I recently attended a local quilt show (city of 34000) at a County Museum. The judge of the show was extremely critical of the entries and did not give many ribbons. It seems she based her judging of this show on 'standards'. If you didn't have a flat border you were knocked out of first place. If your binding wasn't perfect, no 2nd place. If your corners didn't miter perfectly, no 3rd place. No matter if your applique was perfect, or piecing impeccable. I think local quilt shows should be judged based on the quilts submitted. Of all the pieced quilts, there should be a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place; same for all other categories. These quilts were never intended for display at a nat'l quilt show! What are your thoughts?