Everyone who submitted quilts for consideration to QuiltCon 2019 received email notifications yesterday morning about whether their quilts were accepted this year or not. Over the years, I have submitted many more quilts that have not been accepted to QuiltCon than quilts that have been accepted, so I want to start by saying to anyone who has submitted a quilt that was not accepted to a quilt show, congratulations for making a quilt you were so proud of that you took a risk and submitted it to be juried into a quilt show. That is awesome!
QuiltCon in particular is a very competitive quilt show. I believe there were around 1,750* quilts submitted for consideration this year, and only 400* of the quilts will be on display (*these are close estimates to the best of my knowledge). With that in mind, I have experimented with submitting lots of quilts in a year (last year I submitted 8 for consideration) and this year I experimented with submitting a very curated grouping of quilts (I submitted 4 for consideration). I also tried something new: I submitted each quilt when it was complete or back in my possession. I’m never 100% sure when magazine quilts will be returned, so I figure it’s best to wait until they are home again.
So here are the submission dates for each of my 4 submitted quilts this year. The interesting thing to note here are the quilt numbers that were assigned to my entries, given at the end.
- Babsie, upper left, submitted August 15, #68
- See Right Through Me, upper right, submitted September 6, #90
- Refraction, lower left, submitted November 8, #418
- Wonder, lower right, submitted November 24, #726
The submission deadline is November 30th, and over 1,000 quilts were submitted after Wonder on November 24th. Wow!
I am in a bit of shock to say that all four of my quilts were accepted this year. I really and truly was not expecting that to happen (I was, however, hoping that one might get selected to show)!
I cannot stress enough that amazing quilts are not accepted to QuiltCon every year. Quilts that do not get accepted to QuiltCon one year may very well be selected the next year as pointed out by Timna Tarr yesterday. Christa Watson has a great post with suggestions for other quilt shows to consider. And Victoria’s Accepted or Rejected post from 2014 is something I read every year.
I do look forward to seeing the quilts at QuiltCon 2019, but more than anything, I look forward to seeing quilters there in person. I’ll be on the crew working in the workshop area, so if you are there, keep an eye out for me!