This is the first year Anthony Baker, 34, of Zebulon entered a quilt into the N.C. State Fair. It may not have been a blue ribbon winner, but that didn’t mean it isn’t the best in show to one person in his life. Baker, who learned embroidery from a neighbor over the summer, created a Christmas quilt for his mother and surprised her with it at the fair.
“My mom’s mom passed away a few year’s ago and I used fabric that belonged to her to put this one together,” he said. “She cried when she saw it and wanted to take it home right then.” This is the third quilt Baker has made, he also entered two he made for his daughters.
“Mom went home and put up three Christmas trees,” he added. “She wanted the house to be ready when the quilt comes home.”
Quilts fall under the Home Furnishings competition. This year there were 113 quilts registered. Quilts are judged on general appearance, workmanship and presentation, and are on display in the Education Building daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.