I knew about the Knotty Quilter Group ribbon on Mad Hats because the ribbon sponsors go in the day before the show and pin their ribbon to their favorite quilt, so it was there when I visited on Saturday, but what I didn't know and only learned from a garbled phone message, was that it had also won 1st Place in the Peoples Choice voting in it's division!
Now, that all being explained, I will hold these ribbons just as dearly as if they were assigned by a Highfalutin Judge in a snooty sanctioned show. I have had my works & seen others works, both quilted and embroidered, judged by those who are so uptight about an unbending set of rules & nit pick about the tiniest things, determined that they have to find a fault somewhere, that they seem to have lost sight of the real goal. To encourage, to share, to educate. I sometimes wonder if they have gone so far beyond broadening their own horizons, perhaps not taking time to learn about new ideas and techniques that they are no longer able to reach back & see the joy and intent in the creation.
I applaud our little hometown show. With limited space, this group of industrious men & women put together a great show. They have to max out the show at 165 entries each year due to those space constraints. In addition, each exhibitor is limited to 3 entries in the publicly judged categories, thereby making space for everyone who wishes to, to have the opportunity to participate. They also present workshops & bring in a fantastic variety of vendors, whose expertise, goods or services we might not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from. It is in small hometown shows such as this that one gains the confidence to show their work in a relatively non-intimidating environment. They have the opportunity to view the works of others, become inspired, & move forward and strengthen their skills. This is a place where kids can show their quilt from Kids Camp or 4-H, and let's face it, if we don't inspire kids, these arts will die.
So yep, I'm proud of my little collection of rosettes, because they mean that the work of my heart & hands made somebody smile, & I can only hope that I have played a part in inspiring, someone new to take up needle and thread today.
All this from someone with severe perfectionist tendencies!