General Quilts

Registration is Closed

Registration ended on July 8th, 2019.


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.

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.

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 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.


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.


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".


Quilts must be entirely pieced, or appliqued and quilted by a youth 15 years of age or under.


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)

To enter your guild’s quilt, please download and print out the entry form. Fill out the form as usual and note the preference for a one, two or three day space.  Fill out all that is applicable and add any questions you might have and send in with deposit.  Someone will call to answer any questions or we will call if we have any questions.

The guild will bring their quilt to the show, 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 hang 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

If you have any questions, please call Dorothy McRann, 619-698-2330 or email dorthmcr@aol.com


Quilt Challenge


This year's quilt challenge is to create a quilt adhering to our Life In The City theme. The circumference should be 192 inches max or smaller. 

Turn in your completed quilt to Rosie's Calico Cupboard quilt shop on August 26, 2019 between 1-4 pm.

Quilt can be picked up at the end of the show, or at Rosie's on September 1, 2019, from 1-4 pm.


Block Challenge


Make an unfinished fabric block 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches with the theme of “All Things Floral”. What can you come up with? Come to the show to see this very popular challenge.  

Please mail your unfinished block to:

Lola O'Leary
1789 Republic Street
San Diego, Ca. 92114

If you have any questions please call Lola at 619-380-2577 or email lolaoleary6@gmail.com.

Blocks must be received by August 1, 2019. Blocks belong to the maker and may be picked up on the last day of the show, at the end of the show, or at Rosie's on September 1. 2019 from 1-4 pm/ Or, if you include a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage with your entry, your block will be returned to you by mail. If not picked up or mailed, they become the property of the San Diego Quilt Show.

You may enter as many blocks as you would like.


Sales Booth Quilts

You may submit quilts, wall hangings, tops and 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.


Quilt Entry 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 Challenge page.

2019 Rules

  • Entry deadline will be July 8, 2019.

  • 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 the Sales Booth). 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.

  • SDQS reserves the right to change entrant’s category if it feels it is misplaced.

  • A confirmation letter will be delivered by e-mail after receipt of your completed entry form.

  • Quilts must be dropped off on Monday, August 26, 2019 from 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, August 31, 5:00pm to 6:00pm: at San Diego Convention Center

    • Sunday, September 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.


Quilt Entry Prizes

Prizes for General Prize entries:

  • Art Quilt - 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100

  • First Entry in a Quilt Show - 1st Place: $100

  • Mixed Technique - 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100

  • Modern - 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100

  • Primitive - 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100

  • Traditional Appliqued - 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100

  • Traditional Pieced - 1st Place: $150, 2nd Place: $100

  • Wall - 1st Place: $100, 2nd Place: $50

  • 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 - $150

  • Best Stationary Machine Quilted - $100

  • Best Track Mounted Machine Quilted - $100

  • Best Hand Quilted - $100

  • Best Use of Thread - $100

  • President's Choice - Award Ribbon

  • Judges Choice (three) - Award Ribbon

  • Viewer's Choice - $100