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Quilt Judges Certification Program

CQA/ACC is excited to announce that Wanda Steiner and Elizabeth Spannring have been contracted to oversee the Quilt Judge Certification Program as Administrators and NJS Judging Consultants starting immediately.  Both Wanda and Elizabeth have extensive knowledge and experience in the quilt judging world. And both of them are CQA/ACC Certified Judges.

Please check back in January of 2020 for more information about the updated program. 

Wanda Steiner, CQA/ACC Certified Judge

“When in doubt, be kind.”

Wanda Steiner is proud to be one of the first CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judges in Canada. She is also a Certified Sulky Teacher, a Certified McTavishing and Free Form Feathers Teacher and most recently, a verified Joen Wolfrom Colour Theory Instructor. Wanda has been quilting for 26 years, teaching quilting for 15 years and judging quilt shows for 10 years.

She is a longstanding member of CQA/ACC and Manitoba Prairie Quilters (MPQ). Wanda was Co-Chair of the MPQ Judging Committee for their biannual provincial show for multiple shows and was proud to bring CQA Standards to the judging floor. Currently, she continues to be Co-Chair of the Major Workshops Committee, bringing education to the members.

Wanda is also the Founder and President of Steiner Search Group, Executive Management Search (SSG) and an Affiliate of Civility Experts Worldwide (CEW) and International Civility Trainers’ Consortium (ICTC) Master Civility Trainer. Giving back to the community is important to Wanda through quilt donations and support to Siloam Mission and Days for Girls.


Elizabeth Spannring, CQA/ACC Certified Judge

Elizabeth began her crafty journey knitting socks, sewing costumes, and decorating cakes. In 1990, when a sewing friend presented her with a rotary cutter and a bag of scraps, another enthusiastic quilter was born! Entering her first competition in 2002, she has won numerous awards at major shows across the US.

In 2002, she attended the Northern California Quilt Council Judges Training and several months later, she judged her first quilt show. She set out to pursue her involvement in judging and in 2006 completed the requirements to be designated a National Quilting Association Certified Quilt Judge. In 2011, she fulfilled the training and coursework to become a certified quilt judge with the Canadian Quilters Association/ACC.

Her volunteer work has included serving as a board member with the Association of Pacific NW Quilters (APNQ), and the National Quilting Association (NQA). As the Show Director for the Association of Pacific West Quilters, she produced the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Pacific West Quilt Shows held in Tacoma, WA and also served as the Executive Director, producing two Summer Symposiums held at local college campuses.

Her Judging Philosophy: To fairly evaluate quilts and wearable arts, recognizing the creativity and expertise of each individual quilter. Striving through precise and constructive comments to encourage quiltmakers to improve and expand their artistry, creativity, and workmanship.