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

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

    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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    lots of people enter their quilts in local fairs. Are the Quilt Police at it again. Poo Poo one them. Congratulations it may lead to bigger and better things.

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    I've never entered anything at a fair only because it has never been convenient. However, I would be oh so proud to have won a ribbon! I don't understand why it would be beneath anyone to enter their creations. JMHO

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    Yes, as to leading to bigger, better things, it's a great way to build your portfolio. Having any ribbons or awards puts you ahead. Congrats on the ribbon, don't let anyone rain on your parade!

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    I've entered my quilts in the local fair, and it was fun. Don't let any one put down your achievement!

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    Well phooey on the Quilt Police!!! I have never heard of anything like that around here. Wining at a fair is celebrated here.

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    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?"
    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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    i've been entering quilts in the fair for years- it is fun, i enjoy going in & looking at other entries (even vote for one once in a while) it is all in fun- not a juried show- and should not be looked down upon by anyone- our area has a huge guild & very few members would consider such a thing- but i grew up with 4-H and the spirit of the fair. it is pretty normal for almost all entries to win a ribbon of some sort- nothing wrong with that either- just ignore the *uppity* minded who think they are so far above that- it is sad people have to be so negative about things like this- what does it matter if the farmer's wife was the one *judging* passing out the ribbons?
    the fair is a fun time.
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    I usually enter at least one in our county fair and have won several ribbons, not only for my quilts, but for counted cross stitch and photography. It's fun--if I win a ribbon, that's great--if not, I still have fun showing off my things. And I enjoy looking at all the other entries.

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    I haven't entered any quilts because mine leave the house as soon as they are finished, but entering apparel was fun. I used to win enough cash to buy at least one pair of school shoes for one of my children. I was put off because I was marked down because the thread used to overcast a seam that might ravel wasn't the same shade of green as the suit or the rest of the thread. It would never show, for heaven's sake. But it was still fun to enter and go check on the ribbons. Enjoy yours.

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    I LOVE looking at quilts in fairs and get a lot of inspiration from seeing what others do. If the judges (who see a lot of quilts) gave you a ribbon, be proud! As for the comments from the lady from the guild - not nice .

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    Could she have been jealous? Some people just hate for others to be happy!
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    And I suppose they only shop at Macy's too...wouldn't be caught dead in Walmart....oh geese...give me a break. Do whatever you like! I am happy for you.

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    I enjoy sharing my work with others, and the fair is a perfect venue for that. Making quilts for the fair encourages me to increase my skills, and I try to do my best work for my entries. Our fair has several categories and quite a few entries. The head of the "textiles" department is a member of the guild, and at least 2 of the people on her committe are also members. This year 2 members of the judging team were also guild members. In other words, our guild does not look down on the fair, but supports it and encourages our members to participate.

    This year I am most proud of the 3rd place ribbon I won with my "Lucky Stars" quilt (shown a few months ago on the forum) in the machine quilting department. I struggle with machine quilting, but with the QAYG technique and the improvements I have made this year, I was able to make a quilt that I wasn't ashamed to enter in a class that has numerous entries.

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    I think that entering contests pushes me to improve my skills. It's fun! Go for it! The woman from your guild must have entered and not won anything at some time in the past.

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    Some fairs are better than others - some judges are better than others - but the person that rained on your parade was a (won't insult the female canines here) party pooper.

    A 'local' fair may have a so-so judge - or the person may be very good at the job - even if she was a farmer's wife. Probably one way to tell about the judging is to rate how the ribbons were awarded. Most of the 'farmers' wives' that I grew up around were extraordinarily accomplished people.

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    My guild runs the fair and I'm the chairman. I selected the judge. We only have one judge and whoever is chairman makes sure the judge is a good one. At least 90% of the entries in our fair are from guild members. We love to show off and compete with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i've been entering quilts in the fair for years- it is fun, i enjoy going in & looking at other entries (even vote for one once in a while) it is all in fun- not a juried show- and should not be looked down upon by anyone- our area has a huge guild & very few members would consider such a thing- but i grew up with 4-H and the spirit of the fair. it is pretty normal for almost all entries to win a ribbon of some sort- nothing wrong with that either- just ignore the *uppity* minded who think they are so far above that- it is sad people have to be so negative about things like this- what does it matter if the farmer's wife was the one *judging* passing out the ribbons?
    the fair is a fun time.
    Same here-I grew up with 4H and so did my kids. Part of the fun of the fair is seeing your entries! I usually enter 5 or 6 things: a couple quilts, kids clothes and maybe a bag or two. sometimes i get ribbons, sometimes not. Still fun either way.
    the judges are usually from another county and have expertise in that category. The names on the entries are hidden until after the judging. The board and committee members put in a lot of long hours to make a fair a success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    I've never entered anything at a fair only because it has never been convenient. However, I would be oh so proud to have won a ribbon! I don't understand why it would be beneath anyone to enter their creations. JMHO
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    When you enter a quilt in a "quilt show", it will be judged and seen almost exclusively by other quilters so their standards will be more to do with the technical aspects.

    At a "fair" your quilts will be seen by a larger variety of people may be more about first impressions, pretty colors and visual interest and don't care a hooey about how perfect the stitches are.

    Like someone else said already, I enter contests to push myself. I put an art quilt in a recent fair and the judge's comment was that it wasn't evenly quilted over every area. True, it was not. True also, it wasn't a bed quilt and not very large and didn't need to be evenly quilted, but that was the judge's standard. Ok by me, it's a fun quilt to look at and I got lots of nice comments from people viewing it.

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    Good for you to show your quilts at the fair and allowing people to enjoy your work! I wish you could hear the speaker that we had recently at our quilt guild. Her name is Lola Jenkins and if you can look her up or ever have a chance to see her, she is great! But one of the things she talked about was a "lady" who always rained on her parade when she was a new quilter and had the nerve to actually show her quilts. She has such a funny take on this type of person and has risen so above that type of person, very inspirational! Sounds like we may have a couple of those rainy people right here on this board! To each his own! I'm just trying to enjoy.

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    I think it is a wonderful honor to put your quilts into a fair......don't let the silly old negative Nellies tell you any different.
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    I think local fairs are a great venue for showing quilts. I always check out the facilities before entering to make sure the display area is secure and clean and I am always thrilled to find a ribbon on my quilt. Even if I don't get a ribbon I like to support my local fair by participating. She's just a jealous party pooper.

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    Congratulations on your ribbon. You should be proud. Thanks for sharing your achievement with your friends here on the quiltingboard.

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    We don't have a fair in our little town. But we do have a festival! Our local quilt guild has put on a show the last few years. It is nothing fancy. The public does the voting. Such as overall favorite; most colorful; Which one we think was the hardest to do....ect...all in fun and we get to see such beautiful work from some wonderful quilters. Some are even old quilts passed down in families. Just to show pride and history. If we can not show our work with pride I guess we can't post them on here? Or show them at our guilds? CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WONDERFUL ACCOMLISMENT!

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