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Quilt Show Judges

Renowned Judges will be choosing winners at the juried Sauder Village Quilt Show.

Sue Cortese, NACQJ

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Sue CorteseSue Cortese is a quilter, fabric dyer, long-arm quilter, teacher, vendor and a quilt judge. Sue grew up in Buffalo, New York and attended State University of New York at Fredonia.  She began quilting and dyeing fabric in 1995 while living in Green River, WY.  Her original quilting goal was to make a quilt in every style and pattern. This goal has lead Sue to experiment with various techniques and styles over the years. On her third or fourth quilt, she started going her own way and altering designs and patterns – wanting her quilts to be unique. Thus, she began changing the colors, dyeing her own fabric, and using different borders and settings.  Sue enjoys traditional quilts as well as art quilts, machine quilting as well as hand quilting, bright colors as well as toned . . . why limit yourself!

After moving from Wyoming to West Michigan, she began working and teaching at a quilt shop taking full advantage of nationally known teachers brought by the local quilt guild.   Sue was asked to help develop a local quilt show shortly after she started quilting. During that show she scribed for a quilt judge and was inspired to learn more about the judging process and what makes a ribbon winning quilt. She is now a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) and has judged shows both independently and as a member of a team.

Sue enjoys experiencing the creative breadth of the quilts she sees as a quilt show judge. “Quilt judging is a study of good, better and best,” Sue shared. “Both knowledge of various techniques and design principles are key. Quilt judging acknowledges accomplishments as well as encourages quilters while advancing the art of quilting.”

Sue’s work has been recognized in local and regional quilt shows, AQS Shows, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Muskegon Museum of Art, and Form Not Function.  She is a member of the West Michigan Quilt Guild, National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, American Quilter's Society, Surface Design Association, Studio Art Quilt Association, and TAFA List.  


Doris Goins, NACQJ    

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Doris Goins became a Certified Quilt Judge in 2005 by the National Quilting Association and in 2015, she was certified by the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. She is currently the treasurer for this organization. Doris travels the US judging large and small shows, and presenting workshops and lectures.

Doris takes care to be fair to all quilts entered in a show; recognizing that each is a record of a quilt maker and their creative talents. She looks for excellence in workmanship and design.