Almost withdrew the quilt from my first show ever at NCQS earlier this month (cold feet!)  So glad they encouraged me to go ahead...  So if anyone is hesitating to enter a quilt for competition (you know who you are!) - I say, "Just DO it!"  You never know what might catch a judge's eye...  (I'm still in shock!)  Wondering if I should quit now while I'm ahead . . . nah, I've already started planning NEXT year's quilt!  :-)

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Comment by Susan Skuda on July 6, 2012 at 1:23pm

Amen, RQ! 

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on July 5, 2012 at 5:40pm
oh yes! leann, as susan says ...deliver the quilt...enjoy the experience. not all of is can do this q show thing...but we still thrill at the opportunity to walk about and gaze in wonder, joy & thrill to the skills of other quilters!

and, please do post a pic here...and if you win a ribbon, post a pic standing proud & tall next to your prize winning entry!
Comment by Susan Skuda on July 5, 2012 at 4:44pm

Oh, Leann - please post a photo of your quilt - we'd all love to see it!!!  And be brave - just deliver it! Above all, have fun and ENJOY the experience!!!  You never know... ;-)  Keep us posted!  (Fingers crossed for you!)

Comment by Leann Stites on July 5, 2012 at 12:54pm

So glad I wandered on here today because I am making a quilt to enter in the Hoffman Challenge and it is my first ever competition.  I think it is really pretty but like you now that it is almost finished I'm getting cold feet - even though I have sent in the entry form!  I still have to deliver the quilt.  Scared out of my wits and no idea why!  lol everyone loves it!  Thanks for giving me a little bit more courage:-)  I love your entry by the way - glad you went ahead and entered it:-)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on June 29, 2012 at 11:49am
thank you susan. i started quilting because a wonderful woma in a small pensylvania toen befreinded this vagabond & her unruly son who frequented her shop of books, fabric, yarn, knittng patterns for knitting more hats & mittens for my beloved child to lose in the woods as he & his dog explored the "wilderness" around us. when i told her that i had some of my grammas quilts & wanted to learn how to quilt them, she said...then you need to join us in the nxt class i give. so i did. i loved the delicious technicality of fitting all those little cloth puzzle pieces together. pieces so unlike my wonderful antique puzzles w the very strange shapes ....that stayed strange...didn't warp & twist the way my fabric puzzel pieces did. i was so hooked that i am embarrased to admit the amount of time that sat and sewed and pieced ..drew patterns, taught myself to hand quilt...wow that is as mesmerizing nordic, irish or any of the complicated styles of knit that i so enjoyed for my relaxation time. i was hooked. on quilting. still am. my mil was here for few days lst wk "helping" lol care for dh & his new hip, she was examining a quilt that i finished for dear friend...told me that i had made such beautiful quilts over the years, she has been the recipient of a couple...that is the type of accolade that makes me feel good. i am not a competitive person. i am a loner..i like sitting working out here all alone except for my fuzzies an occassional visits w the quilt groups i belong to. i like wandering in here or quilt board when i have done too much w my terraforming etc & need to come in & rest or take a day & come to complete stop. i have entered my work in little community shows now & then over the years. i call them community show & tells. but competing holds no interest for me. if i am to be, must be, w people, i just want to have fun...no stress...no competition, i had all of that in my professional life..don't need it any more

again, thank you for your kind words. and i do love your quilt & am so happy that you won the ribbon. and i agree w riana...these competitions are excellent for showcasing one's work, esp if you want to promote your quilting or design business. i like to visit quilt shows & see what is current fads in fab or technique. quilt shows & the awards serve many a useful purpose. but not for every one. some of us just want to have fun.

now then..... .....if i could just learn brevity...lollollol
Comment by Susan Skuda on June 29, 2012 at 10:59am

To the Rogue Quilter - Thanks so much for the kind words!  I have read so many of your posts, I am shocked that you don't enter your quilts - you seem so knowledgable and offer such wonderful advice and sage wisdom!!! You were the first person to post something in response to me . . . it offered much encouragement and advice on my featherweight that I so appreciate.  But display or not, enter shows or not, we do what we do with love in every stitch . . . that's the real reason, isn't it?

Comment by Susan Skuda on June 29, 2012 at 10:54am

You go, Riana!  Love your post!  My mom asked me to post her thoughts about reasons to display your quilts:

The pleasure of the viewers is not to be critical, but to see the different color combinations, the different ways people do their quilts.  The same pattern done by several quilters never look alike.  It’s fun.  If anyone criticizes, she or he probably can’t do as well as you!  (Yeah, Mom!  You tell 'em!)

Comment by Riana Noyes on June 29, 2012 at 8:15am

Come on you guys! Don't tell me it doesn't take a lot of courage to take over $100.00 worth of fabric, (not to mention the time actually finding it and mulling over choices)and chop it into pieces, resewing it and then stitching it..then giving it to family members or friends.

I've made myself a promise to improve my skills, then test them . The best way to do that is entering my efforts. @ yr. ago, the wall quilt (on my badge) was my first entry at local fair. It was my first attempt at machine quilting, and yes, full of flaws. But it still got a first (not a LOT of competition locally) at least a start. Last yr. I entered some placemats & tote in another fair(not having a full quilt ready). I'm entering my UFO project piece, Flowergarden, before it goes on to Hospice House.

If I can do it, so can any of you. I'm throwing down the fingerless quilting glove gauntlet! Lets each vow to stretch to the next level. It gives you a whole new perspective. And folks, it's ART, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally don't like many paintings that are famous and others fawn over.So if someone doesn't care for my efforts, I have a thick skin, because I know I like it and that my skills will improve:)

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on June 28, 2012 at 10:27pm
i love your quilt. i love the colors..the flowers everything about it. love to quilt..took a class in rotary strip cutting & piecing. ...then started teaching myself all the different techniques in the books ...books fr great quilters like marsten & cunningham, ami simms and others. i love to quilt, people love my quilts...but i am like janie..i know where all the flaws are and to me they are all embued w a neon glow that says..look here...do you see what she did here!! lollol..dh & beloved son say..if you didn't point them out, no one would know they were there.

oh...but the quilt police would. i don't enter shows either..not where there will be judges passing out ribbons. i say i don't care if i don't win...but i would be crushed if i didn't at least get an honerable mention. so i guess i do care.
Comment by Susan Skuda on June 28, 2012 at 8:28pm

My mom had a quilt in the show that did not get a ribbon, but she gave it to ME and wrap myself in it EVERY night and a.m. when I read.  It is worth more to me than a hundred ribbons.

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