The Quilt show was kind of bittersweet. As I rationally expected, I did not win a ribbon. However. That is not necessarily what I emotionally expected. When I arrived I went through the quilts right away, skipping right past fund raising raffles and vendors. Mine was close to the front and I saw it very quickly. 1) The label didn't show that the name of the quilt was Blisswork. 2) It had no prize. Of course that was not shocking. But it was, somewhere deep inside, a disappointment. Also the categories were very confusing and I had a really hard time finding the quilts that "beat" mine. In fact, none of the quilts that beat mine were pieced. They were all appliqué. Also there was no honorable mention in the small-hand quilted quilt category.
The quilts were of course mostly beautiful. There were a handful that I thought were rather unattractive. And one of the other white-glovers showed me some qualities in a few quilts that caused them to be judged harshly, which was pretty educational. Though she wasn't very nice about it and I hoped the quilter was not standing nearby. It wasn't likely as it was towards the end, but still. It seemed a bit catty, actually. Though I did learn a few things from what she had to say.
When The Husband arrived with The Kids, all heck broke loose. The Girl tried to shimmy up a display pole and the boy was hopping in circles. The president of the guild approached me and I asked about leaving my quilt instead of waiting to pick it up. All I wanted to know was where I could collect it at a later date. She took it to mean that I wanted the quilt NOW and she took one more look at the rather destructive behavior of my children and took it down for me. Hurray for not having to wait for all the quilts to be taken down and organized…but now I feel indebted to her AND I didn't get my feedback sheet. That was a big part of the point of entering the show!
So. Stuff I learned: