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How & Why to Enter Quilt Shows

In the Winter issue of The Professional Quilter, NQA certified judge Scott Murkin took a look at why and how to enter quilt shows. The reasons for entering for professionals are as personal as the entrant, but in many cases it’s to increase your exposure in the quilt world at large. Longarm quilters might enter to attract the attention of quilters looking to hire a quilter. Pattern designers and teachers look for ways to get their name to a wider audience. Quilt artists may want to get exposure to collectors. And, the icing on the cake comes with additional exposure if you are a prize winner.

Scott offered some tips for entering a judged show. Here are just a few:
  • First and foremost, read the rules. Read them more than once and contact the show coordinator if you have questions.
  • Determine if your quilt is eligible for the show. Some shows may require membership in an organization; some may require completion of the quilt within a certain time period.
  • Determine the correct category for your quilt. Read the rules for definitions of categories. Some shows disqualify you if your quilt is in the wrong category.
  • Meet the deadlines!
You can read more about the how and the why of entering quilt shows in the Winter issue of The Professional Quilter.
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