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Looking for Inspiration… Quilting the Quilts

Posted by nonniesquiltingdreams in Quilts, Quilting and Tearing my Hair, QUILT SHOWS

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This quilt has RED WORK in blocks.  Those blocks were quilted with a diamond pattern, disregarding the embroideries.  Alternate non-embroidery blocks were quilted with a stenciled pattern and a curved triangle.


I am not sure if you can see the quilting very well, but it seemed to be a casual pattern in the style TWICE QUILTED by Glorianne Cubbage.  Two different patterns intertwined.  The quilting goes cross over each other and that is considered acceptable.  It is not a tight pattern and the quilt was drape-able.


This quilt was also  quilted with  a stencil pattern in the white spaces and micro stippling around the applique.  This resulted in a popping of the applique motifs.


This quilt seem to have been quilted by on a long arm.  The background was quilted heavier than the the blocks.  The medallion has a trupunto look to it.


This quilting looks like a PANTO-GRAM which went across the quilt from side to side.  The pattern intertwined so that one part intermingled with the second pass of the quilting.


This kit quilt was from the 1960s the applique was echoed then there is cross hatching over the background.


This quilt was quilted with an all over pattern known as a Baptist Fan.  This quilt was hand quilted but I could not tell by who on the label.  This pattern was popular with church group doing a hand quilting and dates back to the late 1800.  When quilters sat next to each other quilting they would quilt the fans at the length of their elbows.  It made it easier to quilt as a group.


This quilt has a stenciled heart motif in the white spaces with an all over pattern in the appliqued hearts.  There is micro stippling in some sections, it was used take up space between the motifs.


This quilt was quilted with two motifs... the light background has all over swirl-filler pattern which echoed the garland of leaves applique.  A vein was also used to quilt the applique.  The dark stripe had scattered motifs in the large dark blocks but in the four patch the light blocks were stitched around while the dark patches were left alone resulting in and interesting texture.


I am thinking this quilt was quilted on a domestic machine.   It has many stand alone quilting motifs that could have been done individually.  This would be easier done on a domestic machine.  I  could not see the starts and stops, they were expertly hidden.  Each section was quilted differently matching the block that was quilted with a suitable motif.

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More Art Quilt Challenge Pictures

Posted by nonniesquiltingdreams in Just talking, Quilts, FREE MOTION QUILTING, QUILT SHOWS

I ran out of room on WORDPRESS for pictures so I am adding some pictures here on my POD-BEAN blog. These quilts are from an Art Challenge that will be sent to exhibits in Europe. The quilters made quilts based on the style of various Master Painters, including Georgia O Keefe, Van Gogh, Klimt, Hokusari, Hundertwasser,and Frankenhalter. I love the various hand stitches t used and find inspiration from the embellishments and free motion quilting used by the quilters. Nonnie’s Blog

YOU can find more pictures on my WORD PRESS blog on my original posts!  I am also adding my TWO CENTS about what I think about some of the pieces.  AS you know I have an opinion about just about everything.

26-Art Quilt Challenge Inspired by Master Painters

. This piece is very detailed piece of folk art.  It is nicely executed piece and the workmanship (which can not be well viewed unless the photo is seen in the original form and zoomed in) was well done.  My only quibble with this piece might be that there is not a lot of value variances  that allow you to actually visualize all  work that went into the piece.  I personally feel the dark background hid the stitches and camouflaged many of the patches.  This is my personal opinion and is based on my own vision deficits that makes it difficult to see the details,  I am sure not everyone will feel the same seeing this quilt.



-Art Quilt Challenge Inspired by Master Painters

In my estimation this is a well execute piece of abstract fiber art.   I do not know if this how heavily influenced it was by the original art work as I am not familiar with abstract paintings.  What I like about the piece is the balance of light, medium and dark values.  I like the use of the different types of fabrics.  I especially like the use of the decorative stitches to thread paint and quilt the piece.  I personally do not think quilters take advantage and use the wonderful decorative stitches our machines can deliver.  I do want to say over and above using the stitches they highlighted the various shapes in the piece.  The stitches were well executed and having done this type of work before I know how hard that is to accomplish.  The starts and stops of the stitching was invisible.

-Art Quilt Challenge Inspired by Master Painters

I found this piece to be a mystery and a wonderment;  I could not figure out how it was done.  Is the face a  photo on fabric, a drawing from an exceptional artist I could not tell even close up to the quilt (It was mounted about a foot above my head at a difficult angle to see)  .... and then there is the FMQ.  On close examination in zoom I noted the FMQ was done with very fine thread of matching color to the piece.  It added shine and highlights to the quilt.  It was subtle and understated but I think perfect for this piece.        ..

-Art Quilt Challenge Inspired by Master Painters

Any body want to go to this cafe in Europe?  Looks like a Starry Night, a night perfect, for glass of wine and a really great dessert.  The FMQ quilting mimics the patchwork. I think this piece was a combination of pieced work, applique and painting details with a ink product.  I do not think the quilter could  have gotten such a detail and painter effect in this quilt without manipulating the fabric with dyes or inks.  I do not think paint was used because the colors were soaked into fabric and not sitting on top of the fabrics as paints are likely to do.

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I reviewed this on the WORD PRESS blog post .... but I repeated the picture here... cause I reallllllly liked it.




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I am in love with Pinterest and some reviews

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I will be doing a follow up post with show notes here and at Word-press.  I am seriously into pinterest and having a blast there... come follow me and see the wonderful on line quilt show I have discovered.

