While the rest of the world goes about their normal schedules of work, and the children are all starting back to school; it is a very busy day in our house. It is the annual event of getting ready for the Terryville Fair (http://terryvillefair.org/). My husband Chip, has been on vacation from work all week but he has not been able to rest. He has been working with others, from 8:00 a.m until 10:00 p.m. getting the fairgrounds ready for our annual event, which for me begins tonight. Today I take the day off of work to prepare for later this afternoon when people from all around will bring in their needlework to be judged and displayed for the weekend, hopefully with beautiful blue, red and white ribbons rippling in the dry breeze. We normally get between 150 to 200 entries in the Needlework section. This is what it looks like before:
This is last years “before” picture because I haven’t been there yet today.
It is a family affair for us. My husband belongs to the Lion’s Club that puts this event on every year and my daughter Rebecca (https://rebeccabookreview.wordpress.com/) is also a Lion so she will help in our Needlework section tonight and occasionally over the weekend as her other duties permit. You can see her reading one of her many books here as she was waiting for entries to come in last year. Well I better get started on my day!
Last time I was making mug rugs to relieve some stress one evening after work, and that made me think about things I could work on during the week after work when I had smaller units of time. I also have been hankering to play with some Halloween fabric which I think is loads of fun to play with and I seem to have collected (hoarded) quite a bit in my stash. Halloween panels are so cute, my daughter even buys them for me but then, what to do with them. I find it is fun to use pictures from the panels to make place mats. Cut out your pictures, put some borders on, do some fun quilting and machine bind them. I used the smaller pictures for more mug rugs!! If you haven’t done machine binding yet, this is the perfect time to do so. The place mats make lovely gifts and hand sewing the back of the bindings on 4 place mats takes quilt a bit of time, so if you can machine bind them all you get more gifts for more people. I participated in a pay it forward by 5 challenge on Facebook this year and the 1st four place mats have already been delivered to my niece Jessica, for her family as part of that promise to do something for 5 people this year. Here is a pair that I will enter in the fair and here are the mug rugs that also came from the panel.
More finishing up before the fair includes a table runner that was made from leftover blocks from a modern jelly roll quilt that was made last fall. I did not do that binding all by machine, so I still have to finish the hand sewing part.
This will be a busy month with the fair coming on August 28th, so I will have to make use of those smaller periods of time in the evening after work, and it will help to reduce stress at the same time.