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Deadline is Oct. 5, 2020

Contest Entry

Come together and share in the beauty of quilts with the online quilt gallery and competition for all skill levels. This show, we are excited to announce two contest levels: Aspiring and Master. Compete for prizes up to $500 and recognition in a total of 29 categories! The competition is conducted solely with high-quality photos. No mailing of quilts required. The cost to enter is just $10 per quilt. Click here to view past winners.

Rules

Review the VQS Rules and Regulations prior to entering the competition.
Review Rules

Categories

Select from 29 categories with options for quilters of all experience levels.
Review Categories

Required Photos

Review the rules and requirements for the six photos needed for your quilt show entry.
Review Photos

Submit Your Entry

Have your photos and quilt information? Submit your entry now!
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Quilt Photography Tips & Tricks

Free Class!

Learn more about how to take great photos of your quilt to enter in the Virtual Quilt Show competition. This FREE class covers how to take, save, name, and submit photos.

Virtual Quilt Show Rules and Regulations

1. All entries must be quilted. Quilted is defined as being composed of two layers of cloth filled with batting and held in place by lines of stitching. Quilting may be done by hand, sit down/domestic or quilting machine.

2. Entries must be entered into the appropriate contest level.

3. The contest levels are defined as follows: Aspiring – Quilter has not had any entry that placed in a large regional quilt show. Master – Quilter has had one or more entry that has placed in a large regional quilt show. Placed is defined as winning a ribbon, cash prize, or honorable mention. Large regional quilt show is defined as anything other than a local show. For example, receiving an honorable mention at a local quilt guild show would not disqualify the quilter from the aspiring contest; however, an honorable mention at a state fair would disqualify the quilter from the Aspiring contest. Anyone may elect to enter the Master competition.

4. Deadline for entries midnight, October 5, 2020.

5. We reserve the right to switch categories if a more appropriate category is available.

6. We reserve the right to cancel or combine a category with a similar category when fewer than 10 entries are received.

7. An entry fee of $10 will be charged for each quilt entered in the contest. Payment must be received at the time of entry.

8. Entries are limited to one entry per quilter per category.

9. The quilt cannot have been entered into a previous VQS.

10. Entries must have been completed after July 31, 2018.

11. Entries that are at least 75% quilted using a computerized quilting system must be entered into the Computerized Quilting category.

12. A false backing, where some or all the quilting is not visible from the back, is prohibited except for entries into Best Embroidery or Best Embellishments where the backing is securing embellishments or embroidery. Photos of back of quilt are required.

13. All entries will be judged via photograph. Quilts not submitted using the correct photo guidelines, required photo angles, or submitted using low resolution photos will be disqualified. See pages 4 and 5.

14. VQS reserves the right to disqualify any quilt considered to be for a mature audience only.

15. All decisions made by the VQS judges are final.

Quilt Show Categories

Categories will receive cash or prizes valued up to $500

Best of Show: The Best of Show winner will be chosen from all first-place category winners in both Master and Aspiring categories.
Master – Viewer’s Choice: The Viewer’s Choice winner will be selected by quilt show attendees. Each attendee may vote for one quilt from each contest.
Aspiring – Viewer’s Choice: The Viewer’s Choice winner will be selected by quilt show attendees. Each attendee may vote for one quilt from each contest.
Master – Computerized Quilting: Entries have a minimum of 75% computerized machine quilting.
Aspiring – Computerized Quilting: Entries have a minimum of 75% computerized machine quilting. Freehand Quilting: Entries are entirely comprised of freehand machine quilting.
Master – Hand Quilting: Entries are entirely quilted by hand.
Aspiring – Hand Quilting: Entries are entirely quilted by hand.
Master – Modern Quilting: Entries bring modern art styles to quilting by utilizing alternative grid work, improve piecing, etc.
Aspiring – Modern Quilting: Entries bring modern art styles to quilting by utilizing alternative grid work, improve piecing, etc.
Master – Innovative Quilting: Entries feature unprecedented methods, in all sizes, designs, and techniques.
Aspiring – Innovative Quilting: Entries feature unprecedented methods, in all sizes, designs, and techniques.
Master – Wholecloth: Entries must be entirely from one fabric, including binding.
Aspiring – Wholecloth: Entries must be entirely from one fabric, including binding.
Master – Best Sit Down/Domestic Machine Quilting: Entries display extraordinary sit down/domestic machine quilting.
Aspiring – Best Sit Down/Domestic Machine Quilting: Entries display extraordinary sit down/domestic machine quilting.
Master – Best Piecing: Entries highlight intricate piecing designs that create outstanding designs.
Aspiring – Best Piecing: Entries highlight intricate piecing designs that create outstanding designs.
Master – Best Use of Appliqué: Entries exhibit appliqué by machine, hand, sewn, or fused.
Aspiring – Best Use of Appliqué: Entries exhibit appliqué by machine, hand, sewn, or fused.
Master – Wall Quilts: Entries have a width of 30”-60” and a length of 30” or more.
Aspiring – Wall Quilts: Entries have a width of 30”-60” and a length of 30” or more.
Master – Large Quilts: Entries have a width of 60”-110” and a length 80” or more.
Aspiring – Large Quilts: Entries have a width of 60”-110” and a length 80” or more.
Master – Best Use of Color: Entries capture and display the vast color spectrum.
Aspiring – Best Use of Color: Entries capture and display the vast color spectrum.
Master – Best Use of Embellishments: Entries with creative use of embellishments such as beads, yarn or piping to add texture, movement, or color to a quilt.
Aspiring – Best Use of Embellishments: Entries with creative use of embellishments such as beads, yarn or piping to add texture, movement, or color to a quilt.
Aspiring – Rising Star: Entrant has been quilting for less than a year. Aspiring contest only.
Aspiring – Young Quilter: Entries are quilted by a single entrant age 16 or younger. Aspiring contest only.

