All quilts entered in the show will be eligible for the ribbon(s) and awards offered for the various quilt categories. The judges will also be available to provide a critiquing service for those who have signed up and paid for the service.
The judges will examine all the quilts in a category to determine which quilt best exemplifies the category. As the judges review each quilt they will develop a shortlist of those quilts that deserve further consideration for a ribbon, based on the technical criteria and overall impact of the quilt. The shortlisted contenders for the category will then be subject to further evaluation in an effort to determine which quilt(s) demonstrates the greatest technical quality, overall workmanship and attention to detail.
We have invited the judges to provide an optional critiquing service for any quilter who desires detailed feedback on their quilt(s). This service is performed for those who have requested and paid for it in advance of the Quilt Show. To avoid biasing the judging process in any way, the list of quilts to be critiqued is provided to the judges after the quilts have all been judged.
The judges use a standard form to review key areas of the quilt, including general appearance, design, construction of top, and quilting. Each area has sub categories that are graded. Comments are made to provide the quilter feedback on work that is done well and with suggestions for ways to bring their quilts to a higher standard.