Monday, December 05, 2011

Fair Share

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Don't get too excited - it's not mine. But since I can't share what I've been working on until after the guild's annual ornament exchange tomorrow, I thought I'd share with you a few photos from the State Fair.

I always love to visit the Creative Arts building to see what fabulous things people have entered at the Fair each year. And of course, my favorite part is often that front case where the best of the best are displayed. You can see my posts from the last couple of years here and here.

Anyway, the Caribbean Mandala from Chatelaine Designs was in that front case this year. And it is stunning. I love how it was framed on point. You just cannot imagine how truly gorgeous these pieces are unless you have seen one in person. I definitely need to get my Chatelaines out and get them finished.

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And I always love seeing the quilts too. This one was adorable - so tiny and using those great 30's repro fabrics.

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I've seen the jar quilts done with bugs and butterflies, but I loved this candy jar quilt. So fun!

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And my photo of this hooked rug is horrible, but you get the idea. This hare was wonderful - I wanted to take him home with me.

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And finally, one last quilt - I loved the color palette in this one. It really makes those rings stand out!

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There wasn't a huge number of things I fell in love with this year (but I did keep going back to look at that mandala). You can probably mark that up to the fact that I had a migraine, but I was determined to enjoy the day anyway.

I've also posted the rest of my fair photos at the other blog, if you're interested. It seems a little odd to be posting about the fair in December, but what can I say. I'll probably be posting about Christmas in April. I'm really looking forward to the guild holiday party tomorrow night and I hope that my ornament is well received. I'm always excited to see what every one else stitches too. I'll be back with photos of that soon!

I am grateful for migraine-free moments.

13 comments:

Giovanna said...

Oh yes, the Chatelaine is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

I loved seeing the pics, Michelle! All so pretty!! That Chatelaine is really something!

Laurie in Iowa said...

The Chatelaine piece is gorgeous. I enjoyed seeing all the fair photos.

Cathy B said...

I really like the colors in that last quilt -- vibrant reds!

missy said...

WOW I love them all...so creative and of course beautiful. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

hugs
-missy-

Sonda in OR said...

Oh, that makes me want to actually start my Caribbean mandala!

Sylvia said...

I did think at first it was your mandala and I thought you had been holding out on me. LOL. Lovely photos, Michelle. I love the Hare & the red & white quilt. Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Hazel said...

Stunning. I do love those chateleines but not all the work that goes into them!!

Siobhan said...

Wow, gorgeous photos!! I love that hooked rug. I wish I could do them. Chatelaines are amazing--I'm more of a sampler gal in terms of what I pick up to stitch, but the colors and detail and so on that go into Chatelaines just knock my socks off.

Penny said...

Caribbean Mandala must have been stunning in person ~ so much detail! Love the quilts, especially the one using 30's repro fabrics. Really enjoyed the pictures. :)

Nancy said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful projects! The Chatelaine design is amazing. I love the flamingoes, and I can only imagine how beautiful it is in person! Enjoy your guild party.

woolwoman said...

So fun seeing all those great winners at your local fair. I have a hare rug canvas very similar to that one but mine has wild leaves and flowers all in the backround. You know how I seem to love those collage type backrounds. Maybe he will get hooked in 2012. Thanks for sharing those.

Dona said...

Michelle, thank you for sharing those beautiful pictures! I am in love with the hare rug and gorgeous quilt. I'm glad you went even with a migraine - true grit!