MQS® 2014 Quilt Show Categories and Rules

Laura Wertwijn, MQS® Quilt Show Chair

 

Read carefully the descriptions below. We have made several changes for 2014. Be attentive to detail, as quilts without the appropriate sized sleeve (4”) will not be photographed or hung in the show. Quilts with the hanging sleeve further than 90” from the bottom will be puddled on the floor. Also, any quilt with a bad smell or excessive pet hair will not be judged.

 

Theme: Up, Up and Away. Birds, insects, planes, kites, balloons, and your imagination can all fly! Show us what inspires you that can fly up and away. Your description will be read to the judges to indicate how you arrived at your interpretation of the theme. 

 

Deadlines for all entries will be February 15, 2014.

 

Categories

Individual Awards:

Best of Show:   This award is chosen from the first place winners of all the standard division categories.

Rookie of the Year: This award is for quilters who have been quilting on a longarm, midarm, or shortarm quilting machine for one year or less.

Solitaire: This award is given to a quilt when one person has performed all piecing, appliqué, quilting, digitizing, etc. on the entry. To be selected from: Theme, Modern Custom, Over the Top Custom, Whole Cloth Traditional, or Whole Cloth Innovative Categories.

Collaborative Quilt—new as of 2013! This award will go to two or more quilters working on a single quilt as the designer, piecer, digitizer or quilter with no money changing hands for their part in the process. To be selected from: Theme, Modern Custom, Over the Top Custom, or Tools of the Trade categories. Two ribbons will be awarded, even though there could be more contributors to the quilt.

Best Thread Painting on a Quilt—new in 2014!! This award will be a consideration in only a few categories: Over the Top Custom, Art, Pictorial, Wall, and Whole Cloth Innovative. Threads used must be available from Superior Threads (our Sponsor for this award). The award will be chosen by the sponsor or their designated judge.

Viewers’ Choice:  This award is given to the quilt with the most votes from attendees of MQS®.

Theme: “Up, Up, and Away”. Birds, insects, planes, kites, balloons, rockets and your imagination can all fly! Show us what inspires you that flies up and away. Your description will be read to the judges to indicate how you arrived at your interpretation of the theme. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 240" and no more than 480" and must be a quilt of 3 layers: top, batting and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Modern Custom – open to all types of machines

Techniques for machine quilting are ever evolving and we have modified this category to reflect those advances.  Stitch in the ditch, block motifs, feather work, cross hatching and coordinating border designs may now be enhanced with updated techniques and background fills such as McTavishing and pebbles.  Thread must match or blend.  The use of metallic, variegated, shiny, high contrast thread or embellishments are not permitted. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 240” and no more than 480” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Over the Top Custom

Bring on the Bling!  Modern, innovative and unusual machine quilting designs and techniques are encouraged.  These techniques can include, but are not limited to the use of specialty threads such as metallic, variegated, and shiny polyesters and high contrast colors, extensive thread painting, crystals, glitter and beads.  Embellishments must be securely attached. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 240” and no more than 480” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

In the Hoop

We have re-instituted the Machine Embroidery category in this updated version. Machine embroidered digitized designs in block format or creative positioning are to be entered here. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 160” and no more than 360” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting, and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Whole Cloth Innovative

A quilt utilizing a single solid, tone on tone, marbled or hand-dyed fabric as the background for only quilting. The fabric may be seamed to arrive at appropriate size and the edge treatments must also be from this same fabric. The entire design of the quilt is created by the quilting only. However, in this category the quilting may be enhanced with color by layering dyed batting, felt, fabric, etc. underneath the main fabric; and/or by adding  pigment, paint etc. on the surface of the main fabric. Any unique edge treatments are allowed. No piecework or appliqué is allowed. Embellishments will be allowed. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 160” and no more than 360” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting, and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.     *Note new size restrictions*

