Tuesday, February 23, 2010
A Serious Question
In the last few weeks, I've packed and shipped quilts for three shows. This is an unusual number for me, and so I've been thinking about the process of entering shows, and why anyone does it. I always think it will be fun, until there comes the actual work of finding a box, folding the quilt to fit the box, finding the proper packing (plastic bag, pillowcase, NO pillowcase), assembling the mailing label, the show's ID label, the inside address, the return shipping check, the photograph, and anything else a particular show might want. Then there's sealing the box, addressing the box, driving to the post office or UPS, standing in line, and of course, paying. But then I forget about the hassle, and do it again the next time.
But after doing this chore three times in quick succession, I'm seriously considering saying "Never again." I have no hope of a prize, all I'll have is a page of not very helpful judges' comments. (One show is not judged, so there won't even be that.) Surely a large majority of people who enter shows share my expectations. If only those who win or hope to win entered, quilt shows would be small indeed. Why do we enter? Any thoughts about this?