About the only thing good about February is the Olympics. I have to confess that I’m an Olympics junkie.

Every two years I’m glued to the TV set watching as many of the competitions that I, with the help of my recorder, can. I enjoy the Winter Olympics better than the summer ones, but I watch them both voraciously.

Unfortunately, this addiction to watching TV for two weeks straight takes a heavy toll on my quilting. As soon as they’re finished, I’ll have to lock myself in my quilting room and not come out until I catch up on my client’s quilting. It’s a good thing my husband is a good cook!

February is what I would call a pretty slow month as far as quilting goes. The spring quilt shows haven’t started yet, and with any luck you’ve finished any holiday projects lingering from December.

This would be the perfect time to start a new project, or perhaps, finish that quilt you’ve been working on forever.

The Crossroads to Texas Quilt Guild will be holding its quilt show in September this year. That’s six months to finish a quilt to enter it in the show. You don’t have to be a member of the Guild to enter your quilt in their show. Details will be on their web site in the near future. Go to cttquiltguild.org. Their web site also lists all the lectures and workshops that are coming up.

Registration and payments can all be accomplished on line. They have some great teachers coming to our area to present their skills and knowledge with us. Check them out.

During the February meeting of the Guild, Connie Duffey presented a wonderful program regarding what judges look for when they judge a quilt. Connie has been working with other judges in order to earn her judging certificate and she was generous in sharing with us all that the judging process entails. But what it really winds down to is, pay attention to the details.

She shared stories where a quilt won best of show, even though it did not have the best quilting. But the rest of the quilt was outstanding. So if, while constructing and quilting your quilt, you put the very best workmanship into it that you can, that’s all you can do. The rest is up to the judges.

One other factor to consider is what show you are entering. The quilts that will be present at one show will not be at another show you may enter. Also, there will be other judges at different shows. So. just because your quilt did not earn a ribbon at one show, don’t let that stop you from entering it in a different show.

The object of entering your quilt in a show, besides the chance to win a ribbon, is to get feedback from the judges.

Some quilters don’t enter their quilt because they are afraid of what a judge will say about their quilt. Use this opportunity for growth, not criticism!

So if you’re suffering from a little cabin fever these cold months, use it to your advantage and start a new project OR get out that top you’ve stuffed in the corner of your closet and get it finished in time for the show in September.

Nancy C. JUDD is a Herald correspondent.

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