Whole Cloth Traditional 

A quilt utilizing a single solid, tone on tone, marbled or hand-dyed fabric as the background for only quilting. The fabric may be seamed to arrive at appropriate size and the edge treatments must also be from this same fabric. The entire design of the quilt is created by the quilting only. Dyed batting may not be used.  Layering fabrics, felt, etc. to achieve shadowing is also not permitted. Only matching threads must be used. Variegated threads and specialty threads are not permitted. No embellishments of any kind are allowed. No piecework or appliqué is allowed. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 160” and no more than 360” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting, and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.        *Note new size restrictions* 

Pictorial – open to all types of machines

Create a picture with some semblance of realism using fabric and thread. A portrait or a landscape scene qualifies for this category. Creative use of thread and fabric and other artistic media including, but not limited to paint sticks, inking, bleaching, and pencil coloring may be used. Piecing and all forms of appliqué, including thread appliqué, beading and photo transfer will qualify for this fun category. Any embellishments must be securely attached and the piece must be able to hang conventionally with minimal care. Quilt perimeter must measure no more less than 80” and no more than 480” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting and backing.  A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Art – open to all types of machines

Create an art object, jewelry or quilt. Creative use of fabric, thread and other artistic media including, but not limited to paint sticks, inking, bleaching, and pencil coloring may be used. Piecing and all forms of appliqué, including thread appliqué, beading and photo transfer will qualify for this fun category, which may be two or three dimensional. Beads and crystal embellishments are allowed in this quilt category and must be securely attached. This is your chance to make an impression! A three-dimensional piece must include sturdy display parts that can be easily arranged. Quilt perimeter must measure no less 80” than and no more than 480”. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Wall – open to all types of machines

This is defined as a small quilt, traditional or modern, pieced or appliqué, designed to be displayed on a wall. Specialty threads, use of paint sticks, and piping are allowed. Any surface embellishments added after quilting, such as glitter, beads and crystals are not allowed in this category. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 80” and no more than 300” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting, and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Overall Design

(Hand-guided only) A continuous line quilting design, which covers the entire surface of a pieced or appliquéd quilt qualifies here. A pantograph pattern or free-hand overall continuous line design may be used. The entire body of the quilt is quilted as one piece with an edge to edge or all over design. One separate border design may be used to separate the body and border of the quilt, however, no custom block designs nor stitch-in-the-ditch work are permitted.  Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 240” and no more than 480” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting, and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Bread and Butter

Show us how you quilt those customer quilts and get them out the door.  Quilting may be traditional or innovative, but must represent the type of quilting normally done on functional bed-type quilts that are intended for daily use.  Think quick and easy, but effective quilting designs. Obvious custom intricate quilting will disqualify the entry.  These are our Bread and Butter income. The pattern designs for this year are: Flying Geese and Kite. These are the only patterns allowed in this category, but they may be used together in unique settings for 2014. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 240” and no more than 480” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting and backing.

 

 

                                     

Flying Geese                       Kite

Tools of the Trade

Quilting must be accomplished with the use of acrylic rulers, shaped templates, table-mounted design boards and/or design centers, such as the Circle Lord, Quiltazoid, Hartley Fence, Gammill Design Center or other similar systems. Your artist’s statement will be read to the judges to explain what tools you used to create your quilting designs. Only freehand background fillers may be added to complete the quilting. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 240” and no more than 480” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Computer-Guided

All quilting must be accomplished using a longarm or shortarm machine using a track system with the computer-guided software engaged during the entire process, including stitching in the ditch. No freehand quilting is allowed. Edge to edge or overall computer-guided designs are accepted in this category. Specialty threads and embellishments are allowed in this category. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 240” and no more than 480” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting and backing. A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Miniature

This category is defined as a quilt consisting of pieced, appliquéd, or embroidered blocks which is a small scale reproduction of a full size quilt.  Whole cloth items will not be accepted in the miniature category for 2014. All parts of the quilt should be in proportion including appliqué, piecing, quilting, fabric prints, borders, and binding. Specialty threads and embellishments are allowed.  Quilt perimeter must measure 96” or less, with the longest side not exceeding 24”, and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting and backing.  A false back on any quilt will disqualify your entry.

