Time for a bit of bragging.....I did very well with my entries at the fair this year. Here are a few of the items I entered. I won't bore anyone with all 34 items I entered. Of course I'm showing you the ones the judges liked and chose to give first or second place ribbons to. Yes there were items that got lower placings. A few only received Honorable Mentioned or nothing at all.
All of these projects were entered in the Home Arts building. I entered in five of the departments there. I forget how many departments there are in the whole building I think around 12 and thats with not breaking down the Baked Goods area into its various areas like cakes, cookies, breads, etc.
The first picture though of a quilt was actually entered in the Dolls, Toys and Miniatures department. It is a doll house scale quilt for a twin size bed. Doll house scale means that 1 inch on the quilt equates to 1 foot in real life. The quilt measures approximately 5 inches wide by 7 inches tall. I entered three other items in this department and received a second blue ribbon and two red ones (2nd place).
The second picture is probably the item and ribbon I was most proud of. I have never been able to get the hang of crocheting. I've tried multiple times and it just has never worked for me. I decided three weeks ago it was time I just hunkered down and figured it out. So with the help of Crocheting for Dummies from the library I kept at it till I came up with this table mat. Eventually it will be one of four and be renamed a placemat. I decided to enter it and see what happened and low and behold I got a blue ribbon. It was in the beginner project category, but hey a blue is a blue! I think the fact that I used a yarn called Peaches and Cream (or is it Sugar and Cream???) helped. It's a very firm yarn and so when crocheted there is no give and it doesn't stretch. While sitting at the information booth in the 4-H building during the week I did get two more completed except for the fringe so one more to go and I have placemats!
The third picture here is of one of my baby quilts. The ribbon doesn't show in the picture since the quilt was lying flat on a table, but it was a blue. This blue totally blew me away! I never dreamed I would get any ribbon at all on a baby quilt since that is the category where about 30 people enter. They are just so easy and quick to make. The judges wrote a comment on the back of the tag that they really liked the fabric color choices and placements. I've done a lot of baby quilts using the Winnie the Pooh fabric that is the focal point of the quilt. I will be so sad when the fabric is gone. IT is one of the few fabrics that I purchased a lot of when I found it cause I loved it! And I'm really glad I did.
My final picture is of two items a baby bib and a Christmas stocking that I entered in the Accessories Department. Notice the white ribbon on the stocking this is one of my Honorable Mentioned ribbons. The interesting thing about this is that I entered the same type of Christmas Stocking in the Arts and Crafts Building. The only difference was that I used green pre-quilted fabric for that one and it received a blue ribbon! Just goes to show that judging is not an exact science and everything depend on what items you are competing against and what the judges like! Does that bother me? Heck no! It's just a county fair and really all the ribbon gives me as a warm fuzzy feeling and some bragging rights.
As for those bragging rights I am done for now! Aren't you glad????? Tomorrow come back to see some animals! What is a fair without animals?