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Comment by Janet/MO on September 15, 2019 at 7:21am

Very nice blocks Carla.

I have been machine quilting another UFO.  Going slow, but it will get done.  

We recently found out that my husband has to go in for surgery on his right carotid artery.  The dr wanted him to take a blood thinner and a cholesterol medicine for a few weeks so the surgery is scheduled for Oct. 25th.  I plan on having a quilt finished except for hand stitching down the binding so I can work on that while at the hospital.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on September 15, 2019 at 5:12am

Nice blocks, Carla!  No progress here on the quilting front.  We've been canning and making jell from wild fruits (grapes, plums and chokecherries).   I did make a reversible cover for my stand mixer, and a valance for my kitchen window.  I have the same western baby quilt that has on my design wall for some time waiting for borders.  

Comment by Carla on September 15, 2019 at 4:29am
Comment by Janet/MO on September 2, 2019 at 6:10pm

Sandy, keep in mind that when you enter something to be judged you are kind of at the mercy of the judge's personal opinions.  Some times it might be just a color they don't like.  

Comment by Sandy Larkey on September 2, 2019 at 4:31pm

Janet, here at least the State Fair brings in--from out of state--National Quilting Association certified judges.  The Nuckolls County Fair does just what you said, quilt guild leaders and/or ... well, whoever they could get; I've never seen one of the local quilt shop owners as a judge.  Entrants are required to have a label on the quilt, but the maker's name must be covered up.  Your judge should have recused herself from judging anything entered by members of that sewing/quilting group.  And one of our Nelson gals used to be a quilt show judge; she said they had a list of items to rate a quilt by and a specified number of points for each item, and only the quilt that received the highest number of points got the top ribbons. 

Dorothy and I are going to Grand Island tomorrow to pick up our entries.  I have to say, I'm getting pretty anxious to see the judges' comments on my entries.  I'd really like to know why a doll that has sold locally for as much as $150 only got a 4th.  And what the heck was wrong with my knooked sweater-shrug that meant it didn't draw a 1st. 

The Nelson Lost Needles Quilters are currently working on the Quilt of Valor that I made up for their next presentation.  This one is Lemoyne stars, white on blue, with unpieced dark red floral blocks alternating.  We're quilting 1/4 inch inside the seams on the Lemoyne Stars and doing a 5-point star on the red blocks.  And boy, is that coming out very striking, white thread on the darkish red is sure standing out.  I kinda wish we had chosen to use a blue or red quilting thread on the Lemoyne stars--the white thread hardly shows up. 

Comment by Janet/MO on September 2, 2019 at 10:46am

What happens quite often with both county & state fairs is they hire quilt shop owners or officers of local guilds to do the judging under the assumption that those people must be experts.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  The 1st year I was living in Las Vegas I entered 2 quilts in the fair the JC's put on every year.  Unbeknownst to me, the judge was the leader of a quilt circle I belonged to.  She definitely had her pets & I was certainly not one of them.  She had seen my large quilt, but not my wallhanging.  She awarded a 2nd place ribbon to my large quilt, which was a hand pieced & hand quilted Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  The 1st place winner was a poorly made quilt made from a Herschnner's kit.  I won the blue ribbon on my wallhanging that was also hand quilted.  I also won a blue ribbon on that quilt at the local quilt show the following spring.  

Comment by Sandy Larkey on August 31, 2019 at 6:49pm

Carla, it is VERY wet here.  Two to three inches of rain at least once a week has become the new normal.  Generally, at this time of the year, the pastures have started to turn brown from the summer heat and dry weather, but this year they are still as bright green as spring.  The State Fair had to close all their parking lots because of the heavy rain flooding them, and I heard that the swine barn, at least, had water on the floor.  I'm just glad my friend Angel and I went on the first day, when we could still park in the Fair's lots and not have to go back to the WalMart and catch a shuttle.  I wonder what Dorothy and I are going to do Tuesday when we got to pick up our entries.  It will be interesting.  Dorothy has a bad back, a bad knee and one more hip that needs a replacement.  And I've been using a cane lately--not because of any bone or joint issues, but I've developed a distressing tendency to ... just tip over.  Not dizzy or anything, just tipsy. 

As for ribbons at the Fair, I hate to seem like I'm bragging, but I have become accustomed to getting ribbons.  Best I've ever done (in quilts) was a 2nd, for a little wall hanging.  And you know, I can't even remember which one it was.  I've done several small hanging that got entered in the fair, and got ribbons on most of them.  I think I even got a ribbon on the "Neighbors In the Block" that was 4 attic windows blocks with a scenic print of houses in the snow at midnight.  I could only fussy-cut three window panes and still have it look like different style houses, so I just cut a "non-house" block and appliqued a pot of daffodils on the window sill.  Unfortunately, I missed one of the corners pretty badly; the mitered pieces around the window pane missed meeting the "window frame" by a good quarter-inch.  Dorothy said to sew a button over it, mu husband said to put curtains at the window and use the button as a tie-back.  I used narrow white ribbon and a bow for the tie-backs.  Covered the missed corner pretty well--faked the judge out! 

I've got 14 out of the 20 blocks of the Burnham Square quilt top completed, and have two more in progress.  4 more of the last of 5 different prints, and I'm ready to find a long-arm quilter.  Since this is intended to be a Quilt of Valor, and our presentation will likely be in November, near Veterans Day, speed is more important than hand-quilting.  But some of the long-armers in this area do a great job on QOVs--they have special patterns with stars and wavy stripes. 

Cat Lady, how's your husband doing?  I'm trying to keep my fingers crossed for you--except when I'm running the sewing machine.  I've put the needle through my finger once--that was quite enough.  Anyway, I am thinking of you, and hoping he gets well soon.

Comment by Carla on August 31, 2019 at 8:07am

Great job at the fair Sandy!  I just came thru Nebraska for my first visit to your state and it looked very wet.  We went up to Kirkland Wa, just east of Seattle and were surprised how dry the NW was and Oklahoma and Texas looked green in comparison.  I was able to get four blocks hand pieced while away. I will try to get them pressed and photos taken this week.

Comment by handstitcher/IL on August 26, 2019 at 6:16pm

Congratulations on your state fair ribbons, Sandy! My sister has been entering in her county fair the last two years, mostly with antiques. She’s still trying to get a handle on what the judges are looking for, but did pretty well this year. She entered an antique family quilt that got second place. It was a chimney sweep pattern, made around 1900. It was older than the first or third place quilts, but they both had trickier piecing (a dahlia quilt block quilt took first and a hearts and gizzards took third. Personally, from the photos, I would have given first to the hearts and gizzards quilt. It was lovely!

Comment by Sandy Larkey on August 26, 2019 at 10:03am

Janet, the quilt judges at the NE State Fair are certified by the NQA; I don't know about the judges for Textile Arts, which is where all three of my entries were entered this year.  I do know that the Nuckolls County Fair dragged in whoever they could get to do the judging, and the quilt judge also judged Textile Arts.  An acquaintance of mine, quilter from Webster County, did the judging one year, and frankly admitted she knew nothing about judging crocheted stuff.  That was also the year I entered the Armand Marseille "Floradora" doll that , well, long story, but I dressed her.  Colleen wouldn't do more than lift the hem of her skirt to check the hems of her slip and knickers--said she was not about to risk damaged an antique doll. Anyway, I know that at least one year a very poorly done quilt took the highest ribbon, over a better-made one because the woman who made it had been entering--and winning--for years and this was probably the last time she ever would have a quilt because she had health problems.  They gave her the ribbon on a "sympathy vote." 


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