2018 MQ Quilt Show and Conference

Entry deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm Central Time.
To register online, go to the  Quilt Entry Website.

Non-Judged Quilt Entries Youth Entries Drop-Off Locations

Non-Judged Quilt Entries

This Exhibit gives quilters a place to share quilts they've enjoyed creating -- whether it's their interpretation of a pattern, the results of a group exchange, challenge or mystery, kit, or special gift they've made. Because of the unlimited variety, these quilts offer inspiration and ideas to all levels of quilting.

Entry deadline is Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm Central Time.

To register online, go to the Quilt Entry Website.

If you are unable to register online, please contact quiltentryhelp@mnquilt.org for options.

Non-refundable Entry Fees

Minnesota Quilters, Inc members: Free Non-members: $15 (US funds) per quilt entry


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

Entry Information

  • Each entrant is limited to two (2) entries in the Non-Judged quilt exhibit.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by a photograph of the quilt top. The photos are used for
  • planning the exhibit layout; the quilt does not need to be finished in the photo, and the photo does not need to be professional.
  • Submit entries online at: www.mnquilt.org/mq2018


  • All quilts entered must have been completed on or after January 1, 2016.
  • 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. View hanging sleeve instructions.
  • Label: An identifying label must be attached to the bottom left corner of the back of the quilt.
  • All Non-Judged quilts must a fabric storage and transport bag with the name, address, and phone number printed on the outside.
  • Quilts may be no longer than 110" on any one side.

Your entry will generate a letter with information about dropping off and picking up your quilt(s), usually about 10 days before the drop off week. We need time to plan and organize the display.

Quilts for the Non-Judged exhibit must be dropped off or mailed to arrive at the shops or MQ office between May 29 and June 2, or delivered to the River's Edge Convention Center on Monday, June 11 between 9am and 4pm or Tuesday, June 12 between 9am and noon.

Non-Judged Quilts are eligible for one of two Non-Judged Viewers Choice Awards of $250 (Large Quilt and Small Quilt). Special Recognition Ribbons are awarded throughout the show by the MQ President, 2018 Show Coordinator, Show Faculty, Site Security Team, and a St. Cloud representative. Non-Judged quilts are included with the Judged quilts in the consideration for those ribbons.

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Youth Entries

Youth are our future!

We know that children who grow up around parents, grandparents, other family members, as well as neighbors who sew and quilt, are curious about what they're doing. Many children learn to sew from these loved ones. We applaud that. Some children and teens also are learning to sew from 4-H and Scout activities. Wherever you (or children you know) are learning to sew and make quilts, please share the quilts you make with all of us!

We're calling all youth quilters and sewers 18 and younger to enter quilts, large or small, into our annual show in St. Cloud this coming June!

  • There's no exhibit fee. Everyone 18 and younger can enter for free.
  • Make your quilts large, medium, or small. There are no size restrictions.
  • Each quilt must have 3 layers (a front, batting, and backing) held together with hand or machine stitching. Each quilt must have a 4" sleeve sewn to the top of the back so it may be hung. View hanging sleeve instructions.
  • At least 3/4 (75%) of the assembly and sewing on the quilt must be done by the youth participant. Quilting may be done by another person and does not count in the 75%.
  • Quilts must be pre-registered to be shown. To register online, go to the quilt entries site. If you are unable to register online, please contact quiltentryhelp@mnquilt.org for options.
  • Deliver your quilt(s) between Tuesday, May 29, 2018 and Saturday, June 2, 2018 to the locations listed below.

Ribbons will be awarded and each entrant will be entered into a drawing for a prize. Everyone who enters a quilt will also receive:

  • A Certificate of Participation, and
  • A 1-day pass to visit the show and see the quilts.

Come back to the website for the latest show information, or contact Paulette Marini and Lisa Stene at youth@mnquilt.org for answers to your questions about entering a quilt in the annual MQ Show.

We look forward to seeing your quilts!

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Drop-Off Locations

Quilts entered in the Non-Judged Exhibit and Youth Exhibit can be dropped off between Tuesday, May 29th and Saturday, June 2nd at one of the following quilt shops during their business hours.

Creations Quilt Shop
2904 West 3rd St
Duluth, MN 55806
Gruber's Quilt Shop
310.4th Ave NE
Waite Park MN 56387
Sew With Me
1250 Frontage Road
Stillwater, MN 55082
Four Seasons Quilt Shop
9708 63rd Ave N
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Pine Needles Quilt & Sew
1300 Salem Road SW
Rochester, MN 55902
Sew With Me
1750 Weir Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125
Eagle Creek Quilt Shop
333 2nd Ave W
Shakopee, MN 55379
Quilt Cove
1960 Cliff Lake Rd
Eagan, MN 55122
Firefly Quilt Shop
1219 Caledonia St
Mankato, MN 56001
Quilter's Haven
2930 146th St, Suite 108
Rosemount MN 55068

You may also mail quilts to the MQ Office at 253 State Street, St. Paul, MN 55107-1612.

All mailed quilts must be mailed in time to be received during the regular drop off dates noted (May 29 to June 1).

If dropping off at the MQ office, quilts need to arrive between May 29 and June 1 during office hours of 10 am to 4 pm Central Time. If you mail your quilt and want it shipped back, you must include a prepaid shipping label from FedEx or UPS.

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