition this year. One is Scrap Dance Minuet, the mystery quilt along pattern for this year, just finished recently.
The other is the throw quilt from last year’s Autumn Jubilee. I pulled it out to add a hanging sleeve.
I’ve not spent a lot of crafting time this year, the charity projects have taken priority, plus some of the crafting ideas I did do aren’t suitable for entry into the fair due to their size or they don’t fit into any category. I’ve asked the supervisor of the crafts section for several years in a row about modernizing the categories, and that they need a papercrafting division, but so far there have been no changes or updates in many, many years. No one even enters some of the competitions anymore like the brooms decorations, and they combine categories every year due to lack of entries. Somehow it seems like an update of the categories is needed to get more participation, but what do I know? I’ve been drying hydrangea blooms and did get them arranged in my Pine Cone Basket from last year’s Autumn Jubilee for a Natural Materials competition. The turkeys have left some feathers, and I thought they’d be a fun accent. I did clean them and disinfect them with Lysol first.
I’ll enter the wool work project from last year’s Autumn Jubilee Wool Stitch Along in the needlework category.
The Christmas Redwork Pillow will go into Christmas decor.
I went through the photographs from the last year and selected five for entry into that division in five different categories. Every time I thought I had the selections, I would second guess myself and change it. It took me 2 hours to decide, and finally I just went with what I had at that point. They were printed and mounted, and are ready to go. The upper right is the one with the fox eyeing the turkey I took last October. The upper left is from the Tomato Festival just a week ago. Then there is a shot from last year’s fair, one of my iris photos, and a winter scene with a snow covered tree. There is a cardinal sitting on a branch on the right, but he is hard to see.
I’ll be making a Christmas wreath next week that I’ll show you later. It will go into the wreath category and be donated to the Meals on Wheels wreath auction at the holidays. So, 11 entries. Far from the 27 I had last year, but DH is happy he doesn’t have to help carry things.
Is your State Fair getting close or has it happened already? Do you enter your handiwork?