If you're interested in checking out some of the quilts on display - go to our Cotton Club Facebook page. Below are a sample. The first quilt, by Carol Lohrenz (sp?) won Best of Show. Most people were quite pleased to see that an "art quilt" took the top prize. The second one by Patty Henry won Best Appliqué as well as some other top awards, such as from the National Quilting Society so she can enter this quilt into national quilt shows. In fact we're told she would have won Best of Show, however this quilt was made from a kit and kits do not qualify for Best of Show. The next quilt did not win in the category, but the technique is called "shatter and sew." The border around the piece is the actual fabric used as the main focus of the quilt that was "shattered and sewn." The final piece did win in its category, though sadly I don't recall the category. The piecing was quite small and made up of courthouse steps and log cabin blocks.
Now the question remains what do Judges actually look for in a quilt when judged. Morna McEver Golletz tells us:
Impartiality in judging is important and one way this is done is through use of a panel of independent judges, usually three. Quilt judges may have been trained and certified by the National Quilting Association, or they can be trained through experience. They all adhere to similar standards of judging, although final results will be varied based on the individual judges.
- The quilt makes an overall positive statement upon viewing
- The quilt is clean and “ready to show,” i.e., no visible marks, no loose threads, no pet hair, no bearding, no offensive odors.
- The quilt’s edges are not distorted. This is easier to gauge when the quilt is hung.
Design and Composition
- All the individual design elements of the quilt – top, quilting, choice of fabric, sashes, borders, embellishments, finishing – are unified.
- The design is in proportion and balanced.
- Borders or other edge treatments enhance the quilt appearance.
- Piecing is precise, corners match and points are sharp.
- Seams, including those of sashing and borders, are secure, straight and flat.
- Quilting stitches are straight where intended and curved where intended.