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May 28, 2015



and that is one reason why I do not enter shows - I guess I do not strive for perfection, it would take the fun out of quilting for me. I know for hand quilting they sometimes get out a ruler and count stitches - all evenly spaced - that would be too trying for me - I just want to have fun. Good luck though in this as some of us want to have perfection in our quilts and others of us don't care. I always like all of your quilts


When you want to improve your piecing and quilting, feedback is very important, however always remember that the comments are just that judge's opinion. If you enter this quilt in a different show the comments could be completely opposite. I like the quilt especially the spikey border, but your opinion about the quilt is the only one that really matters.

Sally T

Fascinating! It's interesting to think of your feedback on craftmanship in comparison to, for example, an art crit. One has stricter "measurable" criteria while the other gathers more intangible feedback. And I then wonder why quilting tends to favor tangible versus intangible. (Tommy would have suggested you delete this comment as gobbledygook.)

Margaret Solomon Gunn

NQA is also a great show to get good, certified judging critiques from.


All judging involves opinions. I agree that some are more valuable than others . . . so I'm glad you found what you wanted from this one.

Linda Swanekamp

I only show in quilt shows to show my work. Because I give away so many quilts, it helps to show them. On my art quilts, I can justify spending time on them to myself if I show them. I don't like judging. I think getting together with people whose work you respect and doing a critique aimed at recognizing great areas and areas to try something else is much more productive. I have been trying to find a group like that. Occasionally, when I take a class with a great teacher, like Victoria Finlay Wolfe or Sujata Shah, that happens in the class. I get much more out of that than judges or score sheets. Because people are working with me and see development, it is much more genuine and helpful.

Catherine Shepherd

I'm curious to know what your solution to ditch quilting for open seams is. Would you be willing to share that?

Mrs. Plum

Thanks, Vicki, for sharing your quilt and the judging sheet. I was very impressed with the thoroughness of that sheet. It seems like a great show to enter for feedback. I use our state fair as a litmus test for my quilts. It costs nothing to enter, and I appreciate the judging and comments. Of course the process is very subjective, but I welcome another person's opinion. Like you, improving my skills is important to me. Both validation and constructive criticism have their place.

Gene black

I never try for perfection on a quilt. So I will never enter one for judging. My theory is a quilt is a functional decoration. I have made a few art quilts, but my aim is far more "pretty" than perfect.


Congratulations for being accepted! I am glad you received the feedback you were looking for. The events I entered any quilts in for the last couple of years have not been accepted so therefore no feedback. What I have learned is that I like what I do and that is what matters, but my hat goes off to all the people that enter shows. I have entered a piece in the Akron Art Prize again this year, but there is no critique and art is accepted on a first come basis. It is fun to see my work hung in a public place and to see people's reactions to it.


Thanks Vicki for sharing this. I didn't know MQS has such good comment sheets. I'm spoiled being near Vermont Quilt Festival which has 3 judges and you get a comment sheet from each one. (one is quite different from the other two sometimes) Have you ever entered an AQS show? I haven't yet, and am hesitant to since they don't offer comments.

It's funny how over the years I've learned so much from those sheets, though I don't always understand what they're saying at the time.

What is REALLY fun is to bring to a quilt group 3 quilts and their comments; one that is 8 or more years old, one that is 4-5 years old, and a new one. It really helps people to see how your binding has improved (or not), and the 'problems' on those older quilts are glaringly obvious!


Hmmm - good thing I have absolutely no wish to ever do enough quilting to get even remotely good enough to enter a show. I can see though that receiving feedback like this would help you improve your skills.

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