Fair Day

At Plimoth

Not a lot of stitching going on around here lately. About the most I got accomplished this weekend that was stitching related was framing my At Plimoth piece I stitched at Thanksgiving last year. My intention had been to frame it and put it out this year, but I completely forgot about it. In fact, I wasn’t even going to decorate for fall really. But, then I was looking back at some old posts on the other blog, and came across a reference to this piece. So, on Saturday I went by the bookstore to pick up the next book for my book club (The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell) and then I went to find a frame for this piece. I love how it looks framed and I’m so glad I finally have it done! Such a simple piece, but I just love it. And I loved stitching with the Simply Wool threads. (Pardon my reflection in the glass.)

So, that’s the extent of my craftiness of late. In lieu of some progress pics, I thought I’d share some photos from our trip to the State Fair. I love the textile building, and I always find such interesting things in there.

I loved this quilt – it looks like a Jo Morton to me.

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This Christmas quilt was pretty. I love the “ribbon” border.

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And I had to share this one for Missy. She and I both bought the kits to make this quilt. She’s at least started hers though. I just stare at mine longingly.

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And this one is for Kim. Sailor Sock Monkey. How cute is he?

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You may remember that I’ve actually started this piece – I started it on Christmas day last year. It’s the Marbek Nativity, and there are actually two more panels. Of course, I only stitched half a sheep before I set it aside for something else. Yet another project I should pick back up. This piece did reinforce how much I like it on the blue rather than on the white background.

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And lookie – Paulette’s Hare’s Christmas…

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This one is still on my to do list. I even have fabric picked out for it.

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And finally, I just had to share… this is ALL BEADED. With little bitty seed beads. All of it. The whole thing. And then the main piece and the two cartouches are mounted onto the background. Amazing and sparkly in person.

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I had fun looking around and still somehow missed this piece that Andrea pointed out.

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I did also spend a few minutes trying to explain to Eric what quilling is. Then a stranger jumped in to help me with my explanation and had to show us photos of quilled pieces on her phone. Eric was not amused.

Hopefully the stitching mojo will return soon. First I have to recover from my latest adventure – a 10k trail run in the dark through the woods. That’s a story unto itself.

I am grateful for the fact that I am still alive.

42 thoughts on “Fair Day”

  1. Your Thanksgiving piece turned out so cute! The simplicity of it is beautiful.
    I did not make it to the fair this year, and I am bummed! Nobody does the state fair quite like TX! I love walking through the textiles. Leave it to someone there to have quilling photos at the ready! ha! The Nativity piece is stunning. I would definitely do it on a blue or greyish fabric, like River Willow.

  2. Your Thanksgiving piece turned out so cute! The simplicity of it is beautiful.
    I did not make it to the fair this year, and I am bummed! Nobody does the state fair quite like TX! I love walking through the textiles. Leave it to someone there to have quilling photos at the ready! ha! The Nativity piece is stunning. I would definitely do it on a blue or greyish fabric, like River Willow.

  3. Great fair photos! My sister showed me some photos too. I love the christmas quilt and the ToT Fairy! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great fair photos! My sister showed me some photos too. I love the christmas quilt and the ToT Fairy! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love your little Plimouth piece! Thanks for the pics from the fair — what fun to see some of these projects I’ve been tempted by! lol! I want that Baltimore Halloween one so badly…..

  6. I love your little Plimouth piece! Thanks for the pics from the fair — what fun to see some of these projects I’ve been tempted by! lol! I want that Baltimore Halloween one so badly…..

  7. My ears are burning…

    Oh yes, I do recongize that quilt. I’m currently swearing a blue streak at the Cats & Hats block (those brooms are a NIGHTMARE).

    But shhhh… don’t tell Annette, I talked her into buying this one. lol

  8. My ears are burning…

    Oh yes, I do recongize that quilt. I’m currently swearing a blue streak at the Cats & Hats block (those brooms are a NIGHTMARE).

    But shhhh… don’t tell Annette, I talked her into buying this one. lol

  9. Did that beaded piece win a ribbon? I can’t imagine that it didn’t. Our fair has a dismal display of textiles from what I’m told.

    I’m hoping the story of your trail run will be appearing soon as a blog post.

  10. Did that beaded piece win a ribbon? I can’t imagine that it didn’t. Our fair has a dismal display of textiles from what I’m told.

    I’m hoping the story of your trail run will be appearing soon as a blog post.

  11. Amazing pieces and quilts! Oh my, that Halloween quilt is fantastic!!! I have to say, I am quite partial to Hares’ Christmas. 🙂

  12. Amazing pieces and quilts! Oh my, that Halloween quilt is fantastic!!! I have to say, I am quite partial to Hares’ Christmas. 🙂

  13. Thanks for sharing the pictures from your local fair. The quilts are beautiful and the beaded piece is amazing.

    Love your Plimouth piece.

