Quilt by Shelly Burge
Shelly Burge Toy Sewing Machine

Shelly Burge
Judging Information
Shelly Burge Toy Sewing Machine
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The National Quilting Association, Inc. (NQA) established a program to certify quilt judges in 1979.  By establishing and maintaining this program the NQA strived to assure that quilt judges were qualified to evaluate quilts in any show.  The new National Association of Certified Quilt Judges has been formed and it will continue with the same high standards established by the NQA in the education and certification of quilt judges.  For more information please refer to the NACQJ website at https://www.nacqj.com/.  

To become an NQA certified judge Shelly had to demonstrate experience in judging quilt shows and a wide-ranging knowledge of quilt design, construction, and finishing. On her own initiative she has spent years studying the numerous aspects of quilt making including a wide variety of techniques and quilting styles.  

After four years in the program Shelly became a National Quilting Association Certified Judge in 2014.  In 2017 she fulfilled the standards established by the NQA for the Masterpiece Quilt Award Program and became qualified to evaluate Masterpiece quilts.  She has also juried the IQA show for the Houston Quilt Festival.  

Shelly is a charter member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges.  
Shelly enjoys judging quilt shows and textile art competitions at all levels. She is known for giving thoughtful, constructive, and supportive judging comments.

Judging fees, accommodations and contracts: 

Judging fee is $300 for an eight hour day (including breaks and lunch).  There is a maximum of judging 120 quilts in a day, a fee of $2 per quilt for judging over 120 per day.  If an additional day is not a full eight hour day it can be prorated at $37.50 per hour with a minimum of $150.

The sponsor is responsible for all round trip travel expenses including; mileage (at the current IRS rate on date of travel) or airfare (including mileage round trip if booked from the Omaha airport); plus all parking fees, tolls, airlines luggage fees and meals. The sponsor should furnish non-smoking lodging with a private bath.

Bookings should be confirmed with a written agreement within 30 days.  If the sponsor does not have a contract they can ask Shelly to provide one.

Bookings to lecture and judge may be combined into one trip.