In the last post, we tried to become aware of what our eyes did when they looked at a quilt, and I gave you some questions that related to that task.
Here’s the quilt again to refresh your memory.
And here are my observations about my eye’s journey:
Have we used any design terms yet? No, not really, but we've certainly touched on what could easily be turned into an evaluation of some aspects of the design. Allow me to translate into Judge:
In these comments, I’ve hit on contrast, movement, unity, variation in scale, variety and line. These are certainly not the only design elements and principles at work in this quilt, and they are not the only comments that could be formulated from my observations.
They may not even be the best ones…..maybe you’ll come up with those!
At the bottom of this post I've included three additional quilts, in three different styles. Try answering the same questions for each quilt. This is a technique that is pretty useful, no matter the style.
Feel free to post your ideas in the comments section of this post. I would love to hear what you have to say. Refer to the numbers under each photo.
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Stacy Koehler, Secretary, NACQJ
NQA Certified Judge
Qualified to Evaluate Masterpiece Quilts
Stacy Koehler became an NQA Certified Judge in 2005. She is a current member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges and has served as the new organization's Secretary and Editor of the CJ newsletter. She loves quilts and quilters and believes that a well-judged quilt can be a positive influence in its maker's individual development and contribute to the continued growth of the art of quiltmaking.