AQS QuiltWeek Contests
Non-refundable entry fee per quilt: $20 AQS members/$35 Non Members
Enter Your Quilt
|October 21, 2016||Daytona Beach Rules||Semi-finalists
|November 18, 2016||Lancaster Rules||Semi-finalists|
|December 9, 2016||Spring Paducah Rules||CLOSED|
|April 21, 2017||Grand Rapids Rules||Click HERE to Enter!|
|May 5, 2017||Fall Paducah Rules||Click HERE to Enter!|
|June 2, 2017||Des Moines Rules||Click HERE to Enter!|
Picture this: You’ve spent months cutting, sewing, and striving for perfection. You’ve been up to your ears in batting, thread, and fabric. You’ve made the quilt of your dreams. After all that hard work, your quilt is finished. Your quilt entry has to be entered today! Frantically, you throw your quilt over a banister and shoot a picture. You may have just made the best quilt of your entire life.
It may, in fact, be “Best of Show” worthy. But you’re forgetting one important detail: In order for your quilt to hang in one of our shows, it must first be juried. How do we jury your quilts? You guessed it…by YOUR photography.
We’ve received our share of excellent photography…but we’ve also seen some of the worst. Below you will find some helpful hints to go by when photographing your next masterpiece! Remember, your pictures are all our jurors can see…show your best work!
First, make sure your camera is on the highest quality setting. This will, indeed, make your file sizes larger. This is NOT a problem. In most cases, the larger the file size, the better quality the image; the more megapixels you use, the better your photograph will be. Also, (and we can’t stress this enough) be sure your camera is in focus when shooting your quilt.
The full shot image must be exactly what it says: a FULL shot. This means no folded corners, no bushes or trees in front of the quilt, and no fingers peeking over the top. For the best results, suspend your quilt from a curtain rod, letting it hang freely. Shoot your quilt at a 90° angle from the CENTER of the quilt. If you shoot your quilt from above or below, the quilt does not appear square (see illustrations).
Use your best source of lighting. The best results come when shooting outdoors on a cloudy day. The distilled sunlight creates just the right lighting for your quilts. Avoid harsh, direct sunlight as it blows out the color of your work. If you must shoot your quilt indoors, choose a room with the most natural lighting, and try to avoid any shadowing over your quilt.
When selecting your detail shot, choose a 12-inch section of your quilt that is your best work. You know your best work, so show it in your detail shot. Make sure you’re not physically too close to your quilt when taking the picture, as your camera may have trouble focusing.
Save Images As: JPEGS in all lower case with no spaces.
A headshot is a photo of you from the shoulders up. If you are a group or team of quilters, please use a group photo that includes everyone. (If you are a group of quilters, save as group_name.)
Not only will your quilt photographs be viewed by our jury, but if your quilt is selected to hang in any of our QuiltWeek events, your photograph may be used and re-used for publication and re-publication in AQS QuiltWeek material, digital or printed. We know you’ve worked hard on your quilt. Don’t jeopardize your quilt’s future with bad photography!
Troubleshooting If you find that you are having trouble uploading your photos, make sure your photo is saved as a jpeg, and under 10 MB. Depending on your network, it may take several minutes to complete the upload. It may appear that nothing is happening, but try waiting 2 to 3 minutes to see if it uploads successfully. (Note: Our registration software does not support iPads or Smart devices.)
An Explanation of Design Permissions Who Needs to Seek Permission? If your quilt is a completely original design, not based on anyone else’s patterns, photographs, or artwork, you do not need to worry about getting anyone’s permission before displaying your quilt. If your quilt is strictly for your own use and enjoyment, and will not be displayed publicly, used commercially, or sold, you also do not have to seek any permissions. However, if you use someone else’s pattern, artwork, photography, or even another quilt as the basis, starting point, or full source of your design, it is important that you ask for and receive that person’s permission, before displaying your quilt publicly. Even though the quilt and the hard work are all yours, the design is the intellectual property of its creator. Your quilt, even if the design has been altered, is considered a derivative work of their original design.
I Paid for My Pattern – That Means I Have the Designer’s Permission, Right? Many people believe that by purchasing a pattern, they are purchasing the right to use the pattern in whatever way they see fit, but this is not the case. Purchasing a pattern (or book, or photo, or magazine) gives you permission to make a quilt from the pattern only for your own use. It does not grant permission to publicly display the quilt or to use it for commercial purposes. To do this, you need to ask the creator for his or her permission. This is not difficult or time consuming, and it is often a very pleasant experience.
