2018 Quilt Show Judges


Tara Faughnan

Tara Faughnan is a professional freelance textile designer and quilter living and working in Oakland, CA. She started to quilt around 2001 and along the way, her love of quilting led to school and a career in textile design, with clients including Michael Miller Fabrics and Pottery Barn Kids. Tara draws inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colors of textiles from around the world, and the freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional quilts. She uses simple geometry, complex color interaction and always strives to find the line that exists somewhere between harmony and discord.


Melanie Falick

Melanie Falick (melaniefalick.com) has been working in the world of craft/ creativity for nearly 25 years. From 2003 - 2015 she was publishing director of STC Craft / Melanie Falick Books, an Abrams imprint, where she collaborated with extraordinary authors including Kaffe Fassett, Natalie Chanin, Denyse Schmidt, Sherri Lynn Wood, Heather Ross, Heather Jones, Lotta Jansdotter, and Roderick Kiracofe.  She is currently writing Making a Life, a book about the role of making by hand in our lives. She is author of five previous books, including Knitting in America, Kids Knitting, and Weekend Knitting, with 400,000+ books in print. She is also an editorial/creative consultant for indie authors and traditional publishers and writes the Beginnings column for Uppercase.


Beverly Fine

Beverly Fine became a dedicated quilter in 1996. She became an NQA Certified Judge in 2003 and the NQA Judges Certification Program Coordinator from 2008–2012 and 2015–2016. Upon learning that the NQA planned to dissolve as of December 31, 2015, Beverly became a member of the four-person transition team to organize the new National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. Beverly co-authored the Guide to Judged Quilt Shows, and she is currently the Masterpiece Quilt Coordinator for the NACQJ, with the mandate to recognize the very highest quality of work being done today among quiltmakers.

Becoming a judge was a natural extension of Beverly’s nerdy tendency to research and study. Her philosophy is to recognize creativity and the appropriate skills to bring it to life. Beverly offers lectures and workshops on basic quiltmaking, fabric dyeing and printing, design, and the art of critique.