Pulsar {Pacific International Quilt Festival}

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.

Pulsar - Back of Quilt

Pulsar – Back of Quilt

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.

Pulsar - Quilting Detail

Pulsar – Quilting Detail

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.

11 thoughts on “Pulsar {Pacific International Quilt Festival}

  1. Shannon says:

    Such a cool design, Yvonne! But it’s the quilting yet again that is just so stellar!

  2. Awesome quilt, congratulations on the acceptance to the Santa Clara show. Best of luck in the judging!!

  3. Congrats on having Pulsar accepted into PIQF.
    Just curious, will you receive judges’ comments after the show? I always find it interesting to hear what the judges have to say about a particular quilt. Sometimes they’re so contradictory!

  4. Congratulations, Yvonne. Interesting that in this digital age, they send out acceptance notifications by regular mail. Perhaps they should consider using both, especially for those who may need extra time to ship due to location. Glad you’ll be able to get it ready and on its way!

  5. Janet Sabol says:

    Very cool design! What a great feeling when you find out your quilt is accepted! Congrats!

  6. Debbie says:

    Congrats! Happy to hear Pulsar will be traveling!

  7. patty says:

    Congrats on the quilt being accepted!

  8. Congrats! Rejection is disappointing, even if we are happy with what we’ve made. Fingers crossed Pulsar gets accepted to QuiltCon.

  9. Jen Strauser says:

    What a beautiful quilt. I’m glad you have a good attitude with rejections. I still feel them, too, but I try to let it go. Usually those rejections just strengthen my reserve, and I submit in other places.

  10. Liz says:

    Beautiful quilt and quilting! All those lines are delicious. I really admire your attitude and for being brave enough to submit quilts! Congratulations on Pulsar getting accepted.

  11. Congratulations on your quilt’s acceptance! So glad you got the notice by snail mail – seems a bit archaic!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)