• • • I finally got a sleeve onto my Masque. Delivered it and the Green Monster to the State Fair on Monday. Went back on Wednesday to view the judging. It was a great day, because you get to see all the quilts sitting down and meet the local quilters and the judges. I was sitting next to a lady from Racine who had four quilts entered. Her first three in the bed size division took first place and then it was between those for Best of Division. The green monster did receive a second place in it's category.
Moving onto the smaller quilts, I was getting a bit nervous because the lady's last quilt was in the same category as mine. They start by holding all the quilts up one by one so the judge can view them from a distance. And wouldn't you know it, the kid holding mine had it turned wrong. So, I'm sitting there watching her go over all the quilts and when she gets to mine, she's looking at EVERYTHING. Even pulled out the magnifying glass. When she was done, she passed it to her helper who had put it on the back table. This was the first time I had seen any of the quilts get passed back.
After reviewing all the quilts and then organizing them for the awards, she proceeded to make the announcements. Mind you, mine is still on the back table and all the other ones have been shuffled about. She shows us the fourth place and then the third. Second place goes to the lady who I am now sitting in front of (some people left - more room). All the winners were lap size wall hangings and my little quilt is still sitting way in the back. By this time my heart is racing and I don't know what to think, but it was very nerve racking and I was secretly thankful she only got second, because then I still had a chance for the blue, but it's still sitting in the back all alone. Then FINALLY, they picked up my quilt for FIRST place. YIPPEE!!!!
Oh, but that was only half of the agony that day. When they brought all the winners back onto the tables to choose the Division Winner, my quilt was NO WHERE to be seen. I was watching like a hawk and I never saw it. I mentioned this to the lady and she said I should go tell them, but I decided to wait and see what happened. They made their decision and as soon as the announcement was over, I went to ask why mine wasn't on the table. UH-OH, someone missed it and they were very apologetic and made sure that no others were missing. Then they compared mine to the one chosen and reversed their decision. The purple ribbon actually reads Best Workmanship.
So after all that, then they need to pick Best of Show. Turns out, they only award one Grand Award per quilt, so mine wasn't eligible. I'm a little confused on how all that works, because they gave the Best of Show to the quilt they over turned for mine. I don't understand, if My quilt was better than hers in the division, how can she win Best of Show?
Oh, well, I won my first BIG ribbon, but it makes me wonder, if the other two times I entered there was a similar situation because I wasn't there. My quilts were small, so they could have been overlooked too. Guess I'll be going to the judging from now on whenever I have a quilt in it.
Thanks for letting me go on and on. It was an exciting day, and OH, I almost forgot. The judges also gave critiques for each winner. Something that could use a little improvement for the next time.
For the Green Monster aka Simply Glowing she said to work on the color value. She felt the border blended in with the quilt too much. ~harrumph~ that was the look I was going for.
For the Masque - No critique, all praises.
Okay, so I'm gloating a bit and feeling much more confident. They were very encouraging and urged me to enter it into more shows.
Jayardi, I'm just bursting at the seams with pride for you.It was a very exciting day for you and believe me I think you deserved it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this day. I think I know the Racine woman who sat next to you. Congratulations. Pat
Congratulations Jean, very exciting and nervous day!!!
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Always on the edge of your chair....congrats....the re-telling was exciting to read...
Congratulations! Can you post the photo's here too? I'd love to see them again!
• • • Always happy to oblige Sandie.
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oops, that one's a little blurry
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YAY congratulations. Some day I'll be watching YOU on The Quilt Show!! Way to go!
Oh wow, both are wonderful, but the Masque!!!!!!!!
It really should have had best of show too! Having said that, I didn't see the others in the competion, and I am not a judge.
It's hard to really understand judging sometimes.
Congrat's Jean on receiving your Blue Ribbon and I am sure you deserved it. They also have beautiful quilts at the Wisconsin State Fair. i am very happy for you. Sue
Well deserved praise!!
Next time...on the back...pin on a piece of paper with the words "TOP"...
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• • • Sherry, it had a sleeve and a rod in it. Luckily, the judge knew which way was up.
I thank you all so much for your support and encouragement. And, I will have the Masque with me in Branson so you can see it in person.
Jean, I'm laughing because you of all people truly "get" color value. That judge needs to have her head examined (or perhaps only her eyes). I'm also smiling from ear to ear on your masque. It deserved best in show. I too am puzzled about how yours wins over another in division, and then that one gets best in show. It just goes to show that judging is so very erratic.
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Congrats! Love seeing the wonderful quilts you guys make! And ribbons!
Congratulations! They're both really beautiful. You certainly deserve the ribbons. I find rules of awarding ribbons very odd sometimes too.
Woot Woot! State Fair...
You go girl! and KEEP going.
Wish I would have known, I would have come to the fair!
You have every right to be proud of your accomplishments. It was hard work and your diligence sure paid off. I am happy for you and proud to know your work was at the State Fair!!!
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Congratulations! You did a great job. Amy
Congrats on your wins. They are both beautiful pieces. I enjoyed the note-by-note on judging. You must have been on pins & needles...literally waiting for their call.
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I''m so happy that you are bringing the Masque to Branson I'll get to see it in person Yay!!!Do they have the judging this far in advance of the Fair?? I just saw a sign saying the Fair starts on Aug. 2 or close to that.
Congratulations on your wins!
Congratulations and well deserved!
