First, a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Essex County, NJ and have loved fiber arts since my childhood. My first love was cross stitch, then garment sewing and more recently spinning, knitting and quilting. If you'd like, you can peek into my zany pursuits on my blog, here.
Rayna was so gracious to extend me an invitation to guest post on the NNJMQG blog because I want to invite all of you to participate in the NJ State Fair®.
It's an annual event celebrating all that is NJ; the mission of the New Jersey State Fair® / Sussex County Farm and Horse Show is:
- To showcase New Jersey’s agriculture;
- Provide safe, family-friendly entertainment;
- Present educational activities;
- Promote youth development;
- Give financial support to charitable non-profit agencies
For quilters, there are juried and non-juried categories for consideration. The general rules can be found here. You can download and print the 2012 application and event calendar at this link. There are three classes of quilt competitions (form) ranging from: hand or machine pieced quilts to Civil War reproduction theme quilts to Quilts of Valor (for injured service men/women).
So, please consider entering an item in the fair or completing a group project for donation to the QOV program. Last year was my first year putting a quilt in and, while it was a nerve-racking proposition, I had a lot of fun. If you are not able to have a piece in the show, please consider coming out to the fair. It's very family-friendly and the funnel cake is awesome.
I wont be able to make July's meeting (work obligation) but I hope to see you all at the fair. ~ksp