An entrant may enter only one quilt per category and enter no more than three separate competition categories. In addition, an entrant may participate in any of the special Fabric Challenge and enter one quilt per challenge, as outlined per the specific Fabric Challenge rules. There are no copyright violations and written permission must be obtained to display quilt. See copyright written permission on website.
Online Application & Entry Instructions (Read Rules Here!)
Quilt Entry Deadline
April 6, 2018
Quilt Arrival Dates
Quilts must arrive between April 15 - 21, 2018
Mail Quilts to
UQSM c/o Moana Burgess
Local Drop Off
Stay tuned for local store drop off dates and times.
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 400 x 600 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.There are no copyright violations and written permission must be obtained to display quilt. See copyright written permission on website.
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 with a pre-paid label. Quilts arriving without a pre-paid label will be judged but will not be eligible for prize money. Please indicate your preference on the application form. Quilts can be picked up from the show after closing on Saturday, May 5, at 6 pm in room 200A. To pick up your quilt, bring 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”.
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”.
Hand Quilted: We are excited to introduce this new category. In this category, quilts must be 100% hand quilted, no machine quilting permitted. Quilts may be whole cloth, pieced, appliqued, embroidered or a combination of any of these techniques. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible hand quilting on both the front and back of the quilt. 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”.
Wall Hanging - Group I: Quilts that are intended to be hung on a wall or displayed as ornamentation or decoration. Quilts in this category may be traditional or novelty in design and construction may be pieced, whole cloth, and/or appliquéd. Embellishments are permitted. Miniature quilts may be entered in this category. All elements of a miniature quilt (blocks, borders, sashing, binding, etc) should be reduced in size proportionately. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quilting on top and backside of quilt. Total perimeter of the quilt shall not exceed 120”.
Wall Hangings - Group II: Quilts that are intended to be hung on a wall or displayed as ornamentation or decoration. Quilts in this category may be traditional or novelty in design and construction may be pieced, whole cloth, and/or appliqued. Embellishments are permitted. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible machine quitling on top and backside of quilt. Total perimeter of a quilt in this category shall not be less than 120" or shall not exceed 240".
Youth 18 and Under: Quilts in this category MUST be entirely pieced and quilted by a youth 18 years of age or younger. Quilting method may be long arm, conventional push-through method, computerized quilting or hand quilted. Quilts must consist of three layers and have visible 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. Display is conditional on space availability. All Exhibit Only quilts must fit the definition of a category described above.
Best of Show Award: This quilt is deemed by the judges as the best quilt in all categories.
Best Solitaire Award: A single person pieced, appliqued and quilted this quilt.
Best Combination Award: A group effort. This quilt was made by a combination piecers, appliquérs and/or quilters.
Viewers’ Choice Award: Ballots cast by attendees will decide this award. Quilt is part of the judged entries only.
Director’s Choice Award: This award is presented by the UQSM Directors recognizing one exceptional quilt.
Judge’s Choice Award: Each judge will personally select one quilt of their choice for recognition.
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 or hand quilted. Cost of entering is $10 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 2018. 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.
Moda Fabric Challenge 2018
Click here for complete details of the Moda Fabric Challenge, including Fabric Selection and Entry Form
Live Charity Auction
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Location: Main Stage in the Marketplace
Have you ever wanted to listen to a real cowboy auctioneer? Have you ever wanted to feel the thrill of bidding against others for a quilt? Do you have a the need to help the less fortunate? Then come to our Charity Auction for Sew Much Hope. Quilts can be previewed Thursday and Friday, May 3rd and 4th, in the Marketplace. In 2017 our auction raised over $10,000 and 100% of this money went to Sew Much Hope. The minimum bid starts at $150. You can read all about Sew Much hope here or on their website www.sewmuchhope.org
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!
Cash Awards and Shopping Spree in the ADORNit booth at UQSM 2018
Click here for complete details of the ADORNit Fabric Challenge, including Fabric Selection and Entry Form
New at the UQSM 2018 show! The silent auction will take place Thursday through Saturday, May 3rd - 5th. Bidding will close at 10:30AM on Saturday May 5th. The minimum bid for each quilt is $50. You can place your bid in the Marketplace or call a phone number that will be announced soon. The photos of the quilts can be viewed on-line here on the opening day of the Marketplace, Thursday, May 3rd at 10:00AM. The ADORNit Fabric Challenge and the Stitching Show Down Challenge Quilts will be part of this silent auction. You can read all about Sew Much hope here or on their website www.sewmuchhope.org