Since I was on Dear Jane duty, teaching through the weekend last week, I did not have as much time as usual to just buzz around.
Here are some photos from the shopping area.
Above is my friend Else Margrethe (no blog) shopping at Quiltegaarden.
The photo below is also Quiltegaarden, one of my favourite shops!
Lappemor, Anne Heidi, smiling as always :-)
She is always so sweet and it is always a pleasure to do business with her, online or in real life!
She ships ever so fast whenever I shop there online!
After the Friday night dinner Lilian Hedley from Great Britain gave a very inspiring lecture on Durham Quilting, a travel in English quilt history from 1700 and to today.
Her work is absolutely exquisite!
In the middle of the photo, my dear friend May Britt is holding a corner of a lovely wholecloth quilt.
My friend Bente - a skilled quilter and a great inspiration - is showing her beautiful red and white quilt at Show & Tell.
The block patterns are freebies of Quilteposten online.
Here is one of the secret projects I have been working on this winter :-)
The judging was a bit strange though, in my not so humble opinion.
I got points off for the scallops and for not hand quilting.
The jury is a pottery artist, a quilter that sometimes does traditional (?), but very obviously has her preference in art quilting + the wife of an artist in the area where the jury was formed. She is known for being in many juries and is highly regarded locally obviously (!) Really ????
Well - you would not like me to come and fix your electrical wiring do you ?
I am the wife of an electrician, so I must be skilled - not.
I don’t think this jury knows much about quilt tradition or traditional methods, because all the traditional quilts that got a prize got oral negative remarks at the announcement, but all the art quilts got nothing but praise.
Food for thoughts !!
I am sorry I can not show you any other quilts from the show. We are not allowed to share any photos online.
To bad, because if I did you could get inspired to do new things, or if you live in the area where the annual meeting is held another year, you might want to come and join in the fun!
I am not scared away from entering a quilt in a contest in the future, in spite of the jury not being on the top shelf.
I hope with all my heart that the Norwegian Quilt Association will take Traditional Quilt more serious in the future. This is only the second year Traditional Quilt is a category, and again, in my not so humble opinion, comparing Traditional Quilts and Art Quilt (Open Category) is like comparing bananas and potatoes.
Like we now have 2 categories in the contest we will need 2 juries - one for each category.
Anything else will be hard to take seriously and will not benefit the Norwegian quilters.
I for one could never judge art quilts - I don't know enough about the theme.
I could off course tell what pleases my eyes, but not a thing about techniques and what go into the techniques skill wise.
What I try to tell is that we need people with different skills in the juries - be it different for different categories.
I think skilled juries will add good things to the Norwegian quilt community.
Doing jury work is not only a matter of taste but also a matter of knowledge!
I will do my scallops till all the apples grows the same size, with pride, whenever I think it will give the quilt a lift!
I will continue doing like I Want when I want, and will not do anything to please a jury.
My teacher from primary school, who taught us bias binding on clothes, back in the stone ages, would love my scallops if they are well done - and they are indeed :-)
I will continue to read about and admire traditional quilts and take elements from them into my quilts.
Tradition is a never stopping movement.
Some from the old days and some from today, how I interpret the elements, will be tradition tomorrow :-)
Off my soapbox ;-)