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2018 Festival Judge - Linda McCuean
How are the quilts judged?

Are you wondering how the quilts are judged? Each year, a certified quilt judge is brought in to review and judge each quilt. The quilt labels are covered and the only identifier is an entry number. First, second, third and honorable mention are awarded in each of 23 different categories. That's a lot of ribbons! If you have never entered a quilt in OQS, consider it. It is a great way to learn and grow as a quilter - and win a ribbon!


Linda learned to sew in 4-H Club at the age of 9 and has been making quilts for more than 30 years. After 20 years of hand quilting, she began quilting on a Gammill longarm quilting machine; and it was love at first stitch! Linda has been quilting on the longarm for 10 years, and her quilts have won top hon- ors at many national and international quilt shows, including numerous best of show honors. Linda’s wholecloth quilt “Bella” was the top winner in the $100,000 Quilting Challenge 2006 and was featured on the Today Show. “Bella” was designated a Masterpiece Quilt in the National Quilting Association’s Master Quilt program in 2007.

Linda is an NQA certified judge. She enjoys presenting trunk shows of her work and teaching longarm quilting classes. Linda and her husband live in New Galilee, Pennsylvania.

In 2011, a sampling of Linda’s work was featured in a special exhibit, “The Linda McCuean Journey” at MQX East in Providence, Rhode Island.

Linda’s Quilting Tips: If you want to catch the judge’s eye with your quilting, use original designs and be sure to include some variety in each quilt. Be creative! Have fun with your quilting