Pie Contest Table Topper–Mini-Quilt

In the 1990s, I did a large painting of our county fair pie contest.

I took a picture of this painting and printed it on June Tailor Colorfast Fabric for Inkjet Printers.  I left the backing paper on while I touched up the acrylic paint and re-inked the picture.  Then, I removed the backing paper and sewed on strips of fabric plus rick-rack to complete the top.

I used all scraps for the backing and completed a memory piece for my table topper rack.

The little pie was hand carved from wood by a good friend and I borrowed one of my daughter’s miniature blue ribbons for this display.

In 1995, I had used a version of this painting to make a floor cloth for my daughter.  It has been in constant use since that time and I’m going to freshen the paint and apply another couple coats of clear acrylic so it will be bright for a few more years.

In 1993, the original design was on a sweatshirt which won a blue ribbon at our county fair and at the Ohio State Fair.

My inspiration for the sketch was my first pie contest in 1983.  The story is posted here.

https://lillianscupboard.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/the-pie-contest/

As hectic, hot and tiring as the experience was, it stands out in my memory as one of the highlights of my life.

My oldest daughter, who was there at the time and has entered contests herself, has a delightful poem about pie contests on her blog.

http://www.nudged2write.com/archives/2692

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

5 thoughts on “Pie Contest Table Topper–Mini-Quilt”

  1. As i’ve said before…You are just sew talented! The display of mini quilt and carved pie with ribbon is just to die for. Is the pie on a springy type of display?

  2. As Sarah stated… you are one very talented lady, Ms Lillian! And your daughter was smart to make you enter your blackberry apple pie in the county fair!

  3. Oh, I love all the uses you have for this terrific design. The display piece is just so Lillian. You have an artistic flair, even in pictures like the one of the Mary Englebreit card. I’m missing that and I envy it (in a good way!).

  4. Wow! You are an artist quilter. I never knew that you painted until I saw the garden flag. And now this… You are amazing Lillian. It is a beautiful quilt!

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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