We have a fantastic opportunity for you. Did you run out of time to submit your modern quilt to QuiltCon? Well don’t fret and read on!
The Modern Quilt Guild invites digital submissions from MQG members of their original quilt art created after 2005 for a juried exhibition planned at the Texas Quilt Museum for January – March 2016, sponsored exclusively by EZ Quilting by Simplicity Creative Group.
The jury committee consists of Karey Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes, co-directors of the Museum, and Dr. Sandra Sider, Curator, Texas Quilt Museum. The jurors plan to select approximately 18 quilts for the exhibition.
There are no size limitations for the quilts and no entry fee, but please note that the quilt cannot have been exhibited within 200 miles of La Grange, Texas, during 2015, including at QuiltCon in Austin.
For more information on submitting a quilt click here.
One of the great perks of going to Quilt Market for work is getting the first peek at the MQG Show case at the International Quilt Festival! We have a stellar show this year with lots of diverse modern quilts.
Christa did a great wrap up of of the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival, showing each individual quilt. The photos below give you a nice overview on how the show looks and feels.
Fade Into Gray by Stephanie Ruyle and Anni Albers’ Orange Chair by Martha Peterson
Cycles 2 by Leanne Chahley, Sunburst Quilt by Tara Faughnan, and Homage by Jacquie Gering
Funky Junk by Renee Tallman and Las Ventanas by Kristin Shields
Fissures by Debra Jeske, Entropy by Elisa Albury, and Pixel Pusher II Caro Sheridan
Citrus Wedge by Jen Carlton-Bailly
Disruption by Barbara Lockwood, STAR’D by Kristy Daum, and Boxed In by Elizabeth Dackson
Namaste by Cheryl Olson and The White Rainbow by Shruti Dandekar
Broken Bars by Rebecca Roach and Melon Ice by Amy Friend
Tune In Next Week by Chawne Kimber, Quilted by Pamela Cole, City Center by Angie Henderson, and Folded Flock by Jenna Brand
Spiraling Out of Control by Christa Watson, Pick Up Sticks by Becky Goldsmith, Avalon Sunrise by Colleen Wootton, and Blue Circle Quilt by Kim Eichler-Messmer
Colorado 4×4 by Stephanie Ruyle, Amazonia by Nathalie Bearden, Off Center by Charlotte Noll, and Summer Break by Amy Anderson
Back to Basics by Melissa Corry, Modern X by Christa Watson, and Grand Canal by Casey York, Quilted by Ann McNew
Grand Canal by Casey York, Quilted by Ann McNew, Didn’t Get the Memo by Alissa Haight Carlton, and Spiced Chai Quilt by Katie Blakesley
Every week this month, Stephanie at Modern Sewciety will be chatting about QuiltCon! This first week we get to hear Jacquie Gering, Chairperson of the MQG board, talk about entering a quilt into the QuiltCon quilt show. Have you been thinking about entering a quilt?
This is post 3 of a series of posts on the QuiltCon Quilt Show. You can see the first post here and the second post here.
The Judging Process
The MQG has listened carefully to feedback on the judging process at QuiltCon 2013 and we are working to improve the judging experience for our members and the judging process for our judges and volunteers. The MQG is committed to developing a competitive experience that is positive for all involved and which will allow our members to receive feedback which will be encouraging and allow them to set goals for improving their work if they so desire.
A panel of three judges, one of whom will be an NQA certified judge, will conduct the judging process at QuiltCon. The quilts will be judged with an elimination process rather than a points system. Quilts will be organized by category. Each category of quilts will be “fanned”or held up in front of the judges one at a time so that the judges can view each quilt at a distance and get an overall impression of the quilt, evaluate the overall design and see the general appearance. Judges will consider individual design elements and how they have been combined to create an effective, impactful design. The judges will have an evaluation form to use as a guide during judging. We will share the form as soon as it is in its final version, but essentially the quilts will be judged on Design and Composition, Overall Appearance, and Workmanship.
The quilts will then be examined individually, on a flat surface, so that the judges can view the quilt up close and examine workmanship, applique, quilting, edge finishing techniques and visual detail. Quilts can be held up again at the judges’ request. The judges will discuss each quilt as a team and decide on feedback for the quilter that will be written verbatim by a volunteer scribe. The judges at QuiltCon will be asked to give a minimum of three pieces of positive feedback for the quilter and if the judges deem appropriate, constructive feedback which will help the quilter improve.
After a quilt has been examined individually the judges will decide if the quilt will be released or held for a possible award. After all quilts have been judged, the held quilts will be reevaluated as a group and individually to determine the awarding of ribbons. It is at this time that judges may recommend that quilts be held for special awards such as Best Machine Quilting.
Each quilter will receive their feedback sheet from the judges with the return of their quilt. We hope the comments and feedback will be taken in the spirit in which they were intended. No judging process is perfect and final results will vary based on the individuals involved. Every effort will be made to conduct the judging process in a professional, impartial manner.
Please let us know if you have any questions!
The Education Committee