Required Photos

All participants are encouraged to take our free online class about photographing your quilt for the Virtual Quilt Show. Learn more and sign up at VirtualQuiltShow.com/Photography.

Each entry must include the following files. Do not include additional files or photos.

Click here to see examples of each photo. 

1. Headshot
Head and shoulder shot of quilter(s). This does not have to be a professional photo. A selfie works great but pick a plain background when possible.

2. Flat
Full Flat, Front Shot – Image all the way to the edge of the images. Must show all four corners/binding. Image taken with a solid background, no feet, decor, etc showing to distract from the image. Hang the quilt straight and wrinkle free and position yourself in front of the quilt to photograph it straight on. If laying the quilt on the floor to photograph, make sure you can take the photo from a straight angle, such as balcony. Do not photograph the quilt while it is being held or photograph it setting on an uneven surface, such as a bed. The quilt must be lint and wrinkle free.

3. Back
Full Quilt Back – Image all the way to the edge of the images. Must show all four corners/binding. Image taken with a solid background, no feet, decor, etc showing to distract from the image. Quilt must be wrinkle and lint free.

4. Folded
Quilt should be folded with the front and the back in the same shot.

5. Front Detail
Close up showing detail of best workmanship of piecing, appliqué, and/or quilting. Select a 12-inch section that exhibits your best work.

6. Edge Treatment
Close up of the edge with a side and corner included.

Photo Guidelines

REQUIRED: Photos MUST be named as follows: Last Name_EntryName_FileName
Example: Doe_FlowersintheGarden_Edge
Entries that do not name files correctly will be disqualified. For instructions on naming photos taken with a phone, please visit VirtualQuiltShow.com/photography
File Names: Headshot, Flat, Back, Folded, Detail, Edge

Photo Size: You do not have to use a professional camera. You can use an iPhone or iPad. Typical phone cameras are set using a 72 dpi (dots per inch), cameras are closer to 300 dpi. You can change your setting in your camera to have a higher resolution.
If measuring in inches, the width or length should be at least 8 inches with 300 dpi.
If measuring in pixels, the width or length should be at least 2500px. A guide to taking photos with your phones is available in our free Quilt Photography class – VirutalQuiltShow.com/Photography. Photos should be less than 10mb.

Lighting: Do not use a flash – use natural lighting. Flash can cause over exposed/washed out/blown out images. It can also alter colors.

Color: RGB color space is preferable.

Editing: Submitted photos may be sized or cropped but not edited in any other manor including the addition of watermarks. Quilts displayed in the online gallery during the show will be watermarked with a standard VQS watermark. Photos may be sized, cropped, lightened or darkened prior to display but will otherwise not be edited.

Photo Quality: Make sure your camera is in focus.

Deadline is Oct. 5, 2020

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Please review the rules and regulations prior to entering. You may enter multiple quilts at one time or complete separate checkouts for multiple quilts.

Featured Quilt by Mel Beach

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