Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 6 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 132

Thread: Disappointed with quilt show judging

  1. #1
    Junior Member glassnquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    228
    I entered three of my art quilts in a local small town show. There were 200 quilts and I did not expect to win, but the judge's comments were very critical of my binding. Very little was even said about the quilts themselves. I know it is a small town and maybe more traditional but it has really hurt my self confidence in my quilting. Anyone else had this experience.

  2. #2
    Super Member SuzyQ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,244
    I've never entered anything before but if all they could find to complain about was your binding then I'd say you did a great job with the quilting or they surely would have complained about that too! Don't let them make you feel bad. BTW, how about showing us pictures???

    Suzy

  3. #3
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    42,510
    Blog Entries
    43
    no, i've never entered anything. part of the entering process is accepting the judges comments as feedback. work on the binding and your quilts will do better the next time. and it is true about the locale as you mentioned. maybe find a different venue and try again.

  4. #4
    Junior Member thevintageseamstress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    NE Indiana
    Posts
    112
    Well if that is one of your quilts that is your avitar then they probably wanted to run you off because your ARE SO TALENTED!
    I don't know about quilt shows but I was going to show a dog once years ago, I didn't fit in because I did not travel in their circle so I kind was bummed out.
    However hang in there!
    Blessings!

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Pacific NW
    Posts
    662
    Don't let it upset you. You said yourself that it's a small town. Maybe small town politics had some say in who won. Happens here ALL the time.
    Mimi Dietrich has a great book on bindings called "Happy Endings". It really helped me improve.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Rhaorth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Phoenix
    Posts
    574
    I have just started to quilt, so can't say it has happened to me.
    I have no plans to enter any quilting contests, due to the fact I would feel very badly too if someone criticized my work. (give me suggestions to make it better? sure, but don't criticize it)

  7. #7
    Super Member mom-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    6,486
    My son and I both had a similar experience at our local county fair a number of years ago. His art work (which had been considered of high enough quality to be put on display at the art institute) did not even get an honorable mention. And a cross-stitch piece I had designed as well as stitched was put in with all the miscellaneous stitchery and also got only a participant ribbon. Needless to say we decided to not enter anything after that.

    You mentioned that what you entered were art quilts. It may be that the judges didn't quite know how to 'take' them. That seemed to be the problem with my son's art work...it wasn't a vase of flowers or an old barn with a windmill.

  8. #8
    Senior Member kraftykimberly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    730
    I'm always nervous when entering a show because I know the possibility of the critical words that might come my way. Going in I just put my big girl britches on and take the comments as "constructive" and try to learn as much as possible from the experience. For me, its just part of the process of being "judged", it comes with the territory. Thats just how it is for me and how I've learned to deal with it.

  9. #9
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    10,460
    Blog Entries
    2
    I have heard from several sources that for some reason judges always look at binding. They look at the stitching, how even the width is, how the miters are done, if the miters are stitched and if the batting fills the entire binding with no voids. I was told that often the piecing, quilting and appliqué on a quilt are all outstanding, but the binding is what separates the winners from the others. I would take the info as constructive criticism and go from there. If you do a search on this board about quilt judging, they all mention binding as being very important.

  10. #10
    Banned
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    961
    I have never entered one but hte local guild talks all the time about the judges marking off points if their binding does not have batting in it. Sounds like the judges loved your quilts but maybe wanted batting in the binding. We all like recognition for those we deem experts. I'm not but I still thin k you probably did an amazing job.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Hinterland's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Posts
    943
    I used to get negative comments about my binding all the time, so I learned how to do it right. If no one told me I'd still be doing a lousy job!

    Janet

  12. #12
    Super Member hobo2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Boonsboro, MD
    Posts
    2,724
    Blog Entries
    1
    Consider yourself fortunate. I entered three quilts in the Williamsburg show, back when they had it there. I won the vendors award on my "Shakespeare in the Park". Had wonderful critiques on it. The other two I entered, were much better design, color, etc. I got a full page of critiques on each. After I stopped crying and really read them, I had to agree and it has helped me tremendously to make better and more winning quilts. It was the little nitty gritty things, that I had to admit, if fixed would make a better quilt. Like when you have an intersection of 8 fabrics, (Pinwheel)does it stand out a little after the quilting, and is a hard little knot. Well, one judge drew out how to do it plus after you do, you spray, hit it with a rubber mallot, then press. It works. But I now will never enter a design with intersections like that.LOL

  13. #13
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    howell, Mi
    Posts
    2,321
    I think the judges sometimes get too full of themselves. I wouldn't enter anything to be judged by someone else. I would never think my quilts were good enough. I think you have to grow a thick skin and decide not to let anyone make you feel bad. Maybe you are just too sensitive still--I know I am-and take every comment to heart. Judging from the round quilt you have posted, you are a very good quilter, and shouldn't take the comments too seriously. Better luck next time.
    Sue

  14. #14
    Senior Member grammatjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Lincoln NE
    Posts
    867
    Blog Entries
    8
    Well, when I read your post, I took a peek at your other posts, and saw a bunch of beautiful quilts.

    Sometimes I think judges intend to offer constructive criticisms to help us grow, but don't know how to say it, so it comes across only as finding fault, and not helpful suggestions.

    I think I agree with one poster, if they quilts themselves were bad - you would have heard that too.

