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Comment by Carla 14 minutes ago

Love it!  You did an awesome job!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE 47 minutes ago

handstitcher, I LOVE it!  There's just something special about traditional block baby quilts.  Another great rescue and finish.

Comment by Janet/MO 1 hour ago

it is lovely handstitcher.  Is it going to a special baby?  Not that they are not all special, but I think you know what I'm asking.  <grin>

Comment by handstitcher/IL 1 hour ago

Quiet around here this month! Here’s my latest finish — I purchased an unfinished piece of a vintage grandmother’s flower garden top last winter. I used vintage fabrics to add a few flowers and enough yellow hexis to make a baby quilt. I hand quilted it during the long car ride from Illinois to the Catskill Mountains in New York and back earlier this month. 

Comment by Sandy Larkey on July 30, 2018 at 4:00pm

I am going to see if my Friend Dorothy (whose camera and computer cooperate much better than mine) can post a photo of the baby quilt.  I would be interested to see what everybody makes of it.  If she can manage that, I might see if I can get her to post a photo of the Nelson group's applique quilt.  By the way, went to Nelson quilting today, and they were all flabbergasted that the judge thought the colors in the baby quilt were "too busy."  And they thought her comment about our applique quilt "blue and dark rose should be more evenly distributed" was not right, either--flower gardens don't have the colors evenly distributed!  "And how could you have done better, Sandy?"  But they were still pleased with the red ribbon. 

Comment by Janet/MO on July 30, 2018 at 2:37pm

That is very good advice Annette.  

Comment by AnnetteJ on July 30, 2018 at 8:45am

Carla, your handpiecing project is coming along very nicely!!  Handstitcher, darling little quilt :-)

Entering quilt shows us always an iffy thing.  Beauty us in the eye of the beholder after all.  After one particularly bad critique, I decided to look at entering from another viewpoint and have been very happily entering ever since.  Rather than entering to win, I decided it would make me happy to just encourage other quilters into the fold.  If my quilt could encourage one person to join quilting, or to try applique or handquilting, then that would be enough for me.  Winning us nice, to be sure, but helping another along is much nicer.  Maybe your baby quilt has encouraged a new mother-to-be to make a quilt for her baby.  Wouldn't that make you happy?  Judges are just people who have been asked to do a job for a committee.  Their opinion is only one.  There are plenty of others who enjoy seeing quilts just for the sheer pleasure of feasting their eyes on something beautiful.  Don't stop entering because you don't win.

Comment by Janet/MO on July 30, 2018 at 7:30am

Very pretty quilt handstitcher.  It sure feels good to be able to mark something off our "to do" list doesn't it?!

Sandy, judges like you mentioned are the reason so many people get turned off to entering competitions.  One weird experience I had was when a judge disqualified one of my quilts because she said an embroidered doorbell was dried blood.  This quilt is made up of house blocks members of my quilting bee in Austin TX made for me when we were in the process of selling our house & moving to Las Vegas.  It took me 14 months to hand quilt it and it really looks like an antique quilt.  My friend Patty embroidered doorbells and flowers on the 2 blocks she made for me.  How often do you ever see dried blood that is bright red?!  The judge was a friend of the woman who always won the most ribbons although her workmanship was not up to that standard so I suspect she had already been told about my quilt.  The next day I overheard 2 women at the show complimenting my quilt & saying it should have won best of show.  That way more than made up for what the judge did!

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 29, 2018 at 6:31pm

Too bad about your experience with the Nuckolls Fair, Sandy. I love quilts for their own sake and have no desire to enter competitions. I don’t even vote for viewer’ choice awards when I attend shows. 

Here’s my Petit Jardin paper pieced wall hanging. It’s from a QuiltMaker pattern from 2010. Glad to get it off my to do list and on my wall! It’s hand quilted, but  certainly not my best effort. Too many layers on the flowers! 

Comment by Sandy Larkey on July 26, 2018 at 7:45am

I do have to admit, I'm addicted to winning ribbons!  First quilt I ever entered (at the Nebraska State Fair) got a 5th place ribbon and I was thrilled.  When I was growing up and in 4-H, kids only got to enter something in the State Fair if they'd won a ribbon (and usually only a 1st or 2nd) at the local county fair.  And the 4-H judge for the sewing classes was very biased towards members of HER 4-H group.  So I never won a ribbon, therefore never got to the State Fair.  But my quilt guild encouraged me to enter the "Watching Birds" I'd made for a niece in law.  Boy was I surprised at the 5th place ribbon!  And I particularly want (these days) to get ribbons on my Quilts of Valor.  We present these in person to veterans at the Grand Island V.A. hospital and they seem wow-ed by getting a "prize winning" quilt.  It's like it makes them feel a little more special that we'd give away a quilt good enough to win prizes at the fairs.  (They don't know the county fair judges don't know what makes a good quilt.) 

Anyway, they have a new person in charge of the Open Class at the Nuckolls fair, and she is extremely biased towards her own friends.  First year she was in charge, the "Best In County" went to her best friend, who hand quilted it--with stitches anywhere from 1/8" to 1/4"--and it was not intended to be a "big stitch" pattern.  She was just that bad at hand quilting.  And acted very snotty towards members of the Superior guild who had volunteered to help hang quilts; every quilt they hung, she removed from the wall hangers, folded up and laid out on a table in such fashion that nobody could appreciate the quilt.  The ones that did get hung were all made by her friends.  So, yeah, I don't think any of us are going to enter the Nuckolls fair any time soon.  I will continue with quilts from the Nelson group.  And will be stubborn enough to continue to enter them under my name! 

Today is lawn-mowing day.  And then recycling day--which means a trip to Hastings, 45 miles away--that's the closed place to take our recycling.    Sometimes I really miss living in Mpls./St. Paul--recycling was picked up at the curb there!


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