Monday, December 17, 2018

Quilts Out - Quilts In

Because I will attend QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville, I determined to make a greater effort to have a quilt accepted into the show. Nothing beats seeing one's own modern quilt hanging in a national (international) quilt show, especially QuiltCon.

This fall I entered SIX quilts into QuiltCon ($15 per entry), hoping ONE of them would be accepted. As previous QuiltCon have proven, it's difficult to get quilts accepted into the show. This year was no exception. More than 1,750 quilts were entered into QuiltCon 2019, with only 400 or so accepted.

This morning, emails from QuiltCon began rolling in, letting each entrant know which quilts were "unfortunately" not accepted. Or "congratulations." I received three of each.

My most disappointing "unfortunately" quilt is the one I made based on grandson Austin's artwork of owl feathers: "Owl Always Love You." It's really special because it connects the two of us, and making it pushed me to work through improv piecing (the background), and bias tape appliqué. I love this quilt, and so does Austin.
Owl Always Love You, 58" X 68"
Also not accepted were "Spin Art," truly a fun favorite inspired by Christina Cameli's wedge designs, and made entirely with Painter's Palette Solids.
Spin Art, 66" X 66"
I disappointed myself when I made "Outer Space!" It was a design experiment that failed. I never even blogged about it! I truly didn't expect this one would get in.
Outer Space, 60" X 72"
My "congratulations" accepted quilts...

"Roulette," is another design based on experimental play with a ten degree wedge ruler. Right now it's hanging in the entryway by our front door!
Roulette, 52" X 69"
"Wrinkles Fade Away" was a Central Florida MQG chapter challenge, and was inspired by a L'Oreal Wrinkle Cream advertisement in a magazine!
Wrinkles Fade Away, 31" X 40"
My biggest, but very happy surprise was to have "O-O-Orange" accepted in the American Patchwork and Quilting two-color challenge. These are Painter's Palette Solids, again, and quilting is entirely by hand.
O-O-Orange, 34" X 45"
It appears that my accepted quilts seem to be on the small size. Guess that's good for shipping purposes.

How can I feel sad and happy at the same time? I do. I am. Linda

21 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

It's always interesting to see what catches the jury's eye, and I'm truly sad that Owl Always Love You didn't make this cut, because the love and fun are so evident in it's origin and interpretation. However, three out of six certainly calls for a happy dance and we your readers can join in doing a happy dance with you! Congratulations, and Merry Christmas!

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your three acceptances! It will be fun to attend the show and see them hanging. Your colors are so clear and the contrast you achieve makes for lots of eye appeal. Well done.

tink's mom said...

Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doris said...

Understandable, but three quilts still deserves a major congratulations!

grammajudyb said...

Wow, three accepted! I would love to attend Quiltcon some day, I think all your quilts are show worthy! You know I am a fan. Congratulations!!

Jenny said...

Three acceptances out of six entries to a major show seems rather good to me. Congratulations indeed!

Susie Q said...

What a great post...... Congratulations, Congratulations, Congratulations So happy for you... enjoy Nashville. I know I will enjoy your posts....

Susan Snooks said...

I've been thinking about this process and am wondering how much of a 'back story' is explained in each entry? I have never entered QuiltCon (ha, ha, no surprise there) so I don't know what goes on from the entrants point of view nor from the judges. But it seems there is a place for quilts with a significant message like Austin's quilt, or the one with the little refugee boy washed up on the beach. Do you know the one I mean? The story behind it is even more significant than the quilt itself, which was beautiful BTW. Anyway, we keep writing our blogs to share the stories of our quilts, which for me, adds another layer of meaning and love. Congratulations on your acceptance quilts. I wish I could be in Nashville to see them. If I told the Mr. I was going to Nashville, I'm sure he would be coming with me. It is on our bucket list!

Robbie said...

Congratulations!!!! Love all that were rejected and those who were accepted! Your work is always outstanding and now folks will get to see some of it in person! Again, congrats!

KatieQ said...

Congratulations!! Having 3 quilts accepted is no small feat. Inspite of the fact that it wasn't accepted, Spin Art is my favorite.

Rosemary B❤️ said...

well, congratulation on the three that got in.
Everything you make is a masterpiece in my mind.
I am glad the jury found these three gems. I bet it was hard, I guess it would be a hard job to choose.
Happy Monday

Debbie said...

It IS crazy what gets in and what doesn't, but I'm happy for you to have THREE hanging at QC! Congrats!

KaHolly said...

Congratulations times three! I know you’re disappointed that Owl Always Love You didn’t make the cut, but it’s a winner in my humble opinion!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

WaHoo for the three that are going to Nashville!!! I wish Owl Always Love You was going too because I know how very near and dear it is to your heart. We are all the richer for knowing the story about it so keep making and keep sharing and relish your time in Nashville. Congrats.

Dar said...

All 6 are certainly winner material in my book, but 3 accepted is great. Sorry your favorite didn't make it in. I really like Spin Art

Susie Q said...

Thursday, this has nothing to do with this blog post BUT I just saw your wonderful skirt over on moda fabrics today's post !!!! And you were wearing it !!!!! Going to be great day for you.

Patty said...

These are lovely quilts. I look forward to seeing them at QC and perhaps meeting you as well. Congrats on the accepts.

Marly said...

Congratulations on making all six. It's a pity that the judge's taste did not coincide with yours (and mine) on the three that haven't been accepted. It would be interesting to know what it was exactly that they didn't like, not that that should influence you or anyone else in how you approach your designs. It's a question of taste and we're all different.

Wendy @ Wendysquiltsandmore said...

Congratulations Linda! I looked at all the #quiltconreject posts on Instagram and had mixed feelings. I'm still mystified at what they are looking for, so I won't even bother trying. My natural style doesn't fit with their style, and I'm fine with that, but I see a lot of people devastated that their quilts weren't accepted. I find that very strange. I also see quilts entered that very clearly are way outside of QuiltCon's style. I think at least 500 of the 1700 entered had no chance of getting accepted because they're not even modern!
Yours are all lovely, and all modern. I'm glad you had two accepted and I'm sure they will look great in the exhibition. Congratulations.
Thank you for linking up to my Peacock Party.

OPQuilt said...

Congratulations!! What a lovely harvest from all your planting. I'm sure you'll be happy to see these as you walk down those rows!

Michele said...

You did well. Congratulations! I might attend that show one day but until then I'll enjoy seeing your beautiful creations online.

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