I have always loved going to the fair. But I never understood why adults wanted to go and see the exhibits when I was young - wasn't the fair all about the rides? But now I am all over the exhibits and don't let my kids go on any rides - I know, so mean. :) But this year is extra special. I am going to have a quilt block exhibited in the fair!
|2011 Competition Blocks|
Each year there is a quilt block competition at the Iowa State Fair. They send you fabric and you make a quilt block that is judged. Then they take all of the blocks and make a quilt for next year's raffle. Here are the blocks from last year.
|The 2012 Block Fabrics|
These are the fabrics that they sent out this year...umm...not my favorites. I mean, I like good Civil War reproduction fabrics, the poison greens, roses and cheddars, but not these. But that will just make making a great block that more rewarding/challenging/impossible. Right?
The only requirements are:
- The block must measure 9.5 inches square unfinished (9 inches finished)
- The block must contain all 6 fabrics
- No additional fabric may be added
|The light fabrics aren't so bad - I actually really like the bumble bees.|
I have added a few more requirements for myself - I would really like to have a shot at winning - I am kind of competitive. ;)
- It must have a decent amount of complexity but not over the top - the winners last year had nice simple yet effective designs with a traditional leaning
- All points must match
- The back must look good also - I figure when it comes down to the finalists, the judges will pay attention to the back of the blocks because all of the fronts are perfect.
- Make sure it is well pressed and has no loose threads
- Pay attention to fabric placement - make sure there is good contrast
Has anyone out there judged or seen judging for quilts/quilt blocks before? Is there anything else I should pay attention to?
Here are the three blocks I have narrowed it down to (it is really hard to find 9 inch blocks that can use 6 different fabrics!). L to R: Aztec Logs, Eight Point Allover and Belted Star. All of the blocks were found at the Quilter's Cache.
Right now I am leaning towards Aztec Logs because it will be easy to use all of the fabrics, the design fits the fabric and the small 1 inch triangles add a good level of complexity. As a bonus they are paper pieced, so I have a decent chance of making them accurately. In fact all of the blocks are paper pieced so hopefully my precision will be better than if I was piecing them with regular cutting/sewing. But I like the other ones too...
What do you think?