Anna Hergert, Art & Design

My Recent Judging Experience…

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…involved traveling to Tacoma and three days with a wonderful team.

I had no time to unwind, leave alone unpack from teaching long hours at Art Quilt Campus. My adrenaline was pumping, and my energy level didn’t appear too low when I boarded a plane to Tacoma via Vancouver on August 17th. I bid farewell to Marilyn, who spent a night in our home before we took her to the airport to connect with a friend to spend another week in sunny Saskatchewan.

The travel day was good for my voice, it needed some rest and travelers seated next to me kept to themselves after a polite ‘hello’. I arrived at SeaTac by mid afternoon and made my way to the hotel in Tacoma across from the convention Center.

Imagine my delight when my room presented a glorious view of the Tacoma Art Gallery, the Glass Museum and Mount Rainier in the distance. I explored the sights within walking distance  in the sunshine whenever time permitted. (Check out my travel blog for images and descriptions)

Back to the topic at hand, The Quilt Show. My co-judge was Scott Murkin, anvery experienced and respected NQA judge from North Carolina. Scott and I had never met before but we soon communicated well and even completed each others’ sentences when formulating critiques. Our helpers and scribes kept asking if we had worked together in the past. The answer was a simple “no.”

Our task was to judge and provide constructive feedback for 192 quilt entries in 7 categories. These categories were: Art (non-representational), Art (representational), Innovative (large and small), Pictorial (large and small), Traditional Appliqué, Traditional Mixed and Traditional Pieced.

The quality of entries was stellar and made the judging anything but easy. With the small number and three full days to formulate critiques we were grateful for the amount of time allotted for each category. Each entry was carefully examined, assessed on the following criteria: Design, construction, quilting and finishing. We were able to provide between five and seven comments per quilt, which is not a standard practice normally due to time constraints and the timing of most shows.

The Best of Show was awarded to Marilyn Badger’s quilt
“SuperStar”, from the Traditional Mixed category.  It measures 77″ x 77.”  Marilyn is from St. George, Utah (…and yes, she spelled the title with the capital S in the middle and it’s all one one word!).

“America Let It Shine” by Sherry Reynolds of Laramie,  Wyoming (a stunning red white and blue quilt) won Viewers’ Choice.

The show was well received by the public with plenty of “oohs and ahhs” going on all over the quilt exhibitions” according to Jane Moxey.


Thank you to Jane Moxey for sending the photos of Scott Murkin, my co-judge, and me in front of the Best of Show Quilt “SuperStar”. We didn’t look too tired after three full days in the judging hall…

Another big thank you goes to Elizabeth Spannring CQA and NQA certified judge and Pacific West Quilt Show Coordinator. She assembled a stellar professional team to scribe and help, many of these volunteers certified judges themselves. I appreciate to have been asked. After Sherri Driver of Colorado had to withdraw her name Elizabeth approached me. My calendar had the dates open (barely) and I jumped at the opportunity to help out my colleague.


This entry was published on September 2, 2013 at 6:38 am. It’s filed under Art, Creativity Update, Design, Exhibition, Quilt Judging, Quilt Show, Travel and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “My Recent Judging Experience…

  1. I went down for the show and was extremely impressed by the quality of work that was shown – you and Scott had no easy job!
    The show was very inspiring.


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