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Thread: should I enter a quilt contest?

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    I dont think it would be fair to those who follow the rules.

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    How would they know? Well, since fabrics are very dated that would be their first clue...if you want to enter your 2007 quilt, find a quilt contest that will accept it without the date mattering, there are lots of contests to try...without cheating

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    I think you answered your own question.
    I wouldn't do it.


    ***Just my 2 cents..........I just don't understand why people (not pointing fingers at anyone) think that rules only apply to some and not to others.....

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    You would probably be on edge with guilt whether you won or not. Is it worth it?

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    Just an added note - will you post a photo of your quilt?

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    There used to be a $100,000 Quilt Contest. It was discontinued because it was discovered that some of the quilts had been completed prior to the date specified. It created confusion.
    It just isn't ethical to enter if it doesn't meet the standards.
    Bless someone with the quilt and make a new one and enter that.
    CJ

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    Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy. If it's made in 2007 it does not qualify. Even if someone never asks, it still does not quailfy - I'm going with the suggestion about calling ahead and explaining it's never been in another show - if they say no, then no is the answer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justok
    I looked up the rules for entering a judged quilt contest. The rules state the quilt entered can only be no older than the year, 2008. My quilt was finished in 2007. My question is , how do they know what year it was finished and would it be cheating if I entered? I want to add that I would never cheat to win.
    Came across this topic and it's been an interesting read. I don't know Justok but I hope no one is judging her on her asking this question. I think it was a legitimate question, I'm sure just asked hypothetically, and raised several questions that I know I hadn't ever thought about. I am glad she asked the question and started the "conversation" because the answers have been interesting.

    None of my quilts will ever make it to a judged quilt contest. But it did bring a question to mind: what if I had some fabric that I bought 2 -3 years ago, you know - one of those "I gotta have it but know what I'm going to do with it" fabrics. Now I decide I want to make a stupendous quilt that I want to enter in a contest. Are there rules as to the age of the fabric you can use? Is this something that would be in the "rules" for entering the show? I'm asking this hypothetically because I'll never make it to entering a show.

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    I think this has been a very interesting conversation. I have the same issue as far as the fabric goes. I don't think anyone should judge when a quilt is finished by the fabric and/or its age. I just did one with fabric I bought back in 1992 but finished 3 months ago. What about all those UFO's that everyone has. Finished means done, completed. Something that I started 20 years ago and just finished would qualify, and I don't mean putting on a label. I took this question as a hypothetical question and not one where she was trying to cheat in a quilt contest. I have asked the question myself, but stayed in the rules when it came time to enter. I have found the answers very interesting.

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    Well, my conscience wouldn't let me do it. Even so, they couldn't judge on dated fabric. I have some still in excellent condition that I've had in my stash for 25 years.....no kidding. I have been trying to use up the oldest in my stas, first. Sometimes it works, sometimes, it doesn't.

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    Maybe I misunderstood, but I think she was asking how you can tell by looking at a quilt how old it is or when it was made ? I also have fabric that is almost as old as my oldest son ( 29 years from my mom ) so you can't date by the fabric, if I just made the quilt

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    i would enter into a local county fair the quilts can be a few years old just never shown at that fair i enter a quilt every year at monoa county fair i do enter in quilt shows once in a while but they have tomany rules for a beginer when i enteresd my first fair it gave me a idea of what i need to do to enter quilt shows and how to improve my work because i got a commit card on my quilts
    good luck entering quilt show it is a lot of fun i hope you do well i am hoping to get a grand chapion on my quilt this year

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    I think that the word "finished" is open for interpretation and not clearly defined. How can you possibly answer that it's morally or ethically wrong or right if each person's personal interpretation of what is "finished" or "not finished" is compeletely different from one another. The original poster has the final say as do each of you with your own personal projects, when her quilt is "finished" if the rules do not have a clear definition. For instance, I start a quilt in 2006. I reach a point where I stop working on it because my current skill level says it's done. I put it away for a few years, pull it back out because I learned a new and wonderful technique or maybe my hand quilting has improved and I want to add more quilting to the quilt. So, was it done in 2006 or 2010? if the rules are not clearly defined, then it's my call to decide and it's not a moral or ethical decision. It has nothing to do with morals or ethics or whether your decision makes you a bad person or a cheater. As an artist and the creator, if the rules are not clearly defined then you have the final say when it's finished. It's done when YOU think it's done, not a moral majority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shibori
    I think that the word "finished" is open for interpretation and not clearly defined. How can you possibly answer that it's morally or ethically wrong or right if each person's personal interpretation of what is "finished" or "not finished" is compeletely different from one another. The original poster has the final say as do each of you with your own personal projects, when her quilt is "finished" if the rules do not have a clear definition. For instance, I start a quilt in 2006. I reach a point where I stop working on it because my current skill level says it's done. I put it away for a few years, pull it back out because I learned a new and wonderful technique or maybe my hand quilting has improved and I want to add more quilting to the quilt. So, was it done in 2006 or 2010? if the rules are not clearly defined, then it's my call to decide and it's not a moral or ethical decision. It has nothing to do with morals or ethics or whether your decision makes you a bad person or a cheater. As an artist and the creator, if the rules are not clearly defined then you have the final say when it's finished. It's done when YOU think it's done, not a moral majority.
    I agree!

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    Ya'll over-think things sometimes.......just an observation....don't mean to offend anyone.

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    MY OPINION Just having to ask should answer the question :lol:
    If it was made and finished in 2007 then it would not qualify in 2008. :)

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    I am glad our local quilt competitions are 3 years back, another one you have to use a current or special fabric in the piecing so that would have to be made in the same year.

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    Back in 1995 I started making a Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt, hand piecing and hand quilted. I finished it in Feb. 1997. and thought I might enter it in the Los Angeles County Fair. A few months later, after I had obtained the written rules for entering, I was diagnosed with lung cancer, and was having surgury on the last day to enter. After all that was over, and I survived thank God, I thought about entering it in the 1998 fair, but the rules said must be completed in that year, so I never entered it. I thought about doing it, but I didn't think it was right.

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    SUE I am so glad you have survived God bless you. I am a cancer survivor too.

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    I'm not big on reading the fine print, but I know at the quilt shows around here as long as they never have been shown you can enter, so find another show. I lkways read the stories. on the little cards, of quilts 3 or 4 years old or more.
    The prizes are mostly, ribbons show it in a non judged setting.

    what do you thinking of adding more stitching? Does that make it a go.....

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    I have a friend that is submitting a quilt to the Historical Quilt Society, she was told that if she put a label on it now it would not be a historical quilt, because (the last stitch in it) is when it is considered finished quilt. So she has made a label that will be set next to the quilt instead of stitched on the quilt. Thinking about your question, I would check to see what they consider a finished quilt, if it needs a label then your quilt is not finished, thus it would meet the requirements. Call them and see what they have to say, and by all means you must tell them that it has never been shown before...good luck __^..^__

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    Very good, and i agree. Ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thequilteddove
    Have you put your label on it yet? If the answer is no, then it's not finished! lolol
    love that answer, or you could add some stuff to it, like beads or something.

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    That is one weird rule.

    I'm like a lot of quilters - have a lot of works in progress that some of them take years to finish. (That's why I chose my forum name! Only an alien should have that many UFO's!)

    I personally would not enter any quilts in a contest that had that rule. It's not like a car show where there is a diffinent year involved.

    If they are going to have a rule like that, then they need a really good way of making sure it's followed. Like having them use a new line of fabric that didn't come out until 2008.

    I'm glad you are not entering this contest. Makes you wonder how many have entered it that "bent" that rule!

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    Well did you enter the quilt?

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