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Judging Quilts - General Appearance

In the first article of this series: Judging Quilts - What are the Judges looking for? (see Related articles below), I outlined briefly the criteria used by Quilt Show Judges when judging quilts.

There are three main categories – General Appearance, Design and Workmanship. Today I’m going to talk about General Appearance and exactly what that means. It sounds pretty ambiguous – general appearance, but believe me, it’s very defined and extremely important.

First impressions are what can make your quilt stand out from the others, so it’s important to have an immediate favourable impression on the viewer / judge.

General Appearance
When a quilt is first presented to the judges, it is usually held up, at a distance from where the judges are standing. This allows for an evaluation of the overall design, and the wow factor is usually registered at this point. Often the judges will request that the back of the quilt be shown at this time.

The quilt is then laid on a large viewing table and the following elements are evaluated.

The next article in this series will focus on the second category Design.

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