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?