This past weekend, Doug and I drove up to Sacramento and braved the 100+ degree heat for the annual California State Fair.
Back in late April, I decided to enter a few of my quilts into the California Crafts Competition, especially since this year they added a new Modern Quilt category. The entry fee was only $12 per quilt, plus the cost of shipping your quilts for the judging process (note: next year they will be moving to an online submission process using photos for the initial jurying process). In early June I received a feedback form for each quilt in the mail and was impressed with the quality of hand-written feedback that was provided: a full paragraph plus with both praise as well as some constructive feedback). The form also indicated whether or not the quilt had received any ribbons or awards. I was excited to learn that all four of my quilts had placed and would be included in the Crafts Exhibition.
Exhibitors are provided with two complementary adult tickets and a FREE parking pass which we opted to use to attend the Awards ceremony on Saturday morning. The ceremony celebrates the major and donated awards and afterwards I was able to pick up my ribbons (with the cash prizes mailed at a later date).
This certainly called for a celebration, which included sharing a Funnel Cake (or Fried Dough as we called it in New York) followed by checking out the rest of the fair's exhibits that celebrate California's forestry, farming, wildlife and even included a Dinosaur exhibit.
The exhibits provided both education and inspiration. I was especially enamored with a ceiling installation featuring hanging soda bottles that contained colorful liquid. I loved the gradation of color, light and floral shapes created at the base of each bottle. In the Modoc county exhibit, there was a rotating display of barbed wire styles that could easily translate into free motion quilting designs. Oh the possibilities!!
I encourage all my California quilting & crafty friends to consider submitting your work to the 2018 Crafts Competition!!
|California State Fair Entrance|
|My Colorful Quilts & I|
|Quilts Exhibited (Top Left Clockwise)|
- Orange You Glad I Got the Blues?--2nd Place, Small Art Quilts
- Always Follow Your Heart--3rd Place, Small Modern Quilts
- Peace of Mind--2nd Place, Small Modern Quilts
- Rhythm & Blues--1st Place, Small Modern Quilts
|Time to Celebrate|
|Having Fun At the Fair: Wood Carved Creatures, Tractors, Doug with a Douglas Fir, Birds of Prey and Dinosaurs|
|Inspiration for Next Year's State Fair Quilt Entries?!?|