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General Quilt Entry Information and Guidelines

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YOUTH QUILT ENTRIES – New for Maine Quilts 2020!!!!!!!!!!

  • A new Janome sewing machine, provided by The Fabric Garden in Madison, will be awarded to the first 25 youths who enter a quilt in the Youth category. 
  • In order to enter a quilt in the Youth category, the entrant must be under the age of 18 on or before May 15, 2020.
  • The entrant must be the creator of the quilt. (The quilting may be done by another party.)
  • Quilts must be no larger than 62” X 72”.
  • There is a lifetime limit of one (1) sewing machine that can be awarded to the same child.
  • Sewing machines will be awarded on Wednesday, July 22nd during the Champagne Preview. Entrants must be present to receive their awards. Proof of age may be required.  

Additional guidelines for quilt entry:

  • Quilt entries will be accepted by postmark date.
  • Only 100 quilts will be accepted in the Judged Quilts Division.
  • An individual may enter a combined total of four quilts in the Chapter/Group Challenge, Display Quilts Division, Judged Quilts Divisions, and/or “From Needle to Needle” Challenge. 
    • An individual is limited to the entry of two quilts in the Judged Quilts Division.
    • An individual is limited to the entry of one item in the “From Needle to Needle” Challenge. 
  • Original or Traditional quilts may be offered for sale. Interested buyers can fill out a “Quilt for Sale Contact Information Form” at the quilt show information table so that the quilt maker can contact potential buyers after the quilt show.
  • All quilt entries must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2020. No late entries will be accepted.
  • The submission of any quilt is deemed to include a statement that the quilter has obtained written permission from any holder of a copyright for the design or other elements of the quilt. Such permission will permit the quilter to display the quilt publicly and allow it to be photographed. Maine Quilts reserves the right, in its discretion, to ask any quilter to furnish a copy of such permission. This applies to Chapter/Group Challenge entries as well as individual entries.
  • Quilts may not have been previously exhibited at Maine Quilts except by special request.
  • All quilts must contain quilting except those made by children or those that meet the Category – Other description. Each quilt must have a label that includes the quilter’s name and title of the quilt and is sewn onto the quilt back.
    • All quilts larger than 15” x 15” must have hanging sleeves. 
    • Sleeve must have at least a 4” opening and have top and bottom sewn securely to the quilt back.
    • Top of sleeve must be no more than 88” from the bottom of the quilt. 
    • Entries received without sleeves or sleeves improperly attached will not be accepted.
  • Chapter Challenge/Group Entry forms and guidelines are available online or from the Quilt Registrar.
  • Chapter Challenge/Group Mini-Challenges must be sewn or pinned to a backing (provided by Chapter/Group). The backing must have a label with Challenge Contact Name and Challenge Title. Backing must be no longer than 88”. 
  • Quilts that require special handling (fragile embellishments, special hanging apparatus, can’t be folded, etc.) must be approved, prior to entry, by the Quilt Registrar. Framed pieces will not be accepted.
  • Maine Quilts reserves the right to refuse entries that cannot be photographed for Maine Quilts archival purposes, are not suitable for the general audience, have sharp objects or do not meet the entry guidelines. 
  • Entrants are solely responsible for insuring their quilt(s).


  • Entrants are responsible for:
    • Delivering their quilt(s) to their selected site on Saturday, July 18 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
      • Delivery sites are NOT prepared to accept quilts at any other time; please do not ask them.
      • Each quilt must be delivered in a separate cloth bag marked with the entrant’s name, address and phone number. OR
    • Shipping quilts to arrive July 6-16.
  • Each entrant (except for shipped quilts) will receive their receipt(s), quilt number(s) and pick up number on quilt delivery day.
  • No work may be withdrawn prior to the close of the show on Saturday, July 25.

Entrants are responsible for picking up their quilts at the Augusta Civic Center on Saturday, July 25, between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. or making arrangements to have them shipped back. Contact Suzy Swetz at meqltr1@hotmail.com or (207) 892-6616 to make arrangements to have your quilt(s) shipped back to you. 

Questions about entering a quilt? Contact the Quilt Registrar, Sue Rapalus, at quiltsreg@mainequilts.org or 207-582-0277.