This year we are proud to welcome Lisa back as one of our show's quilt judges. She will also be appraising quilts for people who wish to schedule with her. Download the Appraisal Application from the Applications page and follow those instructions.
Lisa has a Master of Arts degree in Public Communication from the University of North Texas. She is a quilt collector, an AQS Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles, lecturer, quilt show judge, teacher and quilt historian. If that's not enough to make her tired, she also owns Le Retreat House in Gainesville, Texas.
Even though she learned to sew as a child, she did not become a quilter until 1991 and never looked back. She is a past president of the American Quilt Study Group, speaks internationally, teaches, judges quilt shows, and much more.
She wrote the pattern instructions for quilts made by AQSG members and published in the 2013 book “Revival! A Study of Early 20th Century Colonial Revival Quilts” published by Kansas City Star Books. She served as the designer for the latest AQSG book: “In War Time: A Study of Civil War Era Quilts 1850 – 1865.”
More information can be found about Lisa on her website https://www.lequilts.com/.
Marilyn Hardy of Tyler, Texas was one of the founding members of the Quilters Guild of East Texas. Through the years she has served her guild in many capacities, including president, quilt show chairman, judging coordinator, and newsletter editor. For her service to the guild, she was honored with a lifetime membership.
It was through her volunteering as quilt show judging coordinator that Marilyn became interested in the process of judging quilt shows. She began judging and went further to become a National Quilting Association Certified Judge in 2008. She is one of the charter members of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges.
For Marilyn quilting is more than a hobby—it is a major focus, and her judging is an outgrowth of her passion for quilts. Marilyn explains, “As a quilt show judge, I recognize, reward, and encourage excellence in quilt design, workmanship, and creativity. My hope is that the comments I make as a judge will be insightful, helpful, and encouraging to those quilters who have dedicated themselves to starting and finishing a quilt.”