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Old 04-11-2017, 05:54 AM
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I would definitely have your quilts judges. A longarm friend agreed to custom quilt my quilt if I would enter it to be judged for the experience. As it worked out it won both first place and viewer's choice. The judges comments gave me a better understanding of how to improve my work.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:44 AM
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Having your work judged can be a win. I have never had my quilts judged. Perhaps I should one day.
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:48 AM
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I have been in the judging room of our quilt show for many years. The judge always tries to say something positive before she starts pointing out where the quilt should be improved. The problem she sees most is the binding. It must be full and straight. The sashing should be straight, the cornerstones must match the seams of the sashing. These are the main points where she writes constructive criticism. I usually have mine judged, although I rarely win a ribbon but it gives me something to work on in my next quilt.
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:09 AM
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I like to have my quilts judged. I have learned a lot from the judges comments. I do know that the judges we have had for our guild and fair look for full binding. Seems to be one of the things they look at first. Second they look to see if the quilt is square then to make sure points are not cut off. I say go for the judging. You might just learn something.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:00 AM
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I entered a quilt just to be critiqued. Nothing fancy. Ended up winning a blue ribbon. So go ahead and enter to be judged you never know.
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Old 04-11-2017, 08:17 AM
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I need to find some of those people who would pay $2800 for a quilt!
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Old 04-11-2017, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by rryder View Post
Having a quilt appraised--
I Have had a quilt appraised and the form I got back from the appraiser indicated not only a value, but also the criteria that was used in determining the value for insurance purposes. By getting it appraised I now have a documented value for that particular quilt should it ever be lost, damaged, stolen, destroyed etc. in shipping, while on display or even while stored at my home studio. Otherwise the only thing I could hope to recover in the event of a loss would be the cost of the materials.

That was a good appraisal, Rob. A friend of mine is an antiques appraiser and she taught me what to look for in a good appraisal. It should have a whole section on how the appraisal was arrived at. If you should have a loss, you probably won't have problems recovering money from your insurance company with that appraisal. The only problem you might have is if it's a high appraisal and the item isn't insured on a separate rider. You might end up going over your insurance limit for your home.
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Old 04-11-2017, 09:19 PM
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I've never entered a quilt -- hey, I've only made 3 pieced-block quilts; of the three, one was given to a U.S. Army Veteran seriously injured in Afghanistan, one is mine, and the third is a gift (of my time and effort) for my sister. I have another one or two for which I've purchased fabric. But, my quilts are made with love, mostly for family members. I have physical limitations, and I really don't want to make my hobby a business. I love to sew and piece quilts, but I've been involved in the competitive side of life working for more years than I care to count -- I make quilts for my pleasure and for gifts to my family and that's enough for me.

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Old 04-11-2017, 11:47 PM
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As for appraisals....My mother in law gave us her dolly quilt made by her grandmother out oh her childhood clothes. Our guild had an appraiser come so we signed up for an appointment. She was able o tell he age of the quilt by the fabrics in it and valued it at $350. The quilt is only 20" square!!!
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:14 AM
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Oh how I hate to be judged. We don't have that option in our show. I know my mistakes and what I need to work on. Yes the judges make positive comments first, to me it's like saying Great blueberry pie but you really messed up on the crust. I enter our Guild's show but often don't read the comments. Ribbon or not.
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