Friday, March 29, 2019

Judging the Batting Brigade Quilt Show

Yesterday I was privileged to  judge the Batting Brigade Quilt Show, in Florence, AL. The guild has about 100 members and the show has about 80 quilts. It took most of the day to select the best of the best, not an easy task.

The judging is "blind", meaning all I know is what category the quilt is in, and each category is judged as a whole. Best of Show is selected from all the First Place quilts in each category.

Some of these photos were taken just before it was time for me to leave, many of the ribbons were not yet in place, nor the placards with the quilt information, so I am not able to give credit at the moment. I hope to get this information and will update this post to recognize the maker and quilter.

Best of Show: from category 2, Bed Quilts-Individual-Hand Quilted:

Made by Margaret Miller

Best Machine Quilting:

Quilted by Terri Rogers

Pieced by Jane Barcomb

Best Hand Quilting:
 Made by Margaret Miller

Best Use of Color:

Pieced by Kate Basden
Best Piecing:
Made by Connie Ramsey

Best Applique':
Made by Margaret Miller

Judges' Choice--the one I would take home if I could:

Made by Claudetta Henderson

A few more you might enjoy:

Straight Line Quilting is very effective here

Simple design, simple quilting, very well done

Very large pieces, the quilting was just the right touch 

Very simple design--the elaborate quilting draws you in for a closer look

Just a small detail of the quilting

A cheerful, happy quilt

Simple, effective--I guessed correctly, this is an Auburn quilt
First Place Miniature, excellent piecing

Honorable Mention Miniature, teeny weeny logs, about 1/8" each
If you are anywhere in the North Alabama area, try to see this show:

2019 Quilts by the River Quilt Show
March 29-30, 2019, 10-5 both days, $5 admission

Edgemont United Methodist Church
1330 Eauclaire Ave
Florence, AL 35630

At 10 and 2 there will be a bed turning with one of their most prolific quilters, Linda Sherrod--looks like an event to see.

Let's quilt!



  1. Margaret's applique is WONDERFUL! That was my first technique that I wanted to do as a quilter. Congratulation to all who entered. Sorry I can't make the show.

  2. Looks like a great show--and I am with you on the one you would take home. :)

  3. Lots of flying geese on the judges choice! Wow!

  4. Looking forward to the show tomorrow!

  5. Spectacular work on all quilts. Such patience and skill went in to all. It's hard to pick just one. So much talent in all of the beautiful quilts. Good job you can all be proud. Can hardly wait until the next show.

  6. Hi ...iso enjoy your blog and TQS help...but I’m just blown away by the Dresden plate quilt shown in this weeks blog, any idea if there is a pattern on the market

    1. I will ask my contact at the guild to check with the maker and get back to you.

      Susan, the maker listed this as the source for the pattern.

  7. thanks for sharing these wonderful quilts! what a great variety.