Last week I took a quick trip to the Vermont Quilt Festival where "On the Fly" won a Special Award for Best Scrap Quilt. VQF is one of my favorite shows to enter because the judges give constructive and thorough feedback. I don't always agree with what the judges say, but when I repeatedly see the same comments I know I am either doing something right, or there is some room for improvement.
This year my favorite judge's comment was "sometimes more is just more". It was not meant to be a compliment as s/he deducted a few points from "Effect of Color in Overall Design", but that is fine with me. I am certainly not a minimalist - my favorite part of quilt making is putting more fabrics, more colors, and more textures together to try to make a cohesive piece. Perhaps I did not succeed in the cohesive design part of my quilt, but I did succeed in the soul-soothing part of making a quilt.
Entering judged shows is not for everyone. Critique on something that you put your heart into can be very hard to hear. But if you want honest, unbiased feedback on your work, judged shows are a good place to start. Just remember that some parts of the judging are subjective, and what is most important to the judges may not be what is most important to you.
On July 16 I am teaching an Improv Workshop at The Stitchery in Portsmouth, RI. Traci and Karen run an amazing space where people of all ages and skill-levels learn how to stitch, sew, knit etc. Please join us for a day of sewing, learning improvisational techniques, and generally having a good time with good people!
July 10 & 11 I will be in Lincoln, NE with the Lincoln Quilters Guild. Then July 25 & 26 I will be at the Triad Modern Quilt Guild in Winston-Salem. I'm so looking forward to seeing old and new friends at each of these guilds.
In August you can find me in the hammock, on vacation with my family, and working on some of my own projects.
Here's to a sunny quilt-filled summer,