The judges feedback

I should have called this post, the quilt that refuses to be photographed.  Lessons learned about that?  Next time, I won’t color match the thread to the fabric.  I think that is why it just doesn’t photograph.  If I had it to do again, I’d try for a lighter shaded silk and a darker shaded thread.  I want to do one in gold fabric and brown thread.


The first picture shows the right color and the second one shows the detail. 
The judge said:

Excellent visual impact

Well balanced design

Appropriate use of embroidery/embellishment

Fabric well chosen for design

Color well chosen for design

Good choice of design and style of quilting

Quilting is evenly distributed and well done

Excellent execution of a difficult binding
I used a knife edge for this, tucking both the front and the back to the inside, so there is no separate binding added. 

Quilt is flat and even without distortion

If only she knew how much work I put into making that happen.

Written comments:

Whole cloth is exquisite, designed and proportional.  It is luminous.

Things to improve were

Quilting stitches should be uniform.

I think that’s because I did some with the walking foot and the stitches are bigger there.   Or, maybe she saw where sometimes I was more relaxed and my stitches were bigger and sometimes, I was stressed and the stitches get tiny.


I don’t think I ever showed what I ended up putting in the greek key border.  I filled half of it with more fern fronds. 


That’s another shot of the area around the central ferns.

Okay, so enough of that. 

Be well. 


regan said...
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quiltfool said...

Oops! Sorry, Regan!

Vesuviusmama said...

Even if it doesn't photograph well, it is definitely luminous.

bernie said...

Absolutely stunning. How large is this quilt? Guesstimate the time you spent quilting it? It is a real beauty. Bernie

Anonymous said...

It is obviously excellent work, even to my untutored eyes. That quilt would be at home in the most posh bedroom. You should be proud.

Bianca said...

It's absolutly fabulous!!!
Only wished I could quilt that well.
And for the pictures; try laying it outside on a lawn, natural light always does the trick for me.....

Piece by Piece said...

It looks lovely, Lane. Maybe a natural light would bring out the quilting, anyway, what we can see if beautifully done. You should be very proud of yourself.

Becky said...

Just a glorious quilt....it was obvious from the beginning it was going to be special!!

Elizabeth said...

So, so beautiful. I love your feather plumes. Well, I love it all, really. So amazing. I keep thinking about a silk whole-cloth, only something much smaller.

xo -E

P.S. I find I get the best results for quilt photos outdoors in indirect light.

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Hey Lane! You received such positive remarks from the judges - way to go!

I know from reading your blog how much you have agonized over these quilts so you deserve to pat yourself on the back. Go ahead.

I have found the best time to take pictures is before 10:00 AM, outside, with a southern exposure. That is not always possible, I know.


Kimbersew said...

Luminous indeed! A triumph! and maybe it isn't what the judges like, but uneven stitches because of your state of mind is fascinating, I think! Like old hand-written letters that show the emotion of the writer in the penmanship. So human!
like you!

Thearica said...

Gorgeous quilt!

I wanted to let you know that the Men Quilt Too Show for this October is cancelled due to low participation. I am however, going to have a linky party just like I did last year for everyone who wants to come over and link up again. I hope to see you!

The linky party will air on October 15th over at www.pigtalesandquilts.com!