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Thank you for your entries! The entry deadline is now past for the 2014 show. 

The National Quilting Association is unique among the large quilt shows in that all quilt entries submitted are accepted for the competition.  Up to 400 quilts are accepted each year for professional judging by NQA Certified Judges as an integral part of the NQA Certified Judging Program.  The judging process results in thoughtful and educational critiques of each and every quilt.  Before entering any show, familiarize yourself with general information , entry rules, and category definitions.  Then enter your quilt.  

NQA Members, please log in for special member pricing before choosing the on-line entry form from the Members Only Section of the website.  Not a member yet?  Join today to save on entry fees, class fees, and admission fees!

*** Quilt Entry is $20.00 for NQA Members, $30.00 for Non-Members. ***

Members, please use the form in the Members Only section of the website for submission and proper charges. 

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  Sew Batik and Going Green Exhibit Information      
  Little Quilt Auction Information      
  Entry Rules                                  
  Awards Information                           
  Quilt Category Definitions      


GENERAL INFORMATION
 

** The National Quilting Association, Inc., has sponsored a quilt show and competition for 45 consecutive years.  Entries are evaluated by a panel of three NQA Certified Judges.  A printed evaluation form is returned for all entries.  Ribbon awards are given at the discretion of the judges.  A participation ribbon and commemorative quilt label are presented to all entrants.


**On-line forms make it easy to enter your quilt.  Just pick the form, enter the information, and press the submit button at the end of the form.  You will be directed to the on-line store where your cart will appear with the appropriate fee charged.  When you are ready to submit your payment and method of payment, use the checkout button on the top of the webpage to direct you to the secure PayPal system for payment.

This video explains the online quilt entry procedure:


 


**You will receive both a "Confirmation of Exhibit" notification (by email) and a shipping packet (by USPS).  The latter will contain all information and items needed for shipping your entry.  Please do not ship your entry before receiving this shipping packet, which will arrive on or about April 25th.


**NQA will provide the following "Standard Insurance Coverage" for your entry:

  • $500 - for quilts 70" and greater on the short side
  • $250 - for clothing and quilts less than 70" and greater than 24" on the shortest side
  • $100 - for quilts 24" or less on the shortest side.

If you desire more than "Standard Coverage," please be certain to include your quilt on your homeowner's insurance policy or to secure additional insurance through your insurance agent.

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SEW BATIK AND GOING GREEN EXHIBIT INFORMATION

**Exhibiting a quilt is another way to participate.  NQA is accepting quilts in two open exhibits this year: the Going Green Exhibit, and the Sew Batik Challenge.  Neither of these exhibits has a fee associated with the entry and may be entered into the show with the Sew Batik and Going Green Entry Form.

 The Sew Batik Challenge quilts are the result of a purchased kit from the Sew Batik Company and the NQA in November 2013.  The Sew Batik Challenge entries will be eligible for special awards in the following areas: 

  • best  piecework
  • best  appliqué
  • most humorous
  • most effective embellishments
  • most effective quilting
  • most creative edge finish
  • most original overall
  • most interesting use of an “old-fashioned” pattern
  • most representative of the 2014 Challenge theme – Going Green
  • most effective use of the challenge fabric/Sponsor's Choice (selected by Sew Batik)

The Going Green Exhibit will include those quilts that best represent the varied interpretations of the phrase "Going Green".  It may include, but is not limited to: 

  • A secondary color that comes in many shades and styles.
  • A higher calling to the environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • A style all your own using vintage pieces and parts with sentimental ties.
 
 
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 **AWARDS

The following ribbons may be awarded to competition quilts at the judges' discretion:

Best of Show

Best Hand Quilting, Mary Krickbaum Award

Best Machine Quilting, Stationary Machine

Best Machine Quilting, Track-mounted Machine

Exemplary Piecework

Exemplary Applique

Traditional

Embellishment

Color

First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention ribbons in each category

Six (6) Judges' Recognition

 

 

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ENTRY RULES  

  • Quilts and quilted clothing may be submitted by both NQA members and non-members.
  • Entries must have been completed after January 1st, 2011, and cannot have been exhibited at a previous NQA show.
  • Forms are available on the website.  An on-line form submission is available and encouraged to save time and increase accuracy. 
  • Each entry must be submitted on a separate form.
  • Limit of one entry per category, per entrant.
  • On-line entry forms must be submitted on or before April 8, 2014.
  • Written entry forms must be postmarked on or before April 8, 2014, and addressed to: NQA Entries,1589 Limonis Street NW, Uniontown, OH  44685.
  • Entries will be accepted until the limit of 400 entries is reached.  After this, all paperwork, photos, and fees will be returned.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable; should the entrant make a decision after entering to withdraw, the entry fee will be forfeited.
  • NQA reserves the right to refuse, and assumes no liability for, entries that require special handling.  Quilts must be able to be folded and stacked and should not contain fragile embellishments, or special hanging apparatus, such as framing.
  • Quilts may not measure more than 108” wide.
  • Entries must have a hanging sleeve that is no more than 90” from the bottom edge of the quilt.  Sleeve must have a 4” opening and be securely sewn on the top and bottom to the back of the quilt.  Miniatures should have a sleeve or loops appropriate to their size. Any entry without the appropriate sleeve will not be displayed at the show.  
  • All entries must be clean, free of smoke or odor, and constructed of fabric.
  • All entries must contain quilting except Category #21, "Other", which may or may not contain quilting.
  • Categories are to be limited to the work of one person with the exception of Categories 10, 11, 12, 17, 20 and 22.
  • Entries placed in an incorrect category by the entrant will be evaluated and displayed, but will not be eligible for any awards.  It is not the intent of NQA to exclude any entries that meet the requirements.
  • Each entry must be enclosed in a plastic bag and must be shipped or delivered in a separate sturdy box that is appropriate to the size of the entry.  **No dress boxes. Do NOT use packing pellets of any kind.
  • Ship your quilt(s) to arrive in Columbus, OH between May 12th and May 16th, 2014.
  • Quilts arriving after May 16th will be returned unopened.
  • Quilts will be shipped home on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 via Fed EX.
  • Questions should be addressed to the Show Director, Linda Miller, at showdirector@nqaquilts.org

