There’s a phrase that’s often uttered in the quilting world, and often heard among the many admirers of quilts at a quilt show. I’m sure you’ve either heard it, or said it yourself when admiring a lovely quilt. That phrase is, “I could NEVER quilt like that!” Whether it’s someone admiring hand quilting, machine quilting, piecing, or applique, we’ve all thought ourselves incapable of such wonderful work. But when I hear someone say that, I simply turn to them and say, “Of course you can do that! But are you willing to do the work to become that good?”
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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.
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.
This blog post is going to be a bit out of the ordinary, but after posting some photos of a particular quilt on Facebook, I got so many nice comments that I decided to tell the history of this quilt because it’s a story I love to tell!
The name of this quilt is “I’m Not from Baltimore, Bakersfield Edition”, and here is its story...
People ask me all the time, “How do you quilt such large quilts on a home sewing machine?” To them, the task seems overwhelming. But my standard answer to that question is, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” And it’s the same concept for quilting a large quilt (or any quilt for that matter).