Hubby and I took off to the local county fair yesterday......specifically to see the quilts that had been entered. Above was our absolute favorite !!!! This quilt was phenomenal!! They were all displayed behind glass with a safety railing in front of each case...so I was having to do a balancing act to get this picture without much glare. The quilt was folded...so this is all we could see of it. Everything you see is hand appliqued......i counted 14 different fabrics on the one chicken...and then she hand embroidered the name of the chicken ( click to close up ). It won a blue ribbon....but should have been best in show. There was not another quilt there that compared, and as we stood there admiring it.....we heard lots of others who felt the same way we did. The best in show was a 4 block wall hanging in rusts and greens...each block had a blackeyed-susan type flower hand appliqued in it. The glare was so bad on that one or I would have shown it too so you could see for yourself. My husband counted only 76 quilts entered. They told us that fair entries just keep getting smaller and smaller every year. That's a shame. I managed to squint my eyes and make out the ladies name. She lives about 25 miles from me.....I tried calling her this morning. I really want to chat with her about THIS quilt.....and I REALLY would like to see the whole quilt!!
But....as you can see....I think the mess was worth it. Here is another little cottage I just HAD to make. I wish the picture would capture the sparkle of the white rick rack. It has that iridescent thread thru it and it looks like real snow sparkling. Nanette came up with just the cutest cottage design for the swap. I must say...I am not "legally" participating. I'm just going to participate from the "shadows".....so beware ladies.....I'll be watching you!!
Here is just a suggestion.......Tonya over at Lazy Gal Quilting has done a post about I.D. theft and blogging. I think it's a worthwhile read . She has another good post about you and I posting pictures and content without others permission.....Duh...me.....I had never even thought about it.
Oh....and Fran has a hilarious post about her unkept house!