For the backstory, visit these posts first:
- Bonnie Hunter - the class that started it all
- too many posts to list over the years detailing the incremental progress being made (or not)
- Bobbin Chicken - entering my quilt
- I'm In! - my quilt was accepted into the show
- Bordering on Insanity - quilting String Spider Web
- Hip to Be Square - blocking a quilt for the first time
- Georgia Celebrates Quilts - seeing my quilt hanging in the show
We were in Boston when it was time to pick up the quilts, so Ben generously collected mine for me. I didn't see him until our July guild meeting, and then completely forgot about it.
The Stitch did an episode where they shared their judges comments, so I thought you might like to see mine.
The comments were very kind, and none of the critique was a surprise. For instance, I got a "Good" on Complexity of Design (it was a pattern, and not particularly challenging) and Piecing Techniques (I cut off most of my star points by making my original template wrong).
I also got a "Good" for Finishing Techniques, with a note that says "pieced binding frames quilt well but could be smoother and straighter." That's fair.
The only other "Good" I received was for Quilting Techniques, which has the words "even stitches/tension" underlined. Tell me something I didn't know! I was happy to be rated "Good" in this category since even stitches are still my biggest challenge, especially when quilting teeny, tiny pebbles and other motifs.
But I was thrilled to also have "Very Good" in every other category, as well as these positive comments:
- "Clever idea, great assortment of fabrics" (that's what you get when you take this many years to finish a quilt!)
- "Quilting motif well chosen specific to quilt" (shoutout to Christa Watson, Angela Walters, and my #machinequiltingbloghop partners in crime, Kristin, HollyAnne, and Vicki!)
- "Held up well under stiff competition" (squeeee! Lynn says this means it was held for consideration for a ribbon!)
I am so pleased with this experience and only regret that it took me so long to try entering a show outside my own guild. It was a great learning experience, and pushed me to do my best work. I know that this quilt truly has been practice for the ones that come next, and I look forward to stepping up my game in the future.
Have you ever entered a judged show? How was your experience?