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MTS did a good job of expressing my thoughts. I have never entered a quilt anywhere, but it seems there should be different categories. If it were cooking I'm sure a cake from a mix and a cake from scratch would be in separate categories, and a cake from scratch that is also an original recipe would be in its own category. Different levels of creativity should be considered as well as workmanship.
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I agree, if we are talking about judged shows, there should be disclosure. And the item should be judged accordingly.
However, I believe if we are talking about sharing quilts on a personal level, for instance posts here on QB, we are getting awful close to "quilt police" territory if we try and dictate what information should be disclosed. Sometimes, it is nice to know. But, if it is omitted, it isn't for any one of us to stand in judgement.
I agree with MTS wholeheartedly. I only enter our small regional show and though it's not required, I always mention in my exhibit tag that my quilt is an original design.
Here on the QB, while I don't think it's something that should be required, it is courteous and proper to give credit to the designer of the quilt when posting it. Generally if you don't do that, and your quilt is admired, someone will ask.
Lynda in OH
Every show I have entered has a separate category if it is a kit. Also, in my experience originality does count higher with judges, but well done is well done. Even with a kit if the workmanship is exceptional, it should be honored.
I have seen some beautiful patterns from designers in a lot of shows with handwork, hand quilting, that is just gorgeous and I think they should get credit for something that took 3 years to create, orginality is always taken into consideration, but some people do good work that just are not creative in that area of design but they should be able to win prizes and ribbons for their work, their creativity may lie in the quilting and not the pattern design. I think quilts can be admired for their workmanship and skill. If we put limits on what should go into shows, I think that is just ridiculous because I have seen some spectacular quilting on kits in shows and the quilt was beautiful because of the amazing quilting. and most shows do require to disclose the piecer designer and quilter if not all are the same then different names should be listed. I have seen this at quilt shows on the card. I think most judges are familiar with well know patterns. A dwr has been around forever but can be entered for quilting are and other choices made in the quilt, and I have also seen many traditional patterns in quilt shows, are we to penalize them because its not original. Thats why they have different categories LAQ, machine quilted, applique, pictorial
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Gosh, some of the replies seem rather harsh to me. I like to buy kits, and patterns too. I don't put any quilts in shows and sew for my own enjoyment. I didn't know there were such strong feelings about using patterns or kits. I thought this place was safe and fun. I guess I have met the quilt police.
I agree! Some of the posts are very harsh.
The original post was about a judged quilt show. The judging is supposed to be harsh in order to find the absolute best. In our own posts, if you do not give credit to the designer and quilter and piecer of a quilt when you post a picture of a quilted piece, then it is assumed that you have done all three. It's naive of us, of course, but we like to think that members would not steal the credit due to others.
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At our local quilt show, we don't have judges, but do award 1 st. 2nd and 3rd-viewer's choice. At the last show, the top 2 viewer's choice were both kits. A bit disappointing, but it was what the public voted. Nowhere on the tag was it mentioned that they were kits and I don't think the general viewer would care.