The Great Frederick Fair

The Frederick County county fair is the oldest in the country, and this year they are celebrating their sesquicentennial (that’s 150 years!)  My husband pointed out that September of 1862 was also when the battles of Antietam and South Mountain were fought – and that was just a few miles away. Wow.

The reason I’m writing about the fair is that I submitted one of my pieces last Saturday.  Elizabeth and I did a craft show that day (she was selling some earrings and notecards she had made, and did quite well).  A customer suggested that I try putting some of my work at the fair, and after the show ended, I zipped on over.  I brought the piece I did of my neighbor’s barn in the winter.

Tonight Terry stopped by the fair after work (spent 30 minutes just looking for a parking spot) and snapped this photo of my work for me.

Second place!  Whoo – hoo! 🙂



I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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One comment on “The Great Frederick Fair
  1. Mary Strickler says:

    Congratulations, Mary! You are so talented, and it sounds like Elizabeth is, too! Proud of you both!

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