Judging is a serious process for me. Each quilter works long and hard on their piece and it deserves my full attention. The judge's written critique is an important learning tool for the entrant and it is my opportunity to convey to the maker what they have successfully accomplished and areas that require attention. I anticipate and look for excellence in workmanship which supports the design expressions of the quiltmaker. I am continually amazed at the innovative ways quilters construct and express their design ideas.
I participate in awarding the NACQJ ribbon as my way to encourage all quilters and to also acknowledge outstanding efforts. The award is not meant to compete with the Best of Show or other specialty awards a guild may award. The NACQJ award is given to a quilt of a Judge's choosing that demonstrates "Outstanding Achievement in Quiltmaking".
It is a successful way to recognize and reward fine quilts, some of which would not have otherwise received a ribbon. Winning quiltmakers are invited to submit photos of their quilts for possible posting on the NACQJ website.
All NACQJ Certified Judges have the option to award this special ribbon to a deserving quilt in any show he/she judges, with prior approval of the show sponsor or judging chair. There is no cost or obligation to the show sponsors.