2017 MQ Quilt Show and Conference

Category Definitions Awards by Category Sizes Rules Important Dates / Drop-Off Entry Form

Category Definitions

Judged Definitions

Quilt: Each quilt entered must have three distinct layers (quilt top, batting, backing), and must be quilted through all three layers. No lined backs allowed.
Quilt Entrant: Entrant is the person who constructed the quilt top. Each entrant may enter up to two quilts but only one in any single category.
Two Person Quilt: Any quilt that two people worked on, in any way, during the construction, quilting or finishing. This includes quilting done for hire. All work may be done by hand, by machine, or any combination.
Track Machine Quilting: The machine is moved across the quilt surface.
Stationary Machine Quilting: The quilt is moved under the machine, such as a home sewing machine.

Judged Category Descriptions

Appliqué: A quilt that uses appliqué, either hand or machine, as the predominant construction technique. It may be hand or machine quilted. It may be completely constructed and quilted by one person, or the quilting may be done by a second person. There are three (3) categories: Large 1 Person, Large 2 Person, and Small.
Art: A quilt made from an original design, reflecting innovative construction and design techniques, theme or subject matter and/or materials. No commercial patterns or copies of previous works allowed. Quilts must be made predominantly of fabric, have three layers, and contain hand or machine quilting. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons and any size quilt.
Group Quilt: AAny quilt created by three or more people. All work may be done by hand, by machine, or any combination.
Miniature: Any quilt measuring 24 inches or less on each side, with the overall pattern reflecting proportionately reduced scale, and any individual blocks no larger than 4 inches square. All work may be done by hand or by machine and by only one person.
Mixed Techniques: A quilt that uses a balanced combination of appliqué and piecing. It may be completely constructed and quilted by one person, or the quilting may be done by a second person. There are three (3) categories: Large 1 Person, Large 2 Person, and Small.
Modern: Modern quilts are functional, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often part of the composition, as are improvisational piecing, high contrast, and solid fabrics. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons and a quilt of any size.
Other Techniques: AA quilt that uses a special technique(s) to develop the design of the top such as whole cloth, cathedral window, embroidery, etc. It may include piecing, any type of appliqué, embellishments, or surface design techniques. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons and a quilt of any size.
Pictorial: A quilt depicting a person, place, thing, or scene in a realistic or abstract manner. It may include piecing, any type of appliqué, embellishments, or surface design techniques. It may be completely constructed and quilted by one person or the quilting may be done by a second person. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons and a quilt of any size.
Pieced: A quilt that uses piecing, by hand or machine, as the predominant construction technique. It may be hand or machine quilted. It may be completely constructed by one person, or the quilting may be done by a second person. There are three (3) categories: Large 1 Person, Large 2 Person, and Small.
Workmanship: Any Row by Row, Mystery, Kit, or Quilt Shop Block of the Month quilt may be entered into this category. It may include piecing or appliqué, and the work may be done by hand or machine. It may be completely constructed and quilted by one person, or the quilting may be done by a second person. Since many of the design and/or fabric decisions will have been made by someone other than the entrant, the judges will focus on workmanship - how well the entrant has used the given elements to create the finished quilt. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons.

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Awards by Category

Special Judged Awards
 
Best of Show
Large Quilt $1,500
Wall Quilt $1,500
 
Hand Quilting $1,000
 
Machine Quilting
Track Mounted Machine
$1,000
 
Machine Quilting
Stationary Machine
$1,000
 

 
Judged Awards
 
Appliqué - Large - 1 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Appliqué - Large - 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Appliqué - Small 1 or 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Art - 1 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Group - 3 or More Peeople
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Miniature - 1 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Mixed Techniques - Large - 1 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Mixed Techniques - Large - 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Mixed Techniques - Small 1 or 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Modern - 1 or 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Other Techniques - 1 or 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Pictorial - 1 or 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Pieced Large - 1 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Pieced Large - 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Pieced Small - 1 or 2 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Whole Cloth
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Workmanship - 1 Person
1st Place $500
2nd Place $350
3rd Place $200
 
Award Distribution
One Person Categories:
The entrant will receive the ribbon and the prize money.
 
Two Person Categories:
Two ribbons will be awarded. The entrant will receive the prize money.
 
Best Hand Quilting, Best Machine Quilting, and Best Track Quilting:
The entrant will receive the ribbon and the prize money.
 

 
2017 Challenge
2017 Challenge entries will be judged by NACQJ judges. 1st and 2nd place will be awarded at the judges' discretion. No comment sheets will be provided.
 
