Rules for Entering

Rules for Entering

In addition to the specific requirements of each competition category, 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.

Please read the rules below carefully.

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 Quilter, Schools or The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award (formerly Fine Art Quilt Masters).
All quilts must conform to any size constraints imposed by their category. The Organisers’ 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 (4inches) must be attached to the back of the quilt, unless it features an integral hanging device. Failure to provide this may mean that the quilt cannot be displayed. (This does not apply to Miniature and 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.

7. 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 oversized (bigger than 170cm x 230cm). Where it is not possible to display both sides, the quilt will be labelled as ‘Double Sided’ with a note asking visitors to request the assistance of a Steward if they want to see the reverse.

8. 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.

9. If there are any specific or unusual hanging requirements a hanging plan (diagram) must be included inside the packaging with your quilt.

10. Entries may not be accepted if they arrive after Sunday 19th July 2020.

11. 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.

12. If your quilt cannot be hung on a standard batten (or is entered into Quilt Creations), please provide a clear hanging plan with your entry form.

13. 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.

14. All entrants must be aware that through their participation, both the organisers, Upper Street Events Ltd 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.

15. Other than in the Group, School categories or The Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Awards (formerly Fine Art Quilt Masters), an 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.

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

17. The Judges’ decision is final.

18. Entrants must state (under Inspiration) if their quilt is an original design or if it is based on a secondary source – see 19 and 20.

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

20. 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 the maker.

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

22. All 1st prize winning quilts will be exhibited in a gallery within The Knitting & Stitching Shows in London and Harrogate. In this case, quilts will not be returned until December 2020.

Festival of Quilts COVID-19 Update

At present we very much hope that Festival of Quilts will go ahead as planned, however we are closely monitoring the situation and continue to follow and adhere to UK Government and Public Health England advice.

Tickets for The Festival of Quilts 2020 (including tickets for workshops and social events) will now be going on sale in April with the usual priority booking for members of the Quilters Guild.

We will ensure to keep you updated on this evolving situation (including the new date tickets will be on sale); please sign up to our newsletter to receive all important notifications on our ticket launch and show programme.


Please be assured that during this period of uncertainty, we will continue to offer full refunds to visitors should the event not go ahead.

Thank you for bearing with us during this incredibly difficult time.

Useful information

UK Government Response to COVID-19

NHS Advice

World Health Organisation