Quilt Tulsa 2016 NQA Certified Judges
♦Shelly Burge   ♦ Cindy Erickson   ♦Susan Whatley

Shelly Burge
LIncoln, Nebraska

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Shelly began quilting in 1973, and has been teaching quilting classes for more than thirty years. She is an author, pattern designer, teacher and lecturer who loves to travel.  After entering her work in numerous national and regional quilt shows she came to appreciate the judge’s evaluations.  She was encouraged by their positive remarks and appreciated the comments referring to areas that needed improvement.  Shelly began judging locally in 2004 at guild quilt shows and quilt exhibits at county fairs.   She has also juried the International Quilt Association show for the Houston Quilt Festival.  After four years of study she became a National Quilting Association Certified Judge in 2014. www.shellyburge.com

Cindy Erickson
Omaha, Nebraska

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Cindy began sewing in Jr. High Home Economics, making her own clothes and crafts. She officially became a quilter when she was introduced to the rotary cutter and half-square triangle in 1985. She was an interior decorator for 8 years in Arizona and Utah. She began making and selling appliquéd wall-hangings, clothing and crafts as a home business and found her interests expanding to include teaching quilting and making commission pieces. Today, she makes samples for major companies like P&B, Springs, RJR, and Quiltmaker magazine.

Cindy is very involved in several local quilt guilds and has held the office of president for the Omaha Quilters Guild.  She has served as Chairman of the Steering/Long Range Planning Committee for several years. A member of the Nebraska State Quilt Guild, Omaha Quilters’ Guild, Cottonwood Quilt Guild, The Appliqué Society, NQA and AQS, she is very active in the local and national quilt family. She was the local co-chairman for the 1999 National Quilting Association Show in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cindy became a National Quilting Association Certified Quilt Judge in 1998.  She has judged for local and national shows around the country.

She is currently teaching quilting and specialty clothing classes at Bernina Sewing Center in Omaha. She specializes in teaching rotary and sewing machine skills in all aspects of quilt making to all skill levels and teaches several wearable art classes.  “Professional Quilter Magazine” nominated her for National Teacher of the Year in 2009.

She has co-authored books and line of Block of the Month patterns with Jo Morton. One of the patterns was featured on the cover of “Keepsake Quilting Catalog”, spring 2001. She has been published in “Quiltmaker”, “Fons and Porters” magazines and Leisure Arts publications.  Cindy’s quilts have been shown in AQS, Houston, PIQS and NQA.

Today Cindy balances being a busy quilter with enjoying her 2 grandsons and going fishing as often as possible!  www.cindyerickson.com

Susan Whatley
Houston, Texas

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Susan has been a quilt maker since 1985 and has been judging quilts since 1999.  She became a National Quilting Association (NQA) Certified Judge in 2005.  Susan has judged quilt shows on the local, regional, and national level.  She has also been serving as a Masterpiece Quilt judge since 2008.

As a quilt judge, Susan recognizes that each quilt represents someone’s hard work and dedication and deserves to be judged with an open mind.  Personal preferences are set aside when judging quilts and Susan strives to make constructive comments on every quilt that will encourage the quilter in her/his future endeavors.

An active member of the National Quilting Association (NQA), Susan served as the NQA Quilt Show Registrar for 5 years and on the NQA Board for 3 years.  Susan served on the North Carolina Quilt Symposium board for 6 years. In addition to her membership in NQA, she is currently a member of the Bay Area Quilt Guild, the American Quilting Society, and the International Quilting Association.

Susan’s initial interest was traditional bed quilts, but recently she has designed and made contemporary quilts and wall hangings.  Her most recent quilting activities have been the study of the many techniques used in art quilts.

In addition to quilt making, Susan is an accomplished basket weaver and knitter.  She and her late husband Marvin have seven children, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.