Podcast 210 – Quilt Police, Part Two
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Running time: 01:12:00 Size: 66.1 MB
Wow!! What feedback and more questions!!
I think I must have struck a chord or a nerve with y’all. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE IT!! I love your questions and your feedback and just hearing from you altogether. It’s lonely out here in cyberspace — and, if I don’t hear from you, I don’t know that you’re there.
So keep the coming!
Here’s the rundown of today’s podcast:
I’m answering all of your questions and sharing your feedback and comments, like:
• Entering a quilt that is a pattern designed by someone else
• Machine quilting from a longarm or a domestic machine
• To enter or not to enter… It’s a matter of self-confidence
• Giving credit where credit is due
• Other things that disqualify a quilt
• Criteria for special awards
Here are some pictures of the quilts that I recently judged and my comments on them:
The Best of Show quilt
This quilt is a familiar pattern and I saw a couple of them in competition – but I have no idea whose pattern it is. The color is amazing – no? What’s more amazing it that this quilt was the most perfectly made quilt in competition. Everything was straight, the quilting and binding were perfect and there was not a stray thread or hair anywhere.
This is my pick. This quilt was also impeccably done – clean, precise and clever. I’m not an Art Quilter, but I really appreciate the creativity in pieces like this. I think the title is “The Holy Family Watches Over the Salinas Valley”. The Salinas Valley being “the salad bowl of America” and the area where I live is the produce capital. I thought the theme was clever and each of the motifs in the quilt represented that. The cauliflower was made with hundreds of tiny white beads clustered together.
Best of Show
This quilt was decided by four judges, who judged unanimously. When you have more than one judge, it must be unanimous – no matter what. Also a perfect quilt, every point was perfectly at the seam, the applique and quilting beautiful, colors, etc.
My Judge’s Choice
Of the four judges, this was mine. This quilt is mind-blowingly absolutely perfectly pieced. There are no repeats in the fabrics – each is unique. The quilting was perfect – it is perfect. I could not believe what I was seeing. (Sorry that the picture is not clearer — I had my camera on a slower setting than I realized and I didn’t see it til I got home and uploaded my pictures.)
ALSO — I do not take any pictures at the time I am judging. I want to be really clear on that. I go back to the quilt show to view all of the quilts and take pictures then.
(Especially to see those I haven’t judged if I’m with a group of judges.) In that case, I only see the first place quilts when we choose the special award quilts, like the Best of Show).
I am always inspired by quilts and what better place to find inspiring quilts and workmanship than a quilt show?
If you have more questions or issues that I didn’t cover, please email me! I’ll add it to a new podcast!
Here’s some more Eye Candy for you:
Cambria’s mommy just got a new camera and the pictures are so remarkable.
Yes, she IS a monkey!
Ok, so some how I realized that I have been posting my pictures to the blog way too small!
I am changing my ways, so you can actually SEE what I’m posting. Sorry — but everyone has a learning curve — (I bet you’re happy that I have one too ; )
So, in the future, the pictures that I post of quilts will be much better…
Ok — here’s the giveaway! Choose one of the following books that you would like to win, and then leave me a comment and let me know how the book you have chosen would inspire you and/or help you to create a quilt that you would consider entering into a show.
I’ll pick the winners on Friday night, Sept. 9th — good luck!!
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