To Judge or Not to Judge…(Quilt) Show and Tell

Threads for sale at quilt market

Everyone loves going to a quilt show!

Between walking the aisles of inspiring quilts, searching through stacks of vintage quilt blocks for sale, and taking the latest longarm quilting machine for a test drive, a quilt show is a much-anticipated event for all involved.

Every imaginable sewing machine, fabric line, and sewing notion is available on the vendor floor.

Every imaginable sewing machine, fabric line, and sewing notion is available on the vendor floor.

What show is for you?

Most beginning quilters first attend and show their work at local guild shows before they venture to national venues. Whether you are a quilt show newbie and are planning on attending a local guild event to get your feet wet, or a seasoned show hopper (how many flights to Houston have you made???) Episode 5 of The Quilting Company Podcast will inspire you to broaden your horizons and look into not only attending a show, but also consider showing your work and having it judged.

Quilt Market is an industry trade show, also organized by Quilts, Inc.

Quilt Market is an industry trade show, also organized by Quilts, Inc.

Putting on the show!

Join podcast co-host Tracy Moony as she talks with Bob Ruggiero, one of the organizers of the largest quilt show in the United States: International Quilt Festival, Houston. Bob shares a wealth of information about the history of Quilt Festival, how the 1,600+ show quilts are stored and protected from the elements, and even a few tips for quilt show organizers. He also talks about Quilt Market (the quilting industry trade show, also organized by Quilts, Inc.) and the massive undertaking of running back-to-back events over the course of two weeks every autumn. These are “bucket list” experiences for many quilters, and the insider’s view from Bob’s perspective is sure to be an eye-opener.

Carrie Sisk, Vanessa Lyman, and Vivika Hansen DeNegre also chat about quilting TVshows. Learn about the preparation, implementation, and dedication it takes to bring these wonderful shows to a PBS station near you!

QATV host Susan Brubaker Knapp shared the show’s 10th-anniversary cake with the cast and crew.

QATV host Susan Brubaker Knapp shared the show’s 10th-anniversary cake with the cast and crew.

To judge or not to judge?

Lastly, join the conversation about quilt show judging and learn why the editorial staff at The Quilting Company does (or doesn’t!) opt in for that option when sending their quilts to shows.

As always, the Quilting Company Podcast features lively discussion filled with humor, humanity, and… lots and lots of quilts! For more information about this episode, check out our show notes.

Want to know more about the Quilting Company Podcast?

You can listen to this episode here at The Quilting Company or subscribe to the Quilting Company Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts so you’ll never miss an episode. Why not gather your friends to listen together? It will be like you’re all in the room with Lori, Carrie, and Tracy as their guests, stitching away at the quilt frame!

Stay tuned and don’t forget to head over to The Quilting Company Podcast page to listen to the next episode as we discuss how quilters pass on the legacy of their craft to the next generation. Episode 6 is available 4/24/19.

And a big “Thank You” to our sponsor, Husquvarna Viking!

The Quilting Company Editorial Team

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