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Update w/pictures I am Furious, (caution venting ahead)UPDATE, UPDATE

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Lynda, I've been away from a computer for a few days and I'm so glad that you got your quilts back, the ribbons that they earned and now you can "4getaboutit". I really feel sorry for all of those people who can only elevate themselves by putting someone else down, the officials at the fair that believed the lies that were told and the fact that you were never even contacted. You have handled it the best way possible and I hope that the officials really think about this for any future "story" telling by others. They need to go to the source to get the facts straight.

And on another note - I can't wait to see you and these beautiful quilts at the Moxie meeting. :D:cool::D:cool::D:cool::D

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chiming in a little late here, but the FIRST problem is that the fair people apparently don't have a process in place to handle challenges/complaints, and "Bea" must have intimidated the hell out of someone! Hopefully, your issue this year will clarify things for next time. That would certainly be one of my demands, if I were the one involved.

(something along the lines of, "Why, certainly, Mrs. "Bea," we have a complaint form right here, please fill out these twelve pages in triplicate...oh, and please, submit them typed.)

(ever try to find a regular typewriter these days? ! lol!) :P

They should have checked their facts before they made any changes. At our fair, the judge's decisions are usually considered final.

After a squabble with the Art Department people many years ago, I quit entering our fair, and quit helping with the shows, etc. (Just for the record, I have a degree in Fine Art, and there are two colleges in this town, with two art departments that use nude models to teach drawing classes.) At the time, my mom and I were both working at the fair, and it was the only job we had.

They let a lady that was one of the assistants, helping hang, etc, not even on the fair board, disqualify a drawing because it was a 'nude'...Well, in this particular drawing, one could not 'see' anything, just mostly arms and legs...but they let her put it out of the JURIED show!! The way she acted, you'd have thought it was PORN, not a perfectly beautiful drawing. She had absolutely NO authority to do so, EXCEPT that she was a dear friend of the Art dept. chairperson!!! (we have a name for that here....)

I raised such a stink about it that I got calls at home from a few of the fair board members, not to mention the CHAIRMAN and I let them know that letting HER, not a judge, board member or anything, put that piece out of the fair because it was 'unacceptable' and a nude was completely ridiculous, not to mention, not in the rulebook. You can bet that the following year there was something in the rules about 'nudes'. (and, might I add, they're still a bunch of ignoramuses...one wonders what they'd do if someone tried to enter Michelangelo's David!) anyhoo....

My mom and I both quit. And, I've never entered another drawing or painting in that Art Dept.

So, guess what....this year, one of my dgf's decided to enter the fair, and wanted me to enter, too. Just happened to have finished a quilt within the time frame allowed.

Now, after reading all of this, I'm having my misgivings!

own a longarm? Check. ($4,000, a not-even-stitch regulated, but a dear ol' grannie of a machine.)

been paid to quilt? Check, for a couple of friends, enough to pay for batting, backing and thread. Mainly stippled, with some freehand stuff thrown in for fun, for practice. (I'm not nearly productive enough piecing to keep myself in practice tops! lol!) Bless their hearts, they let me practice on their beautiful tops!

Professional? Not by any stretch of the imagination. Haven't even tried a panto yet.

# of my own quilts completed to date? Seven, and one of my mom's.

I entered the beginner category. If you saw the number of mistakes i make, you would definitely call me a newb! lol!:P (Is that "newb" or "noob"?)

DGF entered 'professional' ... she makes her living doing alterations/sewing, but her hobby is quilting...so what category to enter?

At least this booklet has many categories.

We'll see what happens! lol! ;)

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You might remind "B" that "going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car." According to following definitions, "B" has paid you a HUGE complement...I wish I could be a professional too. I know you do not fit these definitions perfectly, but near the end are the ones that mean the most to me. This friction does not take away any of the beauty and hard work you give your quilts. Too bad that "B" hasn't learned anything from you.

Wikipedia has the following meanings:

A professional is a member of a vocation founded upon specialized educational training.

The word professional traditionally means a person who has obtained a degree in a professional field. The term professional is used more generally to denote a white collar working person, or a person who performs commercially in a field typically reserved for hobbyists or amateurs.

In western nations, such as the United States, the term commonly describes highly educated, mostly salaried workers, who enjoy considerable work autonomy, a comfortable salary, and are commonly engaged in creative and intellectually challenging work. Less technically, it may also refer to a person having impressive competence in a particular activity.

Because of the personal and confidential nature of many professional services and thus the necessity to place a great deal of trust in them, most professionals are held up to strict ethical and moral regulations."

You definitely have "impressive competence;" and we would all trust you with our quilts too. So glad you got some recognition (we know you are not a liar by any means) for your beautiful quilts.


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Haven't been on for a few days -- but just read through all the posts regarding you situation -- I think it is so sad that, no matter what the area is, politics always enter in sooner or later. Felt so proud of the way you stood up for yourself -- and your quilts are unbelievable! God bless. Patsy

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So glad you were able to come to this resolution... It was well earned and deserved.. Keep quilting, keep showing so others can learn from your beautiful quilts and stitching, or give ideas of quilt patterns, see how the various colors not usually thought to be compatible really can be pretty when not together with a big lump of each.

Hugs and God Bless you.. May you continue to be a winner in every sense.

RitaR & Himself.

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It is a real shame that some quilters think they are the quilt police! We should all appreciate that they are so many talented quilters and we can all learn from each other and not be jelous of one another. I hope that they do the right thing.

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