This is the first time I’ve entered a quilt in a show to be judged. Over the years I have had the chance to view dozens of shows, from an International show in Houston, to local shows in Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania. There is no doubt in my mind that there are millions of incredibly talented women out there that know their way around a needle. I’m no longer going to allow that to deter me.
The quilt I entered for judgment is a simple quilt made from humble materials; second-hand drapes and neckties. The pieced blocks are “string” blocks, a very thrifty and simple way to construct the blocks. This worked well as with most string blocks a foundation is used and the ties that I worked with behaved better with a foundation. I am somewhat proud of this quilt as even in its simplicity, it has an impact. I call this impact a voice and the voice was given to it by the quilting. Terry Burris Quilting made this quilt sing.
Did it win a ribbon? No, however, the scores were high with the exception of one, which I will work on to improve. And I was very proud of the work of my quilter, and the comment the judge left for her, my sister can be proud of all the hard work and practice through the years that have made her the quilter she is today.
I am thrilled. And not every quilt is a ribbon quilt. Those that did get ribbons certainly deserved them, as the work was extraordinary.
It was enlightening to hear someone remark while viewing the show, that we need to get over the fact that there are going to be other quilts and quilters that are “better” than ours. We are all on our own journey and progress at our own pace. Not everyone wants to or needs to be a “Master Quilter”. Many quilt viewers are equally inspired by projects that they feel they can accomplish. And there too is a very important thought. Here are a few of my favorites:
It made me so happy that a dear friend of mine drove down for a visit and to see the show. She has not quilted in the past. I noticed that she was enjoying the visuals of all of the quilts, but was thinking many of the pieces were complicated in their construction. It was such a pleasure to be able to share some of the tips about how the quilts went together and how important a character color is. I’m hoping that I was able to pique her interest a bit more and instill in her the fact that I KNOW she can make a beautiful quilt. It would be another thing we could share as friends.
Something else I noticed: Labels! People put a lot of time and talent into their labels. I really need to up my game.
Even my sweet husband mentioned that they could use some work. I’ve made dozens of quilts, and I’m sad to say these are my first labels. It just goes to show that there is always a chance to learn and improve.