This weekend was our small community’s annual Fall Fair.
The fair kicked off Friday afternoon with midway rides, some entertainment on the stage, and fireworks. We are lucky that we are able to enjoy the fireworks from our back yard.
Saturday morning was the annual parade. As you can tell by a lot of the parade entries, the theme of this year’s fair was. “the Year of the HoneyBee”.
After the parade, it is tradition to head to the hall to look at the exhibits and see what prizes our family members have won. This year, our daughter entered 5 items in the baking and craft sections and took home 4 first places and 1 second place which gave her $24 in prize money and a $20 gift certificate from Bernardin. I entered 6 quilts and took home 6 first places, earning $27 in prize money. There was quite the debate in our house over who took top honors and whether the $20 gift certificate should be included in the total tally.
The quilt blocks for both Mexican Tiles and Pumpkin Patch are made using the technique in HD Design’s quilt pattern, 4-Patch Stacked Posies. The setting of the blocks is my own design. Mexican Tiles was quilted on my long arm using the Loricircles’ Swirls pattern board and Pumpkin Patch was quilted on my Bernina using vertical lines spaced about every 1/2″ or so.
My Chickens in the Farm Yard quilt is made from a paper piecing pattern that was in a Miniature Quilts magazine years ago.
My Crayon Box quilt is one of Bonnie Hunter’s free quilt patterns by the same name.
My HoneyBee challenge quilt was made from an out of print pattern that I picked up at a quilt show garage sale table for 25 cents earlier this Spring. The pattern is called, “Bee Home Pillow – 105″ from Bird Brain Designs. My quilt measures 17.5 inches square.
My husband and I were able to puppy sit for the evening on Saturday night while our daughter and son-in-law attended a wedding.
Our son-in-law is a John Deere fan so I couldn’t resist taking a “family” picture with the tractor.
By Sunday morning when we got up, almost all evidence of the fair was gone. The Midway had packed up and moved on and all the tents and exhibits were removed from the field behind our house. This year’s fair is now only a memory. …looking forward to next year!