Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fairs

This is the season for fairs! Locally we have one every week in the surrounding communities. We like to go and eat french fries, hot sausage and cotton candy.You get to see old friends and make new ones.
I usually enter quilts and flowers, and my knitted items to have them judged to see how I stack up to the entries entered.



Crawford County fair is the largest agriculture fair in the state of Pennsylvania and has many entries in all of the home department. I entered 11 items the first 3 pictures is a  jacket that I digitized several years ago to sew out on my Gammill Statler.
The large floral design is actually a panel  made by the Micheal Miller fabric company. Our Statler group in Ohio had a challenge to that had no rules it just had to be quilted. It sat on my work table for 4 months and I didn't know what I was going to do with it 1 week to go and this popped into my head . I think that it turned out really well, the back was all free hand , there is thread painting in the flora and Mctavishing in the background.The white dots on the curls are crystals glued on. By the way it was a big hit at the Statler meeting.
The pattern for the jacket is just a outline so you can use a allover design or freehand anything that you want in any of the pieces. If you would like to try this on your domestic machine take a jacket pattern trace onto fabric , sandwich top batting and backing and start quilting. If this intimidates you a little start with a 12 x 12 square and quilt this  it does take practice.
My little jacket won Best embellished garment at the show! It was a lot of fun to make and I won a gift Certificate at Fox's Sew and Vac one of my favorite stores.
Try it some time
Sharon

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