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Judging Services

I take my responsibilities as a judge very seriously, knowing that I have a duty to be fair to all quilts entered in a show.  Each quilt judged is the precious record of a quiltmaker and their creative talents.  It is not only my role to identify the best quilts for awards, but it is my goal to provide substantive comments of both praise and constructive criticism for each entrant.  I view judging as an educational vehicle to aid in the improvement of skills among quiltmakers.  During judging I not only look for quilts which exhibit excellent workmanship and design, but also a personal reflection of the quiltmaker which gives it a unique or unexpected twist.


Services for judging include examination of quilts at your location with comments for each entry.  Determination of awards for each category and any special awards as set forth by the sponsoring quilt show.  The daily fee also includes assistance with writing category definitions, design of comment sheets, and suggestions for organization of the judging process if needed.


Judging fees are $350.00 per day with reimbursement for all travel and lodging expenses.  These expenses include meals, airfare, airport parking, hotel shuttle buses and round trip mileage from Kendallville, IN to the airport.  Mileage is based on the current IRS rate at the time of the event. Preferred lodging is in a smoke and pet free environment.  Small quilt shows close to Kendallville, IN should inquire about reduced rates.

Guide to Judged Quilt Shows - Non Member Price

The Guide to Judged Quilt Shows  is written by seven NQA certified quilt judges. It contains thorough, up-to-date information on how to stage a judged quilt show. Among the many topics addressed in this book you will find: How to set up a judging room. What to look for in a quilt show venue. How to hire and contract with a quilt judge A handy timeline for all events associated with the quilt show.

The Guide to Judged Quilt Shows was originally published by the National Quilting Association and is available through Loving Stitches (contact me to obtain a copy.)

"Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better."
 Pat Riley

Maribeth Schmit and Doris Goins
NQA Certified Judges
Photo by Marilyn Karper © 2009


I am always available to answer questions or provide further information  about your judging event.  However, if you are interested in studying more about
  • process of quilt judging
  • challenges of being a judge
  • criteria used to judge quilts
  • how to become a certified judge
then you may find the following resources of help to you. 

Christopherson, Katy, Judging Quilts

Erbach, et al., Guide to Judged Shows

Morris,Patricia, The Judges Task

Professional Quilter Magazine

Quilting Quarterly, Journal of NQA, Inc.

www.conniesilber.com/judging.php (Connie Silber, Certified Quilt Judge)

Spears, Jeannie, The Challenge of Judging

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