Quilt Competition Entry 2017 (Opens February 15th)

Online Application & Entry Instructions


To enter your quilt (s) online, please fill out one (1) Quilt Competition Entry form for each quilt you are submitting. Click here to begin filling out your application.

If you choose to do the Application by mailclick here for the form, include your payment and make check payable to UQSM. (Entry Opens Feb. 15th)

Cost of entering is $20 per "Judged Quilt", or $5 per "Exhibit Only" quilt. In addition, ALL quilts MUST be insured ($5 each, mandatory). 

If a quilt category falls below (5) five quilt entries, UQSM (Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace), reserves the right to cancel that category. Entries within the terminated category will be recategorized at the discretion of the UQSM judging coordinator.


Quilt Entry Deadline

April 5, 2017

Quilt Arrival Dates

Quilts must arrive between April 15 - 25, 2017

Mail Quilts to

UQSM c/o Moana Burgess
25 South 100 West
Alpine, UT 84004

Local Drop Off

Local drop off has been discontinued


Brenda Bell at (385) 414-0633 or brenda@downunderdiversions.com


Click here to read about our judges


Quilt Images

Each entry MUST be accompanied by at least 2 photos of the quilt for identification purposes, one picture of the entire quilt and one close-up.

To use the online entry form to add images please make sure that your images are under 2MB file size each. If they need to be re-sized smaller you can use most image editing programs to accomplish this. Ideal image size is around 400x600 pixels (about 5.5" x 8.5") and 72 dpi. Images must be .jpg files.

If you are having trouble with the online image submission, please complete your registration without them and then email the images with your name, the quilt name, and category to brenda@downunderdiversions.com, or mail printed photos to the address above.


Quilt Descriptions, Perimeters and Returns after the Show

Quilt Description: Please provide a description of the quilt in 40 words or less. This will be added to the card shown with the quilt. List materials used, design (original or pattern, give credit where appropriate), inspiration, etc. Please double check your spelling as this will appear publicly at the show.

Perimeter (Size): Show quilts are limited to a total perimeter of 480 inches. The perimeter of your quilt is found by adding the length of all 4 sides together. You can also do (width x 2) + (height x 2) = perimeter total. For instance, if you had a quilt that was 36" x 48" the total perimeter of the quilt would be (36" x 2) + (48" x 2) = 168" in perimeter. Most quilts will fit well within the maximum perimeter limit for the show. Check your appropriate category for size requirements and limitations. Not all categories are limited to 480 inches, several categories have a smaller perimeter limit.

Quilt Return: Quilts may either be picked up after the show, or they will be shipped back. Please indicate your preference on the application form. Quilts can be picked up from the show after closing on Saturday, May 6, from 6 pm - 7 pm. To pick up your quilt, bring along your quilt claim form and a photo ID.

Quilt Entries - Judging Categories
The following category descriptions are summaries, please click here to download the complete category descriptions.

Appliqué: Quilts in this category should be predominantly appliquéd. Appliqué may be applied by hand or machine. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 96” and not larger than 480”

Art/Innovative: Quilts in this category will be judged for their artistic merit, design and detailed quilting. Addition of beads, buttons or other objects will be acceptable providing they are securely attached and the quilt can be hung with minimal care. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 96” and not larger than 480”

Computerized: Quilts are machine quilted predominantly using a computerized a computerized system. All types of quilts are permitted in this category. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 96” and not larger than 480”

Custom: This is the category to showcase your exceptional custom quilting of a Novelty quilt, a Traditional quilt or a Traditional Whole Cloth quilt. Traditional quilts are to have quilting such as stitch-in-the ditch, feathers, cross-hatching and echo quilt. Novelty quilting can have unusual and creative stitching designs with unique and non-matching threads. Either quilting style is permitted in this category. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 160” and not larger than 480” 

Embroidery/Mixed Technique: The quilt must contain any two or more techniques in combination such as piecing, appliqué, embroidery and fabric painting. Embroidered quilts may have hand or machine embroidery. Embellishments are permitted. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 160” and not larger than 480” 

Modern: Quilts that are functional, include bold colors and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, expansive negative space and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 160” and not larger than 480” 

Utah’s Own: This category is sponsored to recognized three outstanding quilts by Utah quilt makers. This is now a solitaire category, meaning one person does both the piecing and quilting, and the maker must reside in Utah. All types of quilts are permitted in this category. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 96” and not larger than 480”

