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

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    I entered three of my quilts at a local fair that was not even actually a fair! I won three 2nd place ribbons which thrilled me to death even though there were only a total of 10 quilts entered!!! LOL Those ribbons mean so much to me. I've only been quilting three years, so I was tickled pink!
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    Congratulations!

    I would just ignore her and her rude comment because you know she stands a lone because you are the one holding the ribbon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phannie1 View Post
    She really Poo-Pooed on our parade.

    So, my question is "How do you all feel about entering quilts in a local fair?"
    Well Poo-Poo on her for raining on your parade! The old saying if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. My first full size quilt I did (my avitar) I entered into our local county fair and I won a Blue Ribbon for best pieced catagory. You would have thought I won a million $$$ in the lottery! I was so thrilled! Since then, I have entered quilts and wall hangings every year.

    At this point I continue to do not so much for the thrill of winning, but more entries in ALL judging events is dwendling every year. Less people entering canning, cooking, crafts, photography etc..... Even less livestock!
    So if people don't enter their crafts, we will lose a great part of local small town fairs.

    So Please continue to create quilts and enter! There is nothing that says "who" should of shouldn't enter!
    Congrats on your win! Be proud and loud about it! I know I brag on my wins! lol
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    Enter in the spirit of fun. If you win, wonderful, if not it's okay. At least people got a chance to see what you do and enjoy it. The judges can be decent or lousy, if the critique applies, learn from it, if not laugh it off and quilt on. Don't let a poor judge or a "professional" quilter rain on your parade!

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    There is alway someone who finds the need to rain on someones parade. Enjoy your ribbon and take pride in it.

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    I've entered several quilted items in the fair, I love to see the ribbons after the judging. Don't let that snooty woman "rain on your parade". Stand tall, be proud of your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    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.
    Well said--I totally agree!
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    She must be a SNOB.
    Go for it.
    It is your quilt.
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    I cannot imagine anyone poo-pooing anyone that entered a quilt into a fair and winning. How sad for that person. It is great that you won. Keep up the good work, and congrats

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    Years ago I entered a few quilted items at our small local fair. One of them made it to made it to the state fair in Sacramento where it won a blue ribbon. Fairs are a wonderful way to share your work.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I don't know if I want to enter anything I make into a "fair" because my technique simply isn't good. But I make some really fun and interesting quilts and when I entered a couple in a quilt show a few years back they took "viewers choice" awards (everyone was given a piece of paper when they paid to go in and got to mark favorites). Mine won in best original art quilt (1st and 2nd place) and first in over all viewers favorite. I'm telling you this because there was apparently no other prizes beyond the viewers' choice. So, if your technique won't get past the quilt police, look for this kind of show. I suspect they seperated it from the county fair because they hold it at the fair grounds and it takes up 3 huge barms!

    My problem now (we moved) is that when I go on line to find an upcoming fair (like 2 or 3 months away) I have not been able to find the form or info that tells HOW to enter. I tried with one show and, after it was over, someone gave me an address to apply, and it was NOT the address of the group or the show name! aaaaagh, it's hard getting old and not understanding these new ways of communicating.

    Anyone who thinks entering shows or fairs is low class should loosen up and LIVE LOVE LAUGH!

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    I would encourage every one to enter there quilts in a local fair, it is a wonderful way to learn more and get positive feedback on what you can learn to do better. I was a 4-H member and then when I had my own family I entered things in the fair. All entries are judged on the Danish judging system that is why all entries get ribbons that you see. As a quilt judge I have refused to judge a couple of quilts since they smelled like old ash trays and I couldn't get near them. I have enjoyed judging and observing the growth in the local quilters that enter the fair I judge at. I still enter quilts in my local fair (not the one I judge at) and enjoy reading the comments the judges give. That is where you can learn and improve your quilting. Those women who made rude comments to you probably are jealous since you most likely got better ribbons than they ever did. Kudos for you and keep up the good work! By the way Judges are trained and have to show a superior knowledge of the subject that is being judged.

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    About every other year I enter a quilt in our local fair. Sometimes I win and sometimes I loose. It is fun and we meet a lot of new people from different areas. Do not listen to that woman, she is a QUILT POLICE!! Ignore her.

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    I love to go look at the exhibits, but personally I don't want everyone picking up and touching my quilts. At our county fair, they are laid on a table so everyone going by can put their hands on it.

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    It would be an honor for me to win a ribbon anywhere, be it a big state fair or a small one. I try to live by the if you can't say something nice don't say anything. I think when someone makes a snide remark that the person is needing to feel self-important. So I consider it to be their problem not mine. There will always be someone who wants to rain on your parade, so grab an umbrella!

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    Bravo for you! Getting a ribbon for your work is thrilling! Ignore the snobs of the world and enjoy the recognition that you have received is what I say. Not all of us are ready or even want to enter our creations in a competition that is on a grand scale. And I bet that those "farm wives" could teach the snobs some great tricks if they were receptive!

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    Some of those old farm wives are beautiful quilters.

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    So why do they have these show for if it is POOPOO to enter in them. would be a boeing fair to alot of people that enjoy coming to see whats out there.

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    If people don't enter local & county fairs they will be no more. I've entered our county fair off and on since my 4H years (I'm now 66!). Have won a few blue ribbons over the years for canned goods & jellies as well as sewing and quilting. This year I shared with DH that I secretly hoped for a Best of Show just once in my lifetime. I entered 5 quilts and all won blue ribbons, but this year I had not one but 3 Best of Shows! I was thrilled and walked on cloud nine for quite awhile. I plan to frame my silver trays and big rosette ribbons and hang them proudly in my sewing room.
    Enter - don't let anyone deter you or put you down. Never give up - learn and improve - keep trying. My great niece has asked me to teach her how to quilt and is working on a doll quilt. She wants to enter in the 2013 fair in the Young Exhibitor category. Quilt on!

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    Go For It!

    I say, "Go For It!" It is fun, and it is also fun to see what others enter at the fair. That is why a lot of people go to the fair. I have entered before and won ribbons as well. It's just a good experience for all involved.

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    Have to agree with all the quilter above stated. Follow your own heart and ignore the uppity ones, they may just be jealous that you re having such a good time.

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    My advice: Sew and enter, sew and enter, sew and enter. Or in your case, quilt and enter. Our local county fair is the best and I always enter everything that I have worked on during the previous year--our fair rules. And I always enter with the idea in mind of winning, and am disappointed when I don't win. We had so many good entries that I was just lost in the maze. Next year, though...... Congratulations, and I am like you, I would have felt real bad if someone had said something like that to me. Keep on keeping on, You go girl.....
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    I agree...these ladies are being snooty...I was going to enter a quilt in our local fair...but didn't get it done in time. You have to start somewhere, right? Fairs are a good test to see if you like the process. Judged quilt shows will probably get you some feedback, even if the quilt is not accepted...they will tell you why it wasn't...Not sure I care for that....so I will start with a local fair, lol....no one needs to tell me where I goofed anyhows...I probably already know!

    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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    Congrat to the both of you.I have never entered any fairs,but do very much enjoy seeing the variety at faires ect.
    lp

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    Don't pay any attention to that "lady" in your guild....keep on doing what makes YOU feel good.

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