Maribeth Schmit
                      NQA Certified Quilt Judge
           Lecturer, Instructor, Award-Winning Quilter




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  • Working in fiber since the mid 70s, I am infatuated with all things “textile.”  I’ve earned numerous ribbons and awards at regional, state and national competitions including several “Best of Show.”  My work has appeared in print, film, galleries and museums.  Some of these include: Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting, AQS Quilt Art Engagement Calendar, American Quilter, Wisconsin Quilts: History in the Stitches, Warman’s Guide to Vintage Quilts, The Quilting Quarterly from NQA, PieceWork Magazine, Quiltmania, HGTV’s Simply Quilts, Oshkosh Public Museum and the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in NM.
  • My judging expertise extends to hand, machine (including longarm) quilting and traditional, contemporary and art quilts.
  • NQA Certified Quilt Judge.  I am a Qualified Instructor of the NACQJ Two-Day Introduction to Quilt Judging Seminar, a course offered nationwide at guilds, quilt shows and other venues.
Objective To utilize my experience and training to evaluate quilts, garments and other fiber art fairly and objectively.  To share my knowledge of the art through lectures, seminars and workshops.  I believe in providing positive, constructive feedback in judging and a rewarding experience through educational experiences.

*BA, MA- University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Certified teacher WI, IL
*Designated National Quilting Association Certified Judge (NQACJ) and qualified to judge
NQA Masterpiece Quilts
Licensed Wisconsin Fair Judge, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2004-present
*Seminar, “How Quilt Judges Evaluate Design: Critique, Not Criticism,” 2012
*Wisconsin Fair Judge’s Training Program, University of WI Extension, 4-H Youth Development 2009
*DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Correspondent Docent 2009-present
*Quilting Instructor, Whitefish Bay School District and Adult Recreation Program, Whitefish Bay, WI 2006-2008, 2014-present
Adjunct Quilting Instructor, Fox Valley Technical College, Oshkosh, WI
Active Member Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ)
*Documentation Chair, WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI
*Former Board Member, National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ), Communications Chair
*Former Board Member, Wisconsin Quilters, Inc.
*Member Museum of Wisconsin Art
*Member Modern Quilt Guild
*Member SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates


Selected Shows
Judged and Aided

  • West Pasco Quilters' Guild Inc., New Port Ritchey, FL
  • Crazy Quilters' Annual Show, Mukwonago, WI
  • It's A Stitch Quilt Guild, West Bend, WI


  • Highland Co. Quilters Guild, Sebring, FL
  • Lake County Quilt Guild, Mt. Dora, FL
  • Naples Quilt Guild, Naples, FL
  • Ogallala Quilters' Society, Dimmitt, TX
  • Lakeside Quilter's Guild, Oshkosh, WI
  • Sinnissippi Quilters, Inc., Rockford, IL
  • WI State Fair, Milwaukee, WI
  • Fond du Lac Ag Fair, Fond du Lac, WI


  • Quilt Expo, Oshkosh, WI
  • Southport Quilters' Guild, Kenosha, WI
  • Fond du Lac Agricultural Society, Fond du Lac, WI
  • Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI
  • Washington County Fair, West Bend, WI
  • New Mexico State Fair Expo, Albuquerque, NM
  • New Mexico Quilters' Association, Albuquerque, NM
  • Waukesha County Fair, Waukesha, WI
  • Rock Valley Quilters' Guild, Janesville, WI


  • Crazy Quilters' Annual Show, Mukwonago, WI
  • East Iowa Heirloom Quilters' Show, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Smoky Mountain Quilters, Maryville, TN
  • National Quilting Association, (NQA), Little Rock, AR
  • Quilt Expo, Oshkosh, WI
  • Southport Quilters' Show, Kenosha, WI
  • Washington County Fair, West Bend, WI


  • Quilting By The Gulf XV-A Festival of Quilts, Venice, FL
  • Quilt Expo, Oshkosh, WI
  • Lakeside Quilters' Guild, Oshkosh, WI
  • Crazy Quilters’ Annual Show, Mukwonago, WI
  • It's A Stitch, Jackson, WI
  • Cable Car Quilters, Dubuque, IA
  • National Quilting Association (NQA), Columbus, OH
  • Upper MidWest Quilt Show, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Washington Co. Fair, West Bend, WI
  • Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild, Davenport, IA
  • Darting Needles Quilt Guild, Appleton, WI
  • Rock Valley Quilters, Janesville, WI
  • Prairie Star Quilters, Batavia, IL
  • Treasures of Tomorrow, Marshfield, WI


