My baby returned from its sojourn at the Festival of Quilts today.
Pinned to the back of it were the judge's comments:
I'm pleased with the comments on the whole but the bit I don't understand is the 'Quilting, Needs Attention'. Considering the fact that the winning quilt was a pojagi with no quilting in it, not even anything joining the two layers together, why did mine need quilting? I wonder if the felt support caused the issue? I am delighted though that both judges appreciated my design, colour, and surface design. I worked so hard at the printing and in pulling all the disparate elements together in the construction. If I'm honest the comments about it needing more quilting upset me and my initial response was to think I won't bother next year, after all this was entered as an Art Quilt and pojagi has been seen as being encouraged in former Quilt Shows, but I've got over that. BW was right in saying the thread colour was a detraction, I wasn't sure I had chosen the right colour when I was working it. Maybe a blue rather than a variegated yellow would have worked better. Just for information, the whole quilt (not including the felt support) was two layers held together by stitch.
I don't know whether I will make another pojagi, the work was immense, but I suspect I might as the effect is wonderful. I realised walking round the show that I didn't need to use the felt backing. Other quilts had been hung from tabs, off rods, from perpsex rods and from metal clamps.
This is part of Chloe Redfern's quilt, above.
I think the maker of the winning quilt may have had a similar issue with her hanging system but instead of finding a way to add a hanging sleeve on the back she made provison for a batten to pass through a turned pocket at the top of the piece.
I'm hoping to go to the Great Northern Quilt Show later this month and I shall be on the lookout for display methods.