|Voter's Choice Quilt Block|
For April, the Quilters' Book Club is reading and discussing The Quilter's Apprentice by Jennifer Chiaverini. Sarah McClure helps set up for the Waterford Summer Quilt Festival. Sarah wonders how the judges decide which quilts get a ribbon. Summer explains: "There are six categories according to style and size, with ribbons for first, second, and third place in each category. Then there's Best of Show, which means exactly that: the best quilt out of all categories. Each of the four judges also gets to pick a Judge's Choice, and then there's Viewers' Choice. . . My mom won one of those a few years ago, and she said it was the highest honor any one of her quilts had ever received."
"That's because judges' methods are utterly inscrutable," Gwen said. You might make an absolutely stunning quilt, but a judge might disregard it if you quilted it by machine rather than by hand, or for some other reason whose grounds are wholly personal."
Bonnie sighed. "Now Gwen, be fair."
"Who's not being fair? I didn't mean to suggest that judges make arbitrary choices, just that matters of personal taste strongly influence how we evaluate art. That being the case, I'd prefer the appreciation of a broad range of people, quilters and nonquilters alike, rather than the stamp of approval from a few select so-called experts."
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