Size of Entries: Quilts must be a minimum of 50” x 50”. Width and length not to exceed 86”. Each entry must have a 4” (10 cm) finished sleeve or casing sewn to the top back edge of the quilt (please include a .125”/.377 cm ease in the sleeve or casing). Sleeves should be secured with stitching at the top and bottom edge. A cloth label with the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, and email must be securely sewn to the back of the quilt, bottom left side. There is no made by date. Please do not submit quilts made from kits.
Only quilts based on the English alphabet will be considered for inclusion in the exhibit.
Who may enter: The entries may be the work of one person or more than one person as long as proper credit is given to all involved in the actual completion of the quilt. The person entering the quilt must have been directly involved in the quilt’s creation. You may submit a total of three (3) quilts for our consideration.
Photo/Image permission: Entry into the exhibition automatically grants permission for the image of the quilt and/or all or part of the Artist’s Statement about the quilt to be used in articles, ads, promotions, catalogs, books, magazines, websites (including any webcast coverage), blogs, CDs, news coverage, television,online and/or multimedia productions for and about this exhibit, the International Quilt Festival, International Quilt Market, or for and about quilting and developing creativity. The quilt artist retains copyright to the quilt and will be credited in any usage.
Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by midnight CDT, May 21, 2020. You will be notified no later than June 19, 2020, regarding the quilts to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than July 3, 2020.
Jury: A qualified jury will select the works. The jury’s decision is final. Entries selected from digital images are subject to additional evaluation when the actual quilt arrives in Houston. If the actual quilt is found to differ significantly from the digital image submitted for jurying, the selection committee reserves the right to reject the entry and override the jurors’ initial decision. The decision as to whether the difference is significant is entirely the prerogative of the committee.
Length of exhibit: Quilts will be returned by the end of January 2021 if quilt does not travel to other venues. If you agree to allow your quilt to travel, your quilt will be returned by the end of September 2022.
Visual Instructions: Please read carefully the information for your digital images. The complete instructions may be downloaded here. Visual Instructions (PDF).
Timeline for quilt registration:
Announcement and preview: November 2019
Registration open: March 3-May 21, 2020
Notification by: June 19, 2020
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by July 3, 2020. The selected works should be sent by the participant, at his/her own expense, to arrive no later than July 3, 2020 at the offices of Quilts, Inc. in Houston, Texas, USA.
Quilts returned to owner: End of January 2021 (unless traveling)
Shipping information: Complete shipping information will be sent when your entry is juried into the exhibition. DO NOT SEND QUILTS PRIOR TO NOTIFICATION.
Important Special Note to quilters shipping from foreign countries: While we encourage you to insure your work for its full value for insurance purposes, we must ask you to value it for customs declaration purposes only at no more than $30 (USD). A higher customs value may require an expensive bond that may not be refunded upon your quilt’s return to its home country. Also mark the customs document with “for exhibition and return, not for sale, no commercial value.” We hope you understand that this is for practical purposes only, and certainly does not reflect on Quilt Festival’s estimation of your work. If you wish to claim full value for customs purposes, we recommend that you arrange a carnet A.T.A. for your quilt at your expense. If we incur customs expenses due to a decision on your part to declare the customs value of your quilt as more than $30, you will need to reimburse us for any such expense. If you claim less than $30 for customs purposes, and we still incur customs charges, we will pay those charges in full and will not expect reimbursement.
Insurance: Each work will be insured door to door (from the time you ship it to us until it is returned to you) under the Fine Arts Policy maintained by Quilts, Inc.