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 128

Thread: Lst night I met the Quilt Police!

  1. #1
    Senior Member grammatjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Lincoln NE
    Posts
    867
    Blog Entries
    8

    Lst night I met the Quilt Police!

    Last night I (for the first time) turned in quilts to the local county fair.

    The woman checking in the quilts gave me this big lecture about the location of my labels. She said it had to be in the lower left corner, so the judges would know which way was up when they hung the quilt.

    The label that was on a diagonal really threw her for a loop! I laughed and told her I like to mix things up!

    She again explained how if the lable isn't in the lower left corner, they may not know how to hang it up. Now, I was thinking, if they could read the label it should give them a clue (only the 1out of 3 was on a diagonal, the rest were strictly horizontal).

    Finally, I just said "well, they are all portraits, so if the kids are standing on their heads, you have it upside down!"

    It was pretty funny! This lady is from my guild (I am sure she didn't recognize me), and seemed to be sort of overwhelmed by it all. It took about 25-30 minutes to check in 3 quilts.

  2. #2
    Banned
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sturbridge, Ma
    Posts
    4,014
    In defense.........judges do prefer the labels to be on the lower left of the back. diagonal or otherwise is not important. It is just easier to flip the quilt and find the number or other identification if they are all consistent.

  3. #3
    Super Member HillCountryGal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    The beautiful Texas hill country.
    Posts
    1,261
    Whew! You handled that better than I would have!!

  4. #4
    Super Member nygal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    5,648
    Your answer to her was a good one. But it makes sense that they have some rules.
    When it seems like the world is falling to pieces remember that the pieces are falling into place. We are nearing closer to the End Times.

  5. #5
    Super Member Yarn or Fabric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    3,393
    Wow. That is an ordeal! I hope you take a ribbon!!

  6. #6
    Senior Member cmw0829's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ area
    Posts
    954
    So, is it the lower left when looking at the quilt from the front or the back? I have never shown anything but on the two I've finished, I've put it on the lower left when looking at the back of the quilt.

    Good luck - hope you win something.

  7. #7
    Senior Member grammatjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Lincoln NE
    Posts
    867
    Blog Entries
    8
    Yes, it is the lower left of the back. I understand the reasoning behind it, but it was funny she just kept telling me. If that is what they like, they should list it in the rules. The quilts all had the check in info attached in the lower left corner, not necessarily where the label was. It just tickeled me.

  8. #8
    Senior Member quilter1943's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Edgewater, FL
    Posts
    925
    Contests and any kind of judging have rules about sizes, labels, etc.
    Nana Jan
    Friendships are gifts from God that should be cherished and nourished

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    1
    Oops, I've been doing it wrong. I have put the labels on the few quilts I've made in the lower right hand corner.

  10. #10
    Senior Member grammatjr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Lincoln NE
    Posts
    867
    Blog Entries
    8
    I really don't care what the rules are - I have no problem following them - but it would be nice to know what they are if I am expected to abide by them! LOL

  11. #11
    Power Poster QuiltE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    15,172
    Was this for the entry tag label?

    Or for your personal label?

    For our fairs, there are no instructions regarding either ... though it is very clearly noted that labels MUST be covered to hide any identifying info. I pin on a piece of fabric, slightly larger than the label, either the same as the backing, or a coordinating fabric.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sew many ideas ... just sew little time!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  12. #12
    Super Member rusty quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Ft. Gratiot, MI
    Posts
    1,972
    Blog Entries
    1
    Another lesson would be that you make your quilts for your own enjoyment--and who cares where the labels are? I get that they want to make it "easier" but isn't quilting about individual taste?

  13. #13
    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Camarillo, California
    Posts
    35,480
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    In defense.........judges do prefer the labels to be on the lower left of the back. diagonal or otherwise is not important. It is just easier to flip the quilt and find the number or other identification if they are all consistent.

    Really???? I have never turned in a quilt to be judged but I have always put my label on the lower right of the back. Of course if you have the front of the quilt and you turn the lower left, you would see the label.

    She was probably just overwhelmed and had maybe never done this before.


