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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Quilt Show "Challenges" and Results

Hi Everyone,

This is the final post about the quilt show.  I have lots of other things to discuss and share so it is time to move on, as sad as it is to have the show over. 

The "challenges" that I have for you concern a few quilts.  Have you ever entered a quilt in a show only to find other versions of it also in the show?  It is a little bit like seeing the same dress on a different woman that you are wearing, too.  (You always wonder if it looks better on her or you!)  As a spectator, however, I sort of like to see the two, to look at how they differ and what choices work better, etc.

I was one of those people with another quilt the same pattern as I made.  There was another version of Dresden Doilies hanging in the show.  Looking through my photos, I see that I didn't get a picture of it.  It was very similar to the version in the magazine, with yellowish/creamish plates on a mottled red background.  In this case, I thought my version was better--mostly because of the spectacular quilting that Valorie did--and also because of the motifs in the centers of my plates.  At any rate, neither won a ribbon.

The other quilts made of the same pattern have one version that won a ribbon and one that didn't.  I'm going to show you the pictures of both and let you guess at the one you think earned a ribbon.  I will put in lots of spaces so that after you decided, you can scroll on down and see the "answer." 

Before we start, it is important for you to know that the ribbons were awarded on a "viewer's choice" basis--not on workmanship.  The criteria is simply the favorite quilt in each category for the attendee.
With that said, are you ready for your first challenge?

First up is this adorable animal pattern.  I haven't seen it before and it was great to see two versions!  All the details (which you may not be able to see in the photos) are really fun--bow buttons on the giraffe's shoes, etc.  But I would like for you to look at both and decide which one you think won the ribbon.





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Did you decide?  The ribbon went to the bottom one.  In my opinion, I think it has to do with the border/sashing fabric choices.  I like the brightness and playfulness of the bottom one.  The bottom one also had more quilting.  Who knows, though!  Were you right?

Ready for the next set?  This one has even more of a story.  One of our members designed this pattern to use up scraps, etc.  She taught it to a group of other members and one of them finished it and entered her quilt, too. 

 


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Wow, they both look really similar, don't they?  The bottom one looks lighter, but only because of the camera angle.  So which one won?  The top one is the original, made by the woman who designed the pattern, and the bottom one is the quilt that won the ribbon!  The quilting on both was machine done and done well, although differently.  I can't for the life of me decide why people thought one is better than the other.  Is it that the lighting was better on the bottom one?  Or did one have more friends to vote for her quilt?  Do the quilts hanging on either side make a difference?  Also, the lady who won the ribbon had another quilt in the same category that I liked better and it didn't win.  I am truly stymied on this, but it fascinates me! 

Are you wondering how I did?  I entered two quilts in the bed category, one in the wall category, and one in the "other" category.  I was thrilled to find that I won a ribbon!



My whale bag set won second place in the "other" category!  I blogged about this bag when I made it.  If you are curious about any details, you can read about it here.

I'll see you tomorrow with pictures of my Schnibble!  It will be the last day of the month and I need to post about it if I'm going to be included in the big parade.

Have a great day,
JoAnne

7 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your whale bag ribbon winner!! Wonderful!! Hehe not yet have I seen two versions of the same quilt in one show...but I have seen quilts that I have seen around blogland in shows...and I agree it is really fun to see the different versions of the same quilt!

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  2. It is pretty interesting how similar quilts get judged differently--I don't get it! I do think that viewers choice sometimes is swayed by how many friends and relatives attend the show. I've been lucky enough to win a few ribbons, but I definitely don't do anything with that in mind. Congrats on your win--it is fun to get those ribbons!

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  3. If ribbons were awarded by viewer-voting... then there is no telling why one won and the other didn't. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

    I went to the quilt show in Knoxville one summer and saw three quilts that used the same pattern. They weren't hung together so I had to walk around to compare/contrast. All three were well done but the one I liked best had colors that appealed to me. I don't think any won a ribbon but can't remember.

    Looking forward to seeing your Schnibble tomorrow!

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  4. Personally, I liked the top photos of each of these quilts. The child's quilt that won is too washed out and has no contrast. Perhaps, I am drawn to the pattern designer's quilt because I love the colors that she used - they are the colors I use most frequently. The winning quilt is not appealing to my eye: it seems too busy and my eye is confused where to look.

    Congratulations on your ribbon: your bag is exceptional.

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  5. Wow...I liked the top version of both quilts! Congrats on your ribbon...your bag is really neat!

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  6. Congratulations on your ribbon for the whale bag! So exciting! I was 50/50 on judging... not great odds for a real judge ;)

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  7. Fascinating stuff. Sometimes I think the success of a quilt can be determined by where it is hung in the show.

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