Wearables - open to all types of machines

There will be one single category for Wearables in 2014. Garments or ensembles created for wearing in public are accepted. Any sort of embellishments must coordinate with the garment. Variegated, metallic, and specialty threads are allowed. Batting should be present in at least part of the garment unless it is constructed of thread only. Please include any purchased items to complete the ensemble for display purposes. 

 

Fabric Challenge – open to all types of machines

Sponsored by Fabri-Quilt

  1. A recognizable amount of the challenge fabric by Fabri-Quilt must be used as an integral part of the entry, and must appear on the front of the quilt.
  2. Embellishments are acceptable.
  3. The quilt should measure no more than 30” wide by 30” long.
  4. Judging emphasizes originality and creative use of the challenge fabric as it relates to other fabrics, visual impact and workmanship. While the show theme is not required, it may be incorporated into the design of the entry.
  5. Follow the instructions and complete an entry form using the regular quilt entry form available in the MQS® 2014 Classes and Events Catalog or on the IMQA website, www.imqa.org.  There is no entry fee for the fabric challenge. Your entry must be received following the rules as stated in the Classes and Events Catalog for 2014.
  6. Prizes will be awarded at the MQS® 2014 Awards Celebration.  Entries will be included in a special exhibit at the 18th Annual MQS® 2014. Check the website www.imqa.org to purchase additional fabric. Questions? Call the IMQA Office at 1-800-980-9505.

 

Just For Me Quilter Division

All types of machines may be used for this category.

MQS® has developed a division of the show intended to meet the needs of those of you who are not in the business of machine quilting but do quilt on a machine for yourself and your family using any type of machine.  This category may appeal to those quilters who enjoy expressing their creative side just for themselves.

Individuals who have won awards at a national level quilt show are ineligible for awards in these categories, but their quilt entries will be accepted in the general show categories.

The category descriptions are shown below. Your quilt entry form is clearly marked “Just For Me” at the top. The deadline for entries is February 15, 2014. Your entry form(s) and pictures of your quilt(s) must arrive by the deadline.

Just for Me (JFM) Best of Show:  This quilt is chosen from within the Just For Me category only.

JFM QUILT: A quilt, traditional or innovative, pieced, appliquéd, embroidered, or painted, designed to be displayed on a wall or table. Quilt perimeter must measure no less than 80” and no more than 300” and must be a quilt of three layers: top, batting, and backing. A false back will disqualify your entry.

 

Junior Quilter Division Rules

We at MQS® are very pleased and excited to receive the junior entries each year.  These young quilters are our future and it is very exciting to see what their creativity produces.  Thank you to all those mentors who have taken the time to teach and guide them to be successful! Hopefully there will be even more junior quilters next year.  We will continue to offer two groupings of the junior quilters – hand-guided and computer-guided.

  1. The junior quilter must be 17 years or younger. Age and birthday will be required.
  2. All piecing and appliqué must be completed by the junior quilter with the guidance of their mentor.
  3. The quilting must be done by the junior quilter and may be hand-guided or computer-guided, using a machine on a track system.  This can be a longarm, shortarm, midarm or domestic machine but must use a track system.
  4. The quilting for the hand-guided category can be done by following a pattern from the back of the machine, a pattern marked on the quilt top or freehand from the front of the machine. The quilter may also use template rulers or pattern boards.
  5. The quilting for the computer-guided category must have the computer-guided software engaged during the entire process. No freehand quilting will be allowed.
  6. The binding must be completed by the junior quilter with the help and guidance of their mentor.
  7. The entry can be any size from wall quilt to bed sized quilt not to exceed a 480” perimeter.
  8. The entry must consist of a top, batting and backing. A false back will disqualify the entry.  The use of specialty threads and embellishments will be accepted.
  9. A 4” hanging sleeve must be firmly attached to the back of the quilt no more than 90” from the bottom of the quilt.
  10. The entry must have a label with name and address on it. The label must be covered with dark fabric.