First the judges have us hold up the quilts so they are looking at them form afar. They look for the overall visual impact and quilting.
Next it is laid on a big table and they go over it very thoroughly! They pick at applique, check to see that mitered corners are sewn down, they look for stops and starts for machine and hand quilting, bindings must be filled, sewn down tight and straight. They look to see if it lays flat and if it is square. If I heard this once I heard it 100 times, STRAIGHT LINES SHOULD BE STRAIGHT!
So if you are having your quilt judged, technique matters! Overall beauty will not get it a ribbon. There was one that had dog/cat hair all over it. The comment was it should be "show ready". They always look for a positive in the quilt but also let them know what needs improvement.
You must also have a thick skin.....because I was a scribe I had to listen to them critique my quilts as well. Another person wrote down the comments as I did not think I should be the one to do that!
|Procrastination by Kelly Meanix|
They both were very, very nice. If you ever get a chance to sit in on judging, be sure to do it you will enjoy it very much.
We also had some nice vendors. I met a woman named, Colleen who has a shop called Some Art Fabric . She had great fabric and was super nice. Check out her site when you get a chance. For all of you in Virginia, that is where she is located.
I also had the opportunity to meet a blog friend, Mickie from 3 Poodles and a Nana . We have chatted back and forth, it was nice to put a face to the name. Go over and check out her blog too.
I feel like it is taking me forever to get back to normal. Not much sewing going on here but maybe soon.