If you've been reading my blog for even a short period of time, it's no secret that I love crafting, and I really love quilting and sewing. A friend of mine turned me onto quilting 5 or 6 years ago and I've been addicted ever since. Quilting isn't just for your grandma anymore- it's so fun, modernized, and you can be super creative with it. I'm no quilting star or expert, but I have some pretty decent skills, I suppose you could say. I haven't had a ton of free time to sew in the last year (since having baby #3), but I hope to change that. I miss it...quilting is so calming and I can't just zone out and spend a little time with my sewing machine (and Netflix, of course!)
A few years back, I noticed that our county fair had a quilt contest. There were probably 50 different quilts of all shapes, sizes, levels of difficulty, etc, and I thought to myself "I could enter this!" Sure, I might not win, but I didn't really care about the winning part. I just wanted one of my quilts hanging up there amongst all of the others for people to see. I noticed that some quilts were huge and very technical, and others were small and simple. Mine usually fall somewhere in the middle, and I made a promise to myself right then and there that one day I would enter a quilt of my own in the fair.
Well, my friends, the time has come- I finally did it!
Here's the thing: to enter, you have to be on top of things and get your entry in way before the fair even starts (which is why I never did it). I always forgot about the contest until the fair actually started, and then I'd be bummed that I missed the deadline. Thankfully, this year, I went on the fair's website back in the spring and found the rules and regulations, as well as the cutoff dates for entries. I started planning my quilt weeks in advance and was totally on top of my game this year. I wasn't going to let anything stop me from entering this year- not even moving.
I posted a few teasers on my Instagram while I was working on it, but here is the finished quilt:
The backing is just one beautiful fabric print, but I love how you can still see the quilting details through it, and it gives it that "quilted" look, even though it's one solid piece.
I'm not trying to toot my own horn, but the binding and mitered corners are pretty much perfect! Or at least as perfect as I could get them.
On Tuesday, I looked it over one last time for loose thread, creases, and wrinkles, then I folded her up and went on my merry way to drop it off at the fairgrounds.
I can't wait to take the kids to the fair next week and see my beautiful quilt hanging up amongst all of the other entries! Again, I'm not holding out any real hope of winning any of the categories, but I just think it's pretty cool that it will be there and thousands of people will see it. I'm hoping to have more than one quilt to enter next year in different categories :)
For now, I'm just happy I remembered to enter at all.