Quilt National

Quilt National

Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quiltmaking as what it always has been -- an art form.

The works in a Quilt National exhibit display a reverence for the lessons taught by the makers of the heritage quilts. Many of the works hold fast to the traditional methods of piecing and patching. At the same time, however, the Quilt National artist is intrigued by the challenge of expanding the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking by utilizing the newest materials and technologies. These innovative works generate strong emotional responses in the viewer while at the same time fulfilling the creative need of the artist to make a totally individual statement.

Quilt National ’15, the nineteenth international juried competition for new, innovative quilts will be on display May 23 - September 7, 2015 at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio (USA).

Jurors will be Rosalie Dace (Durban, South Africa), Ann Johnston (Lake Oswego, OR) and Judy Schwender (Paducah, KY).

The work submitted must possess the basic structural characteristics of a quilt; be an original design of the entrant; have been completed after September 2012; measure no more than 100 inches or 254 cm. in either direction.

Over $6000 in prizes will be awarded.

ENTRY DEADLINE: 12 September 2014. Do not submit work until after 22 April 2014

Work selected for the exhibition will tour through 2017 and will be published in a full-color catalog.

Entry information and rules is available by clicking here.

To submit work online, click here

Quilt National ’13, the eighteenth international juried competition for new innovative quilts, was on display May 25 – September 2, 2013 at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio (USA).
Jurors were internationally recognized artist quiltmakers Judith Content (Palo Alto, CA) and Linda Colsh (Belgium); and Penny McMorris (Bowling Green, OH), quilt scholar, author, and  co-founder of The Electric Quilt Company, which produces software for quilters.

For a list of the prize winners from the show, click here.


For an international quilt connection,  CLICK HERE to visit our partners at  European Patchwork!