My sister Kathy and I went to the Ventura County Fair on Monday night to see how our entries did. I haven't previously mentioned it, I don't think, but my sister and I have joined the local Modern Quilt Guild. Though I don't really consider myself a modern quilter at my core, it is true that I have made and admire many modern quilts. Anyway, there is an annual Fair quilt block challenge based on the theme of the Fair. This year it was "A Country Fair with Ocean Air", and the guild meeting challenge was a modern block in the Fair theme. I didn't make one, but Kathy did.
As the Ferris wheel is always set close to the edge of the fair and the view of the water and islands perfect on a sunny day, she posed her couple in front of the sunset. The first prize made us both happy, but Kathy was so excited she made a number of trips back to look at it as we made our way around the Home Arts building. I'm here to tell you Kathy made this block in about hour, with about 1/4 of that time spent choosing the fabrics! Pictorial quilts are her thing, for sure.
Of my four entries, three received ribbons.
My version of the Picnic quilt (Kim Brackett pattern) and my tablerunner got the ribbons.
The quilt I rushed to finish didn't get a ribbon, but looked pretty hanging up in the rafters...
I've made a slideshow of some of the other entries that caught my eye this year. Click on the image and you will be taken to my web album (fingers crossed!):