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Thread: Entered my quilt in a show and lived to tell the tale

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    Senior Member Tashana's Avatar
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    Entered my quilt in a show and lived to tell the tale

    In a moment of temporary insanity I decided to enter my quilt in a show put on by our guild every two years. First year in a guild, first show, what can possibly go wrong? The catch was that three days before the quilts were due, mine was still hanging in pieces on the design board. After a few sleepless nights, LA fighting me every step of the way, and all the usual lows, my quilt was done. Show went well, there were lots of people and guilts were gorgeous. Throughout the show I felt this bad lump in my stomach seeing my sleepless disaster hanging amongst all the beauties. At the end of the show, I picked up my quilt and judges' comments and went to a Starbucks with a friend for the grand opening of the judging envelope. I was ready to be slaughtered. Surprise! They loved my quilt! Really, they did. In a very nice manner they told me to make sure to snip my threads (some escaped me in my daze) and to pay attention to stitch length when quilting. That was it. So, if you are thinking of entering your quilt in a show, go for it. The comments are helpful, and you will survive them for sure. If I can offer one piece of advice - do not procrastinate with finishing your quilt. Finishing your masterpiece well before the deadline does wonders for stress reduction. Happy quilting!
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    Congrats on your first show! I'm so glad the judges comments were helpful to you also. It takes courage to set our work up for "judgement". It's only been a little over 2 years since I entered my first quilt to compete with all the "real quilts", and I remember the feeling well...
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    Judged shows are to tell you how to improve your quilts, and not to scare you. LOL We are the ones that do the damage to ourselves, but until you put one in the show you never will get over the nerves. Your experience will help everybody put a quilt into a show. Thank You.
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    Congratulations! A great feeling isn't it?! You broke through the bubble...now get out there and do it again!
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    ​Of course it helps to not wait until the last minute but we aways do it, don't we? Glad you got nice comments and may this be the first of many entries!

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    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Congratulations on your first, with many to follow !
    ....... except you forgot one thing ... please show us a photo of this masterpiece!!
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    Congrats! It took courage but was worth it!
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    Congrats on your show. Yes please do show us your winner

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    So happy for you. I bet it is beautiful, please show it to us. Would love to see it.

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