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Monday, August 24, 2015

Fair Blue Ribbon Winners - 2015 Western Michigan Fair

On the last post, Tina W. asked to see my blue ribbon quilts from the Western Michigan Fair, so here they are:

Section:  Bed-Sized Quilts
Class:  "Any Other"
I entered it in this class because it was a combination of classes (appliqued, and hand embroidered)  The blocks are 16 inches square and there are 20 of them. The pieces are appliqued down with edges turned under, and then also buttonhole stitched around the edge because I liked the look of buttonhole stitching, but didn't want any frayed edges later anywhere.  The long arm machine quilter was Joyce Brenner of Manistee.  


16 INCHES BY 16 INCHES

Picture of the whole quilt, which is 68" by 85".  





The Day Lily quilt was the winner of the building - "Best of Fine Arts".   They liked all the hand embroidery work on it.

Section:  Bed-Sized Quilts
Class:  Machine Quilted

The other large quilt entered was my Flag House Quilt, named God Bless America.  This is the first quilt I ever finished, and I learned a lot while making it.  It's a Fons and Porter pattern.

The quilt measures 79" by 84".  I had fun selecting fabrics for the blocks.  Here's a close-up of a block where there are fireworks in the sky, and a door with a flag and a "doorknob" on it.  I machine pieced and quilted it on my home sewing machine, and hand quilted stars in the cornerstones.  The binding is fabric with the pledge of allegiance on it.   Lots of details because at the time, I didn't know if I would be a quilter or not, and thought - this may be my only quilt, so let's pull out all the stops!




This patriotic quilt won the "Best of Sewn Goods" category.

7 INCH BY 8 INCH BLOCK



GOD BLESS AMERICA



THE EDGE WITH THE PLEDGE
QUILT LABEL FOR GOD BLESS AMERICA 
Section: Holiday Creations
Class:  Wall Hangings

This little wall hanging is 12.25" by 12.25" and the hsts are 1" square.
CHRISTMAS WALL HANGING
Section:  Baby Quilts
Class:  Any Other

I didn't see any other place where a doll quilt would be entered, so I entered it under baby quilts.  The bear claw blocks are paper pieced and are 2" by 2".  The little hsts are about 5/8" square.
AUTUMN LEAF DOLL QUILT
Section:  Baby Quilts
Class:  Hand Embroidered

This was on the blog earlier and is 29.5 " by 35.5 ", with squares around the edge that are 1.5 inch square.  I hand embroidered it with red pearl cotton thread, machine pieced and machine quilted it.


CHILDREN'S PARADE BABY QUILT


Today is Design Wall Monday, so I'm signing off, and going over to Judy Laquidara's blog to see what other quilters are doing today.  (Here)

7 comments:

  1. Your quilts are beautiful. Oh, my! The first quilt I ever started was a king quilt and it is in the attic probably never to be finished. I have no patience to work with small blocks and am amazed at those who do and do lovely work. The precision has to be perfect. You should enter one of your quilts in Paducah.

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  2. WOW! Your quilts are beautiful. Those doll size quilts are foolers--they may be small but unforgiving with mistakes

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  3. I love all your quilts. Your daylily quilt is so old fashioned and sweet.

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  4. They need a catagory for small/wall/doll/mini quilts or divided up doll/wall and small/mini groups?? great job on your quilts!

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  5. Wow Judy, that's quite an offering, and really shoes the range of your talent as a quilter. Your flag house quilt is quite an accomplishment for a first quilt, and your doll quilts are amazing! Of course I wouldn't expect anything less from you, lol! Thanks for sharing these.

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  6. You blew me away-- AGAIN! Cheers and congratulations to you!

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  7. The quilting on The Children's Parade is beautiful.

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