I couldn't go - I had other stuff going on that prevented me from going. I'm pretty bitter I didn't get to go, but I think I'll get over it. Eventually.
I learned a few lessons about myself, my quilting and the modern quilting community by watching QuiltCon from the sidelines through blogs and Instagram.
I had a quilt in the show....
It's my In The Clouds from Modern Designs For Classic Quilts book. This quilt was made to go on my queen size bed and was inspired by a quilt by Gwen Marston. This piece wasn't made to be a show piece but rather to be used in my bedroom. When Kelly and I got serious about writing a book, this quilt was one of the pieces I thought would be a good example of a modern design that would be a beginner level pattern.
When I asked Jill to quilt it, I asked for a very specific pattern that was inspired by Sashiko stitching that I saw in a book. And she did exactly what I asked for.
This quilt has surprised me by how much attention it's gotten from people who've bought the book. It seems to be an accessible design for those wanting to venture into modern quilting or someone who wants to make a large modern quilt without a lot of fuss.
But, as I expected, it didn't win anything at QuiltCon. I didn't make this as a show piece - it was made for personal use that got a second life as a pattern for my book. When it got accepted to be in the show, I was super happy that it would hang as an example of "Use of Negative Space".
But up close, the judge said she saw tension issues, but I'm not sure what she's talking about. I've never noticed them. And I got some feedback about the use of colors and prints for the geese and the background - the judge said they seemed unrelated.
There were good things said, too. The quilting design was well executed, which Jill should be proud of. My workmanship, piecing and binding were judged as excellent, which makes me feel really good.
So where's the lesson in this?
If you want to win prizes at a quilt show, make a piece that's
I'm so happy I entered it, win or no win. And I'll use the feedback from the judge to get better, to push myself to make pieces that I could show in a major quilt show. That's just me - I'm kind of competitive like that.
Which leads me to Lesson #2, which may take a day or two to think about how to word so as not to piss too many people off. Standby....