It is never too early to think ahead to the quilt show and how best to handle entries. Below are some things to consider if your chapter or group is thinking about doing a challenge for Maine Quilts.
Each entry counts towards an individual’s maximum number of entries. For 2018, the limit is four per individual.
Permission for display at Maine Quilts is required for any challenge entry that is neither original nor traditional. It is best to seek permission before you begin. Otherwise, you may complete the challenge only to find out you are unable to display the work if permission is not secured.
Maine Quilts has a ‘Blanket Permission’ list of designers/publishers who have already granted permission. It is available from the Quilt Registrar. It will also be available online and published in Patchwork Press periodically.
Challenges can be hung individually if the perimeter of the entry is larger than 96”. Entries with a perimeter equal to or smaller than 96” (mini quilts) must be pinned to a backing that serves as a backdrop for the quilts.
Your challenge can be a mix of quilts hung individually and mini quilts pinned to a backing. Quilts will be hung individually next to the mini quilts pinned to a backing.
Quilts hung individually and backings holding mini quilts must have a 4” sleeve that is no more than 88” from the bottom of the quilt.
Quilts hung individually must have a label on the back of the quilt with the quiltmaker and quilt title.
Each individual quilt must be in a separate flat cloth bag or pillowcase large enough to easily accommodate the quilt, marked with the quiltmaker’s name, address and phone number.
Backings holding mini quilts must have a label on the back of the backing with the challenge contact name and challenge title.
It is the chapter’s responsibility to pin the mini quilts to the backing. It will be delivered to a delivery site the same as any other quilt.
Mini quilts must be pinned from the back of the backing. It looks better! DO NOT use straight pins.
Pin each mini quilt to a larger backing which has the 4” sleeve for hanging. The backing can be no longer than 88″ and not more than 110” wide. Smaller widths and lengths are easier to work with and generally hang much nicer. You may use more than one backing. Smaller backings are easier for you pinning and us hanging. If you decided to use multiple backings, then we can still hang them sequentially in the exhibit.
Each backing holding mini quilts must be in a separate flat cloth bag or pillowcase large enough to easily accommodate the backing holding the mini quilts, marked with the challenge contact name, address and phone number.
The color of your backing is your choice. Maine Quilts generally uses black behind the quilts, and that sets the quilts off nicely. But it’s totally your decision. Pick something that shows your quilts to your best advantage.
There is a special registration form to fill out for a challenge entry. It is usually ready by late January or early February. It is available from the Quilt Registrar or online when the Maine Quilts information is prepared for the next year.
If the form does not fit your needs, contact the Quilt Registrar. We can work together to make sure it’s easy for you….and easy for me.
All entries including indication that any necessary permissions have been secured are due by May 15, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Quilt Registrar -Maine Quilts 2018