Kathi Eubank has worked in judging rooms — local to national — for several years and is a National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ) certified quilt judge. For over ten years she worked on the show committee for Machine Quilters Showcase (MQS®) where she was Judging Room Coordinator from 2011-2016. Kathi also served on the Board of Directors for International Machine Quilters Association from 2014-2016 and was Managing Editor of On Track! Magazine from 2011 to 2016.
Kathi is a national award-winning longarm quilter who applies her knowledge and expertise of quilting when judging. Her attention to detail allows her to efficiently evaluate the quilts that she judges while taking into consideration that each and every quilt is special to its maker. Kathi also offers guild lectures and classes on what a judge looks for when examining a quilt and what it takes to become an award-winning quilter.
Kathi’s first experience working with certified quilt judges was during a volunteer opportunity at Machine Quilters Showcase. And what an experience it was! The judges’ work was fascinating to Kathi. The knowledge they showed in all aspects of quilting was mind-boggling and inspired Kathi to become a candidate in the NQA Judges Certification Program. At that time, the National Quilting Association (NQA) was the only national organization with a certification program.
The self-guided study process to become a certified job is rigorous and requires time, effort, and dedication. The candidate must complete comprehensive written documentation showcasing knowledge of all quilting techniques as well as design elements. After successfully passing the paperwork section, the candidate then must pass an oral exam conducted by three Certified Judges.
If the journey to become certified wasn’t stressful enough, in the fall of 2015 when Kathi was finalizing her paperwork for submission, NQA dissolved. Panic set in! After all those hours spent on research and writing, there was no longer an organization certifying judges. But that panic was short-lived as the Certified Judges (CJs) quickly formed their own independent organization: the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ). All NQA certifications were transferred to NACQJ. The new organization agreed to honor the once-per-year deadline for paperwork submission. So with a December deadline looming in the not too distant future, Kathi put the finishing touches on her paperwork. By February she learned that her paperwork had passed.
In June 2017, NACQJ partnered with the Minnesota Quilters show in Duluth, MN. Kathi paneled at that show and became the first to qualify as a certified judge by NACQJ. She happily joins the many CJs who have the distinction of being both NQA and NACQJ certified judges.