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As usual, we welcome any technique, any concept that addresses the theme and what it means to you—but each entry must be a quilt (three layers stitched together). Finished quilts must be 16″ x 16″ in size and must include a label on the back to include at minimum the name of the artist, title, date & location made. In addition each quilt must have a 4” sleeve sewn to the top of the quilt. All entries become a donation to the Quilt Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and after a national exhibition tour, will be auctioned to benefit the mission of the organization. All entries will be documented and shared in The Quilt Index (

Our mission is to document, preserve and share the stories of (all) quilts and (all) quiltmakers. 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!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Enter online here:
Our web-based registration, judging and exhibition system is generously provided by ArtCall.
This year, we are charging a flat rate entry fee for the contest: $5 for Quilt Alliance members and $25 for nonmembers–enter as many quilts as you’d like for one fee.
2. Mail your quilt to the Quilt Alliance office, postmarked by May 1, 2015.
Mail to:
Quilt Alliance
125 S. Lexington Avenue, Suite 101
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-251-7073

Professional judges will select the Handi Quilter Grand Prize and the winner will receive a HQ Sweet Sixteen longarm sit-down machine package (machine, table and bobbin winder) by Handi Quilter, Inc.  Prize includes training by a local Handi Quilter retailer.

Please note: Past Quilt Alliance Contest Grand Prize Winners are ineligible for the Grand Prize on any given contest year. Employees, dealers or retail representatives of contest sponsors, as well as Quilt Alliance staff, board members and advisory council members are ineligible to win any and all Quilt Alliance contest prizes.

Quilt Alliance Members will vote to select First, Second and Third-place finishers as well as Honorable Mention Awards. Prizes for 1st-3rd place and HM will be provided by these generous Quilt Alliance Business Members:

All entries will be documented in The Quilt Index and travel to quilt shows, museums and other exhibition venues in the summer and fall of 2015. All quilts are a donation to the Quilt Alliance and will be auctioned to benefit the work of this 21-year-old nonprofit organization to document, preserve and share the history of quilts and quiltmakers.

Entry postmark deadline is June 1, 2014.

Questions or feedback? Post your question here or contact us by email or phone (828) 251-7073.

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