Oops, now that I look closely at the photo, I see that I missed the stitching around one of the black centers. I'll get that fixed before I take the block to Cathy tomorrow. Not whoop whoop worthy yet!
Quilt Show Judges' Comments
The Quintessential Quilt 2013 show is over and the quilts have been returned to their owners, along with the judges' comments. I like to see what the judges have to say because I can usually learn from them. One of the quilts I entered was Charmed Snowballs; here are the judges' comments for it:
|(+) = Excellent; (S) = Satisfactory; (-) = Needs improvement|
|Criteria||Judge #1||Judge #2||Judge #3|
|Original in design||S+||+||S|
|Execution of chosen construction techniques||+||+||+|
|Appropriateness of quilting design||S||S||S|
|Execution of quilting technique||+||S||S|
|Use of Color||S+||+||S|
|Balance of Design||S||S||S|
|Integration of all design elements||S||S||S|
|Most pleasing aspect of this quilt is:|
|Judge 1: Eclectic use of fabric|
|Judge 2: Variation of colors & patterns within the repetition of design|
|Judge 3: Black snowball fabric well chosen, makes quilt pop|
|An area needing improvement is:|
|Judge 1: A little more quilting?|
|Judge 2: More quilting in white area may have added interest|
|Judge 3: Shadowing of darker fabric to light "snowball." TRIM when piecing|
I'm surprised that they thought it was original in design since it's only the traditional snowball block. I appreciate the advice to trim away any show-through of a dark seam allowance behind a light fabric.
I'm kind of surprised that the judges wanted more quilting, especially in the white parts. The blocks are only 4-1/2". The straight line quilting forms an overall kaleidoscope pattern, which would be lost with more quilting in the white parts.
What do you think?
Have you ever had judges' comments from a quilt show? What was your reaction? Did you mostly agree or disagree? What did you learn?
I'd love to hear your thoughts - please share in the comments.