The annual Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo kicks off this evening, but Mesa Public Library was bustling on Thursday as residents dropped of their handmade arts and crafts for display and judging.
Volunteers helped register entries in youth and adults categories for clothing, knitting, crochet, needlework, quilts, baked goods, preserved foods, hobbies and crafts, fine arts, photography, horticulture and 4-H projects.
“It’s not a competition to me,” said Amy Anderson, who brought a machine-appliqued child’s wall hanging. “It’s having someone who’s an expert look at it to let you know the quality of the piece. How did I do in my category?”
This is Anderson’s third year entering. The brightly colored quilt looked as though it could have stepped out of a child’s picture book.
“I love making children’s quilts, because the fabric is so cute. It’s just fun fabric,” Anderson said.
“So that’s all I make. I make child’s quilts or wall hangings for donations, and I give them to Project Linus or Hope Pregnancy (Center). I gave one that I did like this to the UNM Children’s Hospital, and they have it hanging in one of their departments.”