…although it has little to do with Canada turning 150 (ok, maybe there is a little connection…)! In March and May this year I posted a call for entry to support World Quilt in New England and to represent Canada.
Canadian long-arm quilter Debbie Macleod had accepted the responsibility for a second year to gather submissions, forward images for jurying to Mancuso Show Management for consideration, and then receive the quilts, pack them with great care and send them off to the Mancuso office in Pennsylvania. (Her job is only half done. She will receive the quilts, repack them and return them to their makers in early 2018 when they complete the US show circuit!)
We are always puzzled by how little interest exists among quilters in Canada to put their work out there and possibly pick up some prize money along the way. I have had the honour and privilege of judging World Quilt in 2014 and 2015. At that time I was dismayed at the low number of entries from Canada. Did you know that 10 collective entries provide an opportunity to be eligible for the Best of Country prize?
This year Mancuso added additional support to entrants with a specially designed banner for those of us who made the final cut in the jury process:
Purging, packing, organizing my studio, and a general lack of focus had me neglect my part in sharing that I was juried into the competition.
Today I am humbled and grateful to wake up to an email from Debbie Macleod congratulating me. Wabi Sabi Modern was selected as Canada’s Best Entry.
Wabi Sabi Modern (53″h x 40″w, full view and detail above) was created during the spring and early summer of 2016 as a contemplative exercise in cloth. You may have read about my trials and tribulations regarding straightening the rather distorted quilt. I was so tempted to just walk away at the time. But, with perseverance, determination and careful blocking resulting in a close relationship with this creation, I have grown very fond of this modern quilt.
Part of the contemplative process is to explore, observe ideas and let them go or lean into the challenge when it gets difficult. I am so glad I finished this quilt. I am honoured to have been awarded Best of Country at World Quilt New England 2017, the year Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday.
Thank you, Debbie MacLeod for your encouragement to enter and accepting the organizational responsibilities on behalf of Canadian Quilters.
In closing, I have this valuable lesson to share: Don’t give up! Finish what you start and don’t use distractions to throw you off your path. And, if that is not enough encouragement, I entered this quilt into a notable national show from which it was rejected. Had it been accepted I would not have been able to enter the quilt into World Quilt.
How does the saying go? When one door closes another will open! Opportunties are all around us and all we need is recognize these chances and act accordingly. Start deleting the rejection letters, tear them to shreds and burn them as collecting them will hamper your progress! Turn around and find another cometition or show to enter!