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2024 Quiltfest Judges

Quiltfest Northwest is a judged show, featuring awards.  Each year, we invite three judges to view and judge the quilts accepted into the show.  Find out more about our judges below.

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Portrait of Elizabeth Spannring, a woman with grey hair and glasses standing in front of an evergreen tree.
Portrait of Kathie Kerler, a woman with brown hair, standing in front of a grey photography background.

Linda Rasmussen

Elizabeth Spannring

Linda has had a lifelong love of sewing and needlework. She started making clothing in middle school and attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where she received a Bachelor's of Science in Home Economics. After moving to Southern California in the 1970's, she began quilting and was hooked. Since that time, she has taught classes locally in many methods and techniques related to quilting. In 2001 she began to judge quilt shows and has taken both the NQA Short Course on Judging and the Northern California Council of Quilt Guilds Judging Course. In 2007 Linda became an NACQJ certified judge.

In her spare time, Linda takes classes from many nationally known quilters to expand her base of knowledge of quiltmaking.


Linda is an award winning quilter who has exhibited at Road to California in Ontario, California, and at the AQS Show in Paducah, Kentucky. Most of her work is traditionally-based, but she continues to explore her artistic side with new and experimental techniques.

Elizabeth began her crafty journey knitting socks, sewing costumes, and decorating cakes. When a sewing friend presented her with a rotary cutter and a bag of scraps, another enthusiastic quilter was. Entering her first international competition in 2000, she’s won numerous awards at major international, regional, and local shows across the US.


Having attended the Northern California Quilt Council Judges Training in 2002, she pursued her interest in judging and in 2006 completed the NQA Certified Quilt Judge program. In 2011, she fulfilled the training and coursework to become a certified quilt judge with the Canadian Quilters 



She has served as a judge and juror for a variety of competitions and exhibitions throughout the US and Canada. 

Having had the opportunity to participate as an entrant, show organizer, judging floor coordinator, juror, and judge has given her first-hand experience on many levels. Believing that every quiltmaker has a “voice” waiting to be heard, she strives through concise and constructive comments to provide objective feedback to the quiltmaker, recognizing the creativity and expertise of each individual quilter. 


Presently she is an instructor and program administrator of the Quilt Judge Certification Program with the Canadian Quilters’ Association/ACC, helping to prepare and certify qualified individuals to judge quilt competitions.

Kathie began quilting in 1988 and judging in 2002. She is certified through the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges and as a Qualified Instructor teaches the association’s Two-Day Introduction to Judging Seminar.

She is a national award winning fiber artist who has completed rigorous courses in design and embroidery through the City and Guilds Institute of London, England and the Lesage School of Needlework in Paris, France. In 2009 she completed a public commission for Clackamas County for Oregon’s sesquicentennial, the state’s 150th year anniversary. In 2011, Kathie had a solo exhibition at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. She has also been a featured artist for The Oregon Garden as well as two quilt guilds.

Over a seven-year period, Kathie worked as a contributing editor to American Quilter magazine, writing and contracting over 115 articles and patterns. Currently, she freelances.

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