QuiltCon 2019 - Summary of My Quilts

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I'm back and finally getting over being exhausted but I had an amazing time at QuiltCon this year.  I think the best part of the show is running into so many fellow quilters that I've only met online, meeting all the new people and seeing old friends! 

I had four quilts in the competition part of the show, two in the Quilt of the Month showcase and the giveaway quilt.  I received judges notes on the four quilts in the competition portion of the show.  I would like to share the judges comments in hopes it will make them less terrifying and encourage others to enter in QuiltCon and other shows.  First up Colonnade, by far my favorite make of 2018:

QuiltCon judges notes vary from other quilt shows in that they don't give a quantified score.  Pluses next to one of the considerations indicates that the quilt being evaluated excelled in that area, or at least that is how it has been explained to me and then the judges leave comments on the bottom of the page.  I think Colonnad…

2018 QuiltCon Submissions

I read an excellent blog yesterday by Yvonne Fuchs (www.quiltingjetgirl.com) listing the quilts she's entering into QuiltCon 2018.  I was particularly intrigued by her Transparent Ribbons entry, both of them, because they are the same design but one is in solids and the other in Christa Watson's Modern Marks prints.  It will be interesting to see what the jury does.  They are both so different I'm guessing they will both be accepted.  Yvonne also encouraged other bloggers to share their QuiltCon entries and I loved the idea so here they are.

2018 QuiltCon Submissions

This year the Modern Quilt Guild changed some of the rules for entering quilts in QuiltCon which meant I needed to to change my entry strategy.  I originally entered 10 quilts but decide to withdraw 5 after submission, more on that later.  Here of the five that I still have entered.

Urban Trek - Modern Minimalism

I had no doubt that I would enter this quilt.  It's my favorite make this year for many reasons.

Clambake - Modern Traditional

Another one of my 'favs' this year made with Jenny Haynes' (www.pappersaxsten.com) amazing double drunkards path template.

Misprint - Use of Negative Space

My Misprint quilt/design was so long in the making I absolutely knew I was entering it.

Lost in Oz - Mini Quilt

I've never entered in the mini quilt category before but since this was so well received on Instagram I thought I'd give it a shot.

Quilt - Modern Traditional

My final entry is a secret sew project that I submitted to QuiltCon magazine so I can't actually show it but here's a tease.  I don't really think of myself as a modern traditional quilt designer, I think I'm much more of a modern minimalist, so it's funny that I have two quilts submitted in that category.

Now for the five quilts I withdrew.

1.Scandinavian Pathway  2. Retro Rollers  3. More Stop Than Go  4.Fade & Balance  5. All's Fair in Love and Board Games

The more I thought about the new rules the more I began to regret entering so many quilts.  In the past when I submitted to QuiltCon the goal was to get something in so the more entries the better but this year the rules changed and any one designer cannot have more than 5 quilts in the show, though they can enter as many as they want.  As I started to go through scenarios in my head I realized that there were quilts I absolutely wanted to be in the show and quilts that I thought were good but would hate for them to take the place of one of my "absolutes."  It was pretty easy to weed out Scandinavian Pathway and All's Fair in Love and Board Games because they have a couple mistakes in them, e.g. shadowing and probably couldn't win a ribbon.  When I started comparing the other quilts to each other the next three fell out of the running pretty quickly.  Fortunately, when I contacted the MQG they were ok with we withdrawing the entries and even refunded most of the entry fee which I wasn't expecting.

Before the end of the year I should know which of my entries are accepted.  My birthday is December 19th and QuiltCon notifications seem to go out right around then so it's pretty fun time for me, well maybe not so fun if I don't get any quilts in, hmm...





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  1. Thank you for sharing your submissions and thought process as well! I personally don’t expect to max out on entries, heck, I’m always hoping to just get one accepted... :) I do hope others share what they submit as well, and I am definitely curious about the quilt that is secret for now.

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    1. I know what you mean there are so many talented quilters out there, I'm always amazed when a quilt gets juried into a show. I hope others share too I love the quilts and reading why they chose those. I'm really excited to share the secret quilt too but I'm gonna have to wait until February.

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  2. I'd love to see you max out! ;-) I'm still debating what to enter. Glad you have it all sorted out! I'll blog about my choices one I do!

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    1. I'll keep an eye out for your post! You have alot of amazing quilts to choose from, I can't wait to see which you pick.

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  3. Ooh! Such excellent choices! I really love your "rejects" 1-3 too. Thank you for sharing your process of elimination! I can not wait to see the reveal of the secret one!!

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    1. Thanks Laura! The secret quilt is sort of different for me, still modern but more traditional for sure. I hope to see some of your quilts at QuiltCon!!

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  4. I have no doubt, Heather, that you will get the birthday wish you hope for and "max out" at five entries. Your eye and talent for modern knows no boundaries. I'm very happy for you to have made so many modern quilts that you have to narrow down your entries! You're definitely in the minority. I would venture to say that of all modern quilters, most of them are like me... wishing to have one quilt that I think is good enough to enter in QuiltCon. Every wish for your success.

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    1. Thanks Linda! I'm sure you have plenty of quilts that could be entered, your work is beautiful.

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  5. Great entries! I am excited because I think that I am going to get to see most if not all of these in person at QuiltCon :) Are you going to be at QuiltCon?

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    1. Thanks, I hope so. I am going to QuiltCon. I'm going to be kid free, first trip without my daughter, so I should some good free time to meet up with people.

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