Quilt Show Judges

All quilts entered into a judged category of the show will be examined for overall workmanship and appearance.  Two judges certified by the National Quilting Association will evaluate each quilt with others in its category and select the award winners.  Ribbons will be awarded in each judged category for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention when deemed worthy by the judges.  Special awards include Best of Show, Laurene Sinema Award for Outstanding Workmanship, Excellent Use of Color, Exemplary Hand Quilting, Exemplary Machine Quilting (Stationary Machine), Exemplary Machine Quilting (Track-Mounted Machine), Judges Choice Awards.


Meet the Judges for the 2017 Quilt Show

Kate Eelkema has many interests, but her two passions are quilting and children’s literature. After spending several years as an elementary Media Specialist, she is now the volunteer librarian at the elementary school she attended as a child. She is a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, and is a qualified instructor of the Introduction to Quilt Judging Seminar. Besides judging quilts and giving quilting lectures, she is often working on some project or committee for the Minnesota Quilters organization. Kate splits her time between Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Big Sky, Montana.


Andi Perejda achieved her NQA judge’s certification in 2003 and is also a Master Quilt Judge. She has judged quilt competitions in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, Nevada, Nebraska, Michigan, Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and California.  Andi is currently the communications chair for the recently formed National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ), a group of professional quilt judges who will carry on the work of the NQA judging program.

Quilting is Andi’s passion and her works have been shown nationally and internationally.  Her work has won Best of Show, First in Art Quilts, Merit Hand Quilting, Applique Master, McCall’s Hand Workmanship Award and the NQA Mary Krickbaum Award.  She teaches two classes on www.Craftsy.com.  Her website is www.andiperejda.com.



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