I don’t know the name of this quilt pattern, but it sure turned out nice. You’ll notice I use this color combination in my paintings lately. Well, you’ll notice it when I take photos of my paintings! Blue and brown and yellow just work in my mind.


This USA paper pieced quilt pattern is available for free on the internet, it’s one of those I’ve set aside for “one day when I have lots of free time.” I wish this person would have actually quilted the whole thing, because as it is it sort of looks like it’s lacking structure. Maybe that’s why they only got a second place?


Seed packets used as bunting! Genius! Inexpensive, pretty, and something you were going to throw away anyway. This will add a spot of brightness to the dining room wall….



I said yesterday I never know what to do with photographic fabrics. This one turned out nice, didn’t it? I wonder if the person printed her own images? Maybe a combo of fabric already available, filled out with her own favorite stills. I’m guessing.


I always like chalk paint furniture, and even pink this one works for me. Picking out the right knobs is key to making the whole thing pull together.



Hey, pink again. You just know some little girl is going to adore this quilt.



Scrollwork on the sides of the shelf. Doesn’t this look elegant?



I’m told this is a minecraft skeleton. It was quite the hit. How simple would that be to make?


There were several examples of crewelwork. I’ve never done this kind of handsewing, so I ought to put it on my lengthy list of activities for when I have time. A grouping of these would be just right.


Doesn’t this girl have a great expression? Hee hee.



I’m not in love with the colors, but I like that this shawl has a little collar. On second thought, you could call the color “moss” and it would work with a lot of neutral outfits.shawl

And my only horse tongue this year. I really didn’t get as many photos as in years past, but there are still a few winners that will make great paintings.



I took a photo of the anonymous little girl trying to climb the most difficult rock wall and win the $100 at the top. I’m told she tries every year, and one of these years she will be tall enough to reach all those handholds. They place them far apart so it’s difficult for even an adult (they don’t want to give away too many of those $100, even though I’m told they give away several every day).


And that was the best of the fair! Truly, the best week of summer!

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D’oh, I forgot to download my fair photos!  There’s not so many this year, I went in the evening and the light wasn’t great. Good thing there’s another fair to go to tomorrow! Fingers crossed the light will be better, and the day not too hot.

I picked out a few of my favorite quilts. Some I like the pattern, others the colors. Others just look pretty.


I wonder if the person who made the later square quilt made this one–that olive green looks pretty familiar! I like the color combo, and how the straight lines fool the eye into seeing circles.  (Oh, and I had my flash off so everything has a yellow hue. I just didn’t get good photos this year.)



This is so pretty, and would look great either on the wall, or hanging over the back of the couch. Wouldn’t it be great to receive this as a gift?



This flag quilt doesn’t look so special in the photo, but in person it has been heavily machine quilted with metallic thread highlighting each firework pop. It had plenty of sparkle.


Imagine all the time that went into embroidering each square. This is a full bed-sized quilt, too, I just went in for the closeup here so you can see detail. Hours and hours of work.


Here’s that olive green I mentioned. I like this one, although it wouldn’t fit my decor. I guess I like it would look okay on a masculine bed–it’s hard to make a quilt that works okay for a man.



This one is huge! I had that little girl stand there so you can get an idea of the true dimensions. Thanks, anonymous little girl!


I like sampler quilts, and I’ve got in my mind to make something like this to use as a table cloth. Different colors, those red/turquoise I think about but never actually use. Maybe I will soon!



This string quilt I think is particularly successful. Dramatic contrasts between the bolds and lights. It’s hard to pull off when your stash is mostly middle ground colors (who me? says the fabric closet).



I find photographic prints hard to incorporate in designs, and this window pane quilt uses them well.



We just liked this pouf. I wouldn’t mind putting my feet up on that!


Last year I got a fantastic tiger photo I still haven’t painted, and this year the bobcat was a hit. I saw one of these once when I was mountain biking. I looked up the trail, looked down at my gears, thought, “What the?” and looked back up, and it had vanished. I used to see a lot of deer, but that was the only cat ever. Thank goodness. He might be a little guy, but not little enough for me!


Everybody knows August is my favorite month because there’s 2 fairs and rodeos, right?

I LOVE August!

Here are some photos showing off my new Canon camera, I am so glad I bought it because I can finally capture these guys in action just right.

I am so excited to paint, and I’ve got enough cowboy action to keep me excited all year!


We always start the parade with the flag!


Can you tell we sat in the wrong part of the parade route? I was thinking, “Oh boy, shade!” which didn’t work at all for the photos. Do’h!



I’m trying out my new camera with long distance zoom AND action settings. Some hits and misses. But I’m purposely blurring faces here, because it’s not fair to put someone up on the internet without their permission.


I love the above man and his horse every year. He really has his horse dance.


I focused on the beadwork. And fringe is always so pretty. I finally bought a fringed purse. Am I ahead of the fashion curve or behind? When you get to a certain age you don’t care anymore, and you just buy what you like.


I love the rosettes on the forehead straps, and the beadwork on the chest straps. There sure is a lot of time going in to decorating those. I was talking to someone who does beadwork for his art, and he says very few people actually do it anymore, and parents ask him to teach their children. Makes me wonder if those decorations in the photos are carefully kept now and handed down.




I focused on horse photos this year, and of course won’t share the best photos until they show up in paintings.🙂


The below horse has a nice neck curve and interesting coloring that would be fun to paint.


When you hear about the huge loans farmers need to take out to stay in business, just picture owning more than one of these vehicles. I bet the cost is astronomical. Frankly, I don’t know how they can get our food to market for as cheaply as they do–not when you count in these tractors, employees, land, water, etc. Their expenses must be ENORMOUS.




I always love to see a vintage vehicle, don’t you?




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