Friday, August 15, 2014

2014 Iowa State Fair

So we went to the fair on Tuesday and I finally got a picture of my quilt block.  It didn't win anything - no huge surprise there - but it was fun to see it and see a block a friend made too.

The walls of quilt blocks were...intense.  My friend Tara who loves orange and green together even thought it was a bit much.  It will make an interesting raffle quilt next year.

Every year they make a raffle quilt with the blocks from the previous year's competition.  Here is this year's raffle quilt with my Circle of Geese block in the middle.  A much calmer color palette.

This was the second year of there being a Modern Category at the fair.   Here are some of the entries.

And some more.

And more.  The entry on the right was perplexing.  I can only assume if was miss labeled and put in the wrong area because, while beautiful and well constructed, it is in no way modern.

Other favorites from the Fabric and Treads department were this cross stitched "quilt" and teal dress.  Each of the patches in the cross stitch was made to look like fabric - amazing.  I would love to make a quilt with that mix of colors and color gradation.   I also need to find (not make) a dress like the teal one for myself.  So classy!

The model gardens at the fair always get me motivated to do more in our yard.

Happy and calm before the ride

And I even went on a ride.  I am a ride wimp and it was scary and I felt like I was going to throw up.  The kid rides that I was too tall for seemed much more my speed.  :)

I am almost done appliqueing the stars on my Megan's Star quilt and hope to have pictures of that to share early next week.  I hope you have a great weekend!


  1. The block challenge looks really cool! It would have been nice if they had done something different with the labels, it takes away from the blocks by covering up the corners!

  2. It's so good to see pictures from the fair! Thanks for sharing what you did. I agree that the green/orange blocks are way too intense. Hope they figure out how to put lots of white with it to negate the impact. Neat about having a modern category again. I'll have to look up the winner's list to see who placed. I think you're right about that where that HST quilt was entered. Wrong, wrong! Glad YOU went on a fair ride. I never did, and am proud that I didn't! :-)

  3. at some point, I really should check out our state fair. being out west, I wonder if we even have traditional aspects of the fair, like quilts and such. all I remember from college is going there on a few dates for some concerts and doing a few rides. it's cool that your fair has a modern category for the quilts now and I must admit I was thinking the same exact thing about that one traditional quilt in the last photo! looks like fun all the way around.