John and I went to the final day of the Evergreen State Fair. It has been quite some time since we have spent the entire day. Our first stop was the needle arts building. (Of course) There were a few quilts that really caught my eye. This first one was made by LaVetta. She has used my Celtic Dragon pattern for the center of the quilt. The tail section has been turned so it looks like the dragon is in flight. I like the fussy cut dragons that she added around the center and I especially like the use of the gold fabric in the celtic knot work in the border. It is always fun for me to see how quilter’s make my patterns their own by making their own design changes. Nicely done! As you can see, the judges thought so also.
The next quilt that I really appreciated seeing is a Dear Jane. I envision this being a multi-year project. Goodness knows it would be for me. The quilt was hanging from the rafters, so it was hard to get a good picture. I think you can still get the just of it. I would guess that this quilter loves working with her/his hands, appreciates miniatures, and would rather spend time on the process than getting it done quickly. The work that she/he had lovingly done was beautiful.
At our fair we also have other kinds of needle arts. I love this little Raggedy Ann. She is made entirely from yo yo’s, even her hair! What fun!
This last picture from the needle arts is a great antique looking shadow box. I don’t think it actually had glass, but certainly could have if you wanted. It had lots of antique notions, a couple of doilies and lots of old buttons. I have some of my grandmothers notions, threads, buttons, and some needlework she had started. This looks like a great way to display them. I am going to have to get busy and pull everything together one of these days and do a shadow box tribute to her. She is, after all, the one who got me started in the needle arts all those many years ago.
Yes, I did see other things at the fair. There were lots of animals. We even went into the petting zoo. There was a little kangaroo in there that we both wanted to see up close. The pig barn had a sow with 15 little pigletts that were less than one month old. Why are babies always so much cuter than the adults? There were long lop-ear rabbits and some really cute ones with short ears and lots of spots. The pigmy goats were pretty fun. There was this little one who had gotten himself up on a slide and just couldn’t seem to figure out how to get down. He just kept looking down and spinning in circles.
One of my all time favorites are the chickens. They are so much fun to watch. I found some inspiration in the fowl section also. Look at the beautiful coloring on these pheasants. I would never have guessed that they could be so vibrant.
And yes, we did eat. Boy did we eat! There is just something about being at the fair that makes all food taste good. We listened to live jazz music during lunch. After lunch, we moved onto more displays and vendors and finished the day with some drag races. It was truly the best fair I have been to in years. I can’t tell you if it was the fair, or just spending the day together with John that made it so good.