Greetings! I always try to do at least 3 walk throughs of the quilts at the Vermont show and each time see things that I previously missed. Yet, looking at pictures that others have posted, I still see pictures of quilts that I swear I never saw and I don’t know how that happens! Anyway, here are a few more quilts that caught my eye at the show (click on pics for enlargements so you can appreciate the details!):
This quilt won the award as best quilt from Vermont and it was lovely!
I like the sunflower block and making a quilt using it has long been on my “to do” list so I enjoyed seeing this one:
Hope Johnson has done a whole series of quilts depicting bees and I look forward to seeing each new creation at this show. Her special award was for “Just Bee-cause!”
This next quilt was the only quilt I saw in the show that comes close to qualifying as a Baltimore album style quilt. I think the craze for/revival of BA quilts has significantly subsided but I know there are quilters out there still taking on the challenge and these will never go out of style and continue to be appreciated.
The next quilt won the “Founders Award” given by Richard Cleveland, the founder of the festival, to his favorite quilt and it was a lovely traditional quilt:
I loved the owls in this next quilt. My granddaughter, Sveta, likes owls so I have in mind to make something with owls some day:
This quilt won the award for best use of color. I think one of the reasons I like this is that she uses gray as a background. For the first time ever, I am using gray as a background color for the circle quilt I am currently making and I’m exploring how to mix various grays with color. This quilt does it very successfully!
I still have quite a few quilts to show in another post or two so stay tuned!
I have a few comments on judging – it goes on for a while so skip if not interested!.
My “mantra,” which I believe with all my heart and which I have stated before, is that one should make quilts for the joy of doing it and one should make quilts to please oneself, not for judges! I think we should always try to do our best work both in design and in construction, i.e. we should strive for excellent craftsmanship. However, life is short and we should not let perfectionism become an obsession that interferes with our enjoyment of quilting and other aspects of our lives. Some imperfections need to be fixed and others are minor and not worth the time and trouble in the overall path of our lives! If judges deduct because of these, c’est la vie!!!! Most of us are not trying to make a living with prize money from quilt shows!
Do not depend on judging results to dictate how you feel about your quilt ( or even worse, how you feel about yourself!)!!! Judges are subjective – there’s no getting around that! They each have their own standards by which they judge and they each have their own preferences for color, type, etc. that probably influence how they feel about any particular quilt and those preferences most likely play a role even when judges try to suppress them.
At Vermont there are 3 judges for the larger quilts. One judge gave me the equivalent score for a blue (first) ribbon for “Stella Nova,” one gave me the equivalent of a red (second) ribbon, and one the equivalent of a yellow (third) ribbon. The judge who would have given me a blue ribbon said my quilting stitches were “truly well done and complement the design”; the judge who would have given me a yellow ribbon said, “hand quilting stitches should be consistent.” The judge who would have given me a yellow ribbon said, “Strive for sharp points and matched intersections.” I do!!! It’s not easy with numerous tiny pieces and I’m not re-doing them when you have to inspect very closely to see the SLIGHT imperfections!
2 judges mentioned that some of the blocks might have benefitted from higher contrast or different value placement in the star blocks. I lost a total of 9 points on use of color and design and visual impact from those 2 judges; the judge who would have given me a blue ribbon did not deduct any points for color, design, and visual impact. I agree with the latter judge personally! i actively made decisions about the value changes in the stars and chose not to separate them with sashing to create a “massed” effect of the stars and to add – in my opinion! – more interest. The ” blue ribbon” judge saw it my way. I am NOT ranting or whining and hope I don’t sound like it! I love my quilt the way it is and am totally satisfied and have no need to have a blue ribbon to validate my work. It’s just interesting that the judges can see things so differently!
Where I do have an issue with judging at Vermont is that 20 points out of the 100 are given for use of pattern and design and 2 of the aspects judged are “has unity, rhythm, and balance” and ” design is proportional to quilt size”. How can this be judged if the quilter uses someone else’s pattern?! No credit is given for original design, for one creating one’s own patterns! I don’t really know how to fix this with the current point system but feel that something should be done. Canada, for their national show, has a category for quilts made from already available patterns. Or, could we consider giving extra credit for original design? For example, 3 extra points to the final score for an “exceptional” original design, 2 points for ” very good”, one point for “good” and none if the design isn’t judged worthy of extra points. Any other ideas out there?
Have started to hand quilt one of my doll quilts:
the back (can’t get my camera to pick up the rich gold color!):
I finally got another block of “Sweet Journeys” started! I used pictures of antique quilts for inspiration. the stems are stitched down and the leaves are basted, waiting for stitching. Berries and a bird will eventually be added:
The grandkids are staying with us a couple days a week this summer (to help out my daughter while she works and they are out of school for summer vacation). Sveta has started stitching on her quilt and sewed her first “long” seam successfully. We’ll work on this bit by bit over the summer:
I have 10 leaves and 6 berries to go to finish border #3 on Stardust and have the stems for the 4th border stitched down and the leaves cut and ready to baste on. It’s amazing how much quicker I am getting these done (and other projects!) since I am not working at all this summer!
I have finished all 72 center blocks for the 2 baby quilts and cut the backgrounds and pieces of fabric for the circles I’ll applique onto the 56 (28 each) border blocks:
That’s it for today. Hope you all have a great holiday.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi