No hanging sleeve on this one. Pardon the safety pins!
|Hanging sleeve with a few more stitches to do.|
What does it take to enter a show?
1. Make a quilt with great care and precision. Do your very best from the beginning. The binding and back must also be excellent. Keep track of the time you spend constructing your quilt.
2. When it is completed block the quilt carefully and accurately so it is perfectly square or rectangular, measuring the diagonals as well and the sides.
3. Sew a hanging sleeve on the back. This allows your quilt to hang straight if you have blocked it carefully. Do this before photographing it because you want it to hang perfectly straight in the photo. You don't want to try to skew it digitally.
4. Photograph your quilt or have it done by a professional. Many show sites today give you directions for doing your own photography. They usually want an un-retouched photo of the whole quilt and a second one showing detail.
4. Will you have it appraised? You might be very surprised at its value. Now is the time to assemble the details. That is a subject for another blog!
5. Find a show you want to enter. Most (but not all) shows today are entered via the computer, but either way they give you specific directions, which may differ from show to show. You MUST follow these directions so read them carefully. Fill out the forms. Pay the entry fee (not refundable).
6. Wait to hear whether your quilt made it into the show and then follow more directions for getting it there.
For the first time in a year I am off and running on a new project. Well, not exactly new. I have started this one twice and failed because I was having trouble with a shadow. This is a portrait of my grandson and he has a shadow on one side of his face. He has dark skin and I have consistently thread painted that shadow too dark, and I don't like that. So off to try it again using a different technique, which I will share as it moves along.
Sew some happy seams this week. I wish you the joy of a finished project.