As part of our mission, the Quilt Alliance records the stories of quilts and quiltmakers through our oral history projects. We value the human voice as well as your voice expressed in cloth and thread. We encourage everyone who makes quilts to enter our annual contest regardless of their style (traditional, modern, art) or technique (longarm, hand quilting, applique, pieced…) –all are welcomed and valued!
We invite entrants to share their opinions, memories, language, conversation and truths in the form of a quilt. Help us document the state of quilting in 2017—let your voice be heard.
We have just a few stipulations:
All entries become a donation to the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and after exhibition, will be auctioned to benefit the mission of the organization. All entries will be documented and shared on the Quilt Alliance website.
1st, 2nd 3rd prize and Honorable Mention awards will be chosen by online member voting. A panel of professional judges will select Judge’s Choice awards. Outstanding Label prizes will be awarded by Mike Newman of StoryPatches.
Honorable Mention and Judge’s Choice Award prizes will be provided by these generous sponsors:
Past Quilt Alliance Contest winners (Grand Prize and 1st-3rd place winners) are ineligible for a period of 3 years to win 1st-3rd place awards in this year’s contest. For the 2017 contest, this includes 2014, 2015, 2016 contest winners. All past entrants are, however, eligible for Honorable Mention and Judge’s Choice awards. Past Quilt Alliance Employees, dealers or retail representatives of contest sponsors, as well as current Quilt Alliance staff, board members and advisory council members are ineligible to win any and all Quilt Alliance contest prizes.
In addition to an online display of the quilts, the collection will be exhibited at 2017 Alliance events, including the Not Fade Away conference on July 15 in Herndon, Virginia, the Quilters Take Manhattan fundraising event in New York City on September 19, and in the Alliance booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, November 1-4. Additional exhibit venues may also be added. All quilts will be auctioned online beginning November 13, 2017 to benefit the Quilt Alliance.
Register here. We recommend that you register your entry(s) right before you plan to submit them by mail. Please note new deadline: the last day to register and postmark your quilt is July 3, 2017 until midnight CST (however, if you are requesting photography services, we need to receive your quilt one month before the deadline).
Entry into the competition automatically grants copyright permission for the image of the quilt and/or all or part of the Artist’s Statement (written and recorded) about the quilt to be used in articles, ads, promotions, catalogs, books, posters, cards, websites, CDs, event news coverage, television productions and/or multimedia productions for and about the Quilt Alliance. The quilt artist retains copyright to his/her quilt design.
Submitting the completed entry form means that I will abide by the contest rules and accept the decisions of the judges. I also understand that I am donating my quilt to the Quilt Alliance for any purpose they deem appropriate, including sale by auction.
Please submit three images for your quilt: An overall, detail image and your quilt label.
Please submit your images at 2100 pixels on the longest side and crop the image so that only the quilt is in the photo (see examples below). If you need some tips on photography, check out Andy Baird and Holly Knott’s wonderful website, “Shoot That Quilt.” Still not feeling confidant about your photography skills? Email us for information about our photography services.
You may submit up to four quilts per registration (just a limitation of our system; to enter more than 4, just create a second registration)
If you have any questions, please contact Deb Josephs at email@example.com. To reach by phone, call (828) 251-7073. If you have technical questions about the on-line system, please contact Lisa Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Quilt Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations and memberships are deductible to the extent allowed by law.