All three of my quilts were rejected from QuiltCon, and that's alright.
I really wasn't upset about it when I got the emails. I am an emotional (read: high energy) person, so I do take things like this very seriously! However, I was only entering quilts from the year that I was proud of - none that I had specifically made for QuiltCon. I could imagine being upset if I had tried specifically to make for one of the show's challenges...
Do you see the problem, though? The problem is that we are all so awesome, and there are so many interpretations of modern that there's NO WAY we could all be able to show off our quilts at QuiltCon. There were over 1,300 entries! That's AMAZING! Look what's happening to our modern movement! It's not so much a movement anymore. It's here to stay. It's not moving anywhere. ;)
Sure, it would have been nice to limit individual submissions and let more people in, which would reduce the amount of people who were accepted multiple times. I also see the value of the judges choosing the "best quilts" for their vision and aesthetic. Our guild has another modern quilt exhibit in this year's Quilt Fest of New Jersey, and we are choosing quilts in the same way. It's hard not to take it personally.
Rejection happens to all of us, right? We should make even more of an effort to enter local shows and let people know how awesome modern quilting is on that level. Then, we can just try again next year. There's also the Texas Quilt Museum exhibit. And when all else fails, you can attend your local guild meeting or your favorite Instagram hashtag and revel in the beauty of quilts anyway. Because really, that's what it comes down to: that quilting is good for your soul, and you're going to do it no matter what the competition.
So, I'm not trying to be a hypocrite here - my individual entries were rejected, yes. That's what this post is about. :) I am excited that our guild's banner was accepted. It was a huge, group effort to make this quilt, and I can't wait to see it hanging there. Our charity quilt will also be there!