It was a fun day all around, with my mom and sister coming from out of town to see the show. Dan came by in the afternoon (what a supportive guy!). Our friend Derrick works at the convention center so he stopped by too. It is always interesting to hear the reactions of non-quilters. They both were impressed by the range of different things you can do with a quilt.
Some interesting things I learned from this show:
I definitely prefer entering shows that are within driving distance. It was great to see my quilts hanging up, rather than just sending them away.
I really love seeing tons of quilts in person, in a big range of styles. Modern, art, traditional- lots of quilts that I would never make myself but I just delight in looking at up close. Seeing quilts in person is way better than in magazines or on blogs!
Winning a ribbon was great, but not winning a ribbon is fun too (good thing- the ribbon is an anomaly). It was interesting to see the quilts under very good lighting from a larger distance and in a different setting.
The judges' comments were encouraging overall with some specific and helpful ideas for how to improve. Binding- you are my nemesis!
I would encourage everybody to enter their quilts in more shows! This one is not juried; they accept the first 400 entries. So go for it!