I entered two quilts into the Modern Quilt Guild exhibit, and one was accepted out of over 130 entries (I remember doing a happy squeal/dance at Shoprite when I received the email). Ironically, this was not the quilt I thought would get in, if any. I submitted Pebble Cascade first and foremost, and entered Home only because I could enter two quilts. Imagine my pleasant surprise.
Many thanks to my friend Linda P. from the CJMQG for snapping these pictures at Quilt Festival!
Ironically, I submitted this quilt to QuiltCon last year (the largest modern quilt show in the world) and it did not get in. That just goes to show that there are SO many great modern quilts out there that do not get into QuiltCon, and that's quite alright. The competition is stiff but you never know when you'll have another chance (for example, this exhibit was FREE to enter, and there were many less entries than QuiltCon). I encourage you to enter other competitions too (my friend Renee enjoys entering state fairs and wins what seems like all the time [go Renee!!], and my friend Krishma was recently accepted into an exhibit at the Texas Quilt Museum). With a little luck, I made it into this one, and it's definitely my happiest moment as a quilter so far.
Also, I'm thrilled that "Home" has automatically been entered into the competition at QuiltCon Pasadena in February 2016. Unfortunately, I won't be there, but I'm asking my quilty friends to snap a picture for me (please!). I placed it in the improv category, because there is not one stitch of applique on this particular quilt, much as it might seem!
I do think that the improv style and the like-solid fabrics fit with the motif the MQG was looking for, but I cannot accurately analyze why or why not something was actually put in the show. I am very grateful for this opportunity to be exhibited amongst hundreds of other quilts in one of the most prestigious quilt shows in the world. If you'd like to see the Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at Quilt Festival, my friend Christa Watson has pictures of all of them a little ways down in her Facebook photos.
If you are in Houston this week, I hope you enjoy the show for the rest of us at home! Happy Thursday!