The members of my guild (Near North Quilter's Guild) are very talented and very prolific and a number of my quilts were entered to be judged in the off chance that I might win at least one ribbon. You can only imagine my surprise when I saw all these ribbons on my quilts. Oh dear! Excited, honoured, humbled and dismayed. Those are my feelings regarding these ribbons.
The following is a run-down on the quilts that won as well as the judges' comments (which were very interesting and very welcome).
Hand quilted quilt, traditional piecing or applique techniques made entirely by one person, perimeter 304" or larger:
First place for Klosjes - My Little Spools.
- excellent use and balance of fabrics for a very pleasing overall design
- quilt would benefit from blocking so that the quilt edges are square and straight
- hand quilting is even and beautifully executed and supports the overall design of the quilt
Second Place - Old Tyme Plaid
- good use of colour and balance in this scrappy quilt
- the quilt would benefit from crisp corners in the edge finishing (binding)
- the hand quilting is evenly stitched in an attractive pattern which adds movement to the composition
Third Place - Just a Scrappy Quilt
- excellent balance of a rainbow colour scheme makes this a very appealing quilt
- edge finishing would benefit from crisp corners in the binding
- small evenly spaced stitching and quilting design adds great appeal to this quilt
One-of-a-kind/innovative quilt or wall hanging any size:
First place - Winters of My Life
- a wonderfully whimsical composition that reflects many aspects of the northern winter season
- take care in the use of dramatically contrasting colour (i.e. red house and snowman's hat) as they can become a focal point that keeps the eye from moving throughout the piece
- hand and machine quilting are well done and effective in this quilt
- excellent hand embroidery provides a focus to this piece
- take care when applying binding to make sure corners are crisp and square
- hand quilting is even and supports the design of the piece
Wearable quilted item:
Second place - flannel jacket
- nice choice of autumn palette fabrics
- take care with button holes - perhaps light interfacing would help keep their shape
- the small piecing in collar and cuffs add a nice finishing detail
As I was going through my quilts and deciding which ones to enter, I knew beforehand what some of the judges' comments would be. Especially my bindings. They have always given me grief and this is something that I struggle with each time they get applied to my quilts. Darn those corners! If any of my quilts are entered into future quilt shows, well, at least I know what has to be concentrated on.
It was a wonderful experience to have a number of my quilts judged. It was something that I have always wanted to have done and now that item can be crossed off my bucket list!
Lastly, many thanks to Deanna of our guild for giving a fabulous tip for increasing the size of sleeves to meet the requirements for a quilt show. She said to just add another strip of fabric to the existing sleeve to make it bigger. This tip saved me a lot of grief and got my quilts ready for showing quicker than expected.
Have a great day!