Today I am off on a new adventure to help judge the quilts for the Georgia National Fair!!!
I am super excited and pretty nervous too!!
They use a checksheet scoring which should make it a bit easier and, hopefully, after the first 10 or so quilts, I will feel more comfortable with it!!
I have a long history with fairs!!
In Abilene, Texas (where I grew up), my favorite part of fall was the West Texas Fair. We would be released from school early on the first Tuesday of the fair and given free tickets so that we could attend!!
It was such fun to walk thru all of the pavillions, pick up free goodies from the advertisers, stroll thru the homemaking tent where the crafts and bake goods were housed, and then finally visit the barns. My Dad LOVED the barns so we spent an inordinate amount of time there….but it was fun to smell the farm fragrances and see the beautiful animals.
And then there were the rides!!! It is sad how much faith we put into rides that were hastily built and seldom repaired, but it is fun to remember the screams of joy as we whirled thru the air. Since I was an only child, Mom and Dad would often let me bring a friend, but if I was there by myself, I could always count on my Dad to climb on the ride with me!!
Back in 1971, I knitted a pair of houseshoes for a Girl Scout project and entered them in the fair. Naturally, my Mom kept all of the documentation and apparently, I won a Second Place ribbon…..
When my Mom returned to quilting in 1976, she immediately started winning ribbons at the West Texas Fair and she was SO proud of them.
In later years, she even helped to judge the entries…I guess that nut didn’t fall far from the tree!!
Her last entry in the fair was a quilt that she and I had made together…..
She had hand appliqued all of the amazing flower blocks and was just going to put some borders on it and call it done. I asked her if I could finish up the quilt and she happily acquiesced!!
She was SOOO excited that it won first place that year in the Applique division and I even have the ribbon that I purloined from her house…..
Today I sat down to check my email after lunch and there was one from Joan, a quilting friend, asking if I was the “Frances Arnold” listed in the IQA “Finalist” list!!!
I didn’t even know what the IQA Finalist List was!!!!
I did a quick search and sure enough, I found out that my quilt “Rainbow Pineapple” has been juried into the “Celebration of Color” exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in November…..
Needless to say, I am PUMPED!!!!
I am also thankful that she saw it because it has to be delivered by August 20th and we leave on Friday for a month in China, only returning on the 18th. So, now I need to find time to get it packaged up and off to UPS before we leave!!
Back in April I had talked to Michael about the possibility of my getting to Houston in November for the International Quilt Festival. He agreed that it would be a good idea so I started making plans.
The first thing that I wanted to do was to enter my “Himalayan Hallows” quilt in the show and see if I could get it juried in. Well that plan didn’t work out so well because the final registration date had passed about 4 days earlier!!!! But while I was on the site, I noticed that the registration was still open for a special exhibit called “Tactile Architecture” and I decided that since there was a structure in the quilt that I would enter it there.
AND, IT WAS ACCEPTED!!!!
This is actually a traveling exhibit so it will debut at the Festival and will then travel to other shows over the next year.
The quilt doesn’t have to travel and I debated about whether or not I wanted to send it away for such a long time but several people (including my husband) urged me to do so.
SO, on Monday I carefully packed up my quilt and took it to the UPS store to send it on it’s merry way. It will be great fun to see it hanging in the show in November and then to hear where else it will be displayed over the next ten months.