Imagine my surprise - this quilt scored 74/80 in the Judging! And yes, I cried when I opened the comment letter. I lost marks on the quilting design and quilting workmanship which is absolutely fair because the quilting plan was, 'Right, its under the needle, now how shall I scribble on it?' It was done in about 5 hours at Midsomer Quilting who lent me a room when I was on holiday and I was unable to maintain stitch regularity at the end because I was aching so much. I got 8/10 for each of those two categories which has determined that my next few months have to be spent practising quilting!!
and 'White women can quilt', made with the scraps.
This is of execrable quality (If one were to be controversial one might say 'inspired by Gees Bend in more ways than one'!) and I showed it only for the fun of hanging about on the otherside of the screen, peeking through the gap at the edge and eavesdropping on what people thought of it, as I knew it would be very different in style from all the others. ( The two hung together). The reactions were very different - people reacted to 'She is more precious' 'comfortably' - comments like, ' Oh thats pretty' or, 'I like the colours.' When they came to White Women, heads tended to go to one side and they examined it for longer and more thoughfully. ( On occasions there were signs of outright confusion / horror!)
Initial visual impact including the overall appearance and appeal. Interpretation of any chosen theme (5) (8) (8)
Is the design balanced (6) (8) (10)
Use of Colour
Appropriate use of colour (7) (8) (10)
Precision of workmanship includng invisible appliqe stitches, precise piecing etc appropriate to the technique chosen (4) (5) (10)
Use of chosen materials
Have the materials chosen worked well in the design ( including appropriate use of challenge fabric in the special category (6) (8) (10)
Framing and finishing
Where appropriate the framing borders and edge finish pieces of the piece (5) (6) (10)
Appropriateness of the quilting design to the design of the piece (4) (7) (8)
Evenness of hand quilting or regularity of machine stitches (4) (6) (8)
Total ( 41/80) (56/80) (74/80)
This is the one, by Anja Townrow I would have voted winner but in fact it did not get a place at all.