I’ve finalized the class samples for the two handwork classes I’m teaching next April in Kuwait. My contact there named Hanan asked me to send photos so her association members could begin signing up. I also sent images of small pieces to show them what they can do after they learn the techniques. Here’s the […]
Counted Thread in Kuwait
I’m thrilled to say I’ve been asked to judge and teach next April for the Kuwait Textile Arts Association in, where else, Kuwait. They asked if I were able to judge other types of needlework beyond quilting. I said, of course, and listed all of the techniques we studied when I did my London City […]
Columbia River Gorge Quilters Show
I’m working my way back through a number of activities. Too many coming, one after another. This was three weeks ago–mid-October. I’ve judged for this quilt guild several times, located in Hood River. From Portland, it’s a little over a lovely hour’s drive through the gorge. I found the guild was particularly strong in art […]
It’s a Winner!
I’ve been completely remiss in posting to my blog having been caught up in a trip to the United Kingdom, home maintenance, working on landscaping, stitching Christmas stockings, French studies, and working on the Poppies and Periwinkle quilt that I swear will never be done. Hmm, looking at that list tells me why I haven’t […]
Quilt Show Extravaganza
I’ve had the pleasure of judging five shows so far this spring, which has put me behind in posting images of some of the winning quilts, as well as some of my favorites. Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild in Roseburg expanded their show this year, adding classes and special exhibits. Linda Schmidt from Dublin, CA was […]
Viva Las Vegas
Last week I had the opportunity to judge for Desert Quilters of Nevada for the second time. They were a great group to judge for thanks to Judging Floor Coordinator Cory Allender and her assistant Melissa, as well as the enthusiastic guild members who assisted in the judging room. The best of show was stunning […]
What a Lot of Quilt Show
Last week I had the pleasure once again of judging the Clark County Quilters Show in Ridgefield, Washington. My fellow judges were Val Pellens and Gerrie Thompson. As usual, the caliber of quilts were high which made judging so enjoyable. This show has best of show for large and small/wall quilts which is great, because […]
What Were the Judges Thinking?
Thanks to the Columbia River Piecemakers Quilt Guild for inviting me to present my lecture last night on quilt judging. If your guild is interested in learning more about the process, I would love to come to one of your meetings. I do a power point presentation combined with actual quilts that illustrate how to […]
Sunbonnet Sue As You’ve Never Seen Her!
Without a doubt, the most creative quilt at the Northwest Quilting Expo was made by Flora Joy of Johnson City, Tennessee. She wrote, “Twelve separate, freestanding curvy blocks have been sewn at their top borders to a separate base quilt. Viewers can lift each Dutch doll/Sunbonnet Sue to read the block’s unusual but true story […]
Quilt Show Extravaganza!
The last two weeks of September were filled with judging three quilt shows in succession with wonderful quilts in each. The first show I judged was in La Conner, Washington located on a channel of the Swinomish River. I was lucky enough to have a room at the Channel Lodge with a beautiful view of […]
North to Alaska–Juneau
This past weekend I had the pleasure of giving a quilt judging presentation to Capital City Quilters in Juneau. They had their first quilt show in 2017. In 2019 they will have their first judged quilt show and wanted to learn more about the process. Twenty five of the fifty members attended my three hour […]
Big Winners at Oregon Coastal Quilters Show
After two days of judging in Newport, the winners have been selected. With the show opening, I can announce who these talented quilters are. I love guilds like this one that have two “best ofs” with one for wall hanging and one for bed-size. It’s challenging for small quilts to compete against large given the […]
More Minnesota Quilters’ Show
On my third day, I taught Accent Your Quilts With Creative Cords. We spent the morning doing hand made cords. The first one I introduced was the North-South-East-West cord aka a Round Cord, best done with two people. I supplied a kit with a variety of threads and base cords. To make this one, we […]
Minnesota Quilters–What a Show!
I spent the past week in St. Cloud, Minnesota at the Minnesota Quilters 2018 Show, judging, teaching, and lecturing. It was a whirlwind and what a great experience. On Monday and Tuesday, I judged with fellow NACQJ (National Association of Certified Quilt Judges) judge Kathi Eubank. The caliber of entries was high, which is impressive […]
A Fabulous Guild Challenge
Last week I had the pleasure to judge for the Rogue Valley Piecemakers in Grants Pass for the second time. The guild had one of the most exciting challenges I have yet seen. Fifteen members made quilts inspired by the work of artist Charley Harper. For those not familiar with him, he is well known […]
“Dreaming of Diamonds” in Roseburg
Last week I judged for the Umpqua Valley Quilters’ Guild along with Gerrie Thompson and Val Pellins, two quilters who attended my Two-Day Quilt Judging Seminar a couple years ago. They have been judging since. Here is our pick for Best of Show. This is the second time in three years Doris has won best […]
Bonnie Keller–Best of Show Winner
I would be remiss if I did not post the Best of Show from the Clark County Quilters Show. I judged with fellow certified judges Carol Brooks and Elizabeth Spannring. We had quite a challenge deciding which among several superb quilts was the Best of Show. We ultimately agreed upon Bonnie Keller’s wonderful quilt. Here’s […]
More Quilt Show Picks, Mine That is!
Here are ten more quilts that caught my eye. Some won awards. Some did not. But I think they are all successful for one reason or another. In no particular order– This quilt was in a special exhibit from the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and was not a part of the judged show. That’s why […]
Judge’s Choice–Joanne Roth
At most shows, judges are given an award called Judge’s Choice or a similar name, which the judge bestows upon a quilt for any reason the judge likes. Sometimes there is a quilt that has already received an award that is so outstanding or unique, I award it my judge’s choice. But generally, I try […]
Judging in the Rogue Valley
On May 8th and 9th, I had the pleasure of judging for the Rogue Valley Piecemakers in Grants Pass, Oregon for the first time. Members submitted over 200 quilts–a healthy number–in 19 categories. Best of show was created by Yvonne Cook, a master quilter whose work I have met before. In April 2016, I awarded […]
Northwest Quilters Show Their Spirit
Yes, once again, the Northwest Quilters’ Guild had Eastside Distilling among their vendors at the quilt show this weekend held at the Expo. I had to buy the Marionberry Whiskey for my partner Mike, because it was such a big hit last year. I also bought the cherry-flavored whiskey, which has just a hint of […]