WPT Quilt Expo – Quilt Judging with Carol Butzke

I’m certain that many of you
have been to a quilt show and have admired the sea of
finely crafted quilts. In every show that I’ve attended
the Best of Show quilt has always been displayed
front and center. Ever wonder how judges choose
the best of the best? I caught up with
one of the judges at the Quilt Expo
in Madison who explains
the process. We’re here at the Quilt Expo
in Madison, Wisconsin to show you
the Best of Show quilt. To share how a quilt
is judged why this quilt was chosen
as Best of Show is Carol Butzke an authorized quilt appraiser
and judge. Welcome. Thank you,
I’m glad to be here. And I’m glad to be part of
the judging team for this show which has gotten, certainly
national/international acclaim with the quilts that we’re
seeing here every year. I am AQS certified quilted
textile appraiser. And the hat I was wearing
yesterday during the judging was that of
a National Quilting Association certified judge. And this was the Best of Show
that we’ve chosen. And it’s amazing, by Mary Bovia
from Greenwood, Indiana. And it’s called
Once Upon a Time. And it is
a storybook. You can see that the whole
structure of the quilt is based on an open
storybook with the bottom part there
where the book is open and laid open. And it’s
a fantasy which we can all relate to,
the unicorns and the castles,
etc. And she’s done
an amazing job both in style
and in design but also in her workmanship
which is pristine. It’s needle turn applique
for the most part. The mane on
the unicorn the body,
the flowers all turned under,
hand stitched. It’s phenomenal
workmanship. And then there is
satin stitching traditional applique. Carol, point out
some of the things that tell
our viewers what is so striking
about this quilt. It’s the layer of
detailing. Each item that
she has gone to she has taken
to the nth degree of looking at detail. This attention to detail is so
wonderful. We have a variety
of fabrics including a very
raised fabric here that is used for those
particular flowers we have overlays
of netting for the little
fairies’ wings. We have a gnome down there
which represents her husband. We have a lot of
metallic work a metallic satin stitch
around the flowers which is exceedingly difficult
to execute. But this is her own drawing,
her own work. The tiny, tiny
stippling that’s done on
the borders or in each area
is phenomenal. It’s minute. [laughing] I couldn’t possibly
begin to do this type of quilting,
so I just admire it. And I do too,
I think it’s phenomenal. And it’s most enjoyable
to be able to enjoy this and be able to have people
to enjoy her work. Now, you know, it’s called
Once Upon a Time and her selection
of fabrics really carries through
the theme. It does indeed and she picked a lot of fabrics
that were representational the walkway to the castle,
the castle itself the flowers, the shading
of the flowers. Some of them are
three-dimensional in that the petals are
pre-folded as we talked about the gossamer wings
on the little fairy. So everything was
taken into context of what she needed to go do
and what she needed to find to be able to get
the right thing to explain what she was
doing in her composition. When we talk
about quilts some are
bed quilts some are
wall quilts. And this certainly is
an art quilt and it’s not your grandmother’s
type of quilting. No, it’s not but that’s what’s so exciting
about quilting because it’s constantly
moving forward. And now we’re looking into
the modern quilts and that whole movement
is gaining momentum. But the wonderful things,
just even in this show the variety of things
that are here. What people are doing
with fabric what they are doing
with different styles just blows
one’s mind. If you’re interested in seeing
what’s new in quilting where you may
want to go forward my suggestion
and our suggestion to you is go to
a quilt show because you will be
inspired you will pick up some
tidbits. I’d never be able to quilt like
Mary Bovia but I am inspired by her
work of art and her selection
of fabrics. And I’m sure you are too,
Carol. Absolutely, and you always
learn something new when you look at
the pieces. Very well put. Well, thank you
for being our guest thank you
for being a judge. And you have an admirable
position but a difficult position,
I’d say. Indeed. Okay, well thank you, Carol,
thank you for being my guest. Special thanks to Carol Butzke
for giving us insight into Mary Bovia’s quilt,
Once Upon a Time. It’s an amazing quilt. Well, remember that you can
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