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Helpful Hints for entering a JURIED QUILT SHOW

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Entering a Juried Quilt Show

Entering quilt shows has been a hot topic on the internet on several blogs, e-magazines and pod casts. I have been following the discussion because I had been considering entering the AQS QUILT SHOW in Grand Rapids this summer ( or 2013 or 2014.) What better opportunity then to enter one of the big shows in my home state. I have investigated what standards the quilts are judge upon and want to take the plunge. To that end here is the information I have discovered for my guild sisters who might also want to enter one of the larger quilt shows.

( Deadline for entry is April 30, 2012) Below I have posted links the AQS show in Grand Rapids. Be sure to register as soon as possible in order to get your entry instructions.)

Important information: Be sure to observe all deadlines. Early entries are permissible and encouraged. Quilts submitted after the deadlines are dismissed out of hand, regardless of how beautiful your quilt is. Be sure to follow any instructions about submission for a particular category or group. Read the rules and regulations carefully and follow them.

Follow the rules for the type of photographs required. For the national quilt shows a professional photograph might be desirable. MOST quilt shows will not accept photographs that have been edited in any manner. Following the directions be prepared to submit a head on shot of yourself, a picture of the entire quilt, details of the quilting and close ups of the important details of the quilt. Most photographs are to be submitted in digital format ( CD) but some places still require slides. You must submit the photographs in the format they request.

The rules for the quilt show are set by the hosting organization and will change from show to show. The national shows usually have certified judges, judges who will judge the quilt based on predetermined standards. Judges can be trained and certified by the National Quilting Association, or they can be trained through experience. They all adhere to similar standards of judging, although final results will be varied based on the individuals. There are several method of tallying the points for judging the quilt and the hosting organization will determine what criteria is used. It is usually spelled out in the quilt entry form. Quilts are judged individually then against other quilts in their category and classifications. Best of show quilts are the most perfect quilts with the best workmanship and design elements in the show.

What is important to remember is that having your quilts judged is to improve your techniques for the next quilt, to learn from the judge’s comments. Do not take comments personally but use them as a springboard for improving your workmanship.

What criteria are used for JUDGING A QUILT?

Design / Technique/ Workmanship / Presentation

Presentation: In her podcast Annie Smith stresses the importance of having your quilt "SHOW READY". Many beautiful quilts have been knocked out of completion because of pet hair, lint, stains, and odors. Be sure all threads are buried and none are left dangling from construction. All marking should be removed. BE SURE YOUR QUILT IS IMPECCABLY CLEAN.

WORKMANSHIP: Technique: For the most part like quilts are judged against each other in their respective categories. It is important to read the rules carefully and enter your quilt in the correct category. What-ever technique you chose it should the best workmanship that you can achieve. Again no dangling threads, applique should be well stitched with invisible stitches. Pieced blocks should have points not cut off or into the seam allowance.

Pay attention to the basics of construction and do the absolute best that you can. Over all look of the quilt and the impact it has on viewers is important.

Does it hang straight? Are the edges straight and plumb?

Does the quilt lie flat?

DO the borders wave?

Precision of seam allowance is examined.

Are points cut off are they lost into seam allowance?

Threads not buried but hanging off the quilt

Quilting details, regardless of what type of quilting (Hand, domestic or long-arm.) Is it consistent type of quilting being used. Are the stitches even, standard in size and shape? Was the quilting by an individual, a group or professional long arm quilter. (Credit must be given to whoever did the quilting.)

Hand quilting (stitches even size on front and back of quilt, starts and stops not visible, quilt marking lines not visible.) Machine Quilting (domestic or long armed) is examined for correct tension, thread dots on back of quilt. They look for the starts and stops and the expertise of the back tracts. Thread nests are especially frowned upon.

Does the stitch in the ditch come out of the ditch? More and more shows are judging the quilting against the same type of quilts. (Hand against hand, domestic against domestic and long arm against long arm.) The judges realize different skill sets are required for the different types of quilting.

The binding is especially important. Are the thread hanging, missed stitches gaps in the stitching? Are there any parts where the binding is empty or weak? Are the corners sewn closed on top and bottom? Is the size of the binding uniform; is there any pulling to the back to cover the stitches attaching the binding? Stitches that attach the binding to the quilt should not be seen, but covered by the binding. No batting should be poking through.


• Visual impact of design – The quilt must be visible across the room! It needs to be eye-catching

• Originality and creativity

• Color and value

• Balance and integration of design (scale, relationship and arrangement of quilt components including borders)

• Overall appearance (quilt is clean, free of odor, and hangs squarely)

• General construction – workmanship (piecing, applique, borders even)

• Level of difficulty

• Special techniques (if applicable)

• Machine quilting (stitches of even length, no tension problems – Bobbin thread should not show on top and top thread should not show on back. Starts and stops not visible.)

• Quilting design appropriate to quilt top, density of quilting consistent

• Finishing (binding applied securely, evenly and accurately, square corners – no dog ears)

Art Quilts are judged on their merits …

There are more shows being established just for the art quilts. The impact of the design, the artistic expression, composition and all the rules of art are most important for these quilts. That said, technique is still considered to be important part of the judging of these quilts.

Embellishments adhered correctly and are secure

Subjects not taken into consideration and judges try not to allow their own biases and preferences sway them.



Harmonious design

Technical skills are judged

Sources: REGISTRATION, CLASSES ...Contests and Deadlines

***** Annie Smith, Quilting Stash blog and podcast Podcast 209-210 and 211 *****

Professional Quilter : Quilt Judging .... Criteria used in judging a quilt