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Categories for Quilt Show Entries: 

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General information:

Please note that a quilt may fit into more than one of the categories listed below. The entrant should select the category that best fits the quilt. In addition to the category that is most appropriate for the construction of the quilt, the registration committee will divide categories by size based upon the information provided with the registration form.

Should a category have too few entries to fill that particular category, Quilt Show Chairs, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to move those entries to another category and eliminate the underutilized category. Should a category have too many entries, Quilt Show Chairs, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to split that category into two or more categories.

Quilt Top Construction:

AppliquéAppliqué is the primary design element of the quilt, accounting for 75% or more of the design.

PiecedPiecing is the primary design element of the quilt, accounting for 75% or more of the design.

Mixed TechniqueAppliqué and piecing are equally important design elements in the quilt.

Art QuiltsQuilt of original design and composition. No commercial patterns are allowed to be used when making quilts for this category.

Kits/BOMQuilts made from a purchased pattern with pre-selected fabric or where the majority of the fabric is pre-selected or pre-fused.

Special Quilt TechniquesThis category may include quilts that are not quilted or have three layers. It includes quilts that do not fit into any other category such as whole cloth quilts, yo-yo quilts, crazy quilts, cathedral windows, wool quilts, machine- or hand-embroidered quilts etc. The quilts may include innovative techniques such as flower pounding, rusting, embellishments, embroidery, painted surfaces, silk screening, photo transfers, or digitized designs/machine embroidery.

ModernQuilts with high contrast, bold colors, simple shapes, increased use of solid fabrics with neutrals as background; may contain re-interpreted traditional blocks, alternative block structures, or a lack of visible block structure; inspired by modern art and architecture, frequently uses improvisational quilting; embraces minimalism and simplicity.

MiniaturesWidth no more than 24”; Length no more than 24”. All aspects of the quilt are reduced in scale.  A true miniature uses a 1/12” scale, where a 12” block in a regular quilt would finish at 1” in a miniature quilt.

Group (3+ people) Three (3) or more persons created the quilt.

UnjudgedEnter a quilt in the show without a critique from the judge. It may be constructed and quilted with any technique, but entrants in this category are limited to one (1) entry. The registration fee is applicable. There is a limit of 25 unjudged quilts, selection is based on the date the registration is received in chronological order.

ThemeThe quilt will contain the color red, in any proportion, which must be visible on the front of the quilt. It must also contain EXACTLY 40 elements that are described by the maker during registration. (For example: 40 fabrics, 40 blocks, 40 quilting motifs, 40 embellishments). The registration committee will initially determine the quilt’s eligibility for it during the quilt drop-off procedure. Theme quilts will be entered into the show by describing their manner of construction and quilting in the same way as all entries. But if they fit the theme requirements. there is a place on the registration form to indicate their inclusion in this secondary category. Theme quilts will be judged a second time for theme ribbons.

Quilting Technique:

Hand Quilting The quilting design is over 51% hand quilted.

Fixed Arm The quilting was performed on a machine where the quilt was moved under a fixed needle.

Moveable Arm The quilting was performed on a machine where the machine needle was moved over the surface of the quilt.

Computerized/Digital Over 51% of the quilting design was performed where the computer moves the machine or the fabric to complete the design (such as an embroidery machine, Statler stitcher, or Intelliquilter).


Generally, quilts will be considered:

Small Up to 30in wide and long, perimeter less than 120in 

Medium 31–56in wide and up to 72in long, perimeter 124in–256in

Large 57–84in wide and up to 96in long, perimeter 228in–360in 

X-Large Over 84in wide and up to 120in long, perimeter 360+ inches

Odd-shaped or round quilts These quilts may be assigned to size categories after individual consideration by the registration committee, which has discretion to assign size categories to each quilt.

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