.... well, easy answer .... they had to do something to save face - and that was all that was left! You know you had best of show even if the ribbon doesn't say so - congratulations.
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HOW QUILTY KOOL!!!! I'm so happy for you!
I know you are so thrilled!!!
Congratualtions!!! l'm so looking forward to meeting you in Branson and now l'm looking forward to seeing the Masque up close and in person.
l would be unstopable IF l could get started!!!
Way to Go, Jean !!! However---I am NOT surprised--all of your work I have seen has been exceptional !!! Looking forward to seeing more in Branson !!!
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Congratulations Jean !!
Congratulations!! At our county fair, no one is allowed in while judging is taking place.
• • • I think it's really cool they let us watch. It just adds so much more to the process. Thank you all for sharing this with me.
Patty j and Patch, the fair starts August 2 through the 12th. Only the winning quilts are displayed during the fair. Let me know what day you plan to attend and maybe we can meet up.
Patty, the whole process actually starts in June, because you have to register first then send in your quilts or you can drop them off.
Jayardi, congratulations - Again!!
The Masque is so cool. The more I look at it the more things I see in it. Sometimes it seems to be looking back at me. Is it supposed to represent anything in particular or make a statement about something? All I know about masks is that they were worn by actors couple or three centuries ago...........
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What a hoot to read your descriptions of the judging! In Hillbilly terms, I'm just so proud to know you! And wish the judges had realized what we have known all along! You're the best!
Well - I guess that just goes to show that you have to be proud of your work because you know it's good. the Green Monster......huh, even on a computer screen I can see that the outside of each block is a dark shade and that you chose to gradually blend the shades of green until it's very light. That was clearly your intent and it worked.
Anyway - you should be proud of all that hard work. You ROCK!!This message has been edited. Last edited by: RockinBobbin,
Congratulations on your State Fair winnings! I just read your beginning post ... line by line...sitting on the edge of my chair. (remember me?...the "non reader" who always jumps ahead?) This time I took it all in with the greatest of concentration. I loved your minute by minute account of your day at the judging. I'm so happy, happy, happy that you won wonderful honors. I know personally what beautiful work you do because I have seen it up close & personal in the doll quilts you made. What a thrill to have no critiques on the Masque quilt. Will it be "traveling" to bigger shows?
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Way to go girl! Wins for both your entries, great... chris
• • • Thanks Bozie, nope, it doesn't represent anything. I never understood that about art. Mine is just something to look at. If it makes you smile, it makes me smile too. My niece had a collection of masks on her wall and I thought I could make one to add to her collection. Never got around to it until Q's challenge. I just wanted it to be unique, that's all.
Rockin, her comment was pertaining to the border. She thought it needed to stand out more from the rest of the quilt. I didn't want the border to stand alone with sharp edges. They just don't get it.
Nicki, you are so sweet and I'm really impressed you didn't jump ahead. The judges were very nice and even mentioned some local guild show I could enter in. I may even see if the bigger shows will accept it. We'll see...
Thanks again for all your compliments.
That is so wonderful. You have every reason to be proud. Wonderful quilts.
Congratulations! Soooo fun to read your play by play, too!
Jean, your work is wonderful, and you should be very proud! I also loved your FMQ pics on the other thread!!!!!! OMG, you rock!
Jean, congratulations, you deserve it! I also loved your FMQ pics...those are amazing!
Jean, huge congratulations! But not at all surprising...you are one great quilter and ooohhh sssooo creative! Way to go!
JEAN CONGRATULATION YOU ARE A BIG WINNER BY ME
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So HAPPY for you Jean!
That quilt is so gorgeous!
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• • • The Fair starts next Thursday. Hopefully, I'll be able to get a photo with the ribbons attached.
Tammy and Devonne, thank you - see what a little practice can do? One of these days I hope to make a whole cloth quilt.
Congratulations Jean! If anyone deserves these wins it's you. You do awesome work.
At our county fair they told me one time that they don't even have to award a first place if they don't think any of the entries deserved it. What? How do you award 2nd & 3rd place if you don't have a first?
Congrats Jayardi It was fun to read your story. Your quilts are gorgeous!
OMG! Jean! How did I miss this! I love your "Green Monster" the greens almost look like they have a bit of teal/aqua in them - beautifully made!
and your Masque! Love love love it! Your rock when it comes to creating the unique and different. I sm so happy to be the proud owner of one of your past master pieces! You ears must have been burning last week- I had a big BBQ lots of compliments were being thrown your way - do you know how many times I had to say "no, I didn't make this quilt but a friend of mine did" I will certainly cherish it forever & your friendship.
While reading I thought you were going to say someone stole your quilt when it wasn't around for judging, so glad it turned out for the best and you won!
• • • Hey Nicki, where have you been hiding? The green monster has over 300 different green fabrics in all shades and hues. Yes, there are some with teal and aqua. I bet you didn't know I love teal or turquoise. Can never pass them up, but I don't see it around much anymore.
I thought my ringing ears were from the comments on the scrap challenge thread. You know they are always trying to get away with something. I am very happy you are enjoying the quilt. Curious, how did the d-i-l like it?
Thanks cr8tve1, that thought had never crossed my mind and I would have been very very sad if that had been the situation.
YeaaAAAh!!! Bigger shows, like the cover of Quilter's Newsletter!!!!! Whoohooo! I was SO nervous reading your description...whew...like I was there!!!! Congratulations on your wonderful wins!!!
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