|"Spinning Stars", 72" x 72"|
And today, I learned that my "Spinning Stars" quilt exceeds the size limit per the challenge rules! Somehow I totally overlooked the challenge rule that "quilt sizes should not exceed 60" on any side" as mine finishes 72" x 72". Well, my heart just sank and you can probably imagine the range of emotions I experienced upon this little discovery: dumbfounded, sadness, guilt, disappointment, embarrassment and anger, mostly directed at myself for not taking the time to double and triple-check the challenge rules.
As part of my "Challenge Yourself!" lecture, I reinforce the importance of reading the challenge rules, and here I am not heeding my own advice! While I would like to say that at least I did not intentionally make my quilt larger, I am pretty embarrassed with myself for not double and triple- checking the rules designing the layout, piecing, quilting or binding my quilt!!
|Gotta walk the walk, not just talk the talk!|
Within minutes of discovering my error, I emailed the MQU magazine editor informing her of my mistake and asking for direction as to how best to proceed. As I await her response, I have done considerable reflection on my unfortunate situation. It is certainly a painful lesson to learn, but on a positive note, I am trailing far behind in votes for my quilt...so the odds of winning were certainly not in my favor.
Another positive note is that I now have one more quilt challenge misadventure to share as part of my "Challenge Yourself!" lecture/trunk show with hopes that others may learn from my mistake and not have to experience such disappointment.
Last but not least, I hope this will not be the end all, be all for "Spinning Stars." Given how much time and energy I've invested in this beauty, I had planned on entering it into national juried quilt shows and competitions where it will have the opportunity to be judged in person based on its design and techniques used. And yes, I will be sure to double and triple check the quilt show entry rules before entering my quilt!!! ;-)