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It's autumn in northern New England, and (along with gorgeous fall color in Maine's abundant woods), that means it's fair season.

I've written before about going to quilt shows: the Maine state show run by the state quilting guild and the fancy show in NH run by a professional company. Both those shows feature amazing quilts, many at the cutting edge of quilt design.

The quilts at the various fairs in western Maine were mostly more traditional, both in fabrics and designs.

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A selection of pictures from various fairs for your enjoyment ;-) All the pictures I took of quilts at this year's fairs can be found at this link, if you want more. For the record, these pictures are from the Cumberland, Farmington, Fryeburg, and Oxford fairs, as well as one from Common Ground (run by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association).

Farmington Fair 2013

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Variations on a theme:

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Reproduction 1930s fabrics were very in:

2013 Oxford Fair

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Common Ground is big on recycling, so a quilt of recycled fair t-shirts:

Common Ground 2013

A display encouraging breast cancer awareness:

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Smaller pieces (like place mats and table runners) tended to be in glass cases and harder to photograph (seen at bottom of the hanging quilts in first picture):

Farmington Fair 2013

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My favorites?

This one:

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And this one:

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Plus, there was this kitty quilt:

Farmington Fair 2013

In addition to the quilt entries in the fair competitions, most of these fairs have a historical museum on the grounds, and some of these have quilts in them:

Farmington Fair 2013

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