Saturday, July 2, 2016

Judging - and Quilting

Hi there, and Happy Fourth of July weekend...

I had a wonderful opportunity last week to observe the judging of the quilts for the Seven Sisters Quilt Show in San Louis Obispo, California........

Oh I wish that every quilter who has apprehensions about having their quilts judged could watch a generous, professional judge work...  it was such a wonderful day.  Perhaps I can summarize my reactions to the day:

1.  Good judges respect every quilter's work.  They know that some are beginners;  some are professionals;  most are somewhere in between.

2.  Every quilt has strengths and weaknesses;  the good judge appreciates the strengths, while noting things the quilter could do to improve.


If you have never been bold enough to have your quilts judged, I encourage you to do so - BE BRAVE.  If you don't want to read the 'constructive' criticisms, then just don't...  just fold up the page and throw it away........

But if you do - you'll learn a way to make your quilts better - and isn't that what we all want anyway !!!!

I was inspired by the quilts for the Seven Sisters Show,  and the excellent judging they received.  And the dedication of all the volunteers !  Wow, quilting sisters - We Rock !!!

Kate


2 comments:

Lisa Marie said...

I entered quilts in a local show when I was a fairly new quilter. I learned so much from the judges' comments and my work is better now because of the advice they gave. Thanks for what you do and for encouraging quilters to be brave!

lindaroo said...

Wait a minute! Are you local to the Seven Sisters Show? Are we neighbors? I'm a member of one of the Seven Sisters guilds, the Central Coast Quilters. I love our show, and I've enjoyed having a quilt judged there, too. So encouraging to get positive, objective feedback. I can imagine watching the process was a pleasure, with a knowledgeable and constructive judge.

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