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Dealing with rejection…

This morning I found out that my first attempt to “step out there” with my designs was not met with acceptance…That quilt you see on the right, Colors of October, was the one I entered into McCall’s Quilt Design Star 2011 (so, it will come down soon, since voting is over). From 93 entries, they were picking 20 to go into the next round. So, not very bad odds to make it, don’t you think? 🙂 But I didn’t make it…Crushed.
I think what makes me really sad, or really thinking, is that they said in the call for entries – we are not looking for your master piece, we are looking for potential – oh man, does it mean I don’t have it? No potential? OK, OK, I know I am over-reacting now, but it does make you think – how do we measure how good we are in what is important to us?
Do you let others determine that? Is is a market value ( what you can sell)? Is it what your friends and family say (in other words people who know you, not necessarily people who will tell you it is good just because they love you)?
Interesting question for discussion, don’t you think? I would love to hear what all of you out there have to say…
In the meantime, I am going into my sewing room to soothe my wounded pride, 🙂 and try to make something!

PS – well, I might as well ask: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS QUILT? Colors, design, composition…? What does it tell you? Good or bad please!!