Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

When they say “no”

In the last two days, I have received two “no thank you” emails!!

One from the International Quilt Festival about my entry…..

….and the second from the Cherrywood Monarch challenge about this quilt…..

At first, I was REALLY bummed about neither one being accepted, especially the Monarch Challenge, and when I had time in my studio that day, I wasn’t super motivated to be there.

BUT, then I started thinking about how much fun I had making the quilts and about all of the new things that I tried with them….

…..and SLOWLY……ever so SLOWLY…….

I was able to let go of some of my sadness!!

This episode reminded me again of why I make quilts!!

Although I always desire for them to be accepted into a show, my quilts are made because I love the challenge and I love the creativity…..

….and I love sharing those things with my readers!!

Thanks for all of your encouragement……

This meme from Bonnie Hunter says it all…..

Here’s to more learning and hopefully a bit of winning too!!

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12 thoughts on “When they say “no”

  1. I think both of them are beautiful, especially all the individual blossoms on the milkweed! They would certainly fit in in any quilt show I have gone to, and I am glad I got to see them here, where I can look at all the details without the usual quilt show crowd blocking my view. 🙂

  2. It’s their loss, not yours! I’m at an age where I realize the main thing is “do I like it?” I wish I could be as good as others, but I’m not so I just keep trying 😀

  3. Your quilts are beautiful. Curious if they gave you a reason why they rejected them? What were the specfications that they expected? TIA.

    1. Thanks Denise. I don’t have any idea about the Modern quilt unless they enlarged it and could see the fabric shadows behind a lot of my pieces. For the Monarch, I think that I shot myself in the foot by not submitting a great photo. The big thing about that challenge is that all of the quilts be consistent and my photo made it look like the bottom edge was curved…..which it wasn’t!! BUT, we were packing for a 3-week trip and I didn’t have time to re-do the photo. Next time I will be MUCH more cognizant of my entry!!!

  4. I also think your quilts are lovely, and even though they didn’t get the recognition you were hoping for, there will be other shows and potentially other awards. And, of course, there will be other quilts.

  5. It won’t be the first time I’ve loved a quilt that didn’t make it into a show. I’ve certainly loved the Monarch quilt all along. I identify with your roller coaster of feelings, having been there. And I usually end up as you do, that the making was the benefit. And as others have mentioned, there are other shows to enter it in.

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