Meet Our Judges

Kathie Kerler


Kathie began quilting in 1988 and judging in 2002. She is certified through the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges and as a Qualified Instructor teaches the association’s Two-Day Introduction to Judging Seminar.

 She is a national award winning fiber artist who has completed rigorous courses in design and embroidery through the City and Guilds Institute of London, England and the Lesage School of Needlework in Paris, France. In 2009 she completed a public commission for Clackamas County for Oregon’s sesquicentennial, the state’s 150th year anniversary. In 2011, Kathie had a solo exhibition at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Colorado. She has also been a featured artist for The Oregon Garden as well as two quilt guilds.

 Over a seven-year period, Kathie worked as a contributing editor to American Quiltermagazine, writing and contracting over 115 articles and patterns. Currently, she freelances.

Val Pellens


Val Pellens has been quilting since 2000 and enjoys all genres including traditional, art, and the modern movement.  She owned a successful longarm quilting business for five years, but retired to pursue her own goals in quilting.  Val has been an active member of Clark County Quilters since 2005, including two years as President.

Val has won numerous awards for her work and collaborative work.  She successfully completed the West Coast Quilt Judging Academy and continuing education with certified judges.  She is looking forward to opportunities of judging at a variety of venues and encouraging others to join in her passion of quilting.

Val lives in Vancouver Washington with her husband, Ken, where they raised four children.  They now enjoy their seven grandchildren, three of whom have entered quilts in the youth category at the local guild.

Gerrie Thompson


Gerrie grew up sewing clothes with her grandmother and while that came in handy with two daughters, her real passion was quilting.  As an active member of many local and regional quilt and fiber arts organizations, she has chaired and organized guild shows and activities. Always looking for innovative techniques, Gerrie has successfully completed courses from many nationally known teachers.  Her work has won awards and been juried into local, regional and international shows.

Gerrie’s interest in judging began while volunteering at the APWQ Show, where she was impressed by the sincere appreciation of the quilts by the judges.  As a judge, she has learned that each quilter puts a bit of themselves into their work and they appreciate constructive and positive feedback that will help improve the level of all the quilts we get to see at the shows.

Gerrie has been judging quilt shows since 2008.  She is a trained Judge of Quilts and Wearable Arts from the West Coast Judging Academy and she is currently enrolled in the NACQJ Judges Certification Program.