Making a ‘Judges Choice’.

In mid January I had a wonderful opportunity to be one of 3 judges at the Road to California, the first time I had been able to work as a judge in the USA. It is a Judging Floor I know very well, so I was working with friends and as usual we had a terrific selection of quilts that had been juried in, some already major prize winners but others new to all of us. Thanks go to the other judges – Gloria Loughnam and David Taylor – very easy to work with.
One of my favourite tasks is to make a Judges Choice Award, it can go to a quilter who has achieved something I personally like. I have a few rules for myself, I would never give it to someone who has already been awarded a major prize,(not a problem at Road2Ca as this is not allowed), I like excellent use of colour, originality, and doing something difficult.
This time I was very pleased to give my award to Joanne Baeth for Robbers Roost. Her colour is magnificent, the work is technically excellent, and she has managed two light sources with ease although this is considered difficult if not ill advised!

By Joanne Baeth

By Joanne Baeth