Christmas MadonnaAnother interesting category was "An article or craft with a Christian theme" sponsored by Berry Christian Chruches. This was a great idea of the local churches to encourage some uplifting art or craft. There were open and junior sections. Lana's entry of the "Mary and baby Jesus" won first prize in the open section and Most Outstanding Exhibit - Craft". (More cheers from the crowd)
This is a free pattern from Lavender and Lace, "Christmas Madonna". There are quite a few free Christmas designs at the Told in a Garden website.
Sacred Heart of JesusThis design of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was awarded second place. It is done in Continental stitch in a golden sepia tone. We had a picture scanned in by a fellow who created a chart for us to use. It took Lana quite a while to complete. As one stands further back from the picture it seems to be three dimensional. The matching Immaculate Heart of Mary is currently being framed.
Ariel's fine workAriel entered this neat little cross stitch of the short "Heart of Jesus Have Mercy on us" prayer. She was awarded first prize in the junior section. Although it is a small design, Ariel did some fine work and was well rewarded.