Vintage: In this category, old meets new, with the combination of the beauty of vintage pieces with the art of today’s machine quilting. Quilts must be constructed with at least 50% recognizable vintage pieces which may include: vintage quilt tops, table linens/doilies, quilt blocks or other vintage textiles. Vintage items are to be 30 years or older. Quilts must consist of three layers and be machine quilted. Perimeter not less than 96” and not larger than 320”

Wall Hanging: Quilts in this category may be traditional or novelty in design and construction may be pieced, whole cloth, and/or appliquéd. Embellishments are permitted. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Total perimeter of the quilt shall not exceed 240”

Youth: Quilts in this category MUST be entirely pieced and machine quilted by a youth 18 years of age or younger. Quilting method may be long arm or conventional push-through method. No computerized quilting permitted. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 96” and not larger than 480”

Youth Computerized: Quilts in this category MUST be entirely pieced and machine quilted by a youth 18 years of age or younger. Quilting method to be computerized only. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting. Perimeter not less than 96” and not larger than 480”

Exhibit Only: A quilter may submit up to three quilts for non-judged Exhibit Only. All Exhibit Only quilts must fit the definition of a category described above. Display is conditional on space availability. All Exhibit Only quilts must be machine quilted. (see below)


Special Awards

Best of Show: This quilt is deemed by the judges as the best quilt in all categories.

Best Combination*: Quilt made by a combination of piecers, appliquérs and/or machine quilters. A group effort, more than one person worked on the quilt.

Best Solitaire*: One person pieced or appliquéd and machine quilted the quilt.

Viewers’ Choice: Ballots cast by attendees will decide this award.

Director’s Choice Award: This award is presented by the UQSM Director recognizing one exceptional quilt.

Judge’s Choice Award - Ribbon Only: Each judge will personally select one quilt of their choice for recognition.

*Combination = Pieced & quilted by more than one person.  |  *Solitaire = Pieced & quilted by the same person

Quilt Entries - Exhibit Only


At UQSM we allow up to three (3) quilts entered for non-judged Exhibit Only. All Exhibit Only quilts must fit the definitions of a quilt, and may be in any of the standard categories. All exhibit only quilts must be machine quilted. Cost of entering is $5 per quilt plus a mandatory $5 insurance fee per quilt. Display is conditional on space availability. 

We highly recommend that you choose to enter your quilt in the judged competition. Even If you don't feel your quilt is good enough to win a prize, you will still receive valuable feedback and suggestions from our judges to improve your quilting. 


Quilt Entries - Terms & Conditions

I agree to abide by the rules and decisions of UQSM 2017. I have read the UQSM Conditions & Registration Instructions and by signing this entry form I agree to abide by these conditions. I give permission for my quilt entry to be photographed and permit the image of my quilt to be used in promotional materials such as articles, ads, videos and internet sites for and about Downunder Diversions/UQSM or its exhibits. I understand that my quilt entry photo will be credited in such instances, but that there will be no compensation paid to me for such use. Downunder Diversions/UQSM agrees that they will not produce patterns of my quilted items without my express written permission.


Quilt & Embroidery Challenges

Riley Blake Designs Fabric Challenge 2017

The Riley Blake Designs fabric challenge features the "Meadow Sweets" collection by Jill Finley.
Sponsored by Christensen Wholesale

$1,100 in cash prizes will be awarded.

All quilts will be sold at a live auction 12:30 pm
Saturday, May 6th. Click here for details 

The minimum bid is $100 for each quilt.
100% of the proceeds will benefit "Sew Much Hope"
Riley Blake Challenge          

Christensen Wholesal

Quilt Hanging System          

The Hang-Ups Company


Sew Much Hope Charity Logo

Sew Much Hope, a non-profit 501(C)3, provides manually operated sewing machines to needy individuals in poverty stricken areas throughout the world to give them hope for a new, self-reliant life.

Sew Much Hope outfits long-lasting machines from the 1940's to the 1960's with hand cranks or treadles to be used in rural communities without access to electricity. The UQSM show will be a drop off site for sewing machines in working condition.  
For more information, go here!

