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Information about Entering quilts in the Quilt Show
In order to enter a quilt in the RQG Harvest of Quilts XII show, you must be a member of Raintree Quilters Guild. All quilts are insured during the show. But if you want your quilt insured for more than $1,200 you must provide a written appraisal and write the amount on the line on the form.
The quilt entry may be judged at your choice. On the entry form is a place to indicate whether you want your quilt judged. Quilts which are judged are eligible for one of 32 ribbons which will be awarded by Raintree upon selection by the judge. (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbon for each category, plus Best of Show, Best of Hand Artistry and Best of Machine Artistry). Quilts which are not judged are eligible for one ribbon, the Viewer's Choice ribbon. The recipient of that ribbon will be determined by vote of Quilt Show attendees. To be judged, the quilt must also be exhibited in the show.
Judging will occur on September 7. You must deliver your quilt to be judged and pick it up the evening of 9/7.
A photo of the quilt (snapshot size) should be submitted with the entry(optional but desirable). A camera will be taking quilt photos at the July and August guild meetings and the photos can be claimed at the August and September meetings. The photo prints will be on typing paper, nothing fancy but they can be used for the suggested photo.
All quilts must have a sleeve (4") with the exception of those in the Home Decor and Clothing and Accessories category. All quilts must have a label giving the name of
the submitter permanently affixed to the back. Quilts which are longer than 8' should be "hemmed" so that they will not drag on the floor when hung. This hem can be made at the top of the quilt and can serve as the sleeve. Since method for hanging the quilts is not determined yet, please check back on this site to make sure the hanging length is not changed.
You should make a copy of your entry form for your own records and you may prefer to keep a copy of the photograph as well.
Quilt entry forms are due to the committee by August 2, 2017. You must deliver your entry to the Quilt Show by noon on September 21 to the exhibit hall. They must each be delivered in a pillow case or other bag. Your name and phone number must be affixed to the bag. You must pick up your quilt after the show is closed on September 23.
The judge will provide a comments page for each judged quilt. These comments pages will be given to the submitter of the quilt when the quilt is picked up at the end of the quilt show. The judge will say what she likes about the quilt, what you're doing right, and some area(s) in which you might like to improve your results.
Some of the criteria judges look for:
(from the website of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges)
General Construction: Piecing should be precise; corners matched and points sharp using appropriate thread type and color. Seams should be secure. Borders should be straight and well executed with no ripples, puckers or stretching. Applique' should be securely attached without puckers, using matching thread (unless stitches are decorative.) Curves should be smooth and points sharp, with no shadowing of dark fabrics under light.
Quilting: Stitches should be even and consistent with balanced tension, front and back. No knots, backstitches, pleats or bubbles should be evident. Starts and stops should be unobtrusive. Amount of quilting should be sufficient and appropriate for the design of the quilt top with the consistency of quilting stitches reasonably maintained throughout.
Finishing: Batting should extend to edge of binding with corners neat, well executed, and consistent. No wobbles or distortion should be evident on quilt edges. Stitching should be secure.
Special techniques: Embroidery, embellishments, beading, overlays, trapunto, photo transfers, etc. should be secure, neat, effectively executed, and appropriate to the design.
Unity and Design Elements: Design of the top, quilting, fabric choices, sashing, borders, imagery, and finishing should be well planned and integrated. Line, shape, color, texture and value should be effectively used to produce and interesting, balanced and well-proportioned design. Quilting pattern should complement the top design, fill the spaces well, and be consistent in proportion to the top design elements.
General Appearance: Item should be neat, clean, and "show ready" with no visible markings, loose threads, bearding, soil, pet hair, odor or stains. No major distortion or sewing problems should appear on the front and/or back of quilt.