Thurston County Fair 2015

Hello From Sunny California! I am on vacation AND working on my brand new computer in a completely different browser than I am used to, so if anything looks a little funky, please forgive me (I am still working out the kinks!).

This past weekend was the local county fair where I live in Washington. Even though I wasn’t home for the fair, I still entered 3 of my quilts and one of Anne’s dresses. My local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild is trying to get the word out about our guild and what better way than a fun public event like the fair! I was pleasantly surprised (shocked, amazed, pick your synonym) when my awesome guild mate Kathy (read her blog here) messaged me during her volunteer shift  in our booth to tell me that I won ribbons. Such a wonderful surprise!  Another awesome guild mate, Heaether (go check out her blog here) was kind enough to take pictures for me, AND a third awesome guild mate, Lori, picked up my entries for me since I am out of town. I have to say I am so blessed to know such wonderful people!

 County Fair Blue Ribbon Dress

 Anne’s back to school dress from last year won a blue ribbon. I am so excited because clothes sewing is definitely not my thing. And by the way, my goal for August is to sew her back to school dress for this year, she naturally picked a pattern that has PIPING! Wish me luck!

Flowering Lone Star - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy Flowering Lone Start quilt won a blue ribbon! How exciting is that! If you love this pattern as much as I do you can find a link for it on My Patterns page!

Divergent - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy Divergent Quilt, also won a blue ribbon. This one recently hung at the National Quilt Association show in Arkansas. I received such lovely feedback from that show and now a blue ribbon from the county fair. This is also an original design, though no pattern is available at this time.

Swoon - http://sewbittersweetdesigns.comMy Swoon quilt not only won a blue ribbon but it also got a Judges Choice ribbon. Such an honor. It was quilted by my wonderful friend Vicki from Orchid Owl Quilts. The way they hung it (which I am assuming was done because of space constraints) doesn’t show off the full quilt, so if you would like to see more of it, click here. This pattern is by Thimble Blossoms and can be purchased from her website here.

It was so amazing to find out I had received so many blue ribbons, truly mind boggling. The best part though was being able to tell my mom in person and see the pride and happiness on her face. She is the one who taught me to quilt and continues to inspire and encourage me each and every day.

I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! I plan to go to the park with Anne and work on a quilting a top for my mom.

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11 Responses to Thurston County Fair 2015

  1. Congratulations! Well done.

  2. patty says:

    Congrats to yoU!

  3. Michele says:

    So very proud of you Melissa!!! Love you!!

  4. Beth T. says:

    So proud of you–especially for the recognition of your original designs!

  5. Susan says:

    That’s fabulous, but I’m truly not surprised, since your designs are wonderful and your workmanship is too. So now you start a ribbons album! =) A judges’ choice – ooh, la, la!

  6. Kaholly says:

    Congratulations on all your ribbons! Your work I just beautiful and very deserving. Glad you’re getting acquainted with your new computer so successfully. I just got one, too, well, during the spring, and I’m having such a difficult time getting used to I. Must be the difference between the old brain and the young brain. Pretty dress! Piping? You can do it!

  7. Barb N says:

    High five for you! Those judges know a good thing when they see it 🙂 Have fun making a quilt for your mom and another dress for Anne. I can see her twirling around in it now!!

  8. Vicki in MN says:

    So happy for you getting ribbons!! It is such a good feeling 🙂

  9. Vera says:

    oh wow! Congrats! Enjoy your vacation!

  10. Pauline says:

    Congratulations Melissa!! Awesome projects and workmanship…soooo deserving of your ribbons!! Enjoy your vacation!!

  11. Susan K in Texas says:

    Congrats on the Ribbons!!

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