I have been quilting for a couple years now and decided it was time to enter something in my local county fair. I took my king size black and gold Sew Kind of Wonderful medallion quilt. Little did I know The Great Jones County Fair would be so good to me! My quilt was picked for best of show! After I looked at the other quilts I was even more pleased because there were so many other wonderfully designed, well made quilts.
I guess I better start working on something for next years fair.
Here’s a little update: how it looks on my bed. I’m super excited to get the walls painted and start using it!
Close up of the quilting. This is a panto that I got from Urbanelementz.com. I made it 4.5 inches tall. That took forever to quilt, But it was worth it. I can’t wait to finish my next quick curve ruler project!
I have finished my county fair block!
Every year the Linn County Fair sells block kits for the County Fair Quilt. Every kit contains a small selection of fabrics for you to make one 9 1/2 inch square block. Everyone picks a design for their block, constructs it and turns it back into the committee. The blocks are displayed individually at the fair next to a beautiful quilt that has been made out of the previous years blocks. There is a peoples choice award for the blocks and the winner gets a $25 gift certificate to a local quilt shop. It is a lot of fun to pick the block and see how it turns out!
This year I did my block a little differently. Last year as a beginning quilter I scoured the internet for block patterns that were already a 9 1/2 inch square. This year I used my Electric Quilt 7 software that comes with a library of thousands of blocks. I picked my favorites and scanned in images of the fabric in my kit. I could see the block on the computer screen and move the fabric placement until I found the one I liked best. When I had decided on the placement I liked best I used the software to size the block to 9 1/2 inches then printed templates to cut my pieces. No math required, perfect for me!
I had quite a bit of fabric left over so I might even try to squeeze out a second block.
Let me know what you think,