What if I Altered the Design to Make it My Own? Quilters are often inspired by others’ work in photography, sculpture, painting, or fabric arts. If the other artist’s work is visible and identifiable in your work, even though it might not be exactly the same, you still need to ask their permission. If it is not visible or identifiable, it is still a good idea, and a respectful courtesy, to credit that artist, even if you do not ask permission.
How Do I Ask Permission? Seeking permission does not have to be intimidating or difficult. In most cases, a simple e-mail or short letter is all that is needed. Contact information is usually available through the book, magazine, or pattern company, and may even be printed in the book, magazine, or on the pattern. Often, designers, photographers, and artists have their own websites with contact information posted. Tell the artist/designer that you have made a quilt from their pattern/artwork, attach a photo, and ask their permission to enter and display it in the show and to publish photographs, with proper credit. Depending on where you found the pattern or artwork, you may need to contact the publisher as well. Most of the time, people are happy to hear that a quilt inspired by their work has been accepted into a juried contest or show.
Is it Enough to Have Permission? Gaining permission is the biggest hurdle in avoiding copyright infringement, but not the only one. It is not enough to just get permission; you have to give proper credit to the designer/artist. That should be done on your contest entry form. Provide the name of the artist/designer, the title and publisher of the book, magazine, or web site if applicable, and any other information that may seem important. You may write on the back, or attach an extra page if necessary.
Why Insuring Your Quilt Might Not Be Enough
Hanging Sleeve Instructions
AQS has the leading hardware for hanging quilts at our shows, which may be different than some contestants have used in the past. This new system requires some give in the sleeve on the quilt, so the rod can slip over the hanging hook properly.
Step-by-steps instructions for adding a new sleeve:
1. Cut the sleeve 8½” wide x the exact width of your quilt. Fold the ends in twice (¼” and ¼” again) to finish each end of the sleeve. Stitch using a scant ¼” seam allowance. Press the long sides of the sleeve so they meet in the center. It helps to fold the sleeve in half lengthwise first and press, to give you a center crease. When you press the sides to the center, you’ll press those creases out—they just give an easy guide without measuring or marking.2. Fold right sides together and stitch ¼” seam on the long edge of the sleeve. Turn the sleeve right-side out. 3. You may need to repress the fold lines—you’ll need those for attaching the sleeve to your quilt. This is the step that provides the give needed in the sleeve. 4. Center the sleeve across the width of your quilt. The edge of the sleeve should lie just inside your binding, on each side of the quilt. Using the fold, pin your sleeve in place ½” to ¾” from the top outside edge, on the back of the quilt. This spacing is needed so the sleeve will not show after it is hung. 5. Pin the top of the sleeve along the fold and blindstitch in place. Use the opposite fold line to pin the bottom edge of the sleeve in place; blindstitch to the quilt. The sleeve will fit flat against the quilt from fold line to fold line; the rest of the sleeve will cup out, giving enough play in the fabric to fit into the hanging device, without damaging the sleeve. 6. This photo shows how the quilt will attach to the hanging device. Notice how the hook of the hanger pushes the sleeve inward—that’s why we need some play in the sleeve.
Adapting a sleeve already sewn to your quilt
1. If your sleeve is already sewn to your quilt, and is positioned at least 1/2″ from the top outside edge on the back of the quilt, you can simply remove the stitching on the bottom edge of the sleeve, and fold it up ½” from the stitching line, and resew that edge to the quilt.
2. If your sleeve is not positioned at least ½” from the outside edge of the quilt, you will need to remove the sleeve. and reposition it—following the step-by-step instructions for applying a new sleeve, as shown above.
Miniature Quilts: Miniature quilts are pinned in cases and do not need to have a sleeve applied to the back of the quilt.
Are you having trouble uploading your photo? Make sure your photo is saved as a jpeg, and under 10 MB. Depending on your network, it may take several minutes to complete the upload. It may appear that nothing is happening, but try waiting 2-3 minutes to see if it uploads successfully.
Still Have Questions?
Do you have questions about the requirements, entering your quilt, or shipping? Andrea is happy to help!
Ph: 270-898-7903 x 174