This is the last State Fair update, I swear. Until next year anyway.
On opening day of the fair, I always go by myself. I go where I want, do what I want and don’t have to give a moment’s thought. This way I can spend as much time in the Fine Arts Building and the Education Building as I like. Over the years I’ve discovered that most everyone else does not have enough tolerance for how much time I can spend looking at dioramas made by 2nd graders, woodworking projects by junior high kids and robots built by high schoolers.
I also spend a lot of time looking at the quilting projects. I love looking at quilting – it is just fascinating to me. Taking all those smaller pieces of fabric and imagining a bigger piece of art. A little bit like crop art, now that I stop and think about it. Every year I walk slowly through the entire quilting section; I particularly like the “Quilt on a Stick”.
Then I always spend the next hour thinking about taking up quilting as a hobby. Where I could take some beginner classes, where I would put the frame, what kind of cabinet for fabric. It takes about an hour before I shake it off. I always have more than one time and space-swallowing hobby! My paper crafting takes up an entire room my of house. The number of kitchen toys I own (fancy-dancy pans, fondue pots, ramekins, apple peelers, salad spinners) necessitated a huge shelf in the basement. My gardening stuff takes up the back wall of my garage. I really do NOT need another hobby.
Unfortunately this year YA wanted to do the Education Building on one of the days we went together, so I got to see the quilts twice.
Then I needed to talk myself off the ledge. Again!
Any hobbies you’ve toyed with starting?