A few days ago, I got a letter accepting my Day of the Dead quilt into the Road to California show. I am really proud that it has been juried into two of the three juried shows that I have entered. But, being new to this stuff, I had no idea that it cost so much to ship a quilt!! Last time I mailed it for the PIQF show. It cost $35.00 to mail it and I was floored. PIQF covered the return postage. This time, RtC requests a check for $27.00 to cover the cost of return shipping. I would have to look it up but I think that the entry fee may have been more for PIQF, so maybe that is why they could afford return postage.
Anyway, I think that if I enter it again, it will be local shows. I don't think it will ever do anything, the competition is so much better in that category. I am going to enter my pineapple this year. It should cost a lot less to mail. I'm not really into the showing for the money.. I don't know why I do it.. Maybe I am seeking validation that I am not wasting my time. I enjoy the process, and I admit, I enjoy the reaction my quilts get.
I don't like the way the shows keep your entry fees even if they reject your quilt. What a racket. I did enter one recently that stated the entry fee would be returned if the quilt wasn't accepted. I don't remember which show it was though..
I don't enter competitions for the reasons professional quilters enter. They probably need to enter because they have made quilting their livelihood. They need to have their work seen. They maybe feel that they need to win so that people will find them worthy of paying for their knowledge. I don't ever plan on making this a business. I am just doing the competition thing for fun. Besides, what good is a Skeleton Quilt otherwise? I think that if I didn't try to enter shows, I would be a lot less willing to try new and difficult designs, and techniques. I think the act of competing, makes you develop better skills. Minature quilts are totally useless in the realm of being a quilt.. I think that may be what I like about them. They are difficult, a challenge. And that's what makes them worth doing.