Since 2014 I have entered at least one quilt to be considered for QuiltCon. The first one I made was a quilt for the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge. You can see it here. It wasn’t accepted and I tried to figure out why, so I studied the quilts which were accepted. Before this year, I had four accepted:
This year I have two accepted:
My quilts have never won an award. I’ve entered quilts in Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival as well. The judge’s comments usually compliment the design and there’s almost always an execution suggestion. I was particularly surprised that the judges believed the hand quilting on Mod Drunk was distracting and the tension was too tight. Because of those comments, I have tried to be more conscious of “mistakes”. I fret over the binding and the quilting. But, I make mistakes and don’t notice them until it’s too late to fix them. Sometimes I’m impatient to finish a quilt and I’m not mindful of all the details. I enjoy the design process more than I enjoy the execution part. I’ll continue to make and share my work. I do enjoy receiving congratulations from you. I feel accepted and loved.
4 thoughts on “QuiltCon Obsession”
Congratulations on having quilts accepted to QuiltCon, wow and smart move to study/investigate further when your pieces in the past were not accepted.
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As I have told you, your work brings me joy and happiness. If you begin with the end in mind, and it is your desire to receive an award, then yes, pay attention to the notes given by the judges. And avoid the Virginia State Fair at all costs. If your desire is to give the world yet another example of the amazing beauty birthed from your hands, then MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! Love you, my Quilt Sister!
Thank you for cheering me on and reminding me why I make.