This quilt (a Depression-era String Quilt from the Virginia Quilt Museum) is a perfect example. I figure these blocks are about 3" - none of them are very square.
Of course I'd want to see newly made quilts, not just antiques.
Nothing made from patterns, kits, blocks of the month. Fabric choices made by the quilter, gosh darn it. Applique that someone has drawn the pattern for themselves or just cut freely from the fabric. Hand marked quilting - no stencils.
The usual judging rules would be banned from my dream show. I want quilts with heart, soul, imperfection, joy... Not what you get in the big, tense overly stressful quilts that seem to be prized today.
My awards would be:
- Quilt we'd want to sleep under when we're sick.
- Quilt we'd most want to wake up to every morning.
- Quilt that will still be as fresh and wonderful in 100 years as it is now.
- Quilt that makes us smile
- Quilt that makes us want to dance
- Judges' Favorite: Joyful
- Judges' Favorite: Color
- Judges' Favorite: Exuberance
- Judges' Favorite in hand quilting etc
you get the idea. what other fun awards can you come up with?
If your guild is putting on a show, see if you can add some awards like these. Everything shouldn't always be Best Best Best.
It makes me sad that the Gee's Bend quilts are so invigorating and have done so well in the art world and yet seem to have made no impact on the Quilt World, not in the shows and not in the how-to books. Beautiful art books for sure, but that seems to be it.
In Tonya news, I went out for my first long walk since my knee acted up. It all went fine and I don't seem to have messed my knee up. Woohoo. But I didn't do any sewing afterwords, figured it best to stay off the knee and just hand quilt instead. Getting closer and closer to done.
Bonnie did an interesting post about machine quilting after attending a show. And have ya'all seen the beautiful string quilt Holly just pieced together?
argh, hate it when Blogger refuses to space properly. sorry this post is all jumbled together.