My husband and I made our yearly trek to the quilt show in Lancaster yesterday. This has become a ritual where we find someone to let Cole out-and-in-and-out-and-in while we take a moment to travel a day together.This was all the more special because he left the
We visit the show, go to local fabric stores holding sales and eat the Friday Fish Fry at Cracker Barrel. Drew never had to resort to pulling out his Engineering book as I was pretty darn quick at the shops.
This was the AQS quilt show, which used to be the Quilters Heritage quilt show, which I miss a lot.The other show allowed you to enter quilts, made up to five years before. Most quilt shows now require you to have made a quilt within two years which means most quilts won't be seen.
To enter a quilt you have to hurry! You must juggle entry deadlines, the year it was made, show dates and transit time, exhibit time, not overlap said times, pay a lot of entry fee/insurance/postage money and hire a secretary and accountant to handle your details (just kidding but almost). You must choose between shows to enter. If your quilt doesn't get in, you've missed getting in to another show because you had to choose.
It's a lot of details for a person who just wants to make art and have it seen. Someone with my personality type: Time-Challenged-disorganized-non-computer-savvy-last-minute-earnestly-trying-type-A.
|some crystals, fabric and jewelry cleaner purchases|
This show is on three floors. I saw, shopped, and bought an odd assortment of items. A tunic, fabric, crystals and, of course, the vintage poodle pin-cushion.
As you might know I collect pin cushions see some here: CLICK HERE FOR A FEW
This brings me to a question, why do we take pictures of people's quilts at shows?
I take a picture, download it, and most likely never look at it again. But there is something in us that wants to capture that quilt to have. It feels like we get to take it home with us! Of course, the rest of you probably do something useful with your pictures.
I have seen people at shows looking at my quilts hanging there. They laugh and say, that's so me! They take a picture! I took some pictures of quilts yesterday too. I like to take pictures of techniques that interest me. My husband likes quilts that are blue. That sounds simplistic, he also cares about content so if it's a water piece and blue, even better!
There is also a small annoyance to me while looking at quilts. (Says to self) "Hmm, looks like the quilt I have been home making for years, in that technique I "invented", or that concept I thought of, or the style I have been doing..."
Apparently there is a cloud of group-think going on, and we are all home coming up with similar ideas, and some of us are faster than others at getting the stupid digital entries done on time and getting the details handled and suddenly it might seem like the slower person is copying an idea.
I overheard some people looking at the quilts and saying it makes them feel like they will never make anything that good. Whoa! This is not the goal! See my post on comparing your work to others here CLICK HERE.
A goal of seeing quilts and visiting vendors who provide us with machines and fabric and notions, is to be stimulated to go home and make something. Hopefully something from our heart, something special, something you love. It doesn't need so much quilting that it resembles a tapestry. It doesn't have to have 5678.5 crystals or hexagons, not that there's anything wrong with that.
We should be excited to make something that is fun and expresses who we are.
Here's to making stuff!
And here's hoping next time I better handle the entry details so mine hangs there too!