This week I attended quilt judging for my guild’s quilt show. It was an enlightening experience – you can learn so much listening to the comments that the judge makes.
Unfortunately I did not get to see my own quilts undergo her scrutiny. I entered two quilts – the Pinwheels Aplenty quilt and also a challenge quilt I made for my other guild some time ago. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a picture of it.) They both ended up in the same category and I had to leave to meet the school bus right as my category was coming out for judging. Sigh. I’d say I wasted a vacation day except that her comments were useful reminders of the basics.
I did however get to see the quilt above judged. It was a round robin that I participated in, and I added the appliqued outer corners before handing it off to someone who created a pieced border. I was quite proud of how my addition to the quilt turned out because it was the first time I’d done so much applique. The quilt did not win a ribbon – darn! That was my best shot at being able to say I’d participated in an award-winning quilt this time. Oh well. Such is life. I didn’t make either of the quilts I entered with a show in mind and I know they have many of the flaws that the judge was not impressed with. I submitted them because I feel it is important for the guild members to participate and they were the quilts I had that were both finished and present.
Another great thing about going to the judging – I’m fired up to complete some quilts that have been languishing unfinished while I work on the charity challenge. I’m working on the top of the third quilt – it is taking rapid shape! Hopefully I’ll have an update and some pics of it for you soon .
Have you ever put a quilt in a show? What was your experience?