Friday, July 17, 2009

County Fair - UPDATED

So I went to the county fair to see all the pretty quilts hanging. I was looking forward to seeing everyone's work and drooling and being inspired. And I was looking forward to seeing my map quilt hanging. I thought a few people would get a kick out of seeing how I represented their farm or store on the quilt . . . . the place with big and little matching barns, the one with just 2 cows and a pony, the pig farm (LOTS of pigs), the farm with the red white and blue silo, the Dairy Queen (of course!) , the quilt store . . . . I know - get a life. But all the quilts were folded and stacked on shelves behind glass doors. WHAT?! There were three small wall quilts hanging and the champion quilt was hung on a hook like a coat. boo hoo!!!

On a positive note, all of the photos were on display so Sarah and John's photos of Cooper are all over!

UPDATE (07/21/09) When I picked up my quilts I spoke with a couple women who were working in the building where the exhibits were displayed. They were very nice and agreed that the quilts needed to be displayed. They said space was a problem but were planning to try to figure something out for next year. They also said one of the women working during judging "lived" on my map and recognized several farms!

5 comments:

Cara said...

How disappointing! after all that work. Those in charge are probably thinking they are protecting the quilts, but - what's the point of having them there and not letting anyone 'appreciate' them? I wouldn't be interested in entering that kind of show, and I'm sure most others would feel the same way. I'd complain and try to get them to change things. (Then I'd go home and pout.) I can tell that you are still smiling!

L. Gray said...

Foremost, both of your quilts are lovely. Congratulations on your ribbon for your TAW quilt. Secondly, at the fairs I have attended (in Central Coast of California and Northern Indiana) many quilts, it seems like all of them, are hung and you can see every stitch in them. That's how it should be in my book! They were entered to be admired by fair-goers, not stored behind glass. I am surprised to learn about your experience, and if I had visited there I would have been *tempted* to contact staff available so they could help me unfold, view and refold the quilts behind the glass! :) I am a bit of an instigator I suppose, but they'd remember that, now wouldn't they?! Hopefully next year they'll change that, or they may not have any entries. Congratulations on your award once again.

Becky said...

I absolutely love your stitching on the quilt at the top of your blog. I could really use that one the small quilt I just finished...too bad I am so impatiently all ready ready to give it away. Not sure what I will do instead...but that would have been perfect!

Col said...

What??? How disappointing after all your hard work. I hope you enjoyed the rest of the fair.

jo said...

We've got to tell somebody, "something's gotta change"...the powers that be gotta to be told. Sorry your amazing quilt was hidden, how sad. Hoping you're doing OK.