Our Judges

We are pleased to introduce Elinor Burwash and Bonny Voice, the judges for the 2018 Quilt Show. All quilts entered in the show will be eligible for the ribbon(s) and awards offered for the various quilt categories. The judges will also be available to provide a critiquing service for those who have signed up and paid for the service.

Elinor Burwash

Elinor has a life long love of colour and texture, particularly as it applies to textiles. She uses her education in clothing and textiles and adult education as a quilt designer and is a long time teacher of various forms of quilting. Now Elinor can share her knowledge through judging as a CQA/ACC Apprentice Judge. She enjoys working in many quilting genres. Hand appliqué is her long-term passion in both traditional and contemporary styles. For the past few years she has been exploring all aspects of design using innovative designs, materials and embellishments on her quilts.

Bonny Voice

Bonny is a self described fabricoholic and she loves to quilt and sew. A well spent day for her is one spent in her sewing room designing and making her next quilted project. Bonny's been teaching sewing and quilting, for most of her adult life. She's taught across Western Canada and at four Quilt Canada conferences. She's also exhibited her work in numerous shows and galleries. Bonny returns each summer to her home province of Saskatchewan for an extended visit so that she can spend time with her family and friends.



The judges will examine all the quilts in a category to determine which quilt best exemplifies the category.  As the judges review each quilt they will develop a shortlist of those quilts that deserve further consideration for a ribbon, based on the technical criteria and overall impact of the quilt.  The shortlisted contenders for the category will then be subject to further evaluation in an effort to determine which quilt(s) demonstrates the greatest technical quality, overall workmanship and attention to detail. 


We have invited the judges to provide an optional critiquing service for any quilter who desires detailed feedback on their quilt(s).  This service is performed for those who have requested and paid for it in advance of the Quilt Show.  To avoid biasing the judging process in any way, the list of quilts to be critiqued is provided to the judges after the quilts have all been judged.

The judges use a standard form to review key areas of the quilt, including general appearance, design, construction of top, and quilting.  Each area has sub categories that are graded.  Comments are made to provide the quilter feedback on work that is done well and with suggestions for ways to bring their quilts to a higher standard.