A quilt can be entered in only one division. It is your choice which division to enter the quilt in. The division helps Maine Quilts determine where your quilt will be displayed in the show. Please read the following information carefully to help with your decision.

Display Division – open division for all sizes except Judged. 

Judged Division – to be judged, using the Elimination System outlined in “Judged Quilts Division – Entry Information and Guidelines” on the website. 

Theme Challenge Division – quilts submitted by anyone who wishes to participate in Maine Quilts annual challenge. For Maine Quilts 2024, the theme is “Mariner’s Compass: All Points Lead to Maine”.

Chapter/Group Challenges – quilts submitted by a chapter or group done as a challenge within the chapter/group. 


Pieced – quilts that are more than 75% pieced.

Appliqué – quilts that are more than 75% appliquéd.

Mixed – quilts that have an even balance of pieced and appliquéd elements.

Other – quilts that do not fit into any other category. Examples include whole cloth, crazy quilt, redwork, embroidered, stenciled, painted, cathedral window, leather, etc. 

Art – a broad range of visual arts: painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, etc.

Modern – primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Characteristics may include minimalism, asymmetry, expansive negative space, bold colors and prints, and/or improvisational piecing.


Original – completely original design, not based on anyone else’s pattern, design, photograph or artwork. 

Traditional – “Quilts made using designs which are in the public domain and passed down from generation to generation.” (from Worth Doing Twice: Creating Quilts from Old Tops by Patricia J. Morris and Jeannette Toulsey Muir). Maine Quilts defines “traditional” as those designs in the public domain, which are designs published before 1923. Some designers after 1923 also may have designated their work as being in the public domain.  

Pattern pieces or templates may be used for traditional quilts, such as Double Wedding Ring. However, if you used a design or pattern or part of a pattern protected by copyright, you must cite your source and obtain written permission to display your quilt.