San Mateo County Fair 2007

We spent the day at the San Mateo County Fair yesterday. The Fair, in general, seems to get smaller and smaller every year, but they still had a great selection of quilts and other needlearts. I wish more people would take the time to enter one thing.

I attend county fairs for many reasons. I really enjoy it being a coming together of things that people in the county make/participate in. We spent quite a bit of time looking at the bee hive and talking to a beekeeper. The cut flowers and plants were also amazing. My two favorite things are the quilts and frozen bananas. I thought the frozen bananas had gone the way of the dinosaurs after I checked every food vendor and none had them. I finally found them hidden in the ‘international’ area. I never knew milkshakes and frozen bananas were considered foreign food. Oh well, you learn something new every day!


As you may remember, I entered Thoughts on Dots into the fair. It didn’t get a prize, but I was pleased with how it was displayed. I was happy that there were no Sunbonnet Sue stuffed dolls in front of it and it wasn’t folded over anything. You can really see the whole quilt.


I was also REALLY pleased with how flat it hangs (no ripples!) and how well the sleeve looks. No lumps!


While I like, what St. JCN calls, the San Mateo Dotty better, this quilt reminds me of it. I know they are very different, but there is something about it that brought the SMD to mind.

This is a close up and I really like the flower motifs for the quilting.
These were fun! They are crocheted cupcakes.
Detail shots. Do you like the “sprinkles?”
This quilt was tied and didn’t hang very well, but I loved the tree in the middle. That drawing was very well done.

Detail of the tree.

The complete group of photos, unaltered and BIG are here as well as few other needlearts items that struck my fancy.

Author: Jaye

Quiltmaker who enjoys writing and frozen chocolate covered bananas.

5 thoughts on “San Mateo County Fair 2007”

  1. I hope the frozen banana was dipped in chocolate! Love the Thoughts on Dots quilt. My last 2 quilts were charm quilts and now my brain is buzzing about doing another with a particular theme.

  2. Obviously none of the judges has ever tried to keep all those pieced intersections lined up… I’d have awarded you a prize just for getting the whole shebang put together. It looks lovely! Time to finish folding clothes. I’m hauling my machine into the shop tomorrow and am hoping to get ‘old projects’ finished so I can start on sample blocks. The ‘Freshcut’ fabrics are sooo distracting. Cami

  3. Violette: the frozen banana WAS dipped in chocolate and it was dipped in nuts. It was soooo delicious!

    I really cannot get away from the “more fabrics is more” idea. It is nice to have a theme when you are doing something like big squares as in Thoughts on Dots. What about stripes? Stripes would provide for a lot of movement. Go for it!

  4. Camilla: Thanks for dropping by! No, those judges do not realize how hard I worked to get the intersections to line up as well how clever I was to get the thing to be flat. No ripples or pooches anywhere!

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