Friday, July 20, 2012

Surprise!

I promised my kids that we'd go to the county fair last night, but this has been the "Summer of the Storms" here in southwestern Virginia, and last night was no exception.  Heavy rain, thunder and lightning meant that the midway rides were closed down.  We went anyway to see everything else going on.  We started with the quilt show (of course!).  As I walked up to my quilt, I was hoping against hope for a green ribbon, Honorable Mention.   I've gotten 2 of those in the past, for this baby quilt
Honorable Mention - hand quilted, 2010 Rockbridge County Fair Quilt Show
and for this mini quilt,
Honorable Mention, Miniature (although also hand quilted), 2008? or 2007? Rockbridge County Fair Quilt Show
and well, heck, it just feels nice to be recognized, doesn't it?  But I knew it was unlikely.  After all, my quilt wasn't even DONE, for heaven's sake.  So when I didn't see the green hanging there, I admit to feeling just a bit crestfallen. 

Until I got a little closer and saw the RED RIBBON!!!! 

Are you kidding me?  Second place!?!  I am just over the MOON!!!  To say I was surprised doesn't even do my feelings justice.  I must have let out a shriek or something, because all of a sudden, other people at the quilt show were peeking around the other quilts at me to see what was going on.

After that, I didn't care that I got wet and dirty wandering the fairgrounds with the boys.  We got our dinner, followed up, of course, with yummy funnel cake.  We watched them show some cattle, and then checked out the rest of the animals on our own, petting all of them at least twice, I think.  The cutest thing, though, was this kid, born right there at the fair just hours before.  Isn't he/she just adorable!

Before we got back home, my husband called to let us know that a tree had fallen across our road during the storm, and that we'd have to park the car, climb the fence into our neighbor's pasture, and hoof it back up the last STEEP hill to our house.


To my kids, this sounded like a fun adventure, so they were pretty disappointed when we got home and my AMAZING NEIGHBORS had already cleared the road.



Who says life in the country is slow and boring and predictable?  NOT ME!

21 comments:

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Well Congratulations! Well done. Your quilt is magnificent and well deserved of the red ribbon and the wet trip to the County Fair well worth it!

Julie Fukuda said...

That is quite an adventure. Congratulations on a well-deserved award.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Congrats on the red ribbon! We lost 30+ feet of a tree to a tornado years ago, while we were traveling back to town. My wonderful inlaws and neighbors had it moved before we drove up, and my mother was vacuuming up broken glass from the busted window (hail the size of grapefruit) when we arrived. People can be quite nice.

Becky said...

Whoopee!!!!! I'm very proud of you! You do fabulous work so you need to get recognized!

beth said...

Yeah! YOu deserve that ribbon. Congratulations!

Char said...

Congratulations Erin! I'm so happy for you it's brought tears to my eyes. Even though unfinished all your hard work paid off and you still handled all the other things that are important in your life. Maybe you do have those super powers after all!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations. And super neighbors.

quiltfool said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so proud for you! Way to go! Confirmation that your priorities were right. Lane

Em said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!

Rachel said...

Congratulations, Erin! What a beautiful quilt - your second place ribbon was well-deserved.

Have a great weekend:)

Auntie Em said...

Congratulations on your red ribbon!

The Cozy Quilter said...

it is a beautiful quilt! The ribbon is well deserved!

Ericka said...

You go, sister!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! The quilt is beautiful, and the judges could see that very clearly. You made all the right choices, and packed in as much quilting as was possible. Well done!
Love your big-stitch technique.
Debbie R.

Jindi's Cottage said...

Congratulations...well deserved...I'd have let out a shriek too, hey at least the other visitors knew where they should be looking! Whew, let's hear it for your neighbours, glad you didn't have to walk up that hill even if the kids were a bit disappointed.

Cheryl Willis said...

yea for the ribbon, now get a blue marker and color over it. you are a purple winner for sure!

wackywoman said...

Wahoo!!! You go girl!

ColorSlut said...

Congrats!!! You are a rock star!

ColorSlut said...

Congrats!!! You are a rock star!

pragmaticpatchwork said...

Gorgeous quilt! Such a lovely play of colours. It seems pretty intense -- certainly as much as that bee block you've just finished. Well done!

joe tulips said...

Congratulations. The picture of you and the quilt is adorable. Except for the fallen tree, you really live in a beautiful part of the country.