Categories, Prizes, & Judging Criteria
Best in Show
This $5000 prize is awarded from the 1st place winners in all judged categories. The category from which Best In Show is selected will have the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place quilts all move up one spot.
Best Machine Quilting
This $1000 prize can be awarded to any quilt in the judged show. This award recognizes excellent machine quilting that enhances the design and impact of a quilt. The quilting may be done on a longarm or domestic sewing machine. Quilting done with a pantograph is not eligible for this award.
Best Hand Quilting
This $1000 prize can be awarded to any quilt in the judged show of which hand quilting is 60% or more of the quilting used. This award recognizes excellent use and execution of hand quilting to enhance the design and impact of a quilt.
Best Original Modern Design
This $1000 prize can be awarded to any quilt in the judged show. The aim of this award is to recognize excellent modern design that enhances the impact of a quilt.
MQG Award of Excellence
This $1000 prize can be awarded to any quilt in the judged show that the MQG determines to merit an award and that, after the judging process, has not received one.
This $1000 prize can be awarded to any quilt in the judged show that the people vote as their favorite. This is awarded on the last day of the show.
Categories & Entry
QuiltCon includes a juried quilt show featuring hundreds of modern quilts. Quilts that are juried into the show will be judged, and winners in each category will win awards and prizes from our generous sponsors. Entrants are welcome to enter as many quilts as they would like. A maximum of four quilts per entrant will be accepted to the show.
Quilt entry for QuiltCon 2024 opens September 1st. Interested in submitting? Read more here!
The quilts in the following show challenge categories will be judged and awarded 1st Place ($1000), 2nd Place ($250), and 3rd Place ($100) prizes. Full details about these challenges will be announced May 22, 2023.
Windham Artisan Cotton 2024 Fabric Challenge
The inspiring Jacquie Gering, the Featured Lecturer for QuiltCon 2024, has chosen our Windham Challenge palette this year! Read the rules for this quilt challenge.
The quilts in the following show categories will be judged and awarded 1st Place ($500), 2nd Place ($250), and 3rd Place ($100) prizes.
Group or Bee Quilts
Quilts in this category must be made by three or more people.
Quilts in this category must include either machine or hand appliqué.
Quilts in this category include at least one element of handwork, not including binding.
Quilts must be pieced improvisationally (without a defined pattern or template).
Quilts must demonstrate simplification of content and form for maximum visual impact.
Quilts must modernize a traditional block or quilt pattern with modern design elements.
Quilts must be machine pieced and reflect a strong or innovative use of piecing.
Quilts must have a total perimeter of 119” or smaller. The quilt can be any shape.
Use of Negative Space
Quilts must incorporate a creative or significant use of negative space.
Entrants 18 years and younger at the time of entry (quilters are excluded from age requirement).
Each category is evaluated using the following criteria:
- Elements of the modern aesthetic
- Visual impact
- Use of balance
- Use of color
- Use of contrast/value
- Fabric choices
- Overall construction
- Binding or edge finishing
- Thread choice
- Complements the piecing/appliqué design
Additionally, some categories have category-specific criteria the judges look for. Those are listed below for each category.
- Principles of minimalism
- Innovation and reinterpretation
Use of Negative Space