Tips and Tricks for Better Machine Quilting

Cindy Seitz-Krug shares her knowledge gained from over two and a half decades of machine quilting award-winning quilts on a home sewing (domestic) machine.

Quilt Judging Part 2 (a Post Script)

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After writing the last blog post about how judges choose the winning quilts, it occurred to me that there was something else I could have shared about judges that might be of interest to quilters. So, I’m going to do that now in a VERY brief post.

There is strange phenomenon out there amongst quilters who enter their quilts in competitions, ESPECIALLY when they are new to the competition world. What I’m referring to, and I have personally felt this way myself, is that when quilters enter a quilt in a competition, and they get comments back from a judge, they tend to take those comments too personally. This can lead to many strange emotions such as anger, incredulity, bitterness, embarrassment, etc.

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Quilt Judging Part 2: How Do Quilt Judges Pick Winning Quilts?

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Have you ever been to a quilt show and looked at some of the quilts with ribbons on them and wondered, “Why does this quilt have a ribbon and that one doesn’t?” Well, I think most of us have. What goes on in the “judging room” is a big mystery to many quilters. Since I’ve been in a lot of judging rooms, both as a judge and as an aide, I’m going to try to de-mystify this issue for you.

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Everyone's a beginning quilter....once

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This week I have a very special "Guest Blogger"; Kristen Vierra. Kris is a national and international award winning quilter from Lincoln, Nebraska. Her quilts have been featured in numerous magazines and displayed at quilt shows throughout the country. Kris' awards include thePfaff Master Award for Machine Artistry, BOS at NW Quilting Expo, and a number of best long arm quilting awards; several at AQS shows. She has a full-time longarm quilting business and enjoys teaching quilting and sharing her love of all things quilts.

I know you're going to love reading this blog from Kris, as it pertains to each and every one of us.  So, without further ado, here is Kris' blog...

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Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad, QUILT JUDGE???

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Have you ever noticed that quilt show judges sometimes get a bad rap? For some reason, many quilters have a preconceived notion that all quilt show judges are MEAN! Well, I’m here to dispel that notion and have an in depth discussion about quilt show judging and the people behind the scenes.

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The Evolution of a Quilt Show and a Quilter

The Evolution of a Quilt Show and a Quilter

I’d have to venture a guess that there’s not a quilter in this country that hasn’t heard of the “Road to California” annual quilt show in Southern California. It takes place every January in Ontario, CA. I’ve attended a lot of the “big” shows, and this certainly ranks up there in the top 5 in the country, and is definitely #1 in the state of California.

I’ve been entering quilts at “Road” since 2002, and have some fun and interesting stories to share with you about those entries.

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