In order to qualify, quilt artists must have traveled nationally to teach and have published books or patterns. The exhibit director will personally contact all Masters artists to discuss arrangements for this special display. This category is for exhibit only and will not be judged.
"Permission to Play" Challenge:
Plan now to participate in this year's Sauder Village Quilt Challenge. Stop in Threads of Tradition at Sauder Village for Challenge guidelines and fabric selection. If you are not able to visit our shop in person, Challenge guidelines and fabrics can be viewed on the Challenge web page, and then ordered either by e-mail or telephone. We will gladly ship whatever you need... right to your door. Follow this link for the Challenge guidelines
and to view the Challenge fabrics
Piecing predominates over other techniques in amount or effect.
Appliqué predominates over other techniques in amount or effect.
A quilt where two or more major construction techniques, not including quilting or trapunto, are used to develop the design of the top.Construction and/or surface design must be used in significant amounts that affect the overall design.
Quilting that uses one or more special techniques such as whole cloth, embroidery, cross-stitch, painting or other surface design techniques not included in the categories above.Construction and/or surface design must be used in significant amounts that affect the overall design.
Crib size or smaller quilt that is designed for an infant.
Art / Innovative Quilts:
A contemporary artwork exploring and expressing aesthetic concerns which retains, through materials or technique, a clear relationship to the folk art quilt from which it descends. The work must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt. It must be predominantly fabric or fabric-like material and must be composed of at least two full and distinct layers - a face layer and a backing layer. The face and backing layers must be held together by hand- or machine-made functional quilting stitches or other elements that pierce all layers and are distributed throughout the work.
Proportionally scaled down version of a large quilt design.
Quilts made by youth ages 18 and younger can be submitted for this special category. Quilt tops must have been sewn by the youth and can be quilted or tied. All other registration guidelines apply. Please note the quilt-maker's age and other interesting information on the entry form. We encourage youth to embrace the art of quilt making and share their developing talents! This category is for exhibit only and will not be judged.
For categories defined by quilting method:
Home Sewing Machine
includes use of any sewing machine that is table mounted/ stationary, allowing the quilter to move the fabric rather than the machine.
Long arm/Midarm Machine
includes any sewing machine mounted in a frame, allowing the quilter to move the machine head rather than the fabric.