Marilyn Hardy, NQA CJ
Brief Biography - 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.
For Marilyn quilting is more than a hobby – it is a major focus and passion. She loves making quilts and has won numerous ribbons in quilt shows.
It was through her involvement 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 has also completed the requirements of Master Quilt Judge, and in 2012 was one of three NQA Certified Judges to judge their national show in Columbus, Ohio. She currently serves as Education Chair on the board of the National Quilting Association.
Judging Philosophy – 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 the person who dedicated herself to starting and finishing a quilt.
Serena Stiles Vrnak, NQA CJ, MQJ
Brief Biography - Quilting is Serena’s passion and hobby. She has sewn all her life, and studied Fashion Merchandising at Texas Christian University. Serena entered the judging world in 2007 to promote and encourage this ever changing art form known as quilting. She entered the National Quilting Association Certified Judging program and was ltimately certified in June of 2010. She was awarded Master Quilt Judge status through the NQA program as well as selected to be the 2013-2014 NQA Show Judging Coordinator.
For Serena, NQA Judging Certification meant she could bring to each show the full breathe of knowledge necessary for objectively critiquing a quilt. It became the vehicle to understanding each and every process in order to give entrants an equal opportunity. She believes that knowledge provides understanding, understanding promotes objectivity, and objectivity is fairness to all.
Serena is an active member in many quilt related organizations (NQA, AQS, SAQA, etc.) and her local guild, Quilters Guild of East Texas. She has shown her quilts and won at various shows throughout the region (the Azalea Quilt Show, the Gun Barrel Quilt Show, the Waco Quilt Show, the Trinity Valley Quilt Show, and the Dallas Quilt Show). In 2011 Serena entered the National Quilting Association Quilt Show and won with both quilts. She also enjoys designing her own quilts, or simply adding an original border design to a traditional pattern. Serena is the designer of the ribbon winning 2011 Raffle quilt for her local guild.
Juding for Serena is a process she hopes will encourage, empower and enable all needle artists. She views the critique sheet as a tool and opportunity to communicate with the entrant about their creative endeavor. Serena firmly believes it is an honor to be allowed to critique the work of another.
Judging Philosophy – As a judge I strive to consistently and appropriately apply the elements and principles of design as well as workmanship to each individual quilt. I want to encourage each quilt artist to be her best, to enjoy her work, and the pleasure it brings.