  14. Thanks for sharing the pictures from your local fair. The quilts are beautiful and the beaded piece is amazing.

    Love your Plimouth piece.

  15. I loved this post–and I love your little T-giving piece. I don’t decorate for fall, partly because this year I’m depressed, and partly because I’m sort of challenged in the decorating department in the best of times.

  16. I loved this post–and I love your little T-giving piece. I don’t decorate for fall, partly because this year I’m depressed, and partly because I’m sort of challenged in the decorating department in the best of times.

  17. Well, I for one am really glad your alive as well. Love that Halloween Quilt.

    Thanks for the fair pics – it makes me miss Texas. Good job on framing your piece – its very apropos.

  18. Well, I for one am really glad your alive as well. Love that Halloween Quilt.

    Thanks for the fair pics – it makes me miss Texas. Good job on framing your piece – its very apropos.

  19. Oh what lovely things. Thank you for sharing the fair. I enjoy seeing all those goodies. That nativity really caught my eye. Yours will be stunning done. I like the idea of the blue.
    A run in the woods and thankful to be alive – that must be quite the story?

  20. Oh what lovely things. Thank you for sharing the fair. I enjoy seeing all those goodies. That nativity really caught my eye. Yours will be stunning done. I like the idea of the blue.
    A run in the woods and thankful to be alive – that must be quite the story?

  21. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Michelle. Very interesting! I do like your framed Plimoth, it’s very sweet and the frame is beautiful.

    I look forward to hearing what you think about The Thousand Autumns. I think it looks interesting.

  22. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Michelle. Very interesting! I do like your framed Plimoth, it’s very sweet and the frame is beautiful.

    I look forward to hearing what you think about The Thousand Autumns. I think it looks interesting.

  23. Your fair pics are great, Michelle! I went to the state fair in Delaware just once and, well, I’ll just say that the stuff isn’t as nice as what you got to see! 😉 I love your framed Plimoth!

  24. Your fair pics are great, Michelle! I went to the state fair in Delaware just once and, well, I’ll just say that the stuff isn’t as nice as what you got to see! 😉 I love your framed Plimoth!

  25. Cute, cute, cute finish! Love the frame. And gorgeous pics from the fair too :-). Hope your stitching mojo comes back soon.

  26. Cute, cute, cute finish! Love the frame. And gorgeous pics from the fair too :-). Hope your stitching mojo comes back soon.

  27. How did I miss this post? Geesh, wth?

    Gosh, I love all of your fair pics (and of course, your framed piece, awesome!) It’s funny, you picked up on some things that I didn’t…never noticed the Hare’s Christmas for example. It was SO crowed the day we went…ugh…biggest crowd we’ve ever seen. Anyway, people were pushing us forward, so I know we didn’t see everything.

    Anyhoo….great post!
    xox

  28. How did I miss this post? Geesh, wth?

    Gosh, I love all of your fair pics (and of course, your framed piece, awesome!) It’s funny, you picked up on some things that I didn’t…never noticed the Hare’s Christmas for example. It was SO crowed the day we went…ugh…biggest crowd we’ve ever seen. Anyway, people were pushing us forward, so I know we didn’t see everything.

    Anyhoo….great post!
    xox

  29. I have got to buy the patterns for the Halloween Baltimore quilt. I love it truly madly deeply.

    Your Plimouth piece is sweet. Reminds me I need to pull it out and stitch it for this year.

    I agonise over seasonal decorating because I’m never prepared and then feel like dragging it all out just creates clutter and with a lot of cats and two clumsy dogs, it all seems hopeless but I had an epiphany the other day, I’m rearranging my living room and creating a seasonal wall. We don’t have a fire place so I’ll find what I hope is an awesome shelf and then will change out the stitching and the shelf displays each season. I never thought I was that person but I’ve enjoyed seeing people’s seasonal mantles and I decided that’s my solution.

  30. I have got to buy the patterns for the Halloween Baltimore quilt. I love it truly madly deeply.

    Your Plimouth piece is sweet. Reminds me I need to pull it out and stitch it for this year.

    I agonise over seasonal decorating because I’m never prepared and then feel like dragging it all out just creates clutter and with a lot of cats and two clumsy dogs, it all seems hopeless but I had an epiphany the other day, I’m rearranging my living room and creating a seasonal wall. We don’t have a fire place so I’ll find what I hope is an awesome shelf and then will change out the stitching and the shelf displays each season. I never thought I was that person but I’ve enjoyed seeing people’s seasonal mantles and I decided that’s my solution.

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