On August 4th, I submitted Pulsar for consideration for the upcoming Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF), to be held in Santa Clara Convention Center on October 14-17. A few weeks ago, I started seeing quilters on Instagram posting that their quilts had been juried in and selected to hang at the show. I did not receive an email, so I figured it had not been selected.
In a conversation with someone, they mentioned that the notifications for acceptance go out via a mailed letter. I was really surprised by that. After stalking my mailbox, I finally received a letter last Wednesday letting me know that Pulsar has in fact been selected to be judged in the Mid-Century Mod Modern Quilt Competition and will hang on display in Santa Clara.
I need to get a hanging sleeve and label made and sewn to the backing so I can get this 72″ square quilt ready to ship off in time.
I also submitted Pulsar for consideration for the MQG Showcase Exhibit at Quilt Festival in Houston. It was not accepted for that. And I have submitted Pulsar to be considered for QuiltCon 2022 (Phoenix). Time will tell if it is selected to show in Phoenix or not.
When I submit quilts to a juried show (meaning that the act of submitting does not mean that the quilt will be accepted to hang at the show), I do my best to consider it a win that I have made a quilt that I am proud enough of to be willing to submit it for exhibition. I really do try not to expect the quilt to be selected. That said, I was definitely disappointed when Pulsar was not selected for the MQG Showcase Exhibit, but it helped me pause and remember this framing I try to establish when I submit a quilt. And honestly, I was fine with Pulsar not being accepted into PIQF and then surprised to find out the opposite was the case.