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Thread: How many Feel sooooo Terrible after a quiltshow that:

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    I too, always come away from a quilt show inspired. I have only entered smaller shows but have attended a big national. I don't know if I would ever enter something as big as MQX but it is something to aspire to. I try my best to never enter any show with any expectations. I do it for the fun of seeing my quilt hanging up and sometimes I have observed spectators reaction to my quilt, which I also enjoy. I try not to eavesdrop but it is difficult, although I have been most fortunate to never hear bad things said.

    We must always remember that quilt show judging is subjective, even though portions of them are objective (general construction of the quilt) the overall appearance and what a judge likes is what first gets a judges attention, then they critique in closer for the objective parts. The judges personal preferences, likes and dislikes, will always come into play. A quilt that does poorly in one show may win best of show in another. You just never know how things will come out so it is best to not go in with any expectations or hopes... THAT is what leads to the dissappointment and feelings of just wanting to quit. I am with Ghostrider, often what I see at shows gives me something to aspire to.

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    I would have to put myself in the inspired group. I love quilt shows, I love studing the patterns and the quilting. Then I come home all excited and can't wait to get to the basement to start quilting again.

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    Hmm are their quilts really "perfect" or they better at covering up their flaws than we are? I can pretty much guarantee you there are NO "perfect" quilts. But when you look at them, they are beautiful and you want to be able to make one too. At least that is how I feel.
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    Everyone one has to start some where and not everyone has the same gifts. I am new to quilting and just looking at all the quilts on QD could terrifie me not to ever start but I watch learn listen and ask for advise. We continue to learn I may never be 1/4 as good as all of you but at least I tried .

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    Tee hee, kind of reminds me of when I go to the Parade of Homes in our area. When I come back to my teeny condo, I feel so down. For a little while. Then I just say oh well, at least I have only one bathroom to clean, walk into my spare room that is just for my "not as good as the quilts at the show" quilting and start work on the "not as good as the quilts at the show" quilt that I will give to someone who will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProLongarmARTQUILTER View Post
    They'd Rather Not even look or think or want to ever Do another Thing much less a Quilted Thing. Ooooooo!!!!! I'd Rather Not!!!
    I'm confused. Are you saying that you, yourself, are one of those who leave quilt shows feeling discouraged, depressed, dejected and disheartened? If you quilt for others, surely your self-confidence is higher than that. Both your profile and screen name indicate that your occupation is quilting...are you perhaps in the wrong line of work?? Just curious why the question came up.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

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    I do not ever expect to be as skilled as some people. I do it because I enjoy doing it and I try to make it fun rather than a job.

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    I'm so sorry that quilting shows are a downer for you..... do you go with a friend or by yourself? I usually have a friend to go with and the little shows around here have all kinds of quilts..... some extra nice, others just so-so. We love to chat about which ones we've tried and which ones we'd like to try. (I didn't think about the quilters hearing our chatter) But it is an outing for us and we always take a few pictures. Every person that quilts has some things that they aren't as proud of as other things..... we are all in a learning process. And, I know some very good quilters that still aren't happy because of some little flaw in their quilt. RELAX!! don't we do this because we enjoy it? No pressure!!

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    So sorry you feel this way. I love going to quilt shows. The quilts you see are all just wonderful. Ladies/Men do great work.

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    I just went to the Des Moines Quilt Show yesterday!! It was awesome !! One thing that gets me everytime is how many different ideas people come up with, and their color choices. I for one get inspiration at these shows. I got home and was so happy looking at the new book and the (3) fat quarters I purchased. Those shows are overwhelming to say the least. But when I got up this morning I was a happy camper sitting down at my machine and sewing. There I am in my comfort zone..
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    I am one who comes away inspired to keep improving and learning new skills. I enjoy the shows but really do not have the desire to enter any of my quilts/quiltlets, they leave my home as soon as they are finished. So I would have none to enter if I decided to do it!

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    I love going to quilt shows, too. Sometimes I am bothered that certain quilts are hung as works of art. I can remember several that I wondered why they had been selected. But others I loved, loved. Not that I would ever be able to create that beauty--even in 3 lifetimes! I go to be inspired, just like I buy magazines--I get to enjoy them over and over.

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    I come out wanting to buy a ton of stuff and start playing. I have learned that I get such a kick out of playing with new techniques and free motion quilting, that even if it looks like crap when I am done, the process was fun. The next time I do it, things improve. I really think there is a secret quilting fairy that makes things look better the next day, after all!!!

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    when I return from a quilt show (and I go to a lot of them) I am hot to trot, can't wait to get to the machine and quilt for hours, or start a new project I saw at the show ( I think that's why I have so many UFOs)

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    I love looking at the quilts. They are all so beautiful. There are many here that enter quilts in shows that never think they will win and the do. When I look at all the beautiful quilts here on the board it is like a mini quilt show, just no ribbons. So keep quilting.

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    Quilt shows inspire me, gives me ideas, and sometimes I think that something I see is actually possible for me to do. I've entered a few things in the county fair and they have all received ribbons - usually a second or third place but the judges' critique helps me to know the areas I can improve in. Most of my quilts go to friends or family and they appreciate them. I keep a few that are special to me, like the embroidered one started by my mom and finished by me, my first guild challenge that placed, the ones for my bed and the lap quilts for my husband and I, wall quilts for decor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProLongarmARTQUILTER View Post
    They'd Rather Not even look or think or want to ever Do another Thing much less a Quilted Thing. Ooooooo!!!!! I'd Rather Not!!!
    the only thing I ever regret is spending more money!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valerie Ann View Post
    Okay. Call me shallow. I can't wait for the big quilt show starting next week because I like to shop and, by the way, look at the quilts.
    And that is MY problem. SHOP TOO MUCH, look too little.
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    No, I don't feel anything but inspired after a quilt show. I know I'll never do an art quilt or be recognized for my work, as its very simple. But its from my heart, as I do the best I can in every project, and I know that the folks who receive my quilts love them and enjoy them. I admire folks that can produce those beautiful creations, though -- and I thoroughly enjoying looking at each and every one.

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    I love going for the fun of it. I'm with my daughter and I love to watch others who are with friends and their families, you will never see more happy ladies.
    I appreciate the art and know I will never be at that leavel of quilting.
    I made a quilt for my grandson and he asked me if he had to hang it on the wall like his other grandmother does. I told him no I wanted to see him wrapped up it it. That's why I quilt I want them to be used and loved.

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    I always feel I should be at home finishing projects. But I love the eye candy!

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    To me it is like going to an Art show or such. It is great to see what talented people can do, but tho I know I will probably never get there, I can enjoy what they do and be inspired. Did something you did get dissed?..... or does it just make you feel inadequate? Wish you could just be inspired also. Hugs..............
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    I love going to quilt shows to see all the gorgeous quilts. I don't even understand how someone can work for 2, 3 or more years on a quilt. They are amazing, but still. I am a "get er done" kind of gal. Let's just not talk about my ufo's. LOL

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    Here's something I try to keep in mind when looking at beautiful quilt work:
    we should not compare ourselves with others, only with ourselves.
    Have fun quilting and improving your skills!
    Quilting Makes Me Happy...

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    I love to go to quilt shows! Usually I find I am not as bad as I think I am and get wonderful ideas and sometimes there is fabric there that I will never find anywhere else. Sometimes I will buy a pattern and generally have a good time. I like to go with friends and I like to go by myself. So usually if it is 3 days I go once with friends and once by myself. I have been known to go all three days too if there is something I liked. (Love those antique tops!)

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