  • “Showcase of Quilts,” The Villages, FL
  • Quilt Expo, Oshkosh, WI
  • Crazy Quilters’ Annual Show, Mukwonago, WI
  • “Quiltfest on the Mississippi,” La Crosse, WI
  • It’s A Stitch, Jackson, WI
  • Patch of Lakeshore, Manitowoc, WI
  • National Quilting Association (NQA), Columbus, OH
  • Lodi Agricultural Fair, Lodi, WI
  • Fond du Lac County Fair, Fond du Lac, WI
  • Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI
  • Upper MidWest Quilt Show, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Quilters' Guild of North Dakota, Fargo, North Dakota


  • Biennial "Gathering of Quilts  Show,” Port Charlotte, FL Judge, Aide 2 times
  • “11th Annual Sewing and Quilting Expo,” Oshkosh, WI Judge 5 times
  • “25th Annual Quilt Show,” Mukwonago, WI Judge 4 times
  • “Annual NQA Quilt Show,” Columbus, OH.  Masterpiece Quilt Judge 5 times
  • Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee, WI Judge 4 times
  • Washington County Fair, West Bend, WI Judge 5 times
  • New Mexico Quilters’ Association-State Fair, Albuquerque, NM Judge 4 times
  • Prairie Star Quilters Guild’, Batavia, IL  Judge
  • “Showcase of Quilts,” The Villages, FL.  Judges’ Aide
  •  “Quilting is Art,” Milwaukee Public Television Auction, Milwaukee, WI Judge 3 times
  • "Patch of Lakeshore Quilters," Manitowoc, WI.  Judge 3 times
  • “Courthaus Quilter’s Show,” Monroe, WI.  Judge 3 times
  • Lodi Valley Quilters’ Guild, Lodi, WI. Judge 2 times
  • Family Fashion Revue, Janesville, WI  Judge
  • Milwaukee Machine Quilting Show, Milwaukee, WI. Judges’ Aide
  • Stan Hywet Stitchery Showcase, Akron, Ohio.  Quilt Judge
  • Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Rothschild, WI. Judge 3 times
  • “Lake County Impressions XI Quilt Show,” Round Lake Beach, IL. Judge
  •  “9th Annual Sewing & Quilting Expo,” Oshkosh, WI.  Judge 4 times
  • “FANtasia, 14th Annual Quilt Show,” Jackson, WI.  Judge
  • MQS-IMQA Machine Quilters Showcase, Overland Park, KS.  Judge 2 times
  • “Pieces of the Sky Quilt Contest,” Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Judge
  • “Threads of Life” Quilt Show, Galesburg, IL.  Judge
  •  “Northeast Iowa Quilters’ Guild 2010 Quilt Show,” Decorah, IA.    Judge
  • “27th Annual Quilt Show,” Dyersville, IA.  Judge
  • “Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show,” Marshfield, WI.  Judge 2 times
  • “Lighthouse Legacies 2009 Quilt Show,” Racine, WI.  Judge
  • “Antiques, Quilts & Fiber Arts Show and Sale,” at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI.  Judge’s Aide
  • “5th Biennial Quilt Show- For the Love of Quilts” Belleville, WI Judge
  •  “Strawberry Fest Challenge,” Cedarburg, WI.  Judge 3 times
  •  “Garden Dreams,” 2009 Biennial Quilt Show, Rockford, Illinois.  Judge
  • “QuiltFest on the Mississippi” La Crosse, WI.  Judge
  • “Harvest of Quilts,” DeKalb, IL.    Judge 2 times
  • Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, Iowa.  Judge
  • Fond du Lac County Fair, Fond du Lac, WI.  Judge 5 times
  • “32nd Quilt Celebration,” at Rockome Gardens Arcola, IL.  Judge
  •  “Color in Motion,” Dubuque, IA.  Sponsor:  Cable Car Quilters’ Guild.  Judge

Information on shows judged prior to 2008 available upon request.

