A week from Saturday is Turn-In Day, and I am heading up one of the locations where quilters will bring their entries.
|"Smells fine and has no pet hair!"|
Each quilt is removed from it's bag (let's hope everyone has a BIG bag this year!) and checked over: Does it look OK? Stains or pet hair? Is the hanging sleeve stitched on? Is it the correct size for the category it's in?
We can't do anything about stains except note them, so we are not blamed when the quilt is returned. If there's pet hair, we have a sticky lint roller!(also great for loose threads). If the quilt has "an odor", well....at judging it has sheets over & under it to protect the other quilts.
Sometimes a quilt is moved to a different category due to the size. Very rarely it gets moved because the maker confused how much applique or piecing was done, or we find out a Young Quiltmaker (age 18 & under) really wants to compete for a prize....or a relative has helped so much that the quilt needs to go in the Duet category (two makers)!
Mostly though, we try to go with the category the maker entered in.
Next comes Judging for 2--3 days.
|A category on tables, ready for the judge.|
It's a great way to have a sneak peek at the show, and to learn from the comments.
BUT, what happens at Judging, stays at Judging!
Then it's down to the Convention Center to hang the quilts.
|Thank goodness the pipe & drape is done by professionals!|
The next day vendors come in to set up their "booths of temptation", and members of QuiltFest guilds bring in quilts to sell.
|Quilts for sale: all sizes and types!|
Then comes the Preview Party (Wed. Sept. 19) and the show opens and it's a mad rush of happy quilters until it all has to be taken down. You can follow along here as I (over)do each activity...but if you can make it to the show, that's the best!
I hope to see you there...
Now back to quilting my sale items!