Greetings! I’m proud to announce that Spring Sonata won the award for Best Hand Quilting at the Vermont show! I also won this award at Vermont 2 years ago with “Feathering My Nest.” Although I didn’t count, my impression was that there were clearly fewer hand quilted quilts in the show this year. Of course, the number has been dwindling as machine quilting has gained popularity, but the drop this year seemed even more noticeable. In any case, I appreciate the recognition! Here are some pictures of my quilt at the show (click for enlargements):
Spring Sonata received a red ribbon which means it scored between 92 and 95 out of a hundred possible points. I’m eager to see the judges’ comments when the quilt arrives back from the show, maybe later today. I know it isn’t technically perfect and already know where some of the flaws are. However, based on some of the other quilts in the show that had blue ribbons, I thought my quilt was worthy of one too so will be interested in how they scored it and what they have to say. One particular thought that has stayed with me since the show is that I don’t feel enough is done to reward original design. I saw major awards and blue ribbons hanging on quilts in which the maker used other designers’ patterns. Vermont uses a strict point system for judging. 45 points for workmanship, 15 points for visual impact, and 40 points for design. Within the design category one can get 20 points for “use of pattern and design,” 10 points for “effectiveness of color in overall design,” 5 points for “suitability of materials”, and 5 points for “border treatment.” When one makes a quilt using someone else’s design and pattern, the originality lies only with choice of materials and colors and the rest is technique. There is absolutely nothing wrong with making quilts from others’ patterns, but in that situation I’m not sure one should be given the full 20 points for “use of pattern and design” when basically that person didn’t have any role in creating that design or pattern. Choice of materials and use of color are rewarded with points elsewhere so shouldn’t be counted again in that section. This system is skewed toward the potential of rewarding strict workmanship and technique over original design, thus devaluing the personal artistic component of the quitmaking process. At the very least, if you don’t want to deduct points, then bonus points – or some other special consideration – should be given for original design, especially for award winners! Rant over!! ( I think I’m going to send the VQF a letter with my thoughts on this.) I’m going to show you what were probably my 3 favorite quilts at the show, any one of which were more deserving of Best of Show in my opinion than the one that won it. If I had been a judge, I would have picked one of these as my Judge’s Choice – it’s supposed to be the quilt one would choose to take home if one could! First up is Christine Weickert’s wonderful silk quilt “Le Jardin Joyeaux.” Christine won Best of Show last year with a similar quilt in silk. This one has wonderful colors, fabulous applique (and won Best Applique award) and wonderful hand quilting as well:
Next is “Springtime in the Geisha’s Garden” by Margaret Solomon Gunn. This one is a fabulous blend of applique and piecing and Margaret is a true master of long arm machine quilting. I love the colors in this one as well and it’s a medallion quilt, one of my favorite styles. Definitely click on pics to see the quilting!!!:
And the third of my 3 favorites is a contemporary art quilt by Ann Feitelson. I so look forward to seeing Ann’s quilts in this show every year. She is a master of use of color and shape and I wish I could make quilts like this!!! Her quilting is by machine is minimal, but complements the overall design. This year she used circles – perhaps my favorite shape. I also love how she added interest by putting a couple of birds in the quilt:
The winner of Best Miniature quilt was well-known George Siciliano who makes unbelievable pieced minis – I don’t think anyone else is doing what he does. This quilt has over 6200 pieces in it and is small! I don’t think the actual size was listed but minis have to be no larger than 24 inches square, I believe, and I think this was smaller than that.
There was a fabulous exhibit of antique quilts at this year’s show!! Somehow Vermont always seems to come up with a wonderful exhibit of antique quilts every year – it’s one of my favorite things about the show. I attended the Gallery Walk as the owners talked about the quilts. I have lots of pictures but am only going to show one today. I totally fell in love with this antique quilt and really would like to reproduce it:
I have many more beautiful quilts to show you from the festival, as well as updates from my own projects, so stay tuned for future posts! Thanks for visiting. Cherish every day! Gladi