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Thread: How do you feel about entering quilts in to local fairs?

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    one might even ask where is her ribbon? or was she too scared to enter incase she didnt get one and you did! congratulations on your win.
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    If you get right down to it.... weren't local fairs really the first "Quilt Shows" before there were more formalized quilt shows?

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    Just ignore her. That's why I'm not in a guild anymore. I've entered quilts at our county fair and been proud of the ribbons I've won.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrannieAnnie View Post
    If you want other people to see your work, fine. But the judges know next to nothing about quilting-----------they're chosen for who they are, not what they know. So if you are looking for a fair critique------------don't enter quilts here.
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    WOW! GrannieAnnie that's a LOT of assumptions there!

    Maybe that's what you think happens ... but I tend to think that you are way off course on this one. And it would appear that many of the other posters disagree with your assumptions as well.




    I enter my quilts at the Fairs. It's a thrill just to see them hanging there. If I win a ribbon, then great!! If not, I still have the opportunity to learn from the other quilts around and to gain more inspiration.

    No, we don't always agree with the Judges decision(s) ... that's the nature of the situation, being that we don't get to talk to them one-on-one. We can still learn from our own observation and yes, somewhat judging them too ... I try to walk away with a new technique I want to try or studying other entries to see why mine placed where they did.
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    I have not entered a quilt in a fair, but love to see them. This year the skill range that was represented ranged from beginner to exceptional. Next year I may have something to enter.
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    Just ignore her comments. She's probably an old poo-poo head anyway! Enjoy your ribbon and be proud of your quilt. Some people just can't stand for others to be happy!

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    If it wasn't for our local guild entering in our County fair, there would not be much of a quilt display. Now don't get me wrong, our little county fair is one of the best smaller fairs in the state. We have a very active 4-H, well known talent for night shows, and very nice, well maintained grounds. The gate is free. Our guild has a booth at the fair as PR, and we raffle off a quilt, and we always make sure there are plenty of quilting entrys to judge. I agree with the level of judging you may or may not get at the fair. It all depends on who they can find. We have had some very good ones, and others that did not have any knowledge about quilting. Most of us know exactly what to expect, and we enter for the main reason of letting people know what we have accomplished.

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    POO POO ON HER.....let her express her high and mighty opinion and let it enter one ear and go out the other...good grief...your quilts won ribbons....you have them she doesnt...haha...BTW...congrats ...bet she is GREEN with envy in reality
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    I think it's great that you exhibited in your local fair.....frankly, if we don't continue to support these community events by participating/attending, there won't be any in the future. As for judging, does it really matter if the person is "quilt qualified" or not.....Enjoy your win and continue to support local events....maybe this will be the little push to get your quilts out there to more "formal" events...whatever...be happy and don't let rude remarks put you off.

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    I wish I could enter a quilt in a local show - but I don't have one right now to enter and there isn't a show around here to do that. I am working on one that I should be able to do that w/, now it'll be finding a show or two. I do need to check more into the county fair......Shows need to show more hand quilting!!!
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    Did she poo pood because maybe she is jealous? Any how I would not let her bother you, enjoy your parade !!!

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    Congrats on your win. Ignore the wet blanket QP, she just jealous cause she's never won anything.

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    I get so irritated with people who rain on other parades. While I haven't entered a quilt in a fair myself, I do love going and seeing them. We are not an elite society of quilters. We all quilt for the love of it, and no matter if it's a ribbon winner or not, our quilts have a place in our hearts and those of the receipients. My humble opinion is that someone who looks down their nose at someone else, usually has something kinda snotty up there!!! So congrats on your ribbons, and a big ole "WAY TO GO".

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    They will never know the feeling of "does it look good enough to enter in the Fair?" They will never know the anticipation of waiting to see if they get a ribbon. They will never know the joy one feel when someone says "Isn't that beautiful?", and it's yours. So what if you get a ribbon or not. So what if someone pooh-poohs your work or your feeling of seeing something entered in the Fair - be it County or State! You worked on this project, you completed it, you saw it hanging behind glass and you saw or did not see a ribbon. I have seen the ribbon and not seen the ribbon. From Crewel work to Hot Banana Peppers; from chocolate cake to Black Raspberry jelly with a sprig of Lemon Verbena (home grown) in the jar. From ceramics to porcelain - I have won ribbons, blue ribbons, best in show, but I did it, I am proud of it and to blazes with them that do not have an inkling of the love you put into your project, the hours, the money (which we never quibble about) and then to give it as a gift. Those people will never feel that. Feel sorry for them!!!!! They will never know what it is like to bond with a quilt; they will never know the satisfaction you feel when that last stitch goes in. They will never know the look on someone's face when you give them the quilt or whatever you have made. I think they are jealous and I don't think there is a worse feeling than jealousy!

    County Fairs generally show before the State Fairs. Then the qualifiers from the County show in the State. My granddaughter made her first quilt ever and showed it in their County Fair. She got a ribbon. She is 11 years old and in 4H.

    I wouldn't even think about it anymore. They are the unhappy ones, not you. Oh, yah, all of the above I did when I was over 50 years old. I thank God I can still do this, well, I don't paint anymore, but I do cook and I do quilt - and I think that is just fine for a 74 year old ding-y broad. I love my life now and I am not going to listen or take to heart anything anyone is going to say about something I did! My husband loves my work (probably the cooking the best) and that is the most important.

