Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Multnomah County Fair

42 Minis
The Multnomah County Fair is held over Memorial Day weekend. This year, I didn't have many entries. I didn't finish nearly as many projects as I thought that I could. . . .hmmmm . . .this happens to me often!

The fair is managed by a board of volunteers as is the needlework department. Last year, I offered my time this year to help organize the entries for the judges on judging day.  Forty years ago, I judged 4-H horsemanship classes and twenty years ago I judged kids cooking. I was also a 4-H member for ten years in cooking, sewing, horses and livestock! I've entered a number of years on our guild quilt show and had my entries judged so I have an idea of what the criteria is for a blue, red or white ribbon.

I enjoyed working with the judges and providing input. I did not offer input if I had an entry in a category. I was awarded a blue ribbon for 42 Minis in the group category and a blue ribbon for Winter Ice in the pieced/machine quilted category.
Winter Ice

What I was not prepared for was their discussion on awarding the Judged Best of Show award as it was between these two quilts. I bet the three judges bantered back and forth between these two pieces for about ten minutes before two of them said that Winter Ice was their choice.  Winter Ice became the Judged Best of Show. Then they learned that I had stitched it on my domestic machine no less! They had a lot of questions and it was fun to answer their questions.

I learned what to look for in a knitting and hand embroidery work. I listened to the clothing and quilt judge and picked up lots of tidbits of how to judge a category. It was a great experience. Best yet, Winter Ice was also the viewer's choice for best of show!

8 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Terry! Winter Ice is garnering a good collection of ribbons. :D

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    1. Thanks, Monica! For that quilt to be so honored is amazing because half of it was quilted on my first Bernina! Did I also mention that the half was in the middle which is the most challenging to get to with such a small harp space???

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  2. Congratulations on all the incredible ribbons! That's so exciting!! Sounds like it was a really good experience.

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    1. Nancy, It was a good experience and it was fun to hear the comments about my work!!!

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  3. If they could know the emotional path that the 42 Minis has, they would have called up all quilter's groups statewide to view the precious, beautiful, tear filled, and release it really represents. Other than my treasure, it is now my very favorite. ��
    ~t

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    1. Theresa, I couldn't agree more! Isn't it interesting how experiences from a lifetime ago remain with us?

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  4. Wow! You must be floating on Cloud 9!!! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Janice, Viewer's Choice ribbons always make me smile! It was special to see the awards!

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