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $300
  • 3rd Place $200
  • 2 Honorable Mentions $50

Click here for complete details, including Fabric Selection and Entry form

Quilting Treasures Quilts of Valor Challenge 2017

Sponsored by Quilting Treasures

The Quilting Treasures Quilts of Valor Challenge features the “Homefront Girl: Love My Hero" fabric collection.

The finished quilts will be donated to the Quilts of Valor Foundation for distribution to combat service members and veterans "touched by war."

$1,050 in cash prizes will be awarded.                      
Quilting Treasures


Cash Awards & Ribbons

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $300
  • 3rd Place $200
  • Hon. Mention $50

Click here for complete details, including Fabric Selection and Entry form

Baby Lock Embroidery Challenge 2017

Sponsored by Baby Lock
For 2017 we are excited to have a new quilt challenge sponsored by Baby Lock. 

This challenge will combine the 2017 UQSM theme QUILTING IS ‘ZOOPENDOUS’ with machine embroidery.

$1,050 in cash prizes will be awarded.

Cash Awards & Ribbons

  • 1st Place $500
  • 2nd Place $300
  • 3rd Place $200
  • Hon. Mention $50

Click here for complete details, including Entry form

Quilting is Zoopendous

Awards Ceremony
  12:30 p.m. Thurs., May 4th                                                 



Free admission to the Quilt Competition Awards Ceremony with your show admission Thursday! The awards ceremony is being held on the Handi-Quilter Main Stage during the lunch hour the first day of the show. The 2017 winners will be awarded nearly $20,000 in cash awards! A special slideshow presentation of all the winning quilts will be shown. See the winners and the beautiful winning quilts! A big thank you to our Awards Ceremony & Ribbons Sponsor, Baby Lock. Come and support all those who have worked so hard to create beautiful award winning quilts.

And you could win one of two fabulous prizes just for attending! Get your seat at the awards ceremony early for your chance to win a $5,000 Aria sewing & quilting machine or a $1,299 Jazz sewing & quilting machine, courtesy of Baby Lock.


Quilt Exhibits from across the country are making their way to UQSM. You will want to see the exhibits from "Fly Me To The Moon", "Let's Get Mod", "Play It Again Quilts", "QOTW Roots-Routes 2016", "Crossings", "Quilting Vintage", "Evolution Of A Quilter",  "Lion King Challenge 2016", Tiny Quilt Challenge", "4-H Quilts and our local "Utah Quilt Guild Ruby Jubilee" along with many, many other quilts on display.  For complete details, go to our "Special Displays" section!

Charity Auction

Join us Saturday, May 6th at 12:30 p.m. for a live auction.  These talented quilters come together with one purpose, to create something wonderful to be auctioned. This is great way to bid on beautiful quilts and to give back 100 percent to a charity that is all about helping others less fortunate.  Sew Much Hope, a non profit 501(C)3, operates to restore hope and balance to communities devastated by war, genocide, and poverty.  By providing sewing machines, technical skills, micro-loans, and the resources necessary to enable impoverished individuals to create a better life for their families and communities, one sewing machine at a time. Thank you to our sponsor, Riley Blake Designs. for the beautiful, high quality fabrics used to make these quilts.  http://www.sewmuchhope.org/

Brad Silcox has fast talking in his blood. If you want to be entertained come to our Auction Event.  You are sure to be entertained as you listen and enjoy the fun at this quilt auction. There will be many quilts that are beautifully designed and created with so many amazing details by quilters across the country. 

Meet UQSM 2017 Quilts Appraiser

Have your quilts appraised while at the show.

Quilt appraisals may be scheduled on Saturday, May 6th, for both contemporary and antique quilts. The quilt appraisal fee is $40 per quilt.

Advance appointments may be scheduled by e-mailing jina@downunderdiversions.com 


Brenda Groelz
Brenda Groelz

With more than 25 years in the quilting industry, Brenda has owned a quilt pattern and book publishing company, a quilt tour company, and spent many years teaching and lecturing at guilds and conferences on the national circuit. She knows the typical quilter that Handi Quilter serves because she is one of them.

As a former Editor-in-Chief of Quiltmaker magazine, Brenda has worked in all facets of marketing, from product development to consumer research, and has launched products ranging from special interest publications to digital quilt design collections, and from rulers to longarm quilting machines globally.

She has served on NQA, IQA and International Quilt Study Center boards, and is a passionate quilt collector. Brenda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Education and Journalism from Midland University, Fremont, Nebraska.


