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

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    How many Feel sooooo Terrible after a quiltshow that:

    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!!!

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    Actually, I have only been to a couple of small shows and I felt inspired to make a new pattern or one that I had been thinking of - I know I won't be one of those award winning nationally known quilters - but I love it and I want to keep on learning all the time.

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    Yeah, I usually walk away inspired as well. There is a place for all of us ;-)
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    I like going to the quilt shows, but sometimes I feel like such a hack. I don't imagine I will ever be as skilled as some of the people there, but I know the people I quilt for are happy with my work, so I just keep going. I love doing it and I think I get better, the more I do.

    Is someone going to look at one of my quilts and see if my points match? I hope not. I just want them to wrap up in it and enjoy it.

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    Hear, hear! I like to look, but rather here on the board. This gives me a lift!

    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingweb View Post
    I like going to the quilt shows, but sometimes I feel like such a hack. I don't imagine I will ever be as skilled as some of the people there, but I know the people I quilt for are happy with my work, so I just keep going. I love doing it and I think I get better, the more I do.

    Is someone going to look at one of my quilts and see if my points match? I hope not. I just want them to wrap up in it and enjoy it.
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    I always feel motivated after a quilt show, even the top national ones. I want to try harder! Not being the best quilter does not bother me at all. I enter my quilts in shows knowing they are not awe inspiring but hoping someone will see it and think I can do that!
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    I kind of understand where you are coming from. I see all the beautiful quilts that I could probably never do or would take me a long time to do and feel small in comparison. But, if I look at the quilts as someone working their butts off really hard to make those, I don't feel bad. I feel that if I wanted to put in the extra effort, I could do it too. I know I could. Well, not all of them, but a lot of them. Some of them are just to be admired...just beautiful works of art. I could never do that. But I could do a lot of the quilts at the show if I wanted to put in the time and effort. I usually don't want to put in that much time and effort.
    I think there are a lot of A type personalities out there churning out those beauties. More power to them. Thanks to them, I get to see something magnificent! Now, back to my reality.
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    Not me, gives me something to aspire to

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    Just the opposite. I get inspired about new techniques, patterns, colors ideas. I also get inspired to improve the skills that I already know.
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    I love seeing "perfect" quilts, even though I know I'll never produce one. Doesn't bother me, as I have other talents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I think there are a lot of A type personalities out there churning out those beauties. More power to them. Thanks to them, I get to see something magnificent! Now, back to my reality.
    wouldn't you love to sidle into their brains or be a fly on their walls.

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    I love to admire the outstanding quilts at quilt shows and I know mine will never be in that category. Do I get discouraged? No because I quilt because I enjoy it. My family loves my efforts and although not perfect they are nice and warm.

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    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.

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    I really get inspired by some of the quilts I see at the quilt shows. It helps me aim higher in my own skills. I am more aware of different ways of doing things and keep up to date on some of the newer patterns and techniques. Yes, there are some things I wouldn't want to do, but there are so many things I would love to do. Thus picture taking and computer files of those pictures.

    Also, there is generally more at quilt show than just the quilts. I enjoy looking at the vendors' booths and seeing what they have.

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    Being an idiot who put a quilts in a show I don't think I would do it again. It was as perfect as could be. BUT I was walking round and behind 2 ladies coming up to my double sided quilt. Of course I began to earwig. "Don't you think she should have got her seams straightforward those lines.. " if they had looked it was a wavy 5 lines representing a treble clef., with trapunto Bargello notes on top, play rock any baby. It was my artistic license. I was so upset and it shows we should not earwig only hear bad things.

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    I absolutely LOVE the virtual quilt shows that so many of you post! Nothing better than checking out the latest quilt show while in my nightgown and DRINKING COFfEE! Can't do that at a real quilt show!
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    If they have spectacular quilts on display upon entering the the show i usually think "why do I even bother"? But after a few seconds I do get inspired.
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    I love going to quilt shows, because I come home so rejuvinated and inspired! I love everything about them: the quilts, vendors, everything. I could go to one every month, lol!

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    Just got home from the AQS show in Des Moines. I try to keep in mind that some quilts are made "just for looking", they would never go on a bed. Some quilts were actually made to be put on a bed, but not to be sat upon. Other quilts were made to wrap around you and be "used". All are beautiful in their own way.

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    Quilt shows are nice, but I like this board better. There are so many fabulous quilts posted on here and if I post one of my pathetic quilts no one picks it apart. They always make me feel good about my efforts. Case in point, I posted and applique yesterday with my pitiful FMQ quilting and got so many encourageing responses that maybe I will continue to practice and try to get better. Thanks to all on this board.
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    Not seriously quit...but I have joked with my friend that I wasn't sure whether some of those masterpieces make me want to quit or try harder- lol.

    I've been to all kinds of shows - some of them with some beauties I could never imagine doing, and others with quilts I know are in my "category." They are all great to look at and be admired in their own ways. A couple of things we've realized during shows is that a) we are usually waaaay too critical of our own stuff...and b) even the simplist and most elementary designs can be absolutely gorgeous when executed with certain colors/values. A quilt doesn't have to be fancy or perfect to be beautiful and, especially, loved (thank goodness!).

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    not me, I feel inspired, Im just not there yet, maybe I will never be, but I love the journey.

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    I always come home from quilt shows, especially the very large, juried shows, motivated beyond belief. There is nothing that restores my drive, creativity, enthusiasm and desire to excel more than seeing top of the line quilts 'up close and personal'.

    I don't compare my work to anyone else's, but I do compare it to my own goals. Quilt shows raise my goals and keep me growing as a quilter. For me, that's what it's all about.
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    Quilt shows are intimidating. I will never be that good. Also not rich enough.
    I see all the quilting cruses and fancy machines etc. it is depressing.

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    The last big quilt show I went to I saw that the winning quilts were so heavily quilted with mico-stitching that it was almost impossible to pick out the pattern and colors of the actual quilts. I found I didn't like them.

    The ones that didn't win were for the most part more enjoyable. I could see the quilt as a whole and admire the overall concept. My favorites have a bit of humor to them!

    I am not jealous nor do I aspire to making quilts like those. It is obviously that many many hours were spent to make those masterpieces and, although I really enjoy quilting, I have a more balanced life and want to do other things besides just quilt!

    Like others have said mine are made to be enjoyed and used and will never be in a show.

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