Martha's Wedding. Like 500 other people I wasn't accepted. Not the first time I haven't been in and probably not the last time but I try. If you don't enter for sure you won't be in!
A couple of weeks ago I was cruising through some blogs and came upon one that was explaining why she didn’t bother to enter Quilt National.
Reason 1. Been there, done that,
Reason 2. QN just wasn’t all that innovative any more.
Reason 3. Don’t need the affirmation that my work is good.
Reason 1. OK I’ve been there, done that, I would welcome the chance to do it again. It’s a great event with all kinds of artists and you think to yourself, Wow, I’m one of THEM!!! There are few things that compare to seeing your work hung in the Dairy Barn.
Reason 2. QN just not innovative? It depends on the jurors totally. We can but submit work and hope and pray we get accepted. It’s the artist’s job to grow and stretch. Speaking honostly, making work to submit to QN keeps me going forward. I could just make quilts and throw them under the bed. But it’s better to let them see some light once and awhile.
Reason 3. Had enough affirmation? I don’t think any of us has enough affirmation., at least not in my world. Of course when I got in QN in 2007 my mother told me “Your Head Is Going to be So Big!” She also told me not to go to the opening. I went, and was proud and happy to be there. I am always surprised when a stranger comes up and says I love your work. What?! Who me? Gee thanks. I struggle to be gracious, and I am always surprised and appreciative. I figure if you don’t need affirmation maybe your head IS too big!
So we wait for the jury to let us know, In or Out. Most likely Out, the chances are slim of getting in. Out of 1000 quilts they maybe take 70, so what are your chances. But I know my work is my best, I am moving forward and what they don’t accept will see the light somewhere else.