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Quilt Entries Overview

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General Quilts

Enter a quilt in one of 12 different categories.

 
 

General quilt rules and details

  • Entry cost is $10 (or $15 if you'd also like your quilt critiqued by professional judges). Anyone is eligible to enter.

  • Important: Be sure to read and follow the Quilt Entry Rules & Details as well
  • The category in which the quilt is entered is very important. If you should enter your quilt in the wrong category it would not be considered for that category's prize(s). See the definitions below to help you decide.
 

Category Definitions

Art Quilt

An art quilt's purpose is to be used as art; it is designed to inspire, not to keep you warm at night. An art quilt's style can be abstract or realistic. It often uses materials that are unusual in traditional quilts (paint, metal, fibers, embellishments) and may be three-dimensional. Art quilts are original artistic statements.

 

Embroidered

Either hand or machine embroidered and must display at least 70% embroidery work. Some piecing and applique acceptable.

 

First Entry in a Quilt Show 

Must be the first quilted project entered into any quilt show. May be any size and use any technique. Construction of quilt top must be done entirely by entrant. However, quilting may be done by another party.

 

 

Miniature

A miniature is not just a small quilt. It is a design that has been reduced in scale. All of the various quilt components - the overall design, quilting design and stitches, binding, embroidery or other surface techniques or embellishments need to be reduced in scale. Total perimeter shall not exceed 96" and no single side shall be more than 24". If pieced blocks are used, they shall not measure more than 4" on any side.

 

 

Mixed Technique

The use of equal amounts of two major techniques in the quilt design. For example, a quilt that is both pieced and appliqued. What would not be "mixed" would be a combination of hand and machine quilting. May use techniques not mentioned in other categories including crazy quilts, yo-yos, photos, etc (in combination with piecing and appliqued if desired)

 

Modern

Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Characteristics that help identify a modern quilt are use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work.

 

Primitive

Also can be described as Folk Art type patterns. Usually the designs are not constricted by finite form or pattern. Shapes and designs are free form, and random. Fabrics used are largely plaids, homespuns, wool, and earthy tones..

 

Traditional Appliqued

This quilt should be predominantly appliqued. Applique may be applied by hand or machine or fused.

 

Traditional Pieced

Traditional patterns for blocks and construction and predominantly pieced.

 

Wall 

A quilt made for display on a wall and not designed for use on a bed or as a lap quilt. Perimeter should not exceed 216".

 

Youth

Quilts must be entirely pieced, or appliqued and quilted by a youth 15 years of age or under. No computerized quilting.

 

Theme

Best interpretation of our Western theme.

 
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Opportunity Quilts

Guilds may hang their quilts for one, two or three days. The fee will be $15.00 per entry form. (2-3 days will pay $15.00 only)

The guild(s) will fill out an entry form as usual and note their preference for a one, two or three day space.

They will bring their quilts to the show, and furnish their own quilt hangers, and will hang the quilt 20 minutes before the show opens, on the day they are assigned, and take down the quilt at the end of the day or days, they were assigned.

We will reserve spaces for the quilts that want to hand for 3 days, and reserve space to be given daily to the one or two day hangings, on a first come reservation request.

Dorothy McRann - Lola O'leary
Opportunity Quilt Chairs

 
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Quilt Challenge

WILD WILD WEST - $100.00 1ST PLACE AND $50.00 FOR 2ND PLACE

(NEED UPDATED TEXT)This is a quilt challenge making a completed quilt with scene(s) of San Diego in the quilt. The circumference should be 144 inches max or smaller.

Turn in at Rosie's Calico Cupboard quilt shop on September 17, 2018 between 1-4 pm.

Quilt can be picked up at the end of the show, or at Rosie's on September 23, 2018, 1-4 pm.

 
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Block Challenge

BLOCK CHALLENGE - $25.00 1ST PLACE AND RIBBON FOR 2ND PLACE

(NEED UPDATED TEXT) Make a fabric postcard 5 x 7 inches or smaller with something about San Diego. It should look like a postcard you might send to someone.

Please mail your finished Postcard to: Lola O'Leary 1789 Republic Street San Diego, Ca. 92114. If you have any questions please call Lola at 619-263-7442 or lolaoleary6@gmail.com

Postcards must be received by September 16, 2017. Postcards belong to the maker and my be picked up on the last day of the show at the end of the show or at Rosie's on October 1, 2017 from 1-4 pm. If not picked up, they become the property of the San Diego Quilt Show.