 

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 QUILT CATEGORY DEFINITIONS 

 Placing your quilt in the correct category can be a challenge.  Read the category definitions carefully to determine where your quilt will best compete.

 

REMEMBER.  Categories are to be the work of one person with the exception of Categories 10, 11, 12, 17, 20 and 22.

 

  1. Pieced Quilt – Large : Piecing predominates over other techniques in amount or in effect.  The perimeter of the quilt is greater than 301”.
  2. Pieced Quilt  - Medium : Piecing predominates over other techniques in amount or in effect.  The perimeter of the quilt is between 216” and  300”.
  3. Pieced Quilt  - Small : Piecing predominates over other techniques in amount or in effect.  The perimeter of the quilt is less than 215”.  This excludes Miniatures.
  4. Appliquéd Quilt – Large : Appliqué predominates over other techniques in amount or in effect.  The perimeter of the quilt is greater than 301”.
  5. Appliquéd Quilt  - Medium : Appliqué predominates over other techniques in amount or in effect.  The perimeter of the quilt is between 216” and  300”.
  6. Appliquéd Quilt  - Small : Appliqué predominates over other techniques in amount or in effect.  The perimeter of the quilt is less than 215”.  This excludes Miniatures.
  7. Mixed Technique – Large : A quilt where a fairly even amount of multiple techniques, not including quilting and trapunto, is used to develop the design of the top.  The perimeter of the quilt is greater than 301”.
  8. Mixed Technique – Medium : A quilt where a fairly even amount of multiple techniques, not including quilting and trapunto, is used to develop the design of the top.  The perimeter of the quilt is between 216” and  300”.
  9. Mixed Technique – Small : A quilt where a fairly even amount of multiple techniques, not including quilting and trapunto, is used to develop the design of the top.  The perimeter of the quilt is less than 215”.  This excludes Miniatures.
  10. Duet Quilt – Large : A quilt that has two persons involved in its completion.  Includes all techniques, as well as quilting by a person other than the maker of the top.  The perimeter of the quilt is greater than 301”.
  11. Duet Quilt – Medium : A quilt that has two persons involved in its completion.  Includes all techniques, as well as quilting by a person other than the maker of the top.  The perimeter of the quilt is between 216” and  300”.
  12. Duet Quilt – Small : A quilt that has two persons involved in its completion.  Includes all techniques, as well as quilting by a person other than the maker of the top.  The perimeter of the quilt is less than 215”.  This excludes Miniatures.
  13. Pictorial Quilt : A quilt that represents a recognizable image of a person, place or thing.
  14. Art/Innovative Quilt : Your original design reflecting innovative construction and design techniques, theme, or subject matter and/or materials.  No commercial patterns or copies of previous works.
  15. Naturescape : Quilts that reflect the scenery found in nature, such as land, mountains, oceans, forests, gardens, and deserts.  Animals and humans may be included, but should not be the focal point of the piece.
  16. Scrap Quilt : Quilt top must contain at least 75 different fabrics; wrong side of fabric and quilt back do not count in this number.
  17. Group Quilt : A quilt that has more than two persons involved in its completion.  Involves all techniques, as well as quilting by a person other than the makers of the top.
  18. Lynn Harris Miniature Quilt : Miniature, a scaled down version of a large quilt design with a maximum size of 24” x 24” or 96” perimeter.
  19. Quilted Clothing : Entry must be a complete ensemble; featured garment must be quilted.  No part of the ensemble may be purchased ready-to-wear, vests alone do not qualify as an ensemble.  This category is not eligible for Best of Show Awards.
  20. Chapter Row : Entry represents the NQA Chapter and must be the work of a group within that Chapter, such as a raffle quilt, challenge piece, etc.
  21. Other : A quilt where one special technique is used to develop the design of the top such as wholecloth, surface design, crazy quilt, cathedral window, etc.  
  22. Modern Quilt : Quilt may feature high contrasting colors, minimalism, improvisational piecing, expansive negative space, and non-traditional layouts. 

 

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