QuiltCon 2019 - Summary of My Quilts

I'm back and finally getting over being exhausted but I had an amazing time at QuiltCon this year.  I think the best part of the show is running into so many fellow quilters that I've only met online, meeting all the new people and seeing old friends! 

I had four quilts in the competition part of the show, two in the Quilt of the Month showcase and the giveaway quilt.  I received judges notes on the four quilts in the competition portion of the show.  I would like to share the judges comments in hopes it will make them less terrifying and encourage others to enter in QuiltCon and other shows.  First up Colonnade, by far my favorite make of 2018:

QuiltCon judges notes vary from other quilt shows in that they don't give a quantified score.  Pluses next to one of the considerations indicates that the quilt being evaluated excelled in that area, or at least that is how it has been explained to me and then the judges leave comments on the bottom of the page.  I think Colonnad…

Office Daydreams

I finished another quilt!  Office Daydreams:

Office Daydreams Quit

This quilt was a design from an Instagram challenge I took part in, #30daysofquiltdesign .  There have been some pretty amazing designs in the challenge and I can't wait to see more finished quilts from it.

Office Daydreams Quilting

I named this quilt after my sister in law, Alexis, told me she thought my designed looked like file folders and well it really does.  This quilt came together so easily.  The design was a spin off from another design I had just finished.  I knew instantly that I wanted to use Me and You batiks from Hoffman Fabrics and the quilting design just happened.  In addition to the quilt top falling into place I had been dying to use Anna Marie Horner's Fibs and Fables Enchanted as a quilt back since it came out, which I also used as the binding.

Office Daydreams Back

When it all came together the perfect name was Office Daydreams and I have to admit that I do quite a bit of quilt day dreaming at work, sorry Boss, aka Dad.  For fun I took a back lit picture of the finished quilt syncing the front to the back perfectly with the title.

Office Daydreams Quilt

I've decided to make this my last Quiltcon 2017 entry.  I finished my Michael Miller challenge quilt (below) and had two more entries after that.

Mini Lux

I first made this quilt 50" x 60" but had an awful time with warping that I scraped it and made a mini using starch. It is also a product of #30dayofquiltsdesign.  The next entry went to our guild banner in the group category so Office Daydreams will round out the three.

In closing I wanted to share how my quilt did at the fair... not well.  I think it fell victim to "I just don't get it" from the judge.  I got a red ribbon, RED, that's the same as a B grade.  It was hung up in the rafters away from the main quilt area and folded in half so you couldn't see the quilt in it's entirety which is really bad since Mountain Scene is a whole picture quilt.

The judges notes said that my colors and binding were good but that I had tensions issues with my quilting.  I checked and double checked my quilt when I got it back and there were no signs of tension issues on the back as stated.  I did notice quite a few uncut threads, I do have a tendency to miss threads, that may have been mistaken for tension loops, maybe, but more likely I think they just didn't get it.  The winning quilts were all UBER traditional, civil war fabrics, yo-yo quilt, embroidered quilt, applique quilt and so on.

Overall I still enjoy entering my quilts into shows.  I'll brush this off and move onto the next show, WSQ in October.  At least I know I can bind a quilt with the best of them!