Encouraged by my quilting friend Deborah, I entered two quilts in the San Mateo County Fair this year. As I usually shun competitions of any kind, this was my first experience with having my quilts judged in a show. I was nervous but also looking forward to getting feedback about my work. To my surprise, I won a Special Award for Best Computerized Machine Quilting! Wow!
In addition to the pleasing comments from the judge, I also got valuable feedback that will help with quilts that I make in the future. For one thing, I think this judge likes pieced backs. On this quilt, my backing (a solid small print) got an “acceptable” rating.
On my other entry, “My Secret Garden”, the backing included fabric left over from the front. It got a “very good” rating on the backing.
I love Stack-n-Whack designs and came up with a unique way to set these hexagonal blocks. I wanted the quilt to look like a lattice wood fence so I quilted the woven ribbons with a woodgrain pattern, and the inner diamonds with a filigree using black thread. The outer border quilting of Acanthus is almost invisible because of the busy gold on black fabric–thus the secret.
I got some very nice feedback on this design. Some of the comments were “Stunning Fabrics!” and “Wonderfully Quilted”. Apparently it was also considered for Most Creative.
So the experience of having my quilts judged was a positive one. I know what I need to work on to improve some things and I think I’m on the right track in other areas.
Now getting ready for the next show–PIQF in October!