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Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Elsie, the Borden's cow, at the State Fair


My friend asked me to check out the Quilts with her at the State Fair last week.  She is a wonderful quilter and I have attended several local shows with her.  And I have to say that some quilts are really works of art... absolutely unbelievable.  However, the quilt show at the Fair was a bit disappointing. For one thing, we expected to see a lot more on display (there really wasn't that many). 

But to the point here, we went to the Fair mainly to spend time at the Quilt Show (I'm not one for fairs... or rides... or crowds), but as it turned out, we had a lot more time to spend so we walked around a bit, shared a turkey leg, and did some people watching. As luck would have it, the weather was wonderful, so it was not too hot (as it can be at Fair Park).  As it got later, the crowds increased and we left.  But we did get to see Elsie, the Borden cow, before we left.  She's a very handsome animal... but looked a bit depressed and unhappy in her little crate in the tent. People were oo-ing and aah-ing over her, but she looked like she was saying, "Can we go home now?" 

BTW, we did swap our 25-piece clay projects yesterday.  However, I didn't get any pictures yet as some didn't bring their original pieces and others spent part of the class finishing them up.  But most of us swapped out.  I got instructions for a clay tree made of little squares, twirls, and flowers.  Am working on it - almost finished, but the clay swirls were still too soft to attach - so they are stiffening and I will attach them Wednesday. Lucky for me, it was a simple piece and easy to assemble.  One of the others is an art square with a decal on one side (hard to explain, but I'll get a picture soon). Then we had another birdhouse (similar to mine - maybe more elaborate - made out of porcelain), and then a building structure (kind of like a city street scene).  All in all, it was an interesting project (I won't say 'fun'), but we all 'learned' something from it - which I guess was the purpose.

Never the less,  I will be happy to get back to working on the wheel. 




14 comments:

  1. Elsie is the BORED cow. :-)

    Looking forward to pics, especially of the clay tree!

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    1. Yes, she did look bored... or unhappy. A baby calf was in another pen beside her and if it were her baby, maybe having them in separate pens was stressful for her.

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  2. I am anxious to see the pictures of some of those projects. I have not been to the state fair for years--decades. I do love a good guilt show, though.

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    1. I hadn't been to the State Fair in years either.

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  3. Can't wait to see your clay tree, Rian :)

    Elsie is beautiful, but I agree that she doesn't look very happy :(

    Jan

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    1. It isn't 'technically' my clay tree, but another's project that was passed on to me to put together. But I will get a photo of it when completed.

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  4. Awwwww, poor "Elsie the Borden Cow". She does look kinda' cramped there, in those small corners.

    Now, how many of your Dear Readers remember "Elsie The Borden Cow" I wonder. ,-)))))

    Your work in clay, boggles my mind. I'll just wait for the pictures. Since I can't imagine, making such things, myself!

    "Auntie"

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    1. I will admit, Auntie, that I was surprised that "Elsie" was still around...

      As for clay, I had never worked with clay until a few years ago. Tried it, loved it! It's a very 'forgiving' medium.

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  5. The clay is so creative...stick with it.....the cow looks sleepy...I tried quilting but it was not creative enough for me!Cheers.

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    1. I too tried quilting and have an almost completed king quilt in my closet. But I find it tedious. However, after attending many quilt shows with my friend, I realize what an 'art' form it can be.

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  6. Elsie doesn't look very happy, but she does look pampered, doesn't she?

    I love art quilts - they are so lovely and truly works of art.

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    1. She probably is pampered, and if she was with her baby (if that was her baby in the other pen), I think she'd have been happier.

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  7. All my sisters are quilters but me...I look forward to seeing your clay projects.

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    1. I took a few pics today, Dee. Not all the projects were ready, but I will post a few soon.

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