Rules and Terms of Entry

In addition to the specific requirements of each competition, the following rules and regulations are common to all.

Definition of a quilt:

The structure of a quilt traditionally has three complete layers, but a minimum of two complete layers may be appropriate. These layers must be pierced and joined together by stitch. Other joining elements may be added.

Rules and Terms of Entry 2021

In addition to the specific requirements of each competition category, the following rules and regulations are common to all:

1) Only one piece may be entered per category.

2) Entries must have one dimension (either height or width) of at least one metre and must not exceed three metres (this does not apply to Miniature, Quilt Creations, Young Quilters and Schools).

All quilts must conform to any size constraints imposed by their category. The Organiser’s standard quilt frames can accommodate quilts up to 179cm wide by 230cm high; larger quilts can be hung on a wall. Please ensure accurate dimensions are provided on the entry form.

3) A hanging sleeve of 10cm (4 inches) must be attached to the back of the quilt (through which a wooden batten will be placed to hang your quilt). Failure to provide this sleeve may mean that the quilt cannot be displayed. (Sleeve not required if the quilt features an integral hanging device, if you are entering the Miniature category, or if your piece is Double sided).

4) Miniatures must have a 5cm (2 inch) sleeve attached to the back of the quilt unless it features an integral hanging device.

5) For the purpose of this competition, double sided quilts are defined as those where both the front and reverse side may be viewed as separate pieces of work. The reverse side of the piece should be a finished quilt, created to the same standard as the front.

6) Double sided quilts should have an integrated hanging method, either along the top of the quilt or between the layers and the quilt must not exceed 179cm wide x 230cm high in order for it to be hung effectively. Please note that it is not always possible to display both sides of a double-sided quilt. This is particularly true of smaller quilts that do not fill the dimensions of a display frame or those that are bigger than 179cm x 230cm. Where it is not possible to display both sides, visitors can request the assistance of a steward if they want to see the reverse.

7) The decision for the category entered is the sole responsibility of the maker. Quilts will not be moved to another category after the entry form is processed.

8) If your quilt cannot be hung on a standard batten (or is entered into Quilt Creations), please provide a clear hanging plan (diagram and/or written instructions) with your entry form and inside the packaging with your quilt.

9) Entries may not be accepted if they arrive after the 18th July 2021, or if they are delivered anywhere but the designated address.

10) We reserve the right NOT to hang work that contains any sharp or dangerous materials or which, in the organisers’ view, is unsuitable in any way for display.

11) Labels will be sent to each entrant to enable us to identify your quilt. Please ensure this label is located on the bottom left hand corner as you look at the back of the quilt and that a flap of fabric covers the label on the back of your quilt to ensure anonymity during the judging process.

12) All entrants must be aware that through their participation, both the organisers, Immediate Live and The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles will have the right to utilise photographs of the work within their own promotional publications, approved publications or within magazines and newspapers. Occasionally, work may be also seen on television. Where possible, the artist will receive full credit but this is not always possible.

13) Other than in the Group or Schools categories, the entry must have been created by the person entering the piece. Quilts sent to a long arm quilter must be entered into the Two Person category.

14) We endeavour to hang all pieces which comply to the Rules and Terms of Entry where we receive an entry form by the due date, but this cannot be guaranteed. The organisers reserve the right not to display any piece for whatever reason.

15) Entrants must state (under Inspiration) if their quilt is an original design or if it is based on a secondary source – see 16 and 17.

16) Entrants must acknowledge (under Technique or Inspiration) if their quilt has been made from a book, magazine, workshop or kit.

17) Entrants must acknowledge (under Technique or Inspiration) if their quilt features a ‘work of art’ or utilises an image or photograph created by someone other than the maker.

18) Entrants must acknowledge (under Technique) processes outsourced to third parties such as large-scale digital printing, laser cutting and fabric printing.

19) Work entered may have been shown at previous exhibitions or local shows, including the Virtual Competition in 2020.  

20) All 1st prize winning quilts will be exhibited in a gallery within The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate. As such, these quilts will not be returned to the maker until December 2021.

21) The Judges’ decision is final.

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Philippa Naylor - 1st place winner 2018
Mandy Pattullo Wallet Book

Register your interest

Plans are underway for The Festival of Quilts at the NEC Birmingham from 29 July – 1 August 2021.

Please help us understand your desire to attend this year’s event. By registering your interest you’ll get priority access to tickets before they go on general release.