Quilt Competition Entry
2018 Quilt Competition Information
Coming October 2017
Online Application & Entry Instructions (Read Rules Here!)
Registration is now closedTo enter your quilt (s) online, please fill out one (1) Quilt Competition Entry form for each quilt you are submitting.
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
Local Drop Off
Local drop off has been discontinued
Brenda Bell at (385) 414-0633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to read about our judges
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 email@example.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)
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.
Riley Blake Designs Fabric Challenge 2017
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!
Click here for complete details, including Fabric Selection and Entry form
Quilting Treasures Quilts of Valor Challenge 2017
Sponsored by Quilting Treasures
Cash Awards & Ribbons
Over 200 beautifully made quilts have been entered into the competition. These quilts will be judged professionally based on 11 categories.
You, as the attendee have the opportunity to pick your favorite quilt regardless of category. Viewers' Choice is one of 6 special awards and you are in control of this one! Please take the time to tour the competition exhibit and select your favorite!
Enter your Viewers' Choice Vote at the bottom of the Patchwork Promenade Card. Viewers' Choice voting closes Friday at 5 p.m.
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!
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/
UQSM 2017 Quilt Appraisals Available
Have your quilts appraised while at the show.
Liz Teerlink has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in Clothing & Textiles. She was President of the Utah State Quilt Guild in 1999. Quilt Historian for the guild 2000 to 2010. Taught quilt appraising under Bobbie Aug and Gerald Roy and has been a quilt appraiser for 10 years. Qualified as a Quilt Judge in the Utah qualification program in 2011. With a life long love of sewing, textiles, design and quilting she would love to see and appraise your beautiful quilts.
Please call Liz Teerlink (801) 224-8038-9187 to set up an appointment.
Quilt appraisals may be scheduled on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 4th-6th, for both contemporary and antique quilts. The quilt appraisal fee is $40 per quilt.
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!
Utah Quilt Guild Ruby Jubilee
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
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.
"Lets Get Mod" - By SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates)
No Piecing Allowed: The Art of Machine Quilting
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.
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
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
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.
The Kaffe club meets monthly to explore new techniques in quilt making. In 2016 the focus was on "Houses and More".
It's fun to see the variety of quilts that come from this talented group as they each add their own personality to the various blocks and even how the quilt is finally assembled.
Where in the Zootopia is 4-H?
I CAN QUILT!
The I Can Quilt youth contest presents 20 award winning quilts from the youth of Utah. Over 70 youth, ranging in ages 10-19, registered online and at 4-H sponsored sewing events beginning January 1, 2017. Each contestant was challenged to chronical their quilting journey by submitting two written/photo essays and meeting strict deadlines while keeping true to the theme “Where in Zootopia is 4-H.” Look carefully at each quilt and see if you can find the 4-H logo.
Generous sponsors have donated their products to all the contestants that completed the contest.
Please vote for your favorite quilt!