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Entering a Quilt in a Quilt Show

So you’ve finally decided to enter a quilt into a quilt show. Wow, that’s a giant leap for most, but a very rewarding one. Seeing your quilt hanging amongst many other quilts can give you a great lift of confidence. Most quilters consider their quilts not to be up to scratch or not good enough to enter in a judged quilt show, but this is simply not true; all quilts deserve to be seen by others.

Quilters thrive on inspiration – and we look for it either consciously or subconsciously in our everyday life. We notice brickwork, wrought iron decorations on front porches, tiling on church walkways. We notice in designs everywhere and we especially take notice of quilts when we see them. Often it’s not the workmanship that we are studying, but the concept, the colour placement, the design elements that make that quilt so appealing.

Sure, in every quilt show there will be the outstanding quilts with workmanship that simply stuns us and make us want to go home and weep. It’s good to see these stunning pieces, but remember for every “master quilt” there are thousands of very good ones. That’s where your quilt comes in. You’ve worked hard at it for months, it’s of your own creation and it needs to be seen by others.

There are a few steps that you can take to ensure that your quilt is “show ready” and thus relieve any stress on you or the organisers of the quilt show. Here’s a quick check list for you to make sure you’ve got everything done that’s necessary for your quilt to shine:

Presenting a quilt show is a huge undertaking and requires many helping hands to share the load. So if you’re prepared to enter your quilt in a quilt show, also be prepared to help set up and work at the show.

Quilt show organisers always need “white glove ladies” who spend an hour or two at the quilt show, making sure the quilts don’t get handled by the public. They usually are issued with some white cotton gloves to touch the quilts without marking.

Helping to “bump in and out” is always appreciated. You don’t need to be strong to do this. It’s always extra pairs of hands that are required at these times. It’s a little way you can give back to the organisation and say thank you for allowing me to hang my quilt at your show.

I thoroughly recommend you put your next quilt into a quilt show and I promise you’ll enjoy the experience.

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