The rules for the 2014 AQS QuiltWeek® contests are now available… and we have made some changes. We hope these changes make it possible for you to be able to enter your quilts and have the opportunity to win some of the thousands of dollars in cash awards we are giving away.
Overall changes that apply to all seven contests include:
- You may now enter one quilt in each category of the contest – previously you were limited to three entries in each contest. Note there is a limit of one quilt entry per category; two quilts cannot be entered in the same category, for example, you may enter one quilt in category 1 and another in category 4, but you cannot enter both quilts into category 4.
- Quilts can be entered in multiple AQS QuiltWeek Contests: Phoenix, AZ; Lancaster, PA; Paducah, KY; Charlotte, NC; Grand Rapids, MI; Chattanooga, TN; and Des Moines, IA.
- NEW in 2014: A quilt winning a cash award is now eligible to enter any other AQS contest for the next twelve months, for example, if your quilt wins a cash award in Lancaster, you may enter it in any other AQS contest for one year. However, it would not be eligible to enter Lancaster in 2015.
- Quilts must be a single unit and may not be framed with wood, metal, etc. Odd-shaped quilts and quilts with multiple panels must be mounted on black fabric containing a sleeve; attach the quilt at the top only, leaving the bottom free for the judges to view the back of the quilt.
The rules for the Lancaster, Grand Rapids, and Des Moines contests are the same categories, except we have added the Modern Quilt category to all three contests. You will also notice that we increased the width in the wall categories to a maximum of 80″ wide. Be sure to measure your quilt and make sure it fits the category you are entering. If you are making Fiber Art quilts, you can now enter them in each of the wall categories for Des Moines.
Paducah has the same 15 categories as last year, plus we have added a Modern Quilt category to the Paducah contest, too.
The categories for the three new contests (Phoenix, Charlotte, and Chattanooga) are new and different from the other contests. The categories for these shows are defined by the style of the quilt. The categories are:
Bed Quilts: Width 60″ to 110″; Length 80″ or more. Quilts designed for use on a bed.
1. Bed Quilts – Traditional: Quilts using recognizable traditional patterns and sets.
2. Bed Quilts – Innovative: Original design exemplifying and using the principals of good design in the use of line, color, and composition.
3. Bed Quilts – Computer-Aided: Bed quilts utilizing digitized designs, embroidery, stitch regulator, or other computer-aided stitching techniques.
Wall Quilts: Width 30″ to 80″; Length 30″ or more. Quilts made for display on a wall.
4. Wall Quilts – Traditional: Quilts using recognizable traditional patterns and sets.
5. Wall Quilts – Innovative/Art: Original design exemplifying and using the principals of good design in the use of line, color, and composition.
6. Wall Quilts – Modern: These quilts may use improvisational piecing, bold colors, simple shapes, neutrals as backgrounds, or other techniques that represent today’s modern quilt style.
7. Wall Quilts – Computer-Aided: Wall quilts utilizing digitized designs, embroidery, stitch regulator, or other computer-aided stitching techniques.
Note: For the categories for Computer-Aided quilts, this category is for those using digitized designs, embroidery, stitch regulator, or other computer-aided techniques used for stitching, where the machine is guiding the stitching and/or evenness of the stitches, rather than the operator. This does not apply to all of the computerized sewing machines that you use for straight, zigzag, or decorative stitching where you are guiding the fabric. If you are doing free-motion stitching with your home or longarm/midarm machine, this category does not apply to you, and you should enter one of the other categories.
Here is the link to view the rules. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view or print the rules for all seven AQS QuiltWeek Contests for 2014.
If you have questions about entering a quilt, contact Andrea Ray, AQS Contest Coordinator, at andrearay@AQSquilt.com, or call 270-898-7903, ext. 174.