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)

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

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

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

Binding:
Binding is well-executed
Innovative binding technique


Areas For Improvement (right column)

Design:
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:
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:
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:
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