Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
l'm not a quiltshow competitor, Mitzie, but l've quilted for 30 years, have been part of exhibitions,and attended many shows.You should always do your utmost best for any competition; so therefore, chose a quilt pattern appropriate for your skill level. Trying to do a very complex pattern and sullying it with missed points and corners will only frustrate you and dissappoint show patrons. If corners are a problem for you, improve your cutting and 1/4" seam sewing. Better rulers and a fresh cutter blade will do wonders ,along with proper fabric prep ( ironing, starching). A ''scant'' 1/4" works better in complex patterns than a 'regular' one, as well as a good fresh sharp machine needle. Practice on small scale pieces for a while. You'll be amazed at how much easier an 8" block goes together after doing the same pattern in a 6" size, for example. ln short, enter something you'll be proud of. And learn to do bindings really well...that's often the clincher when the judges are stuck ,and there's a ''tie''.
Thank you! This, I do believe, is going to be a great community! I really miss my pottery, and never thought anything would replace it. Quilting has done the trick! I am addicted, I dare say!
I have quilted off and on for over 30 yrs and have entered quilt shows and fairs for a long time. It is an unbelievable thrill to win a ribbon but that is not my main focus. I enjoy the sharing more than the competition. We all strive to be as precise as we can with every project we attempt. It is the nature of the art, but I would caution you to not go to an extreme with the precision to the point of taking the pleasure out of it. We naturally improve with practice, when tools and techniques become more familiar.
One more thing - we know exactly where things went wrong or fell short and they seem to glare at us, but often the viewer is enjoying the overall effect and often not seeing or focusing on a problem area. Be kind to yourself.
Thank you Ginny! This is great advice. I am really enjoying it! I don't mind ripping...a couple corners here and there are not the end of the world. As I learn though, I am thinking of competing, just so it will be a challenge. I love that stuff. Before quilting I ran marathons. I can't now for health reasons, but I never ran them to compete with others...only to compete with myself. I lost 100 pounds and it was a good way for me to remind myself that I am strong and can do anything I put my mind to! I really appreciate your advise. Hope to stay connected!
Thank you Cindy! I have no expectation of winning. I want to learn and be a part of the community. Knowing what the judges are looking for, helps me understand quality work. Any advice I can get is saught after! I can't wait to get to a show this coming year. I am hoping for Chattanooga so I can see what it is all about. It may take me years to feel like entering, but I want to "treat" every quilt with the same respect and attention.
WOW! You really think so??? The snowflake and the red star? IDK...the back of that red star is pretty buggered. I was trying to figure out the tension and the stops and starts. I am almost finished with a 9 square. I hope to start quilting it this weekend. I'll let you know and you can tell me what you think.
Thanks though for the complement. That really means a lot to me!