Sometimes I enter my quilts in judged shows. The first time I entered one, it was scary as all get out because I had no clue what to expect or how to feel. I looked around a lot of posts about the process, the “rules”, and general knowledge type questions. Turns out, it is all a bit hush hush or my google-foo is bad! I decided to be ultra transparent about the judging from an entrants perspective. I’ll show you my judging forms, my general thoughts about those forms, and a list of “rules” I’ve picked up through experience.

Here’s a quick summary of things I think judges are looking for based on my feedback forms:

  • Interesting and design or use of color with WOW! factor
  • Even Quilting without no large un-quilted spaces
  • Close the front of the mitered binding’s corner as well as the back
  • Hidden quilting starts and stops or no starts and stops at all
  • Clean turns on applique pieces

I’m sure many more little bullets will appear as I keep entering shows! Want to see lots of details? Here are all of the blog posts that include judge’s feedback forms!

On Quilt Judging: 2014 NC State Fair

This year, I entered two quilts in the NC State Fair. Similar to previous competitions I’ve entered, I knew that my quits were not going to pass “technical” inspections for two big reasons. I rarely do a project the same way twice. They are all learning experiences and tend to show it with little mis-steps and moments of clarity along the way. The biggest reason I can never be a real competition quilter though – I couldn’t care less about the “rules”. I make things the way I want to make them and don’t really think about what is technically right or wrong. Well, that isn’t true, I often think things like “real quilters would have a panic attack if they saw THIS.” It doesn’t stop me though. As such, I never expect ribbon winners.  I enter because I want to people to see my stuff and I do actually want the feedback from people that aren’t always going gush with love and overlook the little things. Overall, I consider this year’s feedback quite positive. When I’m working on a quilt, my biggest goal is its overall visual impact. Everything from the size of the quilt and its pieces to the color palette is something I put bon-a-fide thought into. I rarely make decisions without a solid reason and they are usually made with the purpose of adding something to the quilt or the design so when the viewer sees it they are immediately drawn in. Since both of my quilts received “Excellents” for visual impact, I’m not sure how I could care about anything else! Because I’m me...

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Susan Owenby
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