Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Yeah, that was a practice. I haven't actually quilted anything on my new machine yet. I have 4 of 7 rows sewn together as of last night. I have about 5 extra squares to practice on before I put that actual quilt under there. I started writing down on a little chat the tension numbers I was at with the different levels of thread and needles. That has helped in my practices to get back going, but still have a tweak it a little each time. I also had some really cheap batting, and once I switched to some good batting to practice on, it was much easier to get my tension right. Peace
Yikes. Glad he found it!
I judge quilt shows. A judge will look at the overall pattern and see how well it is constructed. If you have an occasional seam that is 1/32nd off, not going to be seen once it is quilted. The degree of difficulty will be a factor as well. I enjoy entering quilts in shows to see how I am doing on my construction. Remember, the binding will make or break a quilt.
I strongly suggest you follow Riana and Ginny's advice they sum it up pretty good.
Thank you Beth. That is most helpful! Lots of great folks on here. Glad I joined!
I have entered several shows, and outside of the obvious of doing your best to make your piecing as perfect as possible, the judges usually say the same things, make your corners as perfect as possible and make sure your borders lie nice and straight. They also look for the areas where your corners come together being as flat as possible. The best comment I ever heard was "it doesn't matter how complicated the challenge you take on, it's how well you execute the challenge". Also, try some of the categories with the smaller entries, like table runners, crib quilts, wall hangings etc. to practice your technique. And don't be afraid to be creative and think outside the box. Most judging is equally divided between design and technique.