Remember October?

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October is always a super busy month for Eric and I and last October seemed to be even more jam-packed than normal. In fact it was so full that I’m only just now getting around to editing and sharing some of the photos. We always go to the State Fair in October, and one of my favorite things to do is visit the Creative Arts building to see all the quilts and rugs and stitching. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the things I saw.

Don’t you just love that sheep? I have the pattern for this rug that I bought several years ago. It’s sitting with another hooked rug kit waiting for me to learn how to hook rugs. Raise your hand if you have kits for things you don’t know how to do.

And look at this Plum Street Samplers design. Isn’t it fabulous in blue?

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Itty bitty tiny postage stamp squares. These looked like they were one inch squares. Seriously.

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CHS Spot the Horse. I love the frame on this one. Reminds me of an old weathered barn.

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Love this quilt – it reminds me a little bit of Deb’s Cotton Club quilt that I love so much.

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And another pretty hooked rug. I love how much pattern there is in the background. it’s not just “black” – it’s varying shades of color and hooked in a design that draws your eye around the piece.

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This little BBD ornament reminded me I still need to stitch one for myself. I have it all kitted up since I stitched one for the guild’s ornament exchange a couple of years ago.

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This Catherine Theron piece (Morning Has Broken) was stitched by a fellow guild member. It really is so stunning in person. And the ribbons she won for this piece were very much deserved. I’ve still got all my Catherine Theron class pieces stuffed in a closet and they haven’t seen the light of day since class. But, at least they are keeping the rug hooking kits company.

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Extraordinary beading on this piece. All of the scarabs and then that fringe. This must have been a ton of work!

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This is such a fun piece. Missy (Deep Inside Missy) started this one several years ago. I love all the embroidery. It’s a Crabapple Hill pattern.

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And oh, would you look at this gorgeous beaded mermaid shadowbox. I love this so so much. I think I need to make one.

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I love this little Halloween whirligig quilt. I bought the pattern for making one of these last summer…it’s probably in the closet too. Are you sensing a theme?

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Cathedral windows quilt. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one done in lime green before. Usually you see them in white.

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I just adore miniatures. One of these days I’ll have to show you the dollhouse my grandmother made for me. But these two little pieces were so fun to look at. All the detail that went into them – just amazing.

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They remind me a little bit of the holiday windows in NYC, just on a much much smaller scale.

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And here’s the other one – a quilt shop. So cute.

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Look at those bolts of fabric and the little Featherweight machine!

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I love this hooked rug so much! What a lovely addition to some summer decorating this would be.

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And here’s another cute finish. I’m not really a ruffle kind of gal, but I thought this was appropriate.

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And another one of Paulette’s designs. I have this one ready to stitch. It will look perfect with my other framed pieces in our bedroom.

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And finally this tiny little thing. It’s got to be on silk gauze.

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So that’s it from me today. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the pieces from the State Fair, even though it’s eight months later. It always inspires me to get to working on my own pieces, so I’m sure that in the very near future I’ll be going stash diving in that closet of mine to pull out some of the things I’ve been nudged to work on after looking at these photos again. Oh, and if you’d like to take a look at the other photos I took at the Fair, including photos from the Chinese Lantern Festival – go on over to my cozystyle blog.

Here’s wishing you a great week!

I am grateful for a weekend spent doing whatever I wanted to do.

22 thoughts on “Remember October?”

  1. Oh my goodness – I’m so glad that you got around to posting these pictures. It’s like eye candy seeing all the different things that were entered!! I have to agree with you on the quilt – when I first scrolled to it I did think that it was the Cotton Club quilt, but yet so different. Just the colors are so much the same.

    I love everything, but especially those miniatures (you know how I love those). Someday we’re going to have rooms like that, right?

  2. Oh my goodness – I’m so glad that you got around to posting these pictures. It’s like eye candy seeing all the different things that were entered!! I have to agree with you on the quilt – when I first scrolled to it I did think that it was the Cotton Club quilt, but yet so different. Just the colors are so much the same.

    I love everything, but especially those miniatures (you know how I love those). Someday we’re going to have rooms like that, right?

  3. So glad you shared!!! So many beautiful things to look at ~ All even more impressive in person I imagine

  4. So glad you shared!!! So many beautiful things to look at ~ All even more impressive in person I imagine

  5. You have a fantastic state fair! Lots and lots of wonderful things. I’d love to learn to wool rug hook one day but I haven’t bought any kits yet. If I had, it would be something like that urn of flowers on the dark background – I love that!

  6. You have a fantastic state fair! Lots and lots of wonderful things. I’d love to learn to wool rug hook one day but I haven’t bought any kits yet. If I had, it would be something like that urn of flowers on the dark background – I love that!

  7. I agree with everyone, so many gorgeous things to look at! And I’m raising my hand – I do have kits for things I don’t know how to do – yet. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these pictures.

  8. I agree with everyone, so many gorgeous things to look at! And I’m raising my hand – I do have kits for things I don’t know how to do – yet. 🙂 Thanks for sharing these pictures.

  9. Wow, this was a treat to see! Quite a state fair you have! Wow! And yes, I will raise my hand — I also have kits for things I don’t know how to do yet. lol! Namely rug hooking, like you!

  10. Wow, this was a treat to see! Quite a state fair you have! Wow! And yes, I will raise my hand — I also have kits for things I don’t know how to do yet. lol! Namely rug hooking, like you!

  11. So lovely post! I just love miniatures and also the rug hook things are so sweet. I have never tried that technique. But I know from my petit point yahoo group that it is very popular also in miniature for rugs and wallhangings in dollshouses of 1:12th scale.
    Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful creations from the fair. I feel so happy in my heart when seeing peoples amazing creations.

  12. So lovely post! I just love miniatures and also the rug hook things are so sweet. I have never tried that technique. But I know from my petit point yahoo group that it is very popular also in miniature for rugs and wallhangings in dollshouses of 1:12th scale.
    Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful creations from the fair. I feel so happy in my heart when seeing peoples amazing creations.

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