Kimberly Einmo
Kimberly Einmo

Kimberly Einmo is an author, award-winning quilter, designer, international instructor and quilt judge.

She has written five best-selling books published by the American Quilter’s Society including Modern Quilts & More, Precut Bonanza, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, Jelly Roll Quilts & More, Quilt A Travel Souvenir, and her sixth book, Clever Combo Quilts, will be published in the autumn of 2016.

Kimberly has hosted five very popular online courses on CRAFTSY including the 2015 Summer BOM, Magical Blocks: Out of the Box, Magical Jelly Roll Quilts, Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt, and Amazing Applique.

Kimberly writes a regular column in American Quilter Magazine entitled,Kimberly’s Korner, and she has written many articles which have appeared in numerous publications including American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine, McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts Magazines, Best Modern Quilts, American Quilter Magazine, Quilters’ Home Magazine, Japanese Patchwork Tsushin Magazine, Down Under Quilts, Irish Quilting Magazine and Studios Magazine. In addition, she has appeared on television and radio programs such as America Quilts Creatively and Pat Sloan’s American Quilting and Patchwork Radio Show.

Kimberly has a signature line of innovative tools including the EZ Flying Geese Ruler, EZ Jelly Roll Ruler, EZ Hearts Cut Tool, and the EZ Pineapple Ruler for EZ Quilting.
She loves to travel and has visited every corner of the United States and the world extensively to lecture and teach.
She also loves to teach quilting on the high seas and has taught on more than a dozen quilting cruises to locales including Alaska, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Most of all, she loves to meet quilters from around the world and share the joy and passion of patchwork with everyone


If you would like to participate in the Quilt Competition, click here for more information!


Many lucky attendees will go home with amazing Grand Prizes. Click here to view the list of prizes to be won and the sponsors!

Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace 2017

Free Demonstrations & Presentations

UQSM is proud to offer new & exciting free presentations for all show attendees from the Main Stage throughout the show. 

Plan now to spend some time at the Main Stage learning the latest in quilting and sewing secret tips and techniques at the feet of the experts for FREE! 

    Main Stage               

Special Displays
Sponsored by Retractable Design Wall for the Quilting Vintage special exhibit

Kaffe Exhibit Sponsored by UQSM
Details Coming Soon!

The Ideal Seam Guide 4-H CHALLENGE Sponsored by Sew Very Smooth
Details Coming Soon


Utah Quilt Guild Ruby Jubilee


Winline Products


The Utah Quilt Guild is turning 40, a milestone for the first state quilt group in the country. Because ruby is the gemstone for a fortieth anniversary, we decided to celebrate with a red and white quilt show. The guild began in 1977 with just six members with the mission to promote and preserve quiltmaking in Utah. Presently, the UQG is made up of 60 chapters stretching from Idaho Falls, Idaho to St. George in southern Utah. Chapters are assigned to one of 14 areas. Our chapters range in size from just a handful of members to over 250.

UQG only meets once a year…for four days. Currently, UQG Annual Quilt Festival is held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton Utah. We offer about 60 classes, a quilt show and vendors mall. Classes are taught by both national and local teachers.. In excess of 400 members attend Quilt Festival, and many more of the general public attend the quilt show and the vendor mall.

We asked each of our chapters to make a red and white quilt for a quilt show that will travel the State of Utah and beyond. Show attendees will vote on their favorite quilt at the various shows. Cash prizes will be awarded to the chapters (guilds) for the top three viewers’ choices. In addition, we will have parallel shows where individual members will display their red and white quilts. These will also be viewers’ choice awards, and the top three will be awarded gift certificates. 

We are appreciative of the Brigham City Museum of Art, the Dixie Quilt Show, UQSM/Downunder Diversions LLC, and the Springville Museum of Art for agreeing to host our show. In addition, we wish to thank UQSM, Superior Threads and Nuttall’s for their financial support, as well as, the numerous quilt shops in Utah who are providing the gift certificate awards.

Quilt by Helen Butler

Evolution of a Quilter by Dusty Farrell


Nolting Longarm Quilting Machines


This display of quilts will show many facets of Quilter Dusty Farrell’s quilting career. Enjoy the evolution from the very first quilts quilted for customers and strolling through quilting life with blinders on because he didn’t know any better. 

