My local quilt guild has some amazing quilters among its ranks! We host a phenomenal quilt show every two years. When walking through the show, one quilt is better than the next and the one after that is even better than the last. You would be fascinated by each and every one. There are traditional quilts, art quilts, pieced and appliqued quilts. Colors and patterns abound.
This year I entered 4 quilts in the quilt show. Like always, I signed up to have them judged. I do that, not necessarily in the hopes of winning anything, but just to see what the judges have to say. Some quilters find entering their work in shows nerve-racking (at best) and absolutely excruciating (at worst), but I find it exhilarating. While the judges negative comments can sting, postitive comments confirm (or inform me of) the things that I do well.
I have friends who are "ribbon driven." They enter quilt shows expecting to win ribbons. They are sorely disappointed when/if they don't. I like to go in with a more positive attitude. I enter to share what I've been working on since the last show. Of course, I 'hope' to win a ribbon! (I'd be lying if I said I didn't.) The difference is...it's a pleasant surprise when/if one of my quilts is a winner.
This year, I entered as a professional since I make quilts for money from time to time. Although, quilting isn't my primary occupation the definition was a bit vague and I decided to err on the side of caution. This dashed my hopes of winning ANYTHING this year!
Are you a follower of my blog? YOU may have seen my show entries in a previous post. When I located my quilts, this is what I saw:
Oops! The camera is unavailable. I'll have to show you later.
Until then...Happy Quilting!