Workshops and Lectures I offer a number of workshops, lectures and seminars on a variety of subjects.  Please see my Seminar, Lecture and Workshop page on my website for detailed information at:
Professional Affiliations

Alliance for American Quilts, Asheville, NC
American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY
American Quilt Study Group
Cedarburg Artists’ Guild, Cedarburg, WI
International Machine Quilters’ Association, Inc.
Iowa-Illinois Quilt Study Group, Kalona, IA
Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ), Milwaukee, WI
Modern Quilt Guild, Austin, TX
National Association of Certified Quilt Judges, Inc. (NACQJ)
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI
Wisconsin Quilt Study Group
Wisconsin Regional Artist's Association
West Suburban Quilters, Brookfield, WI


Selected Publications and Exhibits


  • American Quilter's Society 2018 traveling exhibit, Paducah, KY; Grand Rapids, MI; Virginia Beach, VA;  Daytona Beach, FL; Lancaster, PA exhibitor, April 2018-April 2019

  • Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace, Sandy, Utah, invitational exhibit,  May 2018

  • Walls of Wittenberg, WI Gallery Exhibit, Jan.-Feb. 2018

  • Milwaukee Art Quilter's Exhibit, "Not So Mellow Yellow," AQS Grand Rapids, MI second place award

  • Milwaukee Art Quilter's Exhibit, "Not So Mellow Yellow," Mukwonago Crazy Quilters' Show, April 2017

  • Wisconsin Regional Art Program Annual State Art Exhibition, Madison, WI Aug.-Sept., 2015

  • Wisconsin Regional Artists Program Exhibit, Arts Mill, Grafton, WI May-July 2015

  • Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Gallery Exhibit, Cedarburg, WI Oct. 2015-Jan., 2016

  • AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge, Grand Rapids, MI 2015 semifinalist

  • Museum of Wisconsin Art, State Gallery Exhibit, West Bend, WI  Jan.-Mar., 2015

  • NQA Certified Judge Challenge, Travelling Exhibit - Coastal Jog Exhibitor, Columbus, Ohio, St. Cloud, MN, Peoria, IL, Louisville, KY, Oklahoma City, OK,  Springfield, PA, Salt Lake City, Utah,Reno, NV  2014-2015

  • Cedarburg Artist Guild Juried Exhibit, Cedarburg, WI Aug.-Oct., 2014

  • Walls of Wittenberg, WI Gallery Exhibit, Jan.-Feb. 2014

  • AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge, Grand Rapids, MI 2nd place winner, 2013

  • Upper MidWest Quilt Show, Ocononowoc, WI Objets d’Arc, Jul.-Aug., 2013

  • Walls of Wittenberg, WI Gallery Exhibit, Jan.-Feb. 2013

  • Quilt Expo, Madison, WI.  Exhibit, September 2012

  • University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, WI.  Fine Arts Gallery Show, August -Sept., 2012

  •  “Line of Design: Connecting Thread Exhibit,” WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI.  January 11-April 15, 2012

  • Plymouth Art Center 110, Plymouth, WI.  Aug. 6- Oct. 1, 2011

  • American Quilters’ Society, Des Moines, IA Exhibit, October 2010, 2011

  • Cedarburg Artist Guild, Cedarburg, WI.  “Annual Fall Show,” 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011

  • Quilt Expo, Madison, WI.  Exhibit, September 2011

  • Pacific West Quilt Show, Invitational Exhibit, Tacoma, WA Aug. 26-28, 2011

  • National Quilting Association, Columbus OH.  Special Exhibits, Log Cabin Quilts, June 16-18, 2011

  • AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge Finalist 2011, 2013

  • “Fiber Arts Fiesta 2011,” Albuquerque, New Mexico.  New Mexico Quilters’ Association. 2011, 2013

  • University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, WI, Fine Arts Gallery Show, Mar.-Apr., 2011

  • Cedarburg Cultural Center, Cedarburg, WI, Milwaukee Art Quilters’ Show December, 2010-January, 2011

  • Quilt Expo, Madison, WI.  “Special Exhibit Invitation-Milwaukee Art Quilters,” 2008, 2010

  • Waukesha Civic Center Exhibit, Waukesha, WI.  “Works of MArQ.”  May-June, 2010

  • International Quilt Festival, Rosemont, IL.  Traditional Treasures Exhibit, April 2008, 2010

  • Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts Exhibit, Cedarburg, WI.  3 times

  • “Making Quilts Today,” October 2008-January 2009

  • Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, NM.  “A Fiesta Patchwork: Images through Time,” Fall 2008-Winter 2009

  • Anaba Tea Room, Shorewood, WI, “To A Tea,” Sept.-Nov., 2009

  • Quilters’ Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA.  “Opposing Forces Invitational,” Mar. 2008

  • Experimental Aviation Association-AirVenture, Oshkosh, WI 2006

  • Milwaukee Gallery Night & Day, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Milwaukee, WI  2006

  • Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh, WI.  “Child’s Play,” 2005-6

  • Harriet Hargrave’s Machine Quilters’ Celebration, Estes Park, CO 2005

  • American Quilters’ Society, Paducah, KY and Nashville, TN exhibits, 2002


  • AQS American Quilter Magazine, Ultimate Guild Challenge 2nd place Winner, Nov. 2017, p. 58

  • AQS American Quilter Magazine, Ultimate Guild Challenge 2nd place Winner, Nov. 2013, p. 73

  • AQS Lancaster, PA Cover art for 2013 Show CD, April 2013

  • Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, “Red and White Quilts,” Dec.-Jan. 2013

  • Quilt block design published, Quiltmaker Magazine 100 Blocks, Vol. 4, November 2011

  • “Quilt Judging Expected to Wrap Up Today,” The Villages (FL) Daily Sun, January 14, 2011, page C5

  • “Art Quilt Exhibit At CCC,” News Graphic, page B4, Thursday December 9, 2010

  • “Quilts as Objets D’Art on Display in Cedarburg,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, page 16E, Friday December 10, 2010

  • “Warmth for the Walls:  Work by Milwaukee Art Quilters on Display at Cedarburg Cultural Center,” News Graphic, page B8, Tuesday December 14, 2010

  • “Milwaukee Art Quilters’ Fiber Arts Exhibit,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, page E1, Saturday December 18, 2010

  • American Quilter Magazine, “Wall Quilts-Machine Quilted Des Moines 2010,” January 2011, page 52

  • “Cedarburg Quilter Receives Award at National Competition,” News Graphic, page A7, Tuesday October 19, 2010

  • “Quilting Up a Storm: Quilt Fashioned by Local Woman Takes its Creator to the Next Level,” News Graphic, page A6, Tuesday September 28, 2010

  •, On-line Daily Blog Spot, featured quilt from the Chicago Quilt Festival-Part 2, May 22, 2010

  • , featured quilt on Maria Peagler’s on-line show, May 12-June 12, 2010

  • “PIECES OF THE SKY: THE BALLOON MUSEUM QUILT CHALLENGE,” posted on, Albuquerque Arts, May 21, 2010

  • Award-Winning Artist Uses Quilts as her Canvas,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, News and Features, Mequon Now Section, April 7, 2010

  • Newsletter of the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Mar. 2009, Vol. XVIII, pg. 2,7,8

  • Wisconsin Quilts: History in the Stitches, 2008, Krause Publications

  • National Quilting Association “Quilting Quarterly” Magazine, Spring 2008

  • Warman’s Guide to Vintage Quilts, Krause Publications, 2008

  • “The Alliance for American Quilts,” E-Newsletter Vol. 23

  • PieceWork Magazine, November/December 2008, page 6

  • Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel, November 14, 2008, page 19E

  • News Graphic, Vol. 126, No. 93, November 20, 2008, page B6

  • Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting Magazine, September 2007, page 114

  • News Graphic, November 7, 2006, page B5

  • Cedarburg, WI Chamber of Commerce/Festivals Committee, Strawberry Festival logo design 2005-2006

  • Alliance For American Quilts, “Quilters’ S.O.S.-Save Our Stories,” Louisville, KY, May 2005

  • Marshfield, WI Convention and Visitor’s Bureau/Treasures of Tomorrow Quilt Show Booklet, 2005

  • Wisconsin Quilter’s, Inc., show commemorative pin and logo design, 2005

  • AQS Engagement Calendar 2003, AQS, Paducah, KY

  • Wisconsin Quilts: Stories in the Stitches, 2001, Howell Press, Charlottesville, VA

  • Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, September 2000, page 70

    References available upon request.                                                                                                         Updated June 2018



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