I’m musing on something this morning…Lately I’ve heard a lot of folks talking about the criteria for judging quilts in shows. Some say that the the criteria for winning quilts are too hard to achieve, some say there are no clear criteria at all. Different shows weight different elements separately, others judge quilts with an overall approach. Is this the best way? I am really curious.
Machine quilting, phenomenally well-done longarm-quilting, has obviously become very important. Should it be judged alongside hand quilting? I’ve heard people say hand quilting doesn’t have a place anymore at all, but I disagree. There are thousands of quilters who say it’s not really a quilt without it. Likewise, many people do only machine-applique, others do it only by hand. Should they all be judged in the same category?
It is an absolute delight to see all of the techniques quilters are using, the many ways they pursue color and design, and the different ways they choose to finish their work. While I believe wholeheartedly that there is room for everyone at the quilting table, I also want to know what others think.
What about design? Is it important? Should it weigh more heavily than quilting? Or should it weigh equally? More heavily?
What are the best ways to approach the different criteria? Are the current methods fair? Does it even matter? What do you think?
I have no answers for these questions. None. I’m still puzzling my way through it.
I’d love to hear what you think. Drop me a comment below, will you?
Thanks! And have a wonderful Monday!