Quilts must be clean, thread-free and in excellent show-ready condition; pet hair, smoke, or strong odors will disqualify an entry.
Quilts may not have been in any prior NSQG “World of Quilts” show; exceptions are invitationals, challenges, and special exhibits.
Quilts from kits (or any part thereof) are eligible for submission and judging but must be specified as such on the registration form.
The majority of the quilt must consist of three layers: top, middle, and backing.
No tied quilts – hand or machine quilted only; exceptions are Special Techniques and Young Quilters Categories.
Quilt Sleeves – All quilts must have a 4″ sleeve sewn (not glued) on the back. Category 900 and quilts smaller than 6″x6″ may have a 2″ sleeve. See this tutorial how to add a sleeve.
Quilt Labels – Name, address, phone number must be on the back of each quilt. If judged, that information and any other personal information must be covered temporarily. The quilt number sent to you after registration close must be sewn on the bottom right hand quilt back corner (right hand side as viewed from the back of the quilt).
Bed Quilts (Made to go on a bed, regardless of size)
100 – Hand quilted – pieced and/or appliquéd (specify if hand or machine appliquéd), includes those quilted by the makers(s) of the top as well as those quilted by someone else
200 – Machine quilted by maker of top – pieced and/or appliquéd (specify if hand or machine appliquéd),
300 – Machine quilted by someone other than the maker of the top – pieced and/or appliquéd (specify if hand or machine appliquéd)
NSQG reserves the right to reject any quilt and/or to reassign categories as necessary.
Wall Quilts (Made to hang on a wall, regardless of size)
400 – Traditional design – appliqué (specify hand or machine appliqué) – hand or machine quilted by maker of top
500 – Traditional design – pieced – hand or machine quilted by maker of top
600 – Art – people, portraits, animals or other figures (quilts that illustrate some recognizable aspect of the human or animal form)
700 – Art – pictorial (quilts that illustrate a recognizable image (other than human or animal-see 600 above) such as naturescapes, landscapes, cityscapes, still-life, flowers, rooms, etc.)
800 – Art – abstract (quilts of original forms and compositions, non-literal designs)
900 – Art – small (any type of art quilt measuring less than 20” on each side – includes postcards)
1000 – Wall quilts, regardless of subject, quilted by someone other than the maker of the top
Special Category Quilts
1100 – Special Techniques – unusual techniques such as embroidered quilts, yo-yo’s, cathedral windows, miniature quilts (a scaled-down version of a full-size quilt), whole-cloth quilts, heavily embellished quilts and crazy quilts
1200 – Group Quilts – any Bed or Wall quilt top made by two or more persons, regardless of who did the quilting
1300 – Modern Quilts – any size quilt inspired by modern design: bold colors, minimalism, asymmetrical design, expansive negative space, alternate grid work,improvisational piecing and/or solid fabrics. They need not be quilted by the maker.
1400 – Young Quilters – all sizes and techniques, first 15 entries accepted. Quilt must be made by someone who is 16 or younger with little or no help from an adult. Use the Young Quilter’s Registration Form and state your age, where you learned to quilt, and why you chose this pattern or colors.
Does your quilt fit into one of the Special Categories?
If not, is it a Bed Quilt or a Wall Quilt? These designations are not based on size – they are based on your intended use of the quilt.
If your Bed Quilt has been hand quilted, whether by you or another, choose Category 100.
Machine quilting includes quilting on a stationary domestic machine as will as quilting on a mid- or long-arm track machine.
If your Bed Quilt was machine quilted by you, choose Category 200.
If your Bed Quilt was machine quilted by someone other than you (whether or not that person was compensated for the quilting), choose Category 300 where it will be judged with all other Bed Quilts machine quilted by another.
If your Wall Quilt is of Traditional Design and machine quilted by you, choose Category 400 or 500, depending on whether it is predominantly appliquéd or predominantly pieced.
If your Wall Quilt (Traditional Design or Art Quilt) has been machine quilted by another, whether or not that person was compensated for the quilting, choose Category 1000 where it will be judged with all Wall Quilts machine quilted by another.
All quilts where the quilt top or any of its components have been made by two or more persons, whether Bed Quilts, Traditional Design Wall Quilts or Art Quilts, should be placed in Category 1200, regardless of who did the quilting.
There is no special category for un-judged quilts, pick the appropriate category and indicate ‘not judged’ on the registration form.
If the Quilt Registrar has questions about any choice, she will contact you to discuss it further.
Who Needs to Seek Design Permission? If your quilt is a completely original design, not based on anyone else’s patterns, photographs, or artwork, you do not need to get any permissions before displaying your quilt. If your quilt is strictly for your own use and enjoyment, and will not be displayed publicly, used commercially, or sold, you also do not have to seek any permissions. However, if you use someone else’s pattern, artwork, photography, or even another quilt as the basis, starting point, or full source of your design, it is important that you ask for and receive that person’s permission before displaying your quilt publicly. Even though the quilt and the hard work are all yours, the design is the intellectual property of its creator. Your quilt, even if the design has been altered, is considered a derivative work of their original design. This information (along with very useful additional guidance) is found on the AQS website.
Hand Appliqué – Top contains appliqué, which has been sewn on by hand.
Machine Appliqué – Top contains appliqué, which has been sewn on using a sewing machine.
Traditional Design – Constructed of blocks in a traditional pattern or method of piecing or appliqué. A “One Block Wonder” quilt, for example, would be considered a traditional design because it is pieced in rows of triangles which form hexagons even though it results in an abstract geometric design.
Hand Quilted – Quilted by hand only. No machine quilting has been done.
Stationary Machine – Quilted using domestic sewing machine or a sit down mid-arm machine like the Handiquilter Sweet Sixteen. The machine stands still and the fabric is moved around under the needle.
Track Machine – The sewing machine rides on a track and is moved around the quilt which is held on rollers and doesn’t move.
Stitch Regulator Used – Machine quilting where the stitch regulation function of a machine (track or stationary) is used to keep the stitches even.
Computer Guided Design/Quilting – Automatic machine quilting via a computer attachment which has been programmed with a design and does the quilting.