This past year was no different. For entries, I had 45+ quilts to choose from. Yes, I was busy last year! At $2 per entry, why not enter as many as possible? Entering eight quilts in different classes in the quilt division, and two table runners in the sewing division, I thought only three of the ten entries had any potential to place. And being that entering was a last minute adventure, I didn't go overboard in blogging about them. There was a quiet mention on the Baby Tango post, about sleeves and labels, and that's it.
Time has been so tight these last six weeks, that we didn't even get to the fair until the last day, yesterday. Upon entering the show, Jagged and Light at the End were the first two I saw, right at the entrance.
Remember these two from my Think Outside the Box HST Challenge? Well, the judges certainly liked them! Jagged placed 2nd, along with a Judges Choice Award, while Light at the End placed 3rd, in the same category. Made my jaw drop to see both of them win, especially with the added special award!
For both quilts, the judges liked the color choices, saying that it set off the designs. They loved the quilting on Light at the End, and complemented my piecing in Jagged. Trust me, I didn't strive for perfection there - I'm sure some points are trimmed!
Continuing along the show wall, we came upon the Best of Show Winner. And what a stunner it was - peach and green, and just beautiful. Then my eyes fell upon my Heart to Heart table runner, hanging off to the side. What?! 1st place and Best in Show for the Sewing division! This time, I'm stunned, as this is completely unexpected.
We continued walking through the show, admiring other's quilts, and coming across my other entries. As I had originally thought it might, Patchwork Suburb placed, receiving 1st in the 'miniature quilt based on a larger pattern' category.
And last entry for today, my favorite, the Patriotic Wave table runner.
Though only receiving an Honorable Mention, the judges loved the curve concept.
Tune in tomorrow for Quilts at the Fair Part 2, the finish to this fun story!