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​Awards & Judging


First Place winners for each technique receive a ribbon and limited-edition stoneware plate designed by Historic Village potter, Mark Nafziger. Second and Third Place and Honorable Mention ribbon winners are also selected for each technique. Best of Show winners are picked for large and small quilts.

Additional specialty ribbons are awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Hand Quilting
  • Best Home Machine Quilting
  • Best Longarm/Midarm Quilting
  • Color Usage
  • Traditional
  • Judge's Choice
  • People's Choice – Large, Medium (NEW AWARD), and Small Quilts
  • NACQJ Award of Merit – NEW AWARD

People’s Choice...
Three People’s Choice ribbon awards will be awarded; one for Large, Medium, and Small Quilts. Ballots will be available at the information table during the show and may be submitted by the viewing public. All exhibited quilts, whether judged or "for exhibit only," are eligible for this award. Voting for this award will be open until the show closes on Friday, May 3, 2024. The People’s Choice ribbons will be displayed on the winning quilts during the show on Saturday, May 4, 2024. The People’s Choice winners will be posted online within a week of the end of the show.

(NEW!) NACQJ Award of Merit…
The National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) will offer their prestigious Award of Merit at the 2024 Quilt Show. The Award of Merit is awarded by an NACQJ certified judge to recognize excellence in quilt making. One ribbon may be awarded per judge at their discretion.


Judging of the quilts will be done by category and completed by judges before the show opens. Judges reserve the right to change a quilt’s category when another category seems more appropriate. After all categories are judged, the “Best of Show Small Quilt” and "Best of Show Large Quilt" will be selected from all first prize winners. In the final phase of judging, all quilts entered for judging will be considered for the “Best Hand Quilting”, “Best Home Sewing Machine Quilting” and “Best Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilting” awards. Each judge may choose one quilt for the “Judge's Choice.”

Note: Written judging evaluations are not provided for this show. 

Exhibit Only Entries...The Masters Showcase and Youth categories are for exhibit only and will not be judged or eligible for any prizes or ribbons, except for the People’s Choice Ribbon Award. Other quilts registered "for exhibit only" will also not be judged or eligible for any prizes or ribbons, except for the People’s Choice Award. Special Exhibit quilts are not eligible for any prizes, ribbons or awards, including People's Choice.

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Meet the Judges

Doris Goins, NACQJ

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.

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Lisa Schreck

Lisa Schreck has judged quilt shows throughout Florida and North Carolina with national certification completed in 2023. She has recently relocated to her home state of Ohio and looks forward to sharing her love of quilting with local guilds and quilt shops. 

Lisa has been sewing and crafting for most of her life. Textile needle crafts are her passion and include machine sewing, hand-embroidery, cross-stitch, and crochet. While Lisa has received numerous recognitions, she is most enthusiastic about learning and trying new techniques. She finds the challenge of judging to be an opportunity for continued growth in both technical quilt making and critical evaluation skills.

In judging, Lisa aims to celebrate the accomplishments of quilters at all skill levels while encouraging excellence in workmanship and design. Quilters continually inspire her with their creativity and attention to detail.