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This is the year for YOU to enter the UQG Quilt Fest Quilt Show!
Why should I enter the Quilt Show?
  1. You can display your hard work on your gorgeous quilt without having it judged, because you love it and would like to share it.  OR
  2. You'd love to have it judged and be eligible for prizes as well as sharing your hard work.
    1. Receiving feedback from an experienced qualified judge is a fabulous way to discover not only what you can improve, but also what you are doing well.

    2. Putting your quilt in the public eye for feedback can help an artist grow by leaps and bounds!

    3. If you are pursuing a career in the Quilting Industry (publishing, pattern making, teaching, etc.), adding “award winning” to your credentials adds value and merit to your product.

    4. A ribboned quilt or quilt-maker will garner a higher appraised value for the quilt.

What do judges look for?
  1. Subjective Qualities like:
Variety of Scale
Fabric Selection
Pattern Lines
Unifying and Underlying Structures
Visual Impact
Emotional Impact

  1. Objective Qualities like:
    1. Quilt Top Construction
– The chosen construction technique is executed with skill.
– The seams lie flat, are free of bumps and bulk, and the piecing thread is not visible.
– The quilt is free of loose threads and knots.
– The quilt is clean and odor-free.
– There are no visible markings.
– Seam allowances do not “shadow” through light fabric.
– Design points and corners match and are visible (not chopped off).
– The blocks are square and the seams are lined up.
– Applique pieces are secure, stitches are small and invisible, curves are smooth, and the points are sharp.
– There are no holes or incomplete seams.
– Embellishments are securely attached.
– Sashing and borders are straight and uniform in width

2. Quilting
– Batting is evenly distributed.
– Quilting density is balanced throughout the quilt to secure layers and prevent shifting of batting.
– The quilting sits accurately in it’s designated space.
– Curve lines are smooth.
– Straight lines are uniform.
– Stitches are uniform in length with correct tension on the top and bottom.
– Starts and stops are not visible.
– Knots cannot be felt.
– The quilting and pieced themes support each other.

3. Binding and Finishing
– Lies smoothly, with no puckers or ripples.
– Even in width.
– Uniformly full of filler.
– Binding joins are smooth.
– Corners are mitered and sewn closed on both sides.
– Stitches securely hold the binding in place with minimal visibility.
– The quilt is flat and the edges are deliberate in shape.
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