Judges

Judging Format:

Designers on Project Run & Play have been judged in different ways through the years.  The new judging format will be as follows:

1/3 score = public voting
1/3 score = panel of past Project Run & Play judges
1/3 score = celebrity guest judge of the week

The hope is for this new scenario to cast light on the quality of the designer's work rather than their popularity.  This will hopefully ensure a positive experience for everyone, and the prizes awarded fairly on merit, rather than following size.

Celebrity Judges:


It is such a great honor to bring you the celebrity judges for Season 17.  Each one of these talented ladies have attained celebrity status in the sewing community, and it's such an honor to have them with us.  In order of appearance, please welcome these amazing ladies.


Miranda Anderson has been a rockstar in the sewing community for EVER!  Her classes and workshops on indigo dying are highly coveted, and there are also indigo dyed goods available in her shop.    The Live Free Creative Co blog is where she shares her sewing creations, home renovation projects, DIY tutorials  and creates her way through life with her family of 2 boys and a girl.  Be sure to follow Live Free Miranda on Instagram where her feed brings you daily inspiration for every part of your life.  Let's all give Miranda a big welcome to Project Run & Play!


It's a delight to have Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps guest judging this Season!  Abby hosts the longstanding and wildly popular While She Naps podcast for creatives, and there's always something new to learn each episode!  She has also authored several books about sewing stuffed animals and cofounded the Craft Industry Alliance, a trade association for craft industry professionals, makers, designers, suppliers and pro bloggers..  You can find Abby at While She Naps where she shares sewing tutorials and projects and so much great information related to running a craft business.  With an extensive knowledge of the sewing industry, it's an honor to have her evaluating the designers' work!  Be sure to help us cheer on Abby on Instagram where she's sharing her newfound love of apparel sewing!



Everyone who uses fabric or patterns has probably come across Anna Maria Horner and been made better for it.  Her fabric lines are stunning, her patterns are darling, and can be found in brick and mortar stores everywhere, as well as her own shop, Craft South.  Anna Maria also teaches classes, authors sewing books, is the face of Janome sewing machines, and from a young age has been crafting and creating with many different textiles.  Follow Anna Maria Horner on Instagram here and your feed will be beautified by her art and many talented creations.



You might know Marcy Harriell as Oonaballoona!  She is the actress and star of the new show Re:Fashion on NBC U's bluprint.  Her killer sense of humor is as worth it as her delightful sewing skills!  It is such a great privilege for Project Run & Play to have her review the designer looks.  Be sure to head over to Oonaballoona for sewing inspiration, tutorials, patterns, tips, and inspiration all dished out with a rollicking sense of humor!  Oh, and be follow Oonabaloona on Instagram for colorful wardrobe inspiration and more!

The judging format is as follows:

1/3 score = celebrity guest judge of the week
1/3 score = public voting
1/3 score = panel of past Project Run & Play designers shown below

This scenario casts light on the quality of the designer's work rather than their popularity.  This format has ensured a positive experience for everyone in the past few Seasons, and the prizes awarded fairly on merit, rather than size of following.

Panel of Judges:


Delia comes to us from Delia Creates where she blogs sewing and more in the most beautiful DIY photos you can imagine.  She was a designer on Season 5, and really showed everyone how it ought to be done!



Courtney comes to us from Sweeter Than Cupcakes where she sews for her two cute daughters.  She was a designer on Season 11, and wowed everyone with her looks.

Heidi comes to us from Elegance & Elephants where she designs patterns and sews for her son and daughter.  She was a designer on Season 5, and earned the respect of the sewing community with her sewing expertise.

It's such an honor to have these talented ladies giving their time and effort on the behalf of Project Run & Play.  Please thank them by following them on social media, and reading and commenting on their blogs!

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