In 1979, the National Quilting Association, Inc. (NQA) established a program to certify quilt judges. This program seeks to assure that quilt judges are qualified to evaluate quilts in any show, whether National, regional or guild.
To be certified, you must demonstrate experience judging quilt shows and knowledge in all areas of quilt design, construction, and finishing. For more details see What to Expect.
You are entitled to use the initials NQACJ professionally, and to use your status as a Certified Judge as proof of your competence.
You receive a certificate, wallet card and a Certified Judge's pin.
You enjoy opportunities to assist with the judging process at the annual NQA show held in Columbus, Ohio.
Your name is included on the list of Certified Judges posted on this website. Your name will be shared with interested parties who request a list, who may be searching for judges to assist with quilt shows.
The process of becoming a CJ can be an enriching learning experience in itself allowing you to learn from other certified judges and participate in one of the largest non-juried shows in the United States.
New in 2014: NQACJ Award of Merit
If professionalism, experience, and integrity were not sufficient reasons alone to secure an NQA certified quilt judge to judge your group’s show, here’s another incentive—the brand new NQACJ Award of Merit. With prior approval of the show coordinator or sponsor, NQA certified judges have the option of awarding this special ribbon to a deserving quilt in any show he/she might judge. At the judge’s discretion, it will be awarded to one quilt achieving recognized standards of quiltmaking excellence. This ribbon is not meant to conflict with any other show awards, but will be an encouraging addition to them, at no cost or obligation to the show sponsors.
The NQACJ Award of Merit is yet another way NQA strives to recognize and reward fine quilts. Makers of Award of Merit winning quilts will be presented a letter of congratulations in addition to a lovely rosette ribbon. They will also be invited to post photos of their quilts on the NQA website and to enter them in the annual NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information and details on this award, please contact NQA certified judge Christine N. Brown at email@example.com.
Are you an Award of Merit winner? Congratulations! Please download, complete and submit the WEB SITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA PERMISSION AGREEMENT. (All directions can be found on the form.)