Friday, May 17, 2019

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So I got my quilts back from the show

and all the notes from judging

All I have to say about it is

They have no idea how to judge a crazy quilt.

No, really.

They seemed to have ultimately judged my quilts on the sole fact that they aren't perfectly straight and don't lie flat.

Because they were simply over the moon about everything else!

The quilts were all considered for a ribbon and descried as, beautifully done over all, exquisite use of color, Impeccable embroidery, excellent beadwork, amazing silk ribbon embroidery. Embellishments over the top, Too much to look at was one of the admonishments, Fussy cutting well done and beautiful sequin work?

Those last three comments made me realize, They don't have any idea what a crazy quilt is.

there was no fussy cutting on the quilt at all unless you mean the lace and the sequins come with the motifs that I then sewed in place, in other words not mine. as for too much to look at (!?!) reminds me of prince someone or another telling Mozart he used too many notes! Not that I compare myself to Mozart.

So now I have a decision to make because if I point out that they need to make a category for crazy quilts or at least a section for hand work as defined by Hand embroidery using one or more stitches to define a seam. cause there was a dearth of felt work at the show too.
Their own definition for mixed work was too broad, contained everything and they ultimately gave the ribbons to people who made traditional quilts with a twist. sigh.

If I do this I am going to be volunteered as their resident "Expert" and do I want that?


Sue said...

What a beautiful quilt! What narrow minded judges!

Grovenore said...

Personally I really like your work! However, I am a crazy quilter . . . I used to enter my pieces in the Calgary Stampede when we lived in Alberta. The work there was very appreciated. Over the years I entered 4 items two of which earned a "best of show". All earned ribbons: 3 firsts and a third. Maybe they are more familiar with CQ there since Judith Baker Montano grew up not too far from Calgary. I had issues with figuring out which section to enter my CQ into as things changed from year to year. My thought is that there should be a CQ section for all needlework/quilt shows but maybe there aren't enough CQ'ers out there for it to be a consideration. I don't know anyone in my area who is involved with CQ. Best regards from a fellow CQ'er, Grovenore

DONNA D said...

You are right that they do not know how to judge a crazy quilt. Were there any other crazies in the show? Perhaps this is not the right venue . Try the Evergreen state fair in Monroe this summer. Also consult with Helen Thorkelson. She is an expert in what judges look for and expect in prize winning Crazy quilts. I'm sorry you were not given all the accolades you were due. I, for one, know how exceptional your work is.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh geez. I know you have another post about this and I am in a rush to see what you said....

UrbanFrog said...

Hi Momma Bear! I SOOO agree with you. Crazy Quilts are MEANT to be "over the top" with "excessive embellishment" - that's the whole point! And straight lines?... excuse me... we spend a LOT of time trying NOT to get straight lines and match-ups! There really does need to be a separate category - with an experienced Crazy Quilter judging, otherwise it's just like asking a judge of fancy cakes to judge a cordon bleu cooking contest.


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