May Sound More Impressive Than It Actually Is

Occasionally I like to send my creations out into the world of quilt shows. Recently I submitted Torii Traces to a national show, and it was accepted. A few days ago I received emails from the show organizer that encourage me to blow my own horn and, not incidentally, do a bit of marketing for the show.

First, the quilt.

Next, the press release I can share with my local media.

Local Quilter Accepted into Pennsylvania National Quilt Competition

NEW HOPE, Pennsylvania – Quilt artist Joanna Mack from Akron, OH has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Quilt Competition at the 2018 Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (PNQE). The renowned event, produced by Mancuso Show Management, Inc., will be held at the Great Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, September 13-16.

Following acceptance by the competition’s jury, Mack’s quilt, Torii Traces, will be displayed at the show along with other entries from across the U.S. Winners will be selected at the show, and publicized on the show’s website starting Thursday, September 13, 2018. Quilt and textile art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view Mack’s quilt among the other magnificent quilts exhibited at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, September 13-16, 2018.”

There’s more, but it’s about Mancuso Show Management, not me. I do love the sound of “quilt artist.”

Finally, I received a button to share on my social media. Please don’t ask what it means to be a finalist, as I don’t know. I think it means simply my quilt was juried into the show.

Now, Mancuso Show Management seems to do a good job with its shows. I’ve had no issues whatsoever with them. I just get depressed at all the efforts put into branding everything and everyone on social media. Maybe my brand should be

I’ve link up to Off The Wall Fridays.



Filed under Commentary, Quilt Shows

36 responses to “May Sound More Impressive Than It Actually Is

  1. This is very cool! Congratulations. I wish I could see it in person. And indeed, it is very impressive. 🙂

  2. I got the same type of stuff when I had a quilt accepted at an AQS show a few years ago, and had pretty much the same reaction. I used to attend that show outside Philadelphia (when we lived nearby) and it is indeed a fine show. But I’m with you, my blog is about all the social media I can stand. If I’m never famous because I don’t blow my own horn enough, so be it!

  3. Rosemaryflower

    This is very cool. I know you feel as though you are bragging, but We know and understand. Perhaps others would be annoyed, but I am impressed and very very happy for you. This is a pretty quilt

  4. You sell yourself short. Many congratulations and the very best of luck.

  5. Katie Krieger

    Good luck Joanna

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. This is a big deal. Congratulations, you have earned it! I love the quilt, it is so original and unique. I’m glad to hear more people will be able to see it.

  7. Chris Wheeler

    That is really exciting! I hope it is truly a finalist and we get to see it on their website too.

  8. Congratulations! I’m glad you shared the quilt and your great news!

  9. Marni Fisher

    I love the quilt and especially like your emoji.

  10. I am so glad it will be shown, I love that quilt and all the layers of interest it contains.
    Since it will be shown at the National Quilt Extravaganza, maybe you should call yourself an “extravagant quilt artist.” That would really stand out from the crowd. 🙂

  11. jennyklyon

    Congratulations! I hope you get a chance too see it hang. That’s got to feel good!

  12. Glenda Oates

    I am so happy for you and yes love that term “quilt artist”. When I grow up I want to be an artist just like you.

  13. Edie

    Congratulations! It is a gorgeous quilt. Although I live in Arizona, I will be in the Philadelphia area and plan to go to the show. I will look for your quilt especially since I read about in your blog. Will you be going to the show?

    • Alas, I have out of town company then, so will have to give the show a miss. It’s exciting you’ll be going, all the way from Arizona. I’m originally from Philly, so I hope the city shows you its best side.

  14. Diane Bird

    Congratulations! I’m glad you and your quilt are getting the recognition you and it deserve.

  15. I get the impressions you’re highly ambivalent about self-promotion! 😉 I get that but I hope you’re also really proud of this–I’ve always loved that quilt and you deserve any and all recognition it brings you!

  16. Kuster Doreen

    Congratulations! And to think everyone following your blog got to see it before you became ‘famous’! I, too, like the term quilt artist.

  17. Penny Bruce

    I’m excited for you–what a beautiful piece, Joanna!

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