    My newest Grandson, Caleb Austin, was born May 29th. I am now Grandma to 4 precious babies. I am so blessed!!!!

  14. #14
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    I am in charge of getting the quilts for the local fair registered and hung every year. The judges don't hang the quilts and should never know the name of the quilter before judging the quilts anyway and the quilts aren't hung until after judging. I guess every fair is different but the one in charge of the quilt display is in charge not the judges. This woman should learn to not be so rule oriented when it comes to fair quilts. A prize winning quilt will win no matter about the hanging or label guidelines are met or not. LOL
    Got fabric?

  15. #15
    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Outside St. Louis
    Posts
    29,885
    Another good reason why I would never enter any of my quilts in any kind of a show/fair, etc.
    I quilt only for my own pleasure.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

  16. #16
    Super Member SueSew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Nawth o' Boston
    Posts
    1,870
    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    In defense.........judges do prefer the labels to be on the lower left of the back. diagonal or otherwise is not important. It is just easier to flip the quilt and find the number or other identification if they are all consistent.
    That makes sense - they only have to peek at one corner. the intake person made no sense not knowing which way is up! What a hoot!
    SueSew
    "If it's messy, eat it over the sink!" Mom

  17. #17
    Senior Member SittingPretty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    East Central Wisconsin
    Posts
    673
    Know what? It all kind of makes me want to put it in the middle! (lol)
    SittingPretty

  18. #18
    Super Member kathdavis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Blue Springs, Missouri
    Posts
    2,484
    Blog Entries
    2
    Anal! In need of some Xanax, I think. Do quilt police have badges?

    SittingPretty, you are a rebel!
    Kathleen

    Remember, people will see your quilts long after you are gone....NOT your housework!

  19. #19
    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    4,662
    Quote Originally Posted by grammatjr View Post
    Last night I (for the first time) turned in quilts to the local county fair.

    The woman checking in the quilts gave me this big lecture about the location of my labels. She said it had to be in the lower left corner, so the judges would know which way was up when they hung the quilt.

    The label that was on a diagonal really threw her for a loop! I laughed and told her I like to mix things up!

    She again explained how if the lable isn't in the lower left corner, they may not know how to hang it up. Now, I was thinking, if they could read the label it should give them a clue (only the 1out of 3 was on a diagonal, the rest were strictly horizontal).

    Finally, I just said "well, they are all portraits, so if the kids are standing on their heads, you have it upside down!"

    It was pretty funny! This lady is from my guild (I am sure she didn't recognize me), and seemed to be sort of overwhelmed by it all. It took about 25-30 minutes to check in 3 quilts.
    So what did the written rules say? Enforcing the rules of a contest does not make her quilt police.
    The Earth without art is just "Eh".

  20. #20
    Super Member MistyMarie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    1,430
    I think placement of the label should be entirely up to the quilter. It is their quilt and they are not making it JUST for a county fair. If the quilt is being made solely to be judged in a juried show and the rules (given plenty of time in advance) state that a label has to be affixed to a certain location, I can understand that. However, like a member previously stated... judges are not supposed to know who did the work because that might impact the scoring.
    MistyMarie

  21. #21
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Jeffersonville, In
    Posts
    2,251
    So now I'm curious, did they hang them right side up?

  22. #22
    Super Member Jeanette Frantz's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    1,444
    Ladies, that is a HOOT! LOL.

    Jeanette Frantz

  23. #23
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    Once you have been behind the scenes at a local fair for quilting. You soon realize the ribbons impress non quilters very much. Quilters not so much. LOL
    Got fabric?

  24. #24
    Super Member OneMoreQuilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Grant Park, IL
    Posts
    1,166
    Too funny! Hard to believe something like that would throw her for a loop. I love your answers. Good for you!
    Can't stop now, I need to finish just one more quilt
    http://onemorequilt.net

  25. #25
    Super Member peaceandjoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    The Finger Lakes of upstate NY
    Posts
    2,387
    I didn't know that there was a general preference for them being in any particular place... It does seem that if there is a strong preference - or rule - they should say that.

    I'd have asked to see her entry so that you could see an example. Oh, what, no entry??? Well, maybe next year!

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.