Why Should My Quilt Be Critiqued
When we attend a quilt show, we are always drawn to those few quilts hanging proudly with ribbons of blue, red, white, yellow. Sometime there is more than one ribbon on the quilt indicating it was singled out for special consideration for its workmanship in more than one feature. Often times the reasons are obvious yet, other times we stand there and say WHY!
I am a firm believer in an evaluation or critique system for quilts entered in the show. The statement I often hear “oh! We hang quilts just for the enjoyment of the public”, doesn’t move me to a great degree. Let me tell you why I am a believer.
Putting the ribbon/prize money aside, the evaluation or critique of a quilt should give the quilt maker an unbiased review of the entire quilt. The results should be a learning experience for the quilt maker. When we make a quilt, we see it through our eyes based on our own experience, skill and purpose of the quilt being made. We also see most of it up close and when finished give a sigh of relief that it is done. The evaluator sees it as an anonymous piece and can make his or her evaluation based on established criteria and experience in critiquing or evaluating many different types of quilts.
I also believe in a fair and impartial process which is constructive and instructive and not destructive but gives sufficient information for improvement in the quilt maker’s skill. Now, having said all this, I’ll get down to the details of what the evaluator will look for and make comments.
The following elements are evaluated within the context of the group or guild’s purpose as well as any specific instructions on the entry form. Theme may be one of the added elements determined by the show committee.
Is the workmanship crisp and clean? Are the seams straight and do other shapes retain their intended form? Do the squares, triangles and diamonds retain their intended shape or have they become eschewed in the piecing or appliqué process. Therefore, the accuracy of stitching the pieces together should be true. Are the points true or might they have been cut off or extended in the process. Are true seam allowances maintained throughout the piecing process with little or no shadowing?
Are the borders straight and cut and pieced to maintain the square of the quilt?
Are the bindings even and the fabric used, if directional, cut with the pattern and not look like it is twisted. Are the corners well mitered or does one or more look like Dr. Spock of Star Trek lost an ear. Some judges will want the mitered fold stitched closed.
Is the quilting design compatible with the patchwork or appliqué design of the quilt?
Does the quilting fill the spaces providing uniformity to the quilt?
Does the thread color add to the overall design or the use of contrasting color add a secondary design which may be distracting?
Are the stitches even and consistent whether by hand or machine.
This element can be subjective with the evaluator because we each have our own opinions especially when it comes to color used. Therefore, do the colors enhance the patchwork or appliqué or do they emphasize certain elements which stand out more than others. Overall appearance can also be the general condition of the quilt. Pet hairs and hanging threads detract from the beauty and workmanship of the quilt.
I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that a third party who looks at the quilt can be beneficial in helping the quilt maker to see the quilt through impartial eyes. You and a friend or relative are the first two. The results will give reinforcement to the quilt maker’s workmanship as well as offer constructive and beneficial suggestions where improvement can be made.
Good luck. Finish your quilt and send it for the world to see.
Mystery Bus Trip
IS A GO!!!! We still have a few more seats if you find you can now come or if coming and want to bring a friend. Contact Gail Wozniak if interested.
Watch the blog on Friday, March 13 if we have to cancel for weather.
QUILT SHOW ENTRY FORMS
Have you send them in yet??? Please do asap. They can be found on blog under quilt show. We are in need of them earlier to plan our space out.
Thanks!!! Your committee
The UFO auction raised over $1400 last Thursday night. Signe and I would like to thank all the members who braved the frozen tundra and bid their hearts out to make this UFO a success. We would also like to thank the members who donated such wonderful items. With less than 60 people in attendance, we believe we raised a good chunk o’ cash to contribute to the ongoing programs, workshops and events the guild provides. Thank you! We couldn’t have done it without you.
We also couldn’t have done it without Marianne Nowacki, Nancy Dempsey, Diana Doucette, Gladys Sirois, Layne Rando, and Cathy Harnisch. Their hard work made our jobs so much easier and the auction run smoothly. For that we are grateful. Thank you everyone.
Carrie Zizza and Signe Kaleel
2015 UFO Auction Co-Chairs
Special thanks to Ann Hockmeyer, who then coerced Judy Lynn and Sue Harnden to help her – they will do the penny raffle. So PLEASE get working on your baskets. Do one yourself, or buddy up with others. Ideas – how about coffee or tea theme, knitting, Summertime, kids, and of course a million fabric, pattern ideas you can do. Please bring ONLY to April meeting or Thursday, April 30th set up day, and have your basket wrapped in cellophane and approx. contents listed. Show guests and guild members always love this part of show so let’s do it up right!!!
We are also going to try this year a Lottery scratch ticket basket – please help us by donating a Mass or NH scratch ticket – can be any amount $1, $2, $5 etc. We will have a basket at the March and April meeting to collect those. Thank you in advance.
This is a list of the items that will be in the live auction at UFO Auction on Thursday. Members have donated some really beautiful things which have made this year’s UFO Auction a not-to-be-missed event. Don’t forget to bring plenty of cash and/or your check book. Come to the meeting, bid high and bid often!
Carrie Zizza and Signe Kaleel