Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Minnesota State Fair time!

It's that time of year again.  Parents are getting ready for the kids to go back to school, and the kids...well, a lot of us in fact, are heading for the State Fair.  It may be the case in your state as well.  The Minnesota State Fair has been a lifelong tradition in our family.  The sights, sounds, smells - both food and barns - make for an experience like no other.

Here are a couple quilty highlights from our visit this year.

Linus carries a blue ribbon for his quilt near the outdoor bandstand.

It was a nice surprise to see this Carver County display on Barn Quilts.  It was in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building.  Apparently Barn Quilts have found their way to the midwest.  I wonder if I should start thinking of paintinging a 'barn quilt' to hang on the garage at the lake cabin.  That might start a local trend there!  How about Crossed Canoes, Log Cabin or Lady of the Lake?

The Creative Activities Building had so many wonderful quilts on display.  Each looking so perfectly pieced and quilted.  The applique' was stunning.  And there were even more in the Ramberg Senior's Building, where my sister claims the 'real people' quilts were.  Quilts one would actually put on a bed and use.  Have you ever made a quilt and entered it in a fair?  I don't think I ever will.   It's just fine with me that my quilts won't win any awards.  They're fun to make, and use or give away, and no stress if something is a little wonky or not quite right.  On the other hand, I'm so glad there are such wonderful quilters out there who enjoy entering quilts so they can be shared by all.   Blue Ribbons to all of you!


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