|White Coneflowers, by Ann Fahl, my first "big" prize winner!|
What direction is the quilting world headed? I've been asking myself this for some time now, and my answer is: I don't understand where it's going and I don't want to follow along; I need to take my own path. It is important that my quilts are uncluttered in design with strong visual impact.
|A Brighter Day, by Ann Fahl, the most prize winning quilt I have ever made|
In my opinion, the overall design should be the first consideration when judging, then the workmanship should be considered next. In other words, only those quilts with good design should be selected from the category, then the workmanship should be evaluated to determine which ones are winners. It appears to me that the quilting/thread work is evaluated first and wins the judges consideration so the design qualities are overlooked. This would account for so many quilts with poor design winning at shows. Yes the quilting is totally amazing on so many of the quilts today, but it isn't the only part of the art form. Great quilting cannot make a poorly designed and conceived quilt-- a good one!
|George's Garden, by Ann Fahl|
Whether one makes traditional quilts or original designs, quilting is a visual art form. We must step back from our work, and examine its visual impact. Does it have a focal point? Does something draw the viewer in? Is there balance in the composition? Is there contrast between the colors and elements of the design? Is there something that unifies the design (ties the quilt together,) such as repetition of shape or color?
|Orange Coneflowers By Ann Fahl|
A prize winning or a successful quilt should have both a well designed top and great quilting!