Serena Stiles Vrnak
National Quilting Association Certified Judge
We are welcoming Serena back as a judge for QuiltFest!
Quilting is Serena's passion and hobby. She has sewn all her life, and studied Fashion Merchandising at Texas Christian University. She also taught school with her Elementary Education/Kindergarten degree.
Serena decided to enter the judging world to promote and encourage this ever changing art form known as quilting. She entered the National Quilting Association Certified Judging program and was ultimately certified in June of 2010. She is also a member of the newly formed judging organization NACQJ.
For Serena, Judging Certification meant she could bring to each show the full breadth of knowledge necessary for objectively critiquing a quilt. It became the vehicle to understanding each and every process in order to give entrants an equal opportunity.
Serena is an active member in many quilt related organizations (NQA, AQS, etc.) and her local Tyler guild (Quilters Guild of East Texas). She has shown her quilts and won at various shows throughout the region (the Tyler Quilt Show, the Dallas Quilt Show, the Gun Barrel Quilt Show, the Ft.Worth Trinity Valley Quilt Show, and the Waco Quilt Show). In 2011and 2014 Serena entered the National Quilting Association Quilt Show, winning both times. And, her red and white quilt entitled "Decisions, Decisions, Decisions" has traveled with the IQA exhibit, "Ruby Jubilee". This quilt is also published in the "QuiltART Engagement Calendar, 2016".
Judging for Serena is a process she hopes will encourage, empower and enable all needle artists. She views the critique sheet as a tool and opportunity to communicate with the entrant about their creative endeavor. Serena firmly believes it is an honor to be allowed to critique the work of another.