I really liked the quilts that received awards this time. It's not always so, but even when I don't like award winners I can understand why they were chosen.
So here's my 'funny, but true' story of the first time I was walking around the exhibition.
I was grabbed by a total stranger (non-quilter) who said "Oh good you're a quilter, (she saw my symposium lanyard) you can explain!" and dragged down the aisle so I could tell to her why these quilts had won awards.
She was very upset as the Best of Show was only small and not as impressive as "All the other big quilts" So I mumbled that it had beautiful workmanship and I liked it. I didn't have time to form a more complex answer! But later I was pleased to see 'superior workmanship' as one of the Judges reasons!
|Best of Show|
|See the Judges note!|
|Detail- loved the gold triple stitch.|
|Detail- there were lots of beads, but it wasn't 'overdone' as I feel some beading can be.|
Anyway I said that "Judging was subjective, and colour especially so". But she was having none of that! So I said "The quilter was very clever using an unusual fabric as the background fabric, and I thought it was beautiful."
|Best Use of Colour winner (but colours aren't right in photo) :-(|
|The background fabric appears 'yellow' but was more green as ---->|
Lucky after that I was left alone by this lady and could look around in piece :)
The Miniature Quilt winner was amazing, and it was good to just enjoy it, without having to justify it's win to anyone. Does this being grabbed by strangers at quilt shows happen to anyone else? It has happened to me more than once, which makes me wonder what people see in my face (the husband has suggested a few ideas, all not very flattering!)
|No I'm not touching it but wanted my knobbly fingers in the photo so you could appreciate how small the hexagons are.|
I also meet Ali of the Quilting Orchardist on another day but forgot to get a photo, but Hi Ali.
|When I was wondering if it was Jenny before I said hello, |
I decided it must be as her as she was wearing her favourite colour blue.