2018 MQ Quilt Show and Conference

Category Definitions Award Distribution Sizes Rules Important Dates

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.
Stationary Machine Quilting: Using a machine that sits on or is mounted to a table so the quilter moves the fabric rather than the machine.
Track Machine Quilting: Using a machine that is mounted to a frame so the quilter moves the machine rather than the fabric.

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 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 al-lowed. Quilts must be made predominantly of fabric, have three layers, and contain hand or ma-chine quilting. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons.
Group Quilt: Any 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 a proportionately reduced scale. If individual blocks are used, they should be 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 two categories: Large and Small, for 1 or 2 persons.
Modern: Modern quilts are inspired by modern design. Characteristics of modern quilts include minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, bold colors and prints, improvisational piecing, alternate grid work, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons
Other Techniques: A quilt that uses a special technique(s) to develop the design of the top such as hand or machine embroidery, cathedral window, crazy quilting, etc. It may include piecing, any type of appliqué, embellishments, or surface design techniques. This is a single category for 1 or 2 persons.
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.
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 categories: Large 1 Person, Large 2 Person, and Small.
Wholecloth: A quilt made by one person from a solid piece of fabric on which the quilting stitches themselves form the entire design of the quilt. There can be no piecing, appliqué, painting, or embellishments on the quilt surface, only quilting, which may be done by hand or machine.
Workmanship: Any Row by Row, Mystery, Kit, or Quilt Shop Block of the Month quilt may be entered into this cat-egory. 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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Award Distribution

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
 
Wholecloth - 1 Person
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.
 

 
2018 Challenge
2018 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
2018 Show Coordinator
Judge's Recognition
Show Faculty
Site Security Team

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
Wholecloth None 110" x 110"
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 Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00pm.
To register online, go to the quilt entries website.

Please read the category definitions carefully, and contact judged@mnquilt.org if you have any questions. Each quilt entered will receive a critique by judges who are members of the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ).

Non-refundable Entry Fees
Minnesota Quilters, Inc. members: $20.00 (US funds) per quilt entry.
Non-members: $35.00 (US funds) per quilt entry.

Shipping and Handling
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 are insured by Minnesota Quilters insurance while they are in the possession of Minnesota quilters. It is the responsibility of entrants to insure their quilts during shipping to and from Minnesota.

Payment
Credit cards (Amex, Visa, MasterCard, Discover) or checks are accepted. Make checks payable to Minnesota Quilters, Inc. Mail checks to: Judged Competition, Minnesota Quilters, Inc., 253 State Street, St. Paul, MN 55107-1612. Registration will not be finalized until check is received.

Entry Information

  • A maximum of 200 entries will be accepted.
  • Each entrant is limited to two (2) entries. Each entry must be in a different category.
  • 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.
  • We highly recommend that entrants using paper verify that the form is completely filled out, the entry terms and conditions have been read and accepted, and the form signed.
  • Submit entries online at: www.mnquilt.org/mq2018.
Rules
  • All quilts entered in the Judged competition must have been completed on or after January 1, 2016.
  • Minnesota Quilters, Inc. 2018 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 with the exception of the Workmanship category.
  • No rigid frames, rods or mounting devices may accompany quilts.
  • No rods may be sewn into the quilt sleeve.
  • Any quilt with fragile dimensional elements must be securely packaged in a rigid box to avoid damage while being shipped by MQ to the venue.
  • Hanging Sleeve: Each quilt must have a 4” wide sleeve securely attached to the top on the back of the quilt with the top edge of the sleeve a maximum of 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).
  • 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 fewer entries have been received for that category. If this occurs entrants will be contacted to discuss options.


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Important Dates

April 16, 2018 ENTRY DEADLINE! Online entry closes at midnight. Paper entries must be postmarked before midnight, Monday April 16, 2018.
April 28, 2018 Submission instructions will be mailed to entrants by this date.
June 1 or 2, 2018 QUILT DROP OFF
  • Entries may be dropped off at the May 3 and 5, 2018 MQ Meetings
  • Shipped entries must arrive between May 29 and June 1, 2018 and mailed to:
    Minnesota Quilters, Inc.
    253 State Street
    St. Paul, MN 55107
  • Hand delivered entries may be dropped off at the address above between May 29 and June 1 between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Hand delivered entries may also be dropped off at the address below between May 29 and June 2. Contact Kate at 612.816.0365 or judged@mnquilt.org to arrange a drop-off time.
    Kate Eelkema
    2973 Cedar Crossing
    Minnetonka, MN 55305
June 13, 2018
7:00pm Sneak Preview - ribbons on winning quilts (tickets required).
June 14-16, 2018 Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference open.
June 16, 2017 Quilt pickup at the venue from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
June 18-20, 2018 Quilts are packed and shipped to entrants who have chosen this option.
June 20-22, 2018 Quilts may be picked up in Minnetonka. Call or email to arrange a time.

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