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Entering Online

What Do I Need to Enter Online?

A full view photo of your quilt with all four corners visible. (image must be less than 10 MG)
A detail image of your quilt showcasing your best work. (image must be less than 10 MG)
A head shot of yourself from the shoulders up. (image must be less than 10 MG)
Size of your quilt in width and length
If your quilt is not your original design, you will need to provide the pattern or design information. You will also need to upload a copy of your design permission. (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MG)
If your quilt is valued over $1,000 you must upload a copy of your appraisal. (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MG)
Optional: Name and email address of your local newspaper

For more information on categories and rules, click here.
For more information on the required photos, click here.
For more information on design permission, click here.
View the step by step online instructional video click here.

How To Enter A Quilt

Detail: PARADISE OF FLOWERS AND FOUNTAINS by Naomi Ootomo

How to Enter a Quilt

What You Will Need:

A full view photo of your quilt, with all four corners visible (image must be less than 10 MB).
Save image in lowercase with no spaces as: title-of-quilt-f A detail image of your quilt showcasing your best work (image must be less than 10 MB).
Save image in lowercase with no spaces as: title-of-quilt-s A head shot of yourself from the shoulders up (image must be less than 10 MB).
Save image in lowercase with no spaces as: firstname-lastname Size of your quilt in width and length If your quilt is not your original design, you will need to provide the pattern or design information. You will also need to upload a copy of your design permission (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MB).
Save file in lowercase with no spaces as: p-firstname-lastname If your quilt is valued over $1,000 you must upload a copy of your appraisal (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MB).
Save file in lowercase with no spaces as: a-firstname-lastname

Watch Our “How To Enter Online” Video Tutorial

Click the button below to go back to the contest page and register for a contest or scroll down for more information.

Register for a Contest 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 minimum requirements, entering your quilt, or shipping? Michelle is happy to help!

270-898-7903 ext. 132
michelle.thompson@americanquilter.com

Do I Need Design Permissions?

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.

I Used a Computer Design Software for My Quilting Pattern, Do I Need to Seek Permission?

If you are using a computer design software to generate your quilting design, you do not need to be granted permission before displaying your quilt. When purchasing these products, you are granted permission with the purchase.

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 quilt contest or show.

Is it Enough to Have Permission?

Gaining permission […]

Suggestions For Good Photography

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Suggestions For Good Photography

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 get in the mail today! Frantically, you throw your quilt over a banister, shoot a picture, and get your entry in the mail.

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 juries 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-degree 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″ 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. Use _ in place of a space as shown below.)
    1. FULL image as: title_of_quilt_f
    2. SMALL DETAIL image as: title_of_quilt_s
    3. HEADSHOT image as: firstname_lastname

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. Burn your images to a CD. If you don’t have the capability to save your image to a CD, simply take your camera or memory card to the nearest photo-processing center and they will be happy to do it for you. (If you are a group of quilters, save as group_name.)