Judging

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Connie S. Silber, is a professional Quilter, NQA Certified Quilt Judge and member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ), Quilting Lecturer, and
Quilting Teacher. She started her sewing career doing custom sewing and alterations in her home. That venture led to her position as Professional Stitcher for the Theater Arts Department at Texas A&M University from 1988-91. She checked a book out from the public library and made quilts for her two sons. She saw an advertisement for a quilt show from the local guild and entered both quilts.

After receiving terrible critiques on her work, she went to the guild to see what she had done that was so awful. She joined the Brazos Bluebonnet Quilt Guild, in Bryan Texas, and took every class the guild offered. Due to this wonderful exposure to all kinds of quilts, quilting, and quilt making techniques she found her creative outlet. Her quilts have won awards in her local guild, Dallas, San Antonio, Indiana Heritage, Home Machine Quilting Show, and the National Quilting Association. Her work has been featured in “American Quilter” and “Needlearts.” Her “Ombree Garden” was part of the NQA Certified Judge’s Exhibit ‘Color Journey’ that toured the country for almost two years.

As Connie’s interests in quilting grew, so did her fascination with the judging process for quilt shows. In June 2008, she satisfied the requirements and was certified as a National Quilting Association Certified Judge of Quilting. Subsequently, she satisfied the requirements and is NQA qualified to evaluate Masterpiece Quilts. She became a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) in 2015 when it took over the NQA certified judging program. There are currently 76 NACQJ certified judges in the US.

Connie believes that her job as a judge is to educate and encourage quilters of all skill levels. The quilter who has her/his work judged fairly and honestly will benefit from the experience and it will reflect in all her/his future work. The ribbons and awards arewonderful, but the encouragement to every quilter is the ultimate gift of a well- judged show.

Besides judging, lecturing and teaching she designs and makes custom quilts. Living in central Texas, She is fortunate to have the Dallas, San Antonio, Austin Quilt Shows and the Houston International Quilt Festival relatively close.