My First Quilting/Sewing Contest – The Thurston County Fair

One of my personal sewing goals this year was to enter a quilting contest.  I think the reason I picked this as a goal was because while I do put myself out there all the time on this blog, I don’t put myself out there for “judging”.  Judging is hard.  You worry if what you do is good enough.  I’m really glad that I decided to participate if only for the experience. I’m not sure I will do it again but it was certainly fun yesterday to walk into the hall where the quilts are displayed at the county fair and see my quilts hanging.

Anne's Easter Dress - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI entered Anne’s Easter Dress into the fair just for fun. This is the dress that I am probably most proud of making because the bodice is fully lined (a first for me).  I won a blue first place ribbon for her dress. It was so cute when Anne saw it yesterday and asked “mommy, is it going to stay here forever?”  I had to reassure her repeatedly that we would be picking it up on Monday.

After finding her dress, I went on a hunt for my quilts and found my Rainbow Star Burst quilt.

Rainbow Star Burst - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI entered this quilt into the lap quilt lot for the machine pieced, machine quilted category and won a blue first place ribbon.

I ended up being kind of silly and entering two quilts in the same category, so they were competing against each other.

Sew Intertwined Quilt - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comThe Sew Intertwined Quilt was awarded a third place ribbon in the same category, Machine Pieced, Machine Quilted.

Ribbons aside, the most fun part was seeing all the quilts hanging up!  I get to pick my quilts and Anne’s dress up on Monday and I will get a feedback form from the judges.  I am excited to see what they have to say. I’m hoping for truly constructive criticism so that I can improve my work.

In the meantime I have 20 hours left to figure out my goal for August. Guess I better get on that! Don’t forget to link your finish up for July!

Oh, and I apologize for the crappy cell phone pictures! I brought my camera with me and took one picture and then got a nice little message saying “memory card full”. Seriously?!? I’m hoping to head back tomorrow with my parents (who are flying in this afternoon for a weekend visit), this time I will bring an empty memory card!

Have a great Thursday!


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20 Responses to My First Quilting/Sewing Contest – The Thurston County Fair

  1. Alison says:

    Congrats! I need to start entering my quilts!

  2. Lisa L. says:

    Congrats! You do amazing work!

  3. Beth says:

    Congrats! Your work is amazing! I love seeing people I know in shows as well but have not had anything judged. Good for you putting yourself out there. Can’t wait to see the feedback you get too!

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  6. Janita says:

    Sweet ! I listened in on the quilt judging for the first time this year at our County fair. Preparing myself to maybe enter something next year. The judge used a point system for various categories . One category was the Wow factor. What is the first thing you think when you see the quilt? I think WOW when I see your HST Star quilt! Great job!

  7. CeLynn says:

    Congratulations and a Big Whoop Whoop are in order here! My personal favorite is the Sew Intertwined.

  8. Missy says:

    Congratulations, how fun!

  9. Jeifner says:

    So many wins! Bravo for entering a judges show. It is always interesting to hear what they say. It’s fun to see how criptic, helpful, wrong, funny and great the comments can be.

  10. Vicki in MN says:

    Way to go-congrats on the ribbons-your entries are beautiful!

  11. Michele says:

    I am so proud of you! Congratulations – not for just the ribbons but for being brave enough to be judged by other people!

  12. COngratulations! I love entering quilts in fall fairs… it’s so fun!

  13. Vera says:

    Yay, congrats! That is awesome!

  14. Leslie says:

    This is so exciting Melissa!!! How cool to see your work up there like that!!! You “Blue Ribbon Girl” you!!! Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  15. Jannette says:

    I told you that you’d do well! Congratulations!!

  16. Susan says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved ribbons. I’m so glad to see the star one with a blue!

    • Valerie Reynolds says:

      Me too!!! Congrats on your awesome wins! Be sure to stop by and link this post at our Tuesday Archives linky this week (August 5th) as the theme will be: exhibits!! (

  17. Jo Ferguson says:

    Wow! Two blue ribbons and a third place. I bet Anne will want to keep the blue ribbon, on her dress. I can’t say I’m surprised by your results. I always knew how good you are. I hope this inspires you to enter another show.

  18. Carrie P. says:

    Congrats on your ribbons too.

  19. Linda Rickard says:

    Congratulations on all counts! I hope one day to be as good. 🙂

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