Seriously, I was shocked. But at the same time, giddy! I couldn't believe it... I got 4 blue ribbons for my 2 lap quilts, 1 batik wall hanging, and this little pillow I made out of a vintage calendar towel.
When I first went to the county fair and saw my projects with the blue ribbon 'stickers', I was disappointed. I thought people actually got a real live, blue ribbon. I began brainstorming of how I could make my own... but when I went to pick up my items after the fair, I found that I really would receive an in-the-flesh, honest-to-goodness, blue ribbon... plus $5! The ladies must have thought I was crazy... I have never in my life entered anything in a fair, never did 4-H projects, never was in a setting that anyone did 4-H projects, and here I was, as excited as a little kid. My husband says I am a '60 year-old 4-H er' Better late than never, right?
If you have ever been to a quilt show, you know how beautiful many of the quilts are with detailed patterns, intricate machine or hand quilting, beautiful applique and embroidery. Mine are very simple and a Blue ribbon is actually second place. First place received purple ribbons. Maybe next year? I know now I will enter a quilt or something similar next year; I've been inspired... next year's entry will be even better. I won't hope for a purple ribbon, I really won't. But maybe I'll be surprised.