I stopped over at the #bcfarmfair to drop off two entries at the Home Arts tent. I always enjoy seeing the fairgrounds before the crowds arrive!I love a challenge–especially a quilt challenge!

Our county fair’s Home Arts tent offers a quilting challenge division each year. They choose a farm-themed fat quarter from the local quilt shop. The quilt shop sells a FQ to anyone who’d like to participate, and they offer coordinating fabrics, too. The requirements for entry are pretty simple: You can make any sort of pattern or project you’d like, so long as it’s

  1. Finished and quilted, and
  2. Within a set of size limitations (144-1296 square inches).

Some years, inspiration comes quickly.

This was not one of those years.

I struggled. I love to make a statement with my challenge quilts–I want them to stand out. But this fabric (from Moda’s Farm Fun collection) just didn’t speak to me for some reason (and I like the fabric!).

Finally, I decided to appliqué some shapes, quilt the hell out of it, and call it a day.

I cut a piece of solid yellow, then marked some registration lines on it with a hera marker."Hera" Marker Slim

I used these HexEssentials Viewers as templates so I could fussy cut easily, folded the cut pieces over 1/4 inch, pressed, and edge-stitched. fast2cut HexEssentials 2 1/2" Viewers: 3-Piece Acrylic Hexagon, Diamond & Triangle Set • By Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession I used the registration lines as guides for quilting on my Bernina 550QE. The diamonds and triangles were quilted with a walking foot, but all of the rest was free motion quilted with very little prior planning. quilt challenge beginningsquilt challenge free motion quilting

And here’s the finished baby quilt!

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So, did it win??!?

As with all of the Farm Fair Home Arts categories in our county, entries are judged using the Danish system. This means that your work isn’t awarded a ribbon based on how it compares to other entries, it’s judged on its own merits. As a result, each category can have lots of blue-ribbon winners! In addition, there is a “Best in Division” award which IS judged to be the best of the all the entries, plus additional sponsored awards and a Viewer’s Choice for the whole tent.

 

quilt challenge ribbon

Curious about the winning quilt?

(P.S. I know the quilter, and I’m very happy that she won this year’s challenge!)What’s next for my little quilt?

Well, a few years ago I decided to donate my Farm Fair challenge quilts to the Burlington County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee for their annual silent auction fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House. I hope it goes to a loving home, and raises a nice chunk of change for a terrific cause along the way!

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2 Replies to “Quilt Challenge–Farm Fair 2017

  1. I think the baby quilt came together really nicely and I hope it raises a good amount of money for the charity. I am certain it will be appreciated by the recipient. How nice to know the division winner and celebrate the win with her, too. I’m glad you were able to come up with a solution for the challenge. I do worry that I will “freeze” and not be able to complete an entry for challenges.

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