Wednesday (Thursday) Wait Loss 81

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss, where we share photos of quilty projects we're working on. It's my hope that here at WWL, you'll get the encouragement you need to stop waiting and to finish your quilt projects.

No, your calendar is correct--this week Wednesday Wait Loss is on a Thursday! Oh well. Let's just roll with it.

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Last week I showed you a new pattern I've written for Dear Stella. I think it would make the perfect quilt for a little boy! Read all about it and how to get the pattern here.

Then yesterday, it was my day on the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop. I'm having a giveaway, so you should check it out! The other Island Batik Ambassadors are having giveaways as well, so be sure to look for the blog hop schedule at the bottom of my post. Click here for more.

Last week I also helped my daughter plan a Great Gatsby-themed murder mystery party to celebrate her 21st. We had a catered buffet and a bar that supplied non-alcoholic mocktails. My daughter did all the decorating and planning, researching non-alcoholic versions of common cocktails on the internet and planning the hors d'oeuvres menu. I did the cooking and manned the bar, while playing a small bit part in the murder mystery--that of Miss Ginger, cook whose three husbands who all died in mysterious circumstances. My husband played a larger part, that of Sgt. Salmon, down and out ex-WWI veteran and as we found out later, the murderer of Mr. Body.

The party was unforgetable, just like our daughter. Although it took time away from all the deadlines I had this week, I wouldn't have missed helping her for the world.

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This weekend, I moved Katerina back to college and finished quilting my blog hop quilt.

That's about it! What have you been doing?

Let's see who made this week's feature

This week, I want to feature a quilter I'll call Yummy because she didn't leave her name and her blog is called Sew Yummy. Yummy is new to Wednesday Wait Loss, and last week, she shared a beautiful graduation quilt. The pattern is Scrappy Trips Around the World by Bonnie Hunter, the queen of scrappy quilts.

Yummy is a new blogger who's using her blog to share her love of quilting and other crafts. Please visit her blog and leave an encouraging comment to let her know we're glad she found us!

Congratulations Yummy! ! Thanks for sharing your quilt with us. Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blog.

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Special Link Up This Week and a Giveaway!

This week I'm having a special link up. Followers know that I've been doing this for a few months now. Every month, I choose a special Wednesday to feature a special type of quilt. You'll find a list of special WWL dates at the top of my sidebar. On each of those dates, I'll feature a special type of quilt in the link up and have a giveaway, so don't miss them!

For this month's special Wednesday Wait Loss link up, we're celebrating the State Fair!

You can link up any quilt project (done or not done) that reminds you of anything at the fair--quilts that have won ribbons,  quilts that feature the things you might find at a fair--hogs, chickens, cows, horses, and other farm animals; ferris wheels and other carnival rides; games of chance; tractors and other farm equipment; and state fair food like lemonade, deep fried everything, and of course, corn! Basically, if you can think of a story that links your quilt to the State Fair in some way, it'll get two chances to win an Island Batik Stash Builder Roll. A Stash Builder Roll is a roll of coordinated 2-1/2" x WOF strips. Use them in your next jelly roll project!

Don't have a state fair type quilt? Link up anyway and you'll get one chance to win.

Let me start you off with some quilts of mine. First up is Elephants on Parade, a quilt from my book.

Why Elephants? Well, a circus has been a part of our state fair for some time now. Probably because Indiana has a history with circuses dating way back or maybe because kids like a circus. I know my daughter sure did when we saw one at the fair one year.

And Elephant Ears happen to be one of my favorite state fair treats!

My fondest memories of the fair are of animals--cows, chicks, ducks, bunnies, we loved them all, especially horses!

Next up is Strawberry Preserves, another quilt from my book. When I think of the fair, I always think of the food competition because one of my earliest memories of the state fair was entering my banana nut bread when I was 11. I won a purple Honorable Mention ribbon!

I love looking at the quilts at our fair, and seeing which of my friends might have won a ribbon. I'm not into being judged, but I did enter two quilts (Eleanora's Iris and I Love Lucy) for judging in my guild's quilt show just to have the experience. Neither quilt won anything, but I had fun anyway.

What are your favorite state fair memories?

Time to link up your works in progress and recent quilty finishes!

Remember, you'll get one chance to win one Island Batik Stash Builder Roll for every quilt you link up--two chances for every state fair related quilt! (Tell the story in the comments) If you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

I'll announce the winner next Wednesday.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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Tell me..what are your favorite state fair memories?