"Quilting in the Dark” Dusty’s first claim to fame what people recognized him for first. Who is that crazy tattooed man quilter quilting so fast in the dark. Yep, that was Dusty. 

On to his true love of thread art or thread painting and winning ribbons all over the world. 

This was awesome but what he loves most is sharing his love of quilting with students and encouraging them to do what they love for the love of doing it not necessarily for perfection. 

Dusty travels about 25 weeks a year and enjoys sharing his passion with students, shops, guilds, and at shows in the U.S. and Canada.



Quilting Vintage!


A found set of antiqué placemats & napkins were sent to 20 quilters to quilt by domestic machine as they wished. 

The results are varied and stunning. Be inspired to re-purpose the linens of past generations!

Curated by Kelly Cline,  quilted by Domestic and Longarm Quilters

Retractable Design Wall




"Lets Get Mod" - By SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)


Members of the Southern California, Southern Nevada SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) are getting their mod on. 

“Let’s Get Mod” art quilts that measure 25x25 are inspired by mid-century modern style and design.

Quilt: "Geek Out"

Pine Needles


No Piecing Allowed: The Art of Machine Quilting

Scalloped Quilt - No Piecing Allowed

No Piecing Allowed: The Art of Machine Quilting


Each of the beautiful quilts in this exhibit was created using a quilt panel rather than being pieced, but you will never know it by looking at them!  These quilts highlight the artistry of longarm quilting from some of the most respected quilters in the country.  Be inspired by the creativity that can be achieved when you think outside the “blocks”.  


Exhibit sponsored by PatternJam, the premier website for designing your own quilt panel.

pattern jam


Fly Me to the Moon (Fiber Artist from 8 countries)




Artists from 8 countries have created art quilts celebrating Man’s First Walk on the Moon. This multifaceted collection includes quilts that: commemorate the iconic images from the news; recall personal memories of July 20, 1969; honor all of the Apollo Missions; recognize all of the Apollo Astronauts; investigate scientific moon images; examine NASA’s cool tools; explain myths associated with the moon; define moon idioms; replay the music inspired by the moon; visit pop culture icons; and make us fall in love again under the romantic moon. 

All the quilts in this collection are 18” wide and 30” long and were juried to be a cohesive exhibit. Although the quilts are varied in style, the theme is always the same, the moon. 179 art quilts tell the story of our fascination with the moon since the dawn of time through the Apollo moon walks and beyond. 

Well-known and fairly new fiber artists have stretched their creative muscles to draw the viewer into the world of science, romance, history and fantasy. This exhibit has something for everyone.

Quilt: Margaret Williams honoring Ed White of Apollo 1

The Lion King Exhibit


Our luscious hand-dyed fabric was the inspiration for quilters to take a challenge fit for a king! Participants were inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors and exhilarating choreography of Broadway’s Award-Winning Best Musical, THE LION KING.
Elaine's Quilt Block




 We are thrilled to be working with Disney Theatrical Group on this project. LION KING will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary in November 2017. They would like to display a selection of quilts at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway overlooking Times Square!

Over 300 entries were received! The quilts represented a wide variety of techniques, interpretations and skill levels - all held together by the cohesive color, size and suede texture of the fabric!

It was the job of three jurors to pare down this huge amount of creativity to a manageable amount for the Traveling Exhibit. This was not an easy job, and we thank Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz, Valarie Poitier and Susan Stein for their unbiased and fair opinions. 

by Cherrywood Fabrics



American Made Brand Tiny Quilt Challenge


Tiny Quilt Challenge

It’s fun! And tiny! Constructed entirely of American Made Brand cotton solids, these quilts may be tiny but their impact is mighty. Clearly size is no constraint on creativity and artistry! The key requirements of the challenge were to use American Made Brand cotton solids in a quilt no larger than 15” x 15”.

“Quilting in the Country" by Naida Koraly

American Made Brand



QOTW Roots - Routes 2016


Whether one plots routes to destinations or is firmly rooted, whether routes are aerial or linear or crops are rooted in the fruitful land below, whether one pronounces routes as roots or routes, it makes little difference to creative interpretation by the artist. 

It’s all in how one hears the words and translates them into art with an inner eye. 


country heritage tours


Exhibit by The Five Easy Pieces

Quilt ‘Taking Root’ by David Charity