  15. #15
    Super Member 3incollege's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    western Pa.
    Posts
    2,289
    I have sat in judging day for our shows, we have NQA certified judges. Every year they emphasize on the binding, no kidding !
    Binding- can not be to wide, or to narrow. filled with the batting,the corners secured down and mitered. stitching can not show. you want to machine it to the front of quilt and hand sew to the back. They really like bias binding. Make sure your boarders are straight so your binding doesn't look woobely.

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    374
    All of the above. I've seen quilts do well at one show and bomb out at another. Sometimes the venue is wrong for the quilt. A gorgeous Balto ore Album quilt was wrong for an machine quilters expo. So if you put art or more modern quilts is a small town show, I would suspect wrong place for them. Fix the binding and reenter at another place and then see what happens. If you made it thru one round, keep going. Tell yourself you have talent and keep going forward.

  17. #17
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    282
    Did they say exactly what was wrong with your binding?
    I had this happen to me about 12 years ago...my binding was
    too flat. I found they want 'fat' bindings...full of fabric
    or batting inside the binding. I had been trimming off excess batting before I machine stitched the binding on top.. Now, I sew the binding on by machine...then trim but
    leave a 1/4 to 1/2 inch batting there to stay inside the
    binding. The variance comes from how thick my batting is.
    I do like it a little bit better with the full binding,
    but I didn't realize until then that anybody cared.

  18. #18
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    293
    While it would have been nice if the judge had mentioned the strong points of your quilts as well as the weaknesses, if the only thing that she was critical of was the binding, I'd say you did pretty good.

    What did she say about the binding? Was she right? Could her criticism help you do better next time? If so, then try again! Part of entering a show and having your quilts judged is being able to accept the comments and improve your work going forward.

  19. #19
    Super Member Lindsey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Bucks co PA
    Posts
    1,277
    they judges want you binding to be filled and not lumpy or wavey. IF after its finished and needs to be filled you can take a needle with yard to help fil the spots you think need it.

  20. #20
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    3,804
    First off congratulations on entering three art quilts in any show! I never have the nerve to even enter. Second bindings are a huge item with judging. Last week I took a class from a judge and we happened to talk about the subject of judges and how they judge. In her opinion far too many only write up negative items. They don't explain what is wrong with the item, such as your binding. Instead in her opinion they need to explain what is wrong with your binding. She said the best judges explain what is wrong and often give very detailed explanations of how to fix the problem. She said that is how she learned. Also she tries to be sure and comment on the good points of any quilts she judges, not just the negatives.
    Another point is lots of small shows are judged by just anyone. Not always by trained judges. She also commented on judges who judge by if "they" like the colors you used. Which has nothing to do with how someone should judge an item. Color use in it's relation to value, etc, but not if it's the judges favorite color.
    So just go learn about bindings and see if you can improve yours in the future. Good luck and don't be afraid to enter quilts in future shows. I would probably skip the show you entered. Find other shows to enter.

    Kat

  21. #21
    Senior Member vickimc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    860
    they always complain about the binding. in our small town our quilt show is the county fair. only 70 quilts this year and 15 were pannels for baby quilts. binding every time. so, I think it is like everyone said, they had to have something to say.

  22. #22
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    294
    Quote Originally Posted by glassnquilts
    I entered three of my art quilts in a local small town show. There were 200 quilts and I did not expect to win, but the judge's comments were very critical of my binding. Very little was even said about the quilts themselves. I know it is a small town and maybe more traditional but it has really hurt my self confidence in my quilting. Anyone else had this experience.
    Was the judge from this town? Because if s/he is from somewhere else, then that would reflect the values of the somewhere else.

    Also, how long did the judge have to judge the entire show? At two minutes per quilt, that would be 6 hours and 40 minutes. That's not a whole lot of time to get an overall view, evaluate design, colour choices, execution, etc, and then make a critique. Since nothing was said about anything but binding, I'd guess that was the only weak point.

    In any case, binding is pretty easy to fix. It's easy enough to cut out a bunch of mug rug or potholder sized practise pieces and bind them to perfect your skill.

  23. #23
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    2,041
    First congratulations for having courage to enter quilts in a show! If you are entering to have quilt judged then you should expect to have criticism. A local quilt show has a non-judging/exibition only catagory to enter quilts that you want to show off but do not want "judged". Perhaps next year you could suggest such a catagory for those of us who are too nervous to enter for real. Good luck next time.

  24. #24
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    15,689
    Blog Entries
    2
    sometimes Judges can be too judgemental!!

  25. #25
    Super Member GrannieAnnie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    S. W. Indiana
    Posts
    7,524
    Quote Originally Posted by glassnquilts
    I entered three of my art quilts in a local small town show. There were 200 quilts and I did not expect to win, but the judge's comments were very critical of my binding. Very little was even said about the quilts themselves. I know it is a small town and maybe more traditional but it has really hurt my self confidence in my quilting. Anyone else had this experience.
    Bear in mind that quite possibly the judge was a buddy of the quilt show chair and not in the least qualified. One year at a local 4-H fair the Home Ec clubs hired a "friend" to judge. She gave a cheater cloth quilted pillow a purple ribbon and something less to a carefully pieced and quilted pillow that was not quite as "pretty at first glance"

Page 1 of 6 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.