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Thread: First Quilt Show

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Sparta, WI
    I first started quilting as a new hobby when we moved to a small town. Now my mother-in-law is pushing me to enter into a quilt show that is part of a festival here and of course they judge them. So, my question is what do the judges look for when they judge quilts and what kind of pattern should I look for in preparation for this? I have found that it can be overwhelming when you look at the big picture (searching online), so any suggestions would be welcome.

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Roswell, NM
    The best thing I think about entering a quilt into a judged show is the constructive criticism the judge gives. Helps to move you to the next level, you know better what to work on to improve your skills. Judges look for accuracy in block making and even and appropriate quilting. Full bindings and nicely hand stitched to backing. Other things also come into play but most important in entering a quilt show is the joy you and others will get in seeing your quilt. The judge's comments will help you improve but the viewers will only see the overall beauty. Jump in and enter, it is an eye opening and rewarding experience. The first one is always a little scary and you might feel the judge a little "unfair" in some respects but use their information to move forward.

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