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Thread: Local Quilt Shows

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    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?

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    I agree 100 percent!! That's why it's a LOCAL QUILT SHOW!! :roll:

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    Sounds like she belongs to the quilt police instead. No positive comments??? Is she perfect?? Wonder if she would be able to live with herself and her quilts if judged under her rules? Oh well there are those who can not be pleased. I hope they do not ask her back next year or ever. K

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    I agree, they should be judged on the over all workmanship of all of the quilts. If they wouldn't have wanted 1st, 2nd and 3rd places they wouldn't have given the judges all of those ribbons! :D:D:D

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    I agree, a local quilt show should be judged on the quilts submitted.

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    How sad that people work so hard for a LOCAL show and get knocked so hard... Maybe if it was a preliminary for a future bigger show, be tough ,but otherwise don't be so harsh :hunf:

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    Local quilts shows should be just that. You will not have "professional" quilters enter. The pro quilter will be looking for a show with higher prize money. It really is on another lever. It is a chance for the average quilter to compete. It is a place to get your feet wet. The judges should realize that.

    Another thing that bugs me, when you do enter a quilt, Please give me constructed criticisms. Just telling me that my quilt is a good job, but I don't win a ribbon really doesn't help. Judges help me out by telling what needs help and where I can improve. Sorry, I will now step off my soap box :oops:

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    I got a really strange complaint on one of my wall hangings from a judge at the county fair. She complained that you could see thru the fabric on the chimney of an oil lamp. Duh, it's supposed to be glass. I *wanted* the viewer to be able to see the background thru that fabric!!

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    The organization determines the manner in which the judges judge a show. Take it up with them. Many shows are now judging on a point system, believing that is less competitive and gives the entrants more accurate feedback. It can result in no ribbons, or multiple ribbons, of each color.

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    Thanks for all the great comments. There is NO money prize, just a ribbon, so I don't understand why the strictness. Constructive criticism is great, but award ribbons!

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    I think ribbons should be awarded for good work, not because they happen to have 3 ribbons to hang on quilts.

    Personally, I like the point system better because it gives you better feedback on what was right and wrong about a quilt, but even then, it comes down to the judge's opinion.

    I think all shows would be doing entrants a favor if they published the judging guidelines, if any. Sometimes it's hard to understand what the judge was thinking, but usually there is a reason why they rewarded one quilt and not another.

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    how many judges were there? there should never be only one judge. that would be entirely too prejudicial. three judges, with an agreement of two out of three is much fairer and more common. how was this judged? were the "rules" posted beforehand? or were they made up on the spot?

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    They should be judged by the overall expertise of the quilts. There should always be a first second and third. This didn't sound fun at all.

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    is there a committee that you can make a 'suggestion' to? for next time?

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    When entering a piece in a quilt show, you must consider your personal reasons for having your work on public display. 1. Do you want to show off your skills? 2. Do you want feed back for making decisions as to where to take your skills next? 3. Are you trying to establish a name to sell your work? 4. Just to make your family & friends excited to see the work? 5. Just want prize money or ribbon? If the exhibiting organization does not have established guidelines - be happy with the success of seeing your work out in the open and remember any judge is just one opinion. Moosegirl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I got a really strange complaint on one of my wall hangings from a judge at the county fair. She complained that you could see thru the fabric on the chimney of an oil lamp. Duh, it's supposed to be glass. I *wanted* the viewer to be able to see the background thru that fabric!!
    It does make you wonder doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I got a really strange complaint on one of my wall hangings from a judge at the county fair. She complained that you could see thru the fabric on the chimney of an oil lamp. Duh, it's supposed to be glass. I *wanted* the viewer to be able to see the background thru that fabric!!
    It does make you wonder doesn't it?
    It really irritated me because I had spent a couple of weeks searching for just the right fabric for that lamp chimney and finally found a cotton lame that had the right sheen and that you could still see the background through. Besides, how good of a lamp would it be if the chimney was solid?

    For the most part quilt judging can be pretty "to the judges taste" at local shows and county fairs. I saw a quilt not even get a ribbon at a local quilt show and then get Grand Champion at the state fair.

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