It's hard to put yourself out on a limb. At least it is for me, so I don't do it very often. But over the years, I have entered my quilts in various places, and sent pictures of quilts to various publications, with varied success.
The first quilt (and my first original design) I submitted was for a magazine design contest (circa 2004), called "Trip Around the Backyard."
(I have loved the Amish look for a long time....)Aaron and Christa were living in Portland at the time, and Mark flew them in for the weekend as a surprise.That was icing on the cake.
C&T Publishing put out a call for Amish or Amish-inspired quilts to be included in a book they are publishing. They are celebrating their 30 years in publishing and also the first book they published, which was a book about Amish quilts by Roberta Horton. This book is in my library and I'm really looking forward to the new one.
We are so excited to tell you that your quilt will be included in our new book. We were absolutely stunned by your use of color, your precision piecing and the beautiful quilting which exquisitely set off each and every block. In addition, we are happy to inform you that your quilt has been chosen to be on the cover.
A girl can dream, right?
Here is the actual letter I received:
I'm sorry to inform you that your quilt (or quilts) was not selected for our Amish book.
We had an amazing group of quilts submitted. The selection committee had a tough time making the choices. Criteria included selecting the right mix for the book, not just beauty or craftsmanship, and many fabulous quilts had to be set aside.
Thank you so much for taking the time to enter.
So...a mass rejection letter. And the email addresses of all the "losers" were included!
Of course I'm disappointed. Still, I'm glad I entered. The way I look at it, the worst that can happen is someone will say "no." On the other hand, you might get a "yes."
Besides, I really enjoy spending time with my Granny, so I'm glad she isn't taking an extended trip any time soon.
How about you? Have you submitted anything you have created, to a magazine, to a show? I would love to hear about it!
Have a fun and creative weekend.