Inchie Quilt Wins HM Award at NQA Show

I’m so pleased to report that Accessorize Me—with Inchies! was awarded an Honorable Mention ribbon at the NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio last month! I entered the quilt in the Wall Quilt – Mixed Techniques category.

The judges comments were really great, but the really super part was the fact that the quilt was considered for the Best Use of Embellishment award. That award eventually went to another quilt, but I’m so happy that mine was good enough to be considered! And get a load of that ribbon, will you? The NQA show gives out the most elegant ribbons in their signature black and yellow-gold colors, and each one has a little golden bee charm attached to it.

So what made this quilt worthy of an Honorable Mention award? According to the judges:

  • Flow of variegated colors across surface of quilt adds excitement to this design
  • Accuracy of construction of one-inch squares is remarkable
  • Placement of quilting motifs behind individual block design and use of variegated thread provide additional interest and definition
  • Excellent piecing and appliqué techniques
  • Rickrack edging and faced binding well constructed

Yes, showing quilts is about creating a piece that’s designed and executed well and to technical standards of workmanship, BUT, I’ll also share this with you. This quote is from the Sheldon Comics strip from July 9, 2009. Dante wants to enter an art contest, and the duck gives him this statement:

So you’re taking INHERENTLY SUBJECTIVE pieces of art, each of which is seeking its own unique goal, and via totally disparate means, and then trying to quantify their respective worths by using third-party judges…who themselves bring subjective opinions to choose an “objective” “winner”?

Truly, this cracked me up, because it’s just about the most accurate description of a judged quilt show (or any sort of judged event) that I’ve ever read. Bottom line: it’s a crapshoot, and you just do your best work and throw it out there, hope it stands up well amongst the competition, and there’s no such thing as a totally objective audience of judges or viewers.

Aside from all that, I do wonder if I could have done anything different or more with this quilt that would have propelled it to a higher award in the category, or even captured that Best Use of Embellishment award. Perhaps if I’d added even more embellishments to the actual appliques, instead of just letting the Inchies carry so much of the design weight? Part of the point of this “showing your quilts” exercise is to analyze the results and the feedback, and apply what you’ve learned to the next quilt, or even add more to the current one before its next trip out the door.

I might spend a little time doing exactly that with this quilt before I have to send it off again. It’s been accepted into the IQA quilt show at Houston this year, so it’s got to be put in the mail again in a couple of weeks, but I could probably take a day or two to add some more details to this quilt for even more pizazz. Since the IQA show is a really tough venue, this quilt will probably need that boost to even have a chance to fare as well in Houston as it did at the NQA show. I’ll be at the IQA show in Houston this year myself, so that will be cool to see my quilt hanging there! What about you? Do you have plans to go to Houston?

21 thoughts on “Inchie Quilt Wins HM Award at NQA Show

  1. Congratulations Nadine on your beautiful quilt – I saw it at NQA and thought is was not only bright and fun, but your quilting and workmanship were terrific. Good luck with your Inchies book, great idea.

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    1. Hey Diane! I so wish I’d been able to go to the NQA show too. Thanks so much for the congrats and your lovely comments about my quilt! Remember it was you who said “You should do something with that” when I showed you the satin stitch appliqué technique at the workshop in Paducah, so thanks for that encouragement as well!

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  2. Hi Nadine,
    So glad to hear you are going to be in Houston, would love to get to meet you. I have a quilt juried in also. I was very happy to see your name on the list of NQA winners and as to your comments on judging – I have always felt that for the most part the top 4 or 5 quilts in a category will place slightly differently if entered together in another quilt show. Personal taste and individual preferences will make the difference. Your quilt looks wonderful on line and I’m excited to see it in person at Houston!
    Ann

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    1. Hi Ann! Congrats on YOUR First Place ribbon at NQA! Winter Light is a beautiful quilt! Is it the one you are sending to Houston?

      Yes, we definitely have to meet up for lunch or coffee in Houston. Let’s keep in touch about it and make a plan!

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    2. Hey Ann, now I just remembered that I saw your name on that NQA winners list twice! So which quilt is going to Houston? Is it Winter Light or Licorice Star Garden, or both? 🙂 Congrats again!

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      1. Nadine,
        Sounds good, I will definitely do that. No it is a brand new quilt going to Houston. Thanks for the kind words.
        Oh, just saw your other post – not either one. Licorice was there year before last and they rejected Winter Light last year. See what I mean about judges? Not that I would want the criticism that comes with the job or the pressure!
        Ann

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        1. I hear you about the judging. I know that I couldn’t be objective, and then there’s the moments when you’re walking around the show after you’ve judged it, only to hear “What were those judges thinking when they…” I don’t want that job.

          Good luck with your quilt in Houston!

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  3. Congratulations, Nadine! What a fantastic quilt! The detail is great! I recently saw an ad for your book, and was quite intrigued . . .

    I will get the opportunity to look at your quilt “live and in person”, as I intend to be at the Houston show. I made a quilt that will be hanging in one of the special exhibits. Maybe I’ll get the chance to tell you in person how wonderful your quilt is!

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    1. Hi Shelly and welcome! Thanks for the congrats! I had a look at your site, and I love that Cowboy Christmas Stocking from last year. What exhibit is your quilt going to be in? I’d love to see it, and we should definitely try to meet up in Houston!

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      1. Thanks! I’m working on the 2009 Cowboy Christmas Stocking now. I’ve been getting begged to put it out early! My quilt is going to be in the Making Memories exhibit. It’s a quilt made from bridal gowns. I’m going to post about it later — we’re not supposed to show the quilts before hand . . .

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        1. Oh I think remember seeing something about that exhibit in the show catalog (maybe?), and thinking that it would surely be stunning. Can’t wait to see your quilt!

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  4. Many congratulations on getting such plaudits for your gorgeous quilt!
    Thanks also for the little story you added, about quilt shows and judging. I have always felt very wary of putting any of my own quilts into a show, thinking that perhaps they really are not good enough.
    Perhaps I should just give it a go with a quilt I feel proud of , where the workmanship is as good as I can make it………………..

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    1. Yes Mandy–you should definitely just go for it! I’m going to write a post in the next couple of days about just that, but for now, take a look at this series of posts that I wrote some time back about showing your quilts. It starts with Showing Your Quilts–Why Do It? and goes on from there.

      Thanks for the congrats!

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  5. My warmest congrats on this award, Didi! Having seen and touched several of your quilts, I’m sad, not to have seen this one by now. Probably one day….
    Again: Fantastic job! I also love the way you play with colours and embelishments!!!

    Nadine (the other) ;-))

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