Quilt or Wall Hanging
1st Place $100
2nd Place $50
 
Wearable Art, 3-D Art, & Accessories
1st Place $100
2nd Place $50
 

 
Special Ribbons and Prizes
Harbor City Award:
Chosen from quilts made by members of Minnesota Quilters.
  $100
 
Viewers' Choice:
Chosen from Non-Judged Entries.
1st Place $250
2nd Place $250
 
Special Recognition Ribbons:
Both Judged and Non-Judged Entries are included in the consideration for these ribbons.
MQ President
2017 Show Coordinator
Judge's Recognition
Show Faculty
Site Security Team
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Sizes

Judged Exhibit Category Minimum Size Maximum Size
Appliqué - Large 280" perimeter 110" x 110"*
Appliqué - Small None Less than 280" perimeter
Art None 110" x 110"
Group None 110" x 110"
Junior Quilter None 110" x 110"
Miniature None 96" perimeter
Mixed Techniques - Large 280" perimeter 110" x 110"
Mixed Techniques - Small None Less than 280" perimeter
Modern None 110" x 110"
Other Techniques None 110" x 110"
Pictorial None 110" x 110"
Pieced - Large 280" perimeter 110" x 110"
Pieced - Small None Less than 280" perimeter
Workmanship None 110" x 110"

New Hanging Sleeve Requirements for Quilts Longer Than 90 Inches
To prevent damage to the bottom edge of long quilts and ensure the quilt will hang off the floor, we are requiring all quilts 90 inches or longer have a sleeve attached to the back with the top edge of the sleeve 90 inches above the bottom of the quilt. Click here to see instructions for applying this sleeve.

Quilts 90 inches or less will continue to have the sleeve at the top edge of the quilt.

Quilts may be no longer than 110” on any one side.


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Rules

Judged Competition ENTRY DEADLINE is Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Forms submitted by USPS mail must be postmarked before midnight on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

To register online, click here.

Each quilt entered will receive a critique by quilt judges who are members of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ).

Non-refundable Entry Fees
Minnesota Quilters, Inc. members: $15.00 (US funds) per quilt entry.
Non-members: $25.00 (US funds) per quilt entry.

Shipping and Handling Fee
Entrants who will be shipping their quilts to the show and are not picking up their quilts at the show must provide a prepaid shipping label for return of their quilts. Entries in the possession of MQ are insured by Minnesota Quilters insurance, however, return shipping insurance is the responsibility of the entrant.
Quiltsmay be dropped off at the May 4 and 6 MQ meetings.

Payment
Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), or checks are accepted. Make checks payable to Minnesota Quilters, Inc. Mail checks to: Bookkeeper, Minnesota Quilters, Inc., 253 State St., St. Paul, MN 55107-1612

Entry Information
  • A maximum of 200 entries will be accepted.
  • Each entrant is limited to two (2) entries.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a 4x6 photograph of the quilt top. The photo should be a full front view of the finished quilt or quilt top and should fill the entire photograph.
  • WWe highly recommend that entrants using paper verify that the form is completed filled out, the entry terms and conditions have been read and accepted, and the form signed.
  • Click here to submit entries online OR photocopy and mail paper form(s) to: Judged Competition, Minnesota Quilters, Inc., 253 State St., St. Paul, MN 55107-1612
Rules
  • All quilts entered in the Judged competition must have been completed on or after January 1, 2015.
  • Minnesota Quilters, Inc. 2017 Show faculty, sponsors and judges are not eligible to enter the judged competition.
  • Each quilt entered must have three distinct layers (quilt top, batting, backing), and must be quilted.
  • No lined or false quilt backs allowed. Quilting must be visible through back of quilt.
  • No tied quilts.
  • No kits.
  • Any quilt with fragile dimensional elements must be securely packaged in a rigid box to avoid damage while being shipped by MQ to Duluth.
  • No rods may be sewn into the quilt sleeve.
  • Hanging Sleeve: Each quilt must have a 4” wide (finished) sleeve securely attached to the back of the quilt with the top edge of the sleeve 90 inches above the bottom edge of the quilt. Directions on how to create and place a sleeve can be found here (Hanging Sleeve Instructions), on the MQ website (www.mnquilt.org), and in the registration book.
  • Label: An identifying label must be attached to the bottom left corner of the back of the quilt.
  • Minnesota Quilters, Inc. reserves the right:
    • To refuse to hang any quilt that exhibits poor quality construction, has been misrepresented by the photograph, is soiled or stained, does not adhere to the size restrictions, or has been entered in the judged competition at a previous Minnesota Quilters, Inc. show.
    • To combine or eliminate categories if five (5) or less entries have been received for that category. If this occurs, entrants will be contacted by Tuesday, April 25, 2017, to discuss options.


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Dates / Drop-Off

April 15, 2017 ENTRY DEADLINE! Online entry closes at midnight. Paper entries must be postmarked before midnight, Saturday April 15, 2017.
April 28, 2017 Submission instructions will be mailed to entrants by this date.
May 30, 2017 FINAL QUILT DROPOFF!

Entries may be dropped off at the May 4 and 6, 2017 MQ Meetings.

Shipped entries must arrive between May 22 and May 26, 2017 and mailed to:

Kate Eelkema
2973 Cedar Crossing
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Hand delivered entries may be dropped off at the above address until May 30, 2017.

Contact Kate at 612.816.0365 or judged2017@mnquilt.org for directions and to arrange a drop-off time.

JUDGED QUILTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE MQ OFFICE.

June 7, 2017
7:00pm Sneak Preview - ribbons on winning quilts (tickets required).
June 8-10, 2017 Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference open.
June 10, 2017 Quilts pickup at the DECC from 5:30 - 6:30 PM.
June 13-14 2017 Quilts are packed and shipped to entrants who have chosen this option.

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