I just received comments back from having a quilt judged at a competition.  The comment was that lattice should be straight.  That straight lines should be straight.  I have had this comment on other quilts in other competitions and I am uncertain what the comment means.  The blocks in the quilt were set on point and the lattice (which I am taking to mean the sashing) was cut on grain but would be sitting at a diagonal in the quilt and the sashing would be at a bias to the quilt edge.  Should I have cut the sashing on the bias in order to have the the grain straight to the sides of the quilt?  In most of the pattern directions that I follow, the pattern designer would cut the sashing on the straight of grain and use to sash the on point blocks so what is the best choice for a competitive quilt?? Or does this comment refer to something else??  Any help or insight to this judges comment would be appreciated.

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Colleen,whenever you enter a quilt to be judged you will at some point run into a negative comment.If you know of someone that was at the judging they might be able to explain it further what they mean.I always enter my quilts  to be judged for our quilt show,many have won 1st place ribbons in different categories and 1 judges choice,not tooting my horn here but trying to help you understand you will at times get negativity.One time we had a challenge in our guild,I made a wallhanging for PathHouse(org.that helps people get a helping hand after some hard times).I put my heart into it and on the back of quilt I put the history of parthhouse from the beginning to now.The judge who looked at it said it was a mishmash of fabrics and not well thought out,I was very angry at her as I felt she went over the line with her comment.As it turned out at our auction someone bought it for $75 and it now hangs in one of the 2 houses that help people.So to her I say,go fly a kite.

I'm not complaining about the comment on my quilt.  I am just trying to get a better understanding of what does the comment mean.  I am sure the judge or judges only meant it as constructive comment and need to distinguish the quilts from another.  I just want to understand what they are telling me for the next quilt that i want to enter for competition.  I enter quilt shows to better my skills but I'm not learning any thing if i don't understand what i am being told.

was the competition over...and all quilts returned? i was just curious...the setting in which the judges comment was rec'd. i am sure that it was intended as constructive criticism but...i would think that they would elucidate. there are so many rules and areas of thought re: what is "right" and what is "wrong" and i am glad that you started this discussion. would be interesting if you could contact said judges and have them explain. especially since you have rec'd this remark from other competitions.

is there any one here at mqp that has judged quilt shows? comment here for us please.

i am as baffled as you are. i would never ever!!!  cut sashing strips on the bias...whether they are going between blocks set on point or a straight set. and to me lattice would refer to sashing. could they be referring to border strips or long runs of something in the body of the quilt? like maybe your line wavers...isn't exactly 3" or whatever the full length of whatever it is? in my quilting, i like to put very narrow little lines of color here and there...usually strips about 1/4 or < inch wide. and it is very difficult at that width to not waver a bit.

this is a quilt that i made for my dil a couple of xmas ago. the photo is poor...took the pic at midnight when i finished the binding...we were to leave for portland early nxt a.m....so poor lighting but better than nothing. but you can see the two narrow light colored strips in the border. those are 1/4 inch...accurate to a fault. i don't do show quality quilts...never thought about it..been asked to enter some of them in shows by fam members that asked me to put the quilts i made for them in. but not competitions shows. more like our community quilt show that one of my quilt groups puts on here each summer. we do it for the fun of sharing our quilting passion and achievements with other quilters in and around our region. many beauties entered each year. how would they fare in a judged or juried competition? probably not well. but we have fun. and so do our guest exhibitors and the public who come to the show.

but as for your question...if you are using long strips of narrow in borders or as part of your sashing unit that are very narrow...perhaps there are some variances in width that the judges in your shows are catching with rulers. judging beautiful quilts and then deciding one or more are better than all the other beauties...well they have got to nitpick and go to the nth degree in looking over each entry. not a job i would like to do.

hey...post pics of the quilts in question here. do some closeups...and maybe someone here can spot what the judges did.

I would guess that perhaps some of your seam lines waver just a bit. It would be something you wouldn't really notice unless you were judging a quilt and closely inspecting the workmanship for every little flaw. I've never entered any of my work in or judged a competition so I can't say for sure. I hate criticism like that cause, well, who cares if one teeny seam line is a bit wavy and I get all the applause I need from my family and friends who end up with the quilt when it's done. I quilt because I love it, not for a passing reward...if that's why you quilt too, then one crazy judges comments don't really matter.

That is exactly the sentiment that I tried to convey above. Sigh!!!!woild that I had your gift - nay - gifts - of clarity & brevity. But....well stated Vicki!!!

Colleen--I got the exact same comment on a small wall quilt that was in a recent judged quilt show/competition. I looked closely at my piece when I got it back, and sure enough, the straight lines--the lines where straight pieces meet and form a seam, creating "lines" up, down, and diagonally in my quilt--wavered a bit here and there. The quilt looked pretty good to me when I entered it in the show, it hung very flat, and I never noticed the tiny wavers. But I also knew the judges would look for tiny flaws, and I was prepared for whatever they had to say.

How to avoid this? Straight, accurate seams and careful pressing--we all know that. But it's also important to BLOCK your quilt, which I didn't do because it was so flat and square. Next time I enter a quilt in a competition, I will do that. This sort of attention to a wavering line is not something I usually care about, because most of my quilts are for family members to use and love, but it becomes important if you enter a quilt in a judged show.  

How very interesting. I guess persnickety has to enter the equation when judging quilts. I know that I would never be able to do it :)). I would just hand out blue ribbons to all my favorites!!
At what point do you block a quilt? 

I usually block all of mine, I want them to hang straight on the sides of the bed and especially if someone decides to hang one on a wall.. also it's just nice to do for your quilter if you have someone else machine quilt them for you.

I doubt I will ever be good enough to enter any of my quilts into contests. I admire those who have the talent to create quilts that are good enough for judging. 

Food for thought---- how was your quilt quilted?  Could the judge have been referring to quilted lattice work that may not have been perfectly straight.  To me, "lattice" is a criss-cross.  I also think anyone who is a judge should know that a narrow border between blocks or around blocks is called a "sashing" and not "lattice."


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