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Thread: First time quilt show entry

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    First time quilt show entry

    Hi! I just stumbled onto your board today when I was searching for a solution to fix a seam in my quilt. I found several ideas (thank you very much!), but here's my dilemma. If you were me, would you still enter this quilt in a quilt show?

    I washed the quilt for the first time yesterday. It was only then that I noticed it has one small seam (about 1.5 inches) that has come loose. Of course it is intersected by the quilting (done by a long-armer).

    I was so excited to enter this is the Sisters Outdoor Quilt show, which is in July. This is the first quilt that I designed and completed. Ultimately, my decision to go ahead will depend on my repair job, but any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Shawn

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    Go for it! Chances are good no one will see the repair anyway, and you will love the sight of it hanging with the other quilts.

    Janet

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    Check with the show's entry requirements ... many shows will NOT accept quilts that have been laundered. Also, there may be other inclusions/exclusions which will tell you if you should enter it.

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    welcome from N. OK. I say fix it and go for it!

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    Welcome from Southern CA. Have fun with it, good luck!!!!

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    I agree, usually we are the only ones how see thing like this on our own quilts. Welcome from Alabama and good luck in the quilt show.

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    Welcome and good luck with the show. I would enter it.
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    I would definitely repair it, then go ahead and enter it in the show. I have been a scribe several times for judges at our local quilt show and, believe me, they will see a loose seam. One judge I scribed for could see a cat hair at 20 paces!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Check with the show's entry requirements ... many shows will NOT accept quilts that have been laundered. Also, there may be other inclusions/exclusions which will tell you if you should enter it.

    Good Luck!
    Not planning to ever enter a quilt of mine in a show but I was curious--why don't they want it laundered? What about the quilt markings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    Not planning to ever enter a quilt of mine in a show but I was curious--why don't they want it laundered? What about the quilt markings?
    I've entered a lot of quilt shows, and I've never seen a rule about not laundering quilts. These are local and national shows.

    I have seen rules about not accepting quilts that smell bad or are soiled.

    A laundered quilt may not hang well, but blocking it would help that.

    Janet

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    I think you should definitely enter it. I think you will be able to fix the open seam, so that it blends right in with the other seams. You have nothing to lose. The beauty of your quilt will not be affected, and it will be enjoyed by all of the viewers.

    Dayle

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    Absolutely enter it! I had a handquilted quilt I entered that had a repair patch on it!! It stuck out to me like a beacon but no-one noticed it that I am aware of, not even the judge! Or at least they didn't mention it on the comments. The quilt did well enough to win a vendors choice! So do your repair and enter away!

    Here is a link to a picture, I defy you to find it! LOL

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    PS welcome to the board!

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    Welcome from Minnesota. I would enter the quilt as long as the repair turns out well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    Not planning to ever enter a quilt of mine in a show but I was curious--why don't they want it laundered? What about the quilt markings?
    I don't have the answer ... I don't write the rules!

    Perhaps it's a regional/national thing ... all the ones in this area are to be non-laundered.
    And there's numerous other rules ... variable from one show to the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Absolutely enter it! I had a handquilted quilt I entered that had a repair patch on it!! It stuck out to me like a beacon but no-one noticed it that I am aware of, not even the judge! Or at least they didn't mention it on the comments. The quilt did well enough to win a vendors choice! So do your repair and enter away!

    Here is a link to a picture, I defy you to find it! LOL

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...n-t161213.html
    Are you kidding? I stood next to that quilt for almost an hour as a white glove lady at the show, and I couldn't find anything wrong with it at all! And I was looking for it!

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    Hope it all works out.

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    I say go for it! The quilts are hung outdoors on buildings and there is a good chance no one will see this small flaw.

    I am entering a quilt for the first time this year also. I am nervous but excited about seeing it hung outside.
    Marie

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    I would say go ahead and fix it and enter you did make it
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    I've been to that show and I think your entry will be just fine! Go for it!

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    It depends on the show, some want them unwashed, you have to read the rules on the show

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    Bravo for entering your quilt! And it's your first!! You are inspiring me. I am SO intimidated to enter a quilt. But we all have to start somewhere, and I imagine this will be a great confidence-booster and learning experience for you. You rock.
    Jenny in DC

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    If we only entered a quilt in a show if we thought it would win, there would be precious few quilts to look at. Enter it, and be happy that lots of quilters will see and admire it. If you really don't want criticism, enter it as 'display only'. Then it won't be judges and you won't be sad. But DO enter it!

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    Thank you all for your encouragement. I'm going to try to fix the quilt this weekend. I'll let you know how it turns out. At least the break is on a seam that contains the same fabric. Hopefully that will make it easier to hide.

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    Welcome from Oregon City, Or. I would say go for it. You will most likely be able to repair the seam so it will be invisible. Good luck.

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    Welcome from north eastern Oregon. I worked out of Bend for many years. I lived in K-Falls and rode trains to Bend and back. I live about 5 hours from Bend now and have never been to Sisters. When is their big quilt show? I would love to go to it. I bet there's not a hotel room to be had there during it. Where would be a good town to stay in close to Sisters'? I have an uncle in Bend, but I don't feel comfortable staying there. And I don't want to be too far from Sisters. Do I need to make a reservation now?
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