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Old 06-27-2013, 03:41 AM
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4-H Quilt project. In a weak moment I agreed to judge the quilt project. This is new to me, not sure what to expect. Please Help. Thanks Traditional
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Wow that would intimidate me! I could probably be OK on judging craftsmanship, but the artistic side would really throw me! I would probably love them all! There have been many threads on this board as to what judges look for so you would probably want to do a search. Here are a couple to start you off: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...ow-t48147.html .... and http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t107050.html .... I know a simple check was to fold the quilt in half, first length wise then width wise to see if both edges were the same length. Good Luck!
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I would be excited and intimidated all at the same time. And knowing how hard these kids worked on their projects. Eh, just give them all a ribbon for their hard efforts! have fun though and maybe you can take a few photos to share!
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I've been a judge at quite a few 4-H shows in years past and I remember the people in charge telling me how important it is to encourage the kids entering exhibits. There were 2 types of shows, the ones where everyone gets ribbons and prizes and the ones where you have to decide a 1st place, 2nd place, etc. Which type are you judging?

At one fair when I was judging the baked goods, those in charge told me that no matter what they tasted like, I needed to pick winners that 'looked' like winners. Otherwise, people would complain that they thought another item looked better and they would get nasty comments.

You can't make everyone happy but often times it's pretty clear which items are 'really good' and which ones aren't that great. You'll do just fine. Have fun with it.... don't let it stress you out. You'll be able to figure out which is best if it's one of those 1st place, 2nd place kind of shows. After all, they picked you to judge so you ARE the one to do the job.
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Are you going to have a prepared form for comments that will be attached to each item?

There could be a section for Well done - and another section for this could be improved
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I would first check to see if all the seams where intact, no holes. After I eliminated any that had holes I would check for who had the best intersection matches. I would check for adequate quilting to hold the 3 layers together. Last I would judge on eye appeal and binding.
You could judge on colours and eye appeal only but that won't help them improve their construction on their next quilt. Ask questions from the 4H instructor on what they are looking for in the judging.
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Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
I've been a judge at quite a few 4-H shows in years past and I remember the people in charge telling me how important it is to encourage the kids entering exhibits. There were 2 types of shows, the ones where everyone gets ribbons and prizes and the ones where you have to decide a 1st place, 2nd place, etc. Which type are you judging?

At one fair when I was judging the baked goods, those in charge told me that no matter what they tasted like, I needed to pick winners that 'looked' like winners. Otherwise, people would complain that they thought another item looked better and they would get nasty comments.

You can't make everyone happy but often times it's pretty clear which items are 'really good' and which ones aren't that great. You'll do just fine. Have fun with it.... don't let it stress you out. You'll be able to figure out which is best if it's one of those 1st place, 2nd place kind of shows. After all, they picked you to judge so you ARE the one to do the job.
Nanna-up-north Thanks to all...I was able to get the information that was missing in the packet that I received earlier, spoke to the Lady in charge Have 4 categories to judge, now that I have guidelines I feel so much better. It's so great to have friends to call on for help. Have a great day. Traditional
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