You may enter as many postcards as you would like

 
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Sales Booth Quilts

You may submit quilts, wall hangings, tops & blocks to be offered for sale at the SDQS Sales Booth (not part of the general display exhibit).

Sales Booth Quilt Rules & Details:

  • Entry cost is $5. If your item sells, SDQS will deduct 15% to cover show costs.
  • Important: Be sure to read and follow the Quilt Entry Rules & Details as well
 
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Quilters Roundup

(PLACEHOLDER TEXT) BLOCK CHALLENGE - $25.00 1ST PLACE AND RIBBON FOR 2ND PLACE

(NEED UPDATED TEXT) Make a fabric postcard 5 x 7 inches or smaller with something about San Diego. It should look like a postcard you might send to someone.

Please mail your finished Postcard to: Lola O'Leary 1789 Republic Street San Diego, Ca. 92114. If you have any questions please call Lola at 619-263-7442 or lolaoleary6@gmail.com

Postcards must be received by September 16, 2017. Postcards belong to the maker and my be picked up on the last day of the show at the end of the show or at Rosie's on October 1, 2017 from 1-4 pm. If not picked up, they become the property of the San Diego Quilt Show.

You may enter as many postcards as you would like

 
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Quilt Entry Rules

Below are the rules for 2017. We will be updating our rules for 2018 shortly. If you need an update immediately, please contact us.

2017 Rules

The following additional rules and details apply for all General Prize Quilts, Quilt Challenge, Opportunity Quilts, or Sales Booth Quilts entries. For Block Challenge rules, see the Block Challengepage.

  • Entry deadline is July 15, 2017
  • All quilts over 30" wide (except Sales Booth Quilts) must have a 4" sleeve on back. Click here for quilt sleeve instructions. Additionally, each quilt should have some type of label on the back with entrant's name and contact information.
  • Panels, pre-printed pieces and unfinished quilts will not be accepted for regular display. (Quilt tops and blocks will be accepted for Sales Booth Quilts). All entries are accepted and displayed at the discretion of SDQS.
  • Entries may not have been previously entered in the San Diego Quilt Show.
  • A quilt made from a kit may be judged for feedback but will not be eligible for an award.
  • If you are part of a group of 3 or more people, and would like your entry to display with other entries of your group, then please name the group and include the same group name (ie. "Busy Quilters") on all entries.
  • Insurance is the sole responsibility of the entrant. San Diego Quilt Show (SDQS) assumes no liability for the entries. SDQS will take every precaution to protect your items. Security guards are on duty during the overnight hours at the San Diego Convention Center.
  • By entering your item, you are giving SDQS and visitors permission to photograph it. For items to be excluded from the San Diego Quilt Show CD/DVD (if produced), check the "Do not include" option on the entry form.
  • An acceptance letter will be delivered by e-mail after receipt of completed entry form.
  • Quilts must be dropped off on Monday, September 25, 2017, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, at:
  • Rosie's Calico Cupboard
  • 7151 El Cajon Boulevard
  • San Diego CA
  • After the show, quilts must be picked up on the following dates/locations:
  • Saturday, September 30, 5:00pm to 6:00pm: at San Diego Convention Center
  • Sunday, October 1, 1:00pm to 4:00pm: at Rosie's Calico Cupboard
  • There will be a $25 LATE FEE for items not picked up by the designated time.
 
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Quilt Entry Prizes

Prizes for General Prize entries:

  • Art Quilt - 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200

  • Embroidered - 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200
  • First Entry in a Quilt Show - 1st Place: $300
  • Miniature - 1st Place: $300
  • Mixed Technique - 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200
  • Modern - 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200
  • Primitive - 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200
  • Traditional Appliqued - 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200
  • Traditional Pieced - 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $200
  • Wall - 1st Place: $200, 2nd Place: $100
  • Youth - 1st Place: $50, 2nd Place: Quilt Show Ribbon)


Prizes for Quilt Challenge entries:

  • 1st Place: $100, 2nd Place: $50


Prizes for Block Challenge entries:

  • 1st Place: $25, 2nd Place: Award ribbon


Other Prizes:

  • Best of Show - $300
  • Best Stationary Machine Quilted - $100
  • Best Track Mounted Machine Quilted - $100
  • Best Hand Quilted - $100
  • Best Use of Thread - $100
  • President's Choice - $100
  • Judges Choice (three) - Award ribbon
  • Viewer's Choice - 1st Place:$300, 2nd Place: $200, 3rd Place: $100
 
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