Washington State Fair

Anne and I made a trip to the Washington State Fair on September 11th, admission was free if you brought a canned food donation. A small price to pay to help someone else. We haven’t been to the fair since she was three because she had an allergic reaction to something there and we ended up under the care of 6 paramedics. Needless to say our trip left me nervous. We literally arrived, walked a mile to the quilt exhibit (no stops, no touching anything, no eating anything, barely breathing), looked at the quilts and walked a mile back to my car. I was scared the entire time. I am happy to report that this time we didn’t have to visit the paramedics at the fair.

We went to the fair because I entered three of my quilts. My Swoon, Hypnotic Eye and Divergent.  I wasn’t really expecting to receive any ribbons at the fair because having been in the past I know the quilts they typically pick are the ones that are hand appliqued and clearly years were invested in making them, so I was pleasantly surprised to find ribbons on two of my three quilts.

Swoon State Fair - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comSwoon didn’t receive any ribbons, but that’s ok, she was a blue ribbon winner and a judges choice at the county fair and I’m still riding high on that.  She did get juried in to the upcoming Pacific International Quilt Festival, so that is super exciting.

Hypnotic Eye State Fair - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comHypnotic Eye got a Judges Craftsmanship Ribbon, which is just awesome! It is such a wonderful feeling to have my technique recognized as being good.  It was kind of difficult to see it shoved into a corner, in fact, it was so well hidden that most of my friends who have gone to the fair haven’t even been able to find it. Oh well! Oh and good news, she’s heading to the Pacific International Quilt Festival too!

Divergent State Fair - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comNow Divergent just surprised the dickens out of me, when I dropped her off I was warned that she may be disqualified and not even judged, so when I saw two ribbons on her I just beamed.  She received an Honorable Mention and a Judges Craftsmanship ribbon!  Wowzers, talk about knocking my socks off.

So, here’s why I entered the state fair. I want to get better at my craft, one way to improve is to know what you are doing right and what you are doing…”wrong”. I don’t really like the word wrong but it fits here.  The judges always provide feedback and good judges will provide positive comments and areas for improvement. Some judges turn their areas for improvement into negatives and that can be hurtful to read, but a good judge turns it into constructive criticism and that’s where the growth comes in. If you are willing to learn from the judges then it opens you up to growth.

I am excited to read my comments and send off Swoon and Hypnotic Eye to the next show. Wish me luck!


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13 Responses to Washington State Fair

  1. Alison says:

    Yay! I am going to our county fair today to see how my three quilts did! I totally agree that there is much more emphasis placed on “classic” construction methods in the state/ county fair circuits. I was hugely disappointed last year when their “best in show” was a panel based quilt.

  2. Elizabethdee says:

    Congratulations! What a thrill to receive such recognition!
    Your Hypnotic Eye has been a favorite of mine since you first showed it.

  3. Jo Ferguson says:

    All in all a very successful showing. I love that your designs and workmanship are being recognized………it’s all well deserved.

  4. Anne says:

    Man I’m so ecstatic for you that the quilt is going to PIQF! 😀 And congratulations on winning an award as well!!! I have no business being proud, but I am totally proud of all the success the QDADers have had! 😀

  5. Beth Strand says:

    Congratulations! Both on the quilts and avoiding the paramedics!

  6. Susan says:

    I’m so excited for you, Melissa! That is awesome. Actually, getting judged into PIQF is just as good as a ribbon any day! I hope you’ve started a scrap book, because you are going to be receiving a LOT of ribbons as you go on entering!

  7. Congratulations! Your quilts are lovely, and it’s great that you got the affirmation that you deserve!

  8. Congratulations!!! It’s so nice to receive recognition for all your hard work.

  9. Marcia Herath says:

    Congratulations! Great to have all your work and skill validated.

  10. Barb N says:

    I’d say you are a brave woman, and got through the anxiety of taking Anne there just fine! I’m sure she was delighted with your ribbons, too. Good to know that the judges will give constructive criticism. That’s difficult to find, sometimes. WTG!!!

  11. Michele says:

    Congrats on your ribbons – it’s tough that there are so many quilts that the full fronts aren’t shown.

  12. CJ says:

    Congratulations!! Was this the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe or the fair in Puyallup? I’m curious why you were told your third quilt might be disqualified and not even judged.

  13. Vera says:

    Congrats! Exciting news!

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