Our Quilt Show Judge, Beverly Fine, talks a little about herself for us..

 

I made a simple nine-patch quilt for a friend while I was in high school, but I didn’t become a dedicated quilter until 1996.  I didn’t know then that it would change the direction of my life, but I soon learned that it was impossible to make only ONE quilt! Now I belong to three quilt guilds.  I have found that with every new opportunity to learn, there is also an opportunity to serve.  I have served as President of the Quilters’ Connection guild in Watertown, MA, and recently finished a four-year term on their Board of Directors.  I have volunteered as an assistant curator at the New England Quilt Museum.  I founded and produced the five annual quilt shows to benefit the Thayer (Lancaster, MA) Memorial Library Building Fund from 2000-2004

I became a National Quilting Association Certified Judge in 2003 and served as the NQA Judges Certification Program Coordinator from 2008-2012.  I co-authored the new book Guide to Judged Quilt Shows, available through www.nqa.org or Amazon. 

I have exhibited my work in juried shows in venues such as the Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg, MA), the Johsonia Gallery (Fitchburg, MA), the Whistler House Museum (Lowell, MA), the Brush Art Gallery (Lowell, MA), and the New England Quilt Museum (Lowell, MA).

I am passionate about making my own original quilts, but consider traditional quilt scholarship important as well.  I currently focus my own work on monoprinting (using an etching press and/or fabric marbling) as well as dye-painting and shibori techniques.  Dyeing, painting, and printing the essential plain white cloth simply fascinate me.  As I play with colors and shapes, the marks and choices combine.  Often, an unexpected connection appears and tells me a story.  I accept these gifts and nurture them with imagination, some patience and craftsmanship.  By featuring this new cloth in my quilts, the stories are more easily discovered. 

www.BeverlyFine.com

NQA Certified Quilt Judge