    Congratulations on your ribbon! Buy yourself a picture frame and hang it in your sewing area. Nothing better than having a ribbon hanging!!!!! Edie
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    Some people are just rude and they can't seem to help themselves.Whatever! Their problem not yours.Congrats on you ribbon!

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    I don't enter quilts into shows, because frankly I don't care what the quilt police have to say about my not quilting something the way they would or choosing the colors that they would envision. I would much prefer entering quilts into a fair as the judging is more on the pleasure someone gets from viewing my work. I had a lady come into my shop once and ask about a wallhanging. I told her it was a free online pattern. (It was on the RJR site to showcase all 160 fabrics in the Jinny Beyer line.) She looked right at me and said, "Well, I guess you got what you paid for!" My feelings were hurt, and even though I had gotten many compliments on the wallhanging--I took it down for a while. Any and all of my quilts hanging in the shop are/were subject to many self-appointed members of the quilt police. So, the joke at the shop became--if the quilt wasn't exactly perfect--hang it HIGH! Sometimes we don't realize how hurtful off the collar comments can be. I'm sorry you had someone rain on your parade! Congrats on the ribbons!
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    That lady needs a serious reality check. You can enter anything you want in the fair. It has nothing to do with the guild. And maybe that's her problem. Because she does have a problem. I'd sure stay away from someone that negative. ICK!

    Enjoy your win! How fun it is to get a ribbon.
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    I have convinced several of my fellow guild members to enter the local fair. Getting a blue ribbon at a local fair is definitely a "HIGH". One has entered a quilt in our local Homemakers' Cultural Arts and gone on to win a ribbon at the Area Level and a ribbon at State. All because she entered the local fair. One has to start at some point. My guess would be that the individual who said this has entered, but did not win. SOUR GRAPES!
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    Do we detect a little jealousy here? Our fair is quite large and 5 of our guild members entered items in the fair (some judges are affiliated with an LQS). The only reason I haven't done that is because I don't find they have much protection from the public putting their hands on the entries. (with the cotton candy, candied apples, drinks, etc.) Congrats on the ribbons.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phannie1 View Post
    A friend of mine and I entered our quilts and quilted wall hanging in to the local Fair. It is a small fair but does have all the trimings of a fair. Livestock, home goods and crafts, 4-H and even a crash derby. Just a small town fair.

    My friend and I both won ribbons for our entries. Now we are not talking big judged quilt show or anything like that but we won and are excited about it ......Till! One of the ladies from a guild we know just thinks that is was beneath us to enter anything in to a fair! She really Poo-Pooed on our parade.

    So, my question is "How do you all feel about entering quilts in a local fair?"

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    I love county fairs!! I have won "Best of Show" two different times and both with quilts that the judges really didn't like at the large quilt show. The county fair is "my kind of quilt show!" Also there are categories for other types of needlework and quilting that just aren't available at the large quilt shows.....

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    Keep right on entering your quilts in the fair. A friend of mine had a quilt that went all to the huge state fair in NC. She was thrilled at the ribbons she won and we were thrilled for her. Don't pay any attention to the nay-sayers. They are maybe jealous of your efforts. Keep on entering and winning! How does your critic KNOW that the judges were merely housewives who knew nothing? NOT! We have an appraiser frequently at the quilt show as well as knowledgeable judges. My only worry would be security. Quilts today are disappearing at an alarming rate from cars and shows. That would make me more nervous.

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    Don't you just love people with 'airs'? Takes all kinds to make a world, even snobs. Years ago, I knitted a large afghan for a friend, she bought the yarn, gave me the something to do on winter nights. After we moved south a few years later, I got a letter from her and out of the envelope fell a Best of Show ribbon. She had entered her afghan, and it won and she said she had to send me the ribbon because it was my handiwork. To me, it meant how much she loved that knitted project. Oh, yes, it was a small fair, but because of the rural area, it still to this day has a huge participation and attendance. We attended the fair last year, so many beautiful quilts are still being displayed along with all kinds of knitted and crocheted works of love. Don't allow anyone to put you down.

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    I enter in our local fair. I also work the fair and hear many comments on the quilts. People love to look at them. I have also been present when judged. True, not all of the judges know a lot, but some of them really know their stuff. The fair is an opportunity to showcase your work and for others to enjoy. If there were no quilts, people would not bother to show up. It also encourages others to enter their work - what ever it is - and find satisfaction that they can do things that are worth other people viewing.

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    I have never entered anything in a fair or quilt show. It is just not something I am interested in. My quilting and any other handwork has always been my stress relief. Other than quilts I have made for my grandchildren (and now my future great grands) no one has ever seen my work which is fine by me. All of the other quilts I have made have been charity quilts and I finish two to three a month. I think that it is fine to enter competitions if that's what you want to do, but it doesn't float my boat.

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    Firstly, Congratulations to you & your friend. Enjoy your feelings of excitement.

    Don't let this rude person spoil your excitement. She's entitled to her opinion no matter how wrong it may be but she should keep it to herself. It always seem the person with the most negative opinion speak the loudest. Ignore her.

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