Junior Superstars

Size of Entries: Each work must measure at least 36 inches (91.440 cm) on each side (36” x 36”). No LARGER THAN 60” (152.400 cm) (60” x 60”). All styles traditional, modern, and art are acceptable. 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 after” date requirement. Please do not submit quilts made from kits.

Who may enter: The entries may be the work of one person or more than one person if proper credit is given to all involved in the actual completion of the quilt and all are 18 years old or younger. The person entering the quilt must have been directly involved in the quilt’s creation. Limit two (2) entries per person or group. Please select the age you were when the quilt was made. 

Entries are quilts that are made by individuals or groups, 18 years of age and younger. The entries are divided in the following age groups:

  • 7 - 10 years of age
  • 11 - 13 years of age
  • 14 - 18 years of age

Limit on entries: You may enter up to two (2) quilts per person or group.

Visual Instructions: Please read carefully the information for your digital images. The complete instructions may be downloaded here. Visual Instructions (PDF).

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 8, 2020. You will be notified no later than June 6, 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 June 19, 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: The participating works must be available for 29 months, from June 2020 through September 2022.

 Definite venues for the exhibition include:

  • International Quilt Festival/Houston October 29–November 1, 2020, Houston, Texas USA
  • Entrants will be notified of all other venues.


Timeline for quilt registration


Announcement and preview: February thru March 3, 2020


Registration open: March 3, 2020

Deadline for entries: May 8, 2020


Notification of finalists: June 5, 2020


Selected quilts arrive in Houston by June 19, 2020. The selected works should be sent by the participant, at his/her own expense, to arrive no later than June 19, 2020 at the offices of Quilts, Inc. in Houston, Texas, USA. 

September 2022:  Quilts returned to owners

Official language: The official language of the exhibition is English.


Selling Your Quilt: You may choose to offer your quilt for sale while on exhibition. If you do, 12.5% of the selling price will be donated to the International Quilt Association (IQA) and 12.5% of the selling price will be donated to the Texas Quilt Museum. Both the Association and the Museum are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Please check with your tax attorney for information on how to deduct the donation.




Deadline for receiving quilts: The selected works should be sent by the participant, at his/her own expense, to arrive no later than June 19, 2020 (International shipments should be SHIPPED no later than June 6, 2020 to the offices of Quilts, Inc. in Houston, Texas, USA


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.



Quilts will be returned no later than September 30, 2022.