Mar 7, 2013

Sewing Blind - Quiltcon Judging Checklist -WIP

Last week my bulb in the machine went! So I have been sewing blind! Sewing circle was much fun but very dark without my usual desk lamp beside me and no bulb in the machine! So tonight I removed my bulb - after I read the manual - I discovered that there are actually 2 bulbs in my machine - I really have been kept in the dark and will remain so until I can get new bulbs!

My Dear Stella quilt has arrived back from Quiltcon - It is featured in The Dear Stella Blog Quiltcon Recap alongside the other Juried entries -  I'm going to shed light (pun intended) on the 2013 Judges Checklist as I feel knowing this may have changed how I made my quilt. I note that there is no mention of the word "Modern" - other than the category "Modern Traditionaliam".  I have made notes on page layouts in brackets

Quiltcon - 2013 Judging Checklist

Note: Not all boxes will be checked. Boxes checked in the left-hand column indicate attributes that are especially strong. Boxes checked in the right-hand column indicate areas for improvement.

Positive Attributes (left column on page)

Strong visual impact
Effective use of balance
Good use of color
Effective use of contrast/value
Effective fabric choices

Overall workmanship is excellent
Piecing is accurate
Quilt is straight and lies flat

Quilting design complements the piecing
Quilting is well done
Effective thread choice

Binding is well-executed
Innovative binding technique

Areas For Improvement (right column)

Weak visual impact
Lack of balance detracts from the design
Ineffective use of color
ineffective use of contrast/value
Fabric choices detract from the design

Workmanship is poor
Piecing is not accurate
Sides are warped/quilt does not lay flat
Dark fabric shows trough light fabric
Threads and/or marking are visible

Quilting does not complement the piecing
Tension problems are evident
Stitch length needs to be more consistent
Thread choice is distracting
Quilt would benefit from additional quilting.

Binding is poorly executed

(lower half of page)

The following boxes (2 Photos) pertain to specific show categories. Boxes checked in the category indicate category-specific attributes of a quilt that are especially strong.

Additional Comments:

I am going to keep you in the dark about what was checked on my list and what the additional comments were. These I am still trying to comprehend. Most sections only had one check marked - one section had two checks.

I have never entered a quilt into a Juried quilt show - or any show for that matter and so find this list interesting.

Work in progress report: - Linking up with Lee from Freshlypieced for WIP Wednesday.

I have 2 projects on the go - a very traditional piece and a very "Modern" (perhaps I should not label it as such, instead, call it "Free or Liberated") improvised piece.

My Endless Chain Quilt is at a standstill...  This is a tonal shot of where I'm at. I need to make more blocks and change it a little. I have found that taking photos of the desing wall a great way to see or judge if composition and value are correct.

My "Free" piece is also at a standstill... But I love where it is going.

I finished one item in need - a long pencil case for my little gal - the zipper broke on her other one.

We are moving back to Australia in the next few months and I have to change my priorities. Tax, Health Ins issues, sorting out a house, changing addresses, canceling subscriptions, selling unwanted items, cleaning... does not leave much time for fun! My Mum is coming to visit for 3 weeks before then - can't procrastinate for much longer.

I have joined Instagram - so I feel a little connected to my peeps at SLMQG now and when I'm back in Aus - find me at - fiberlosophy

Quilt on without me!

Fun is being had!

Fun is being had! by JennyWrenCameron
Fun is being had!, a photo by JennyWrenCameron on Flickr.

Free - Improvised piece