Meet our 2024 Quilt Judges

Black Canyon Quilt Show, Inc. would like to announce the two judges that will judge quilts entered into the 2024 Black Canyon Quilt Show to be held July 12-14, 2024 at the Montrose Pavilion in Montrose, Colorado.


Meet and Greet July 10h, 2024
The Judges will also be available for a meet and greet on Wednesday evening, July 10th, along with announcing the winner of the 2024 Black Canyon Quilt Show’s Best of Show ribbon and their selections for winners of the Judge’s Choice ribbons. Select Events under the Education tab  for additional details.


Diane Pitchford

Diane has been sewing on a machine since the age of four. She began quilting in the

late 70’s and after a 27-year career in the electronics industry, quilting took over her

life. She lectures and teaches a variety of quilting classes in addition to being both a

longarm and hand quilter. Diane has received numerous quilting awards on the local

and national level, including Best of Show, Exemplary Hand Quilting, Exemplary

Machine Quilting and Exemplary Workmanship.

Diane has been very active in local and national organizations including President of

The Arizona Quilters Guild and Show Director for both the National Quilting

Association and the AQG. Her major accomplishments include earning the

designation of NQA Certified Judge in 2011 and being inducted into the Arizona

Quilters Hall of Fame in 2012. To date, Diane has judged approximately 10,000

quilts. Diane is also a member of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges.


Cindy started quilting in 1992 when her mother signed her up for a beginning quilting class
in Ventura, CA. She was immediately hooked on quilting. She’s spent the years since
then evolving into the quilter she is today.
Cindy considers herself a traditional quilter, but really favors innovative quilts which take
traditional patterns and enhance them. She believes her strongest quilting asset is her
machine quilting (all done on a home sewing machine). From the moment she starts
planning a quilt, she starts planning the quilting. Making the quilt even more beautiful
through the quilting stitches and designs is the part she enjoys most.
Cindy has won hundreds of awards for her quilts in regional, national and international
quilt shows, including the Houston International Quilt Festival, AQS Shows across the
country, the Pacific International Quilt Festival, Road to California, and many more. Some
of her most notable awards are Best of Show honors at an AQS show, as well as Road to
California and PIQF (with Molly Hamilton-McNally in a duet project).
Cindy teaches and lectures around the country, as well as teaching several on-line classes.
She has also published two books on grid-based quilting designs: “The Grid Design
Workbook” and “GRIDS: An Encyclopedia of Grid-Based Quilting Designs”.
Additionally, she has authored various magazine articles on domestic machine quilting. In
addition to teaching quilting, Cindy is a quilt judge, certified through the National
Association of Certified Quilt Judges.
For more information about Cindy or her classes, lectures, and judging, please go to: