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Thread: Advice on submitting quilt for quilt show

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    Junior Member frecklestweety's Avatar
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    Would appreciate some feed back on submitting this quilt for a quilt show in september. Never submitted anything before and don't know if it would be eligible before I send off the application and fee. It is a double knit quilt that I showed on this site before and received alot of compliments. So I thought maybe it was unusual and possibly a good one to show. So let me know your thoughts.

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    I recently attended a free 2 hour class at my LQS on what to know about entering quilts into our local county fair. There was a lot more to know about than I ever considered, so I suggest you might ask someone connected with your upcoming quilt show what guidelines they go by. They might differ from show to show.

    I have one quilt I'm going to enter in our county fair later this summer, a first for me. This class instructor told me one of the best parts for her was receiving the judges oral and written critique of her quilt because she learned so much from it.

    Best of luck to you on your very lovely quilt.

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    as long as the quilt fits into the 'rules' of the show you want to enter go ahead and jump in...some of the 'regulars' may scoff because it is not cotton, but, let them... the only way to learn is to try. if you enter it as a judged quilt you will receive a critique and will have better ideas of what is ok, what doesn't work and why.
    if nothing else it should receive raves over the great hand quilting ;).
    the judges are going to look at workmanship, technique, whether or not it hangs straight, if the binding is well attached and full to the edge with an appropriate balance of quilting...
    good luck

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    Our county fair is very small and we do not have "real" judges, I do not even know if any of them sew. They just pick the ones they like best for the class. So enter!

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    please enter it in the quilt show, I just entered my table runner in a local quilt show last month, was fun and will do it again

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    i really like it and have fun

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    Please let us know what you decide to do!

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    It's a beautiful quilt. I say go for it.

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    I think you should go for it too!! :D:D:D

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    My best advice is to have fun! I entered my first local quilt show last year and it was the biggest thrill just to see my quilt hanging in the show and chatting with people who stopped to admire it. The show did not give me any written critique on the quilt when I picked it up. I have a feeling the only ribbons they award are peoples choice and vendors choice. They only judge the hosting guilds quilt challenge entries as far as I could tell. I would love to get a written critique because then I would know what needs to be worked on for a show quilt.
    I entered without any hopes or expectations so I was not disappointed and had a blast. I have yet to enter any of my quilts in the fair but have entered other things (canned goods and painted objects) and have won. It was a thrill getting the ribbons and the small cash prizes given. There was no critique on those items either.

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    To enter you have to send a cd with three pics of the quilt and an explanation and send $18.00 to apply and then I guess they will decide if it is elegible. I plan to take it to my local quilt shop and see what the owner's ideas are. But I think it is unusual and different. So I will keep you informed. The show is in September 16-18th in Oaks Pa at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

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    Your quilt is beautiful and your hand-quilting is amazing. I think you should enter it.

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    Do they have a snugalicious section? that quilt would win it hands down - it looks like you could just snuggle into it, and the handquilting is perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frecklestweety
    To enter you have to send a cd with three pics of the quilt and an explanation and send $18.00 to apply and then I guess they will decide if it is elegible. I plan to take it to my local quilt shop and see what the owner's ideas are. But I think it is unusual and different. So I will keep you informed. The show is in September 16-18th in Oaks Pa at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

    That sounds like a juried show because they want to see pictures first. Many smaller local shows aren't juried. Mine wasn't. County fairs usually aren't either.

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    frecklestweety, That's a big show that I usually attend so I'll be looking for your wonderful quilt there.

    I was leary of entering my guild's quilt show 10 years ago, I was a newbe quilter and my skills were very weak. We have a choice of having our quilts judged or not and I'm glad I had my first one judged because it encouraged me to keep quilting. Judges are kind, they point out where you need improvement; binding off, not enough quilting, etc. and they also comment of what worked; nice design, good workmanship, choice of fabrics, pattern, etc. Last month was the 5th show I put quilts into and I even won Honorable Mention for one of them. I think my skills have improved over the years mainly because over the years the judges have pointed out my weak areas. Go for it, May in Jersey

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    Junior Member frecklestweety's Avatar
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    thank you. I took it to my local quilt shop today and they thought it unusual and I should enter it.

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    thanks. trying to come with a name for the quilt. any suggestions.

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    I just learned after emailing them, before sending the application and fee, that the quilt is not eligible because the top was not made by me. Quilt has to be totally made by the same person. I guess I should not have mentioned that the top was given to me but what did I know.....I am too honest I guess. Oh well, I know I did good. Thanks for the interest.

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    found out the quilt is not eligible because I did not make the top of the quilt.

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