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Thread: Straight Lines Should Be Straight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice View Post
    After reading all the comments I tend to resent it when a judge is referred to as an "eliete snob".
    I can't blame you for feeling that way.

    I've had my quilts judged in lots of shows. I always felt that even the "negative" comments were "positive" in that they showed me where I can improve. I never once felt that the judge made the comment to be mean, vindictive, picky, elitist or spiteful. In fact, the comments are usually kinder than the ones I make to myself about my work.

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    I am not going to address what the judge said. I am going to tell you that each block you made was very advanced and each one is absolutely beautiful. I wish I could make complicated blocks like that turn out so nicely. I think your quilt is such a beauty overall. I bet everyone looking at it really saw how much work you put into it. It's just perfect!
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    If something is going to be entered into a 'judged showing' - it seems reasonable to expect that it will be 'judged/evaluated/looked at very carefully'

    The original poster just didn't seem to know - exactly - what the judges 'wanted/found lacking/needed improvement' in her quilt.

    How many posts have said that 'no one makes a perfect quilt????? So why should someone get bent out of shape if a judge notices an area that could be improved or changed?

    I find it helpful to know where/what judges particularly notice - - - -

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    Wow, I love your quilt. I see nothing wrong with it. It is very pretty. Every judge has different ideas about stuff. I used to paint and people would ask who the judge was, so they could paint to her specs. ha. they knew what she did or didn't like.

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    I didn't notice the slight 'bow' until Holice pointed it out. Now you know what the judge meant, and can figure out what made it bow and what to do to correct it in your next quilt. Of course, we all think your quilt is absolutely stunning.

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    Your quilt is beautiful and I love the colors.

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    The quilt looks very pretty and very well done. If you cannot find the error as an artist, maybe just maybe this judge is out of line here. I know people who really don't ever like to admit a mistake, but that does not seem like you. You are asking everyone to point out the problem. Maybe no problem exist.
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    I was in the judging of quilts for our guild's quilt show, and I heard that comment from the judge many, many times. In general she was talking about how straight the seams are....especially on long straight seams. She was being very critical of those..."Straight seams need to be straight". So, wherever you have long seams, be sure you maintain your 1/4", and be sure you sew straight! That's what it means.

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    I want to say I think your quilt is beautiful. I have looked real hard at it and all I can see from the pic' is that if the sashing appears crooked it might be an optical illusion due to color placement around the corner stones. Unless they used a long ruler on this quilt to proof it they are being way to picky. This is a fabulous work of art and you have alot to be proud of.
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    I don't know what the judges meant, but I think your quilt is beautiful! Iy looks straight to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QM View Post
    I can't tell from the picture, although there MIGHT be a very slight wobble in the lower right hand corner. Be aware that judging is not completely objective. I, and friends of mine, have had one judge make negative comments on something praised by another judge. The extreme version of this was a friend whose quilt was disqualified from the state fari because it was deemed obscene. She entered it in our quilt show complete with the previous critique. The universal view of our show goers and our judge (blue ribbon) was that it was a darling image of her 2 sons building a sand castles. The boys were wearing knee length shorts. If you can't find the problem, don't worry about it. I have had the reverse happen a couple of times. I was persuaded to enter something in a quilt show although I did not think it good enough and I got a blue ribbon, while another, that I thought was a "sure" winner didn't even place.

    Your quilt has very strong diagonal lines. While I can't see and clear errors, in person, sometimes minor variations from straight lines are more noticable. If the quilt show is very competitive, sometimes judges need to quibble over very minor details. I have seen the difference between first place and honorable mention be the sharpness of the mitered corners on the binding. My friend who got the HM didn;t speak to me for a week.
    Almost any contest has politics involved. I would love to see the quilt of the little boys building a sand castle. Do you think your friend would let you post a photo of it?

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    I hope no one thought I was complaining about the judges comment. I just wanted more understanding about what the judge was trying to tell me. I plan on entering more contests and want to try to improve my skill. I like to enter shows it gives me a place to have people see my work and once you get a ribbon it becomes addictive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoQuilter View Post
    I hope no one thought I was complaining about the judges comment. I just wanted more understanding about what the judge was trying to tell me. I plan on entering more contests and want to try to improve my skill. I like to enter shows it gives me a place to have people see my work and once you get a ribbon it becomes addictive.
    Bravo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoQuilter View Post
    I hope no one thought I was complaining about the judges comment. I just wanted more understanding about what the judge was trying to tell me. I plan on entering more contests and want to try to improve my skill. I like to enter shows it gives me a place to have people see my work and once you get a ribbon it becomes addictive.
    I thought that's exactly what you meant, which is why I wondered if there were someone in your area who had done judging who might be willing to look at your quilt and explain what the problem might be. Or is there someone you know who has won ribbons who could advise you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoCoQuilter View Post
    This is a picture of the quilt as it hung in the show. Judges comment was lattice need work on being straight and I am not sure what that means.
    I think this is hysterical. I just found this magazine and this quilt is on the cover. Is this where you found the pattern? I really like this quilt, but was wondering what a neutral would look like with the flying geese? I think for us to see we would need to blow the pic up or get right on the quilt. Nothing is screamingly apparent. I'm taking lattice work to mean the dark x's and I can see slight differences, but that could be the hanging weight???
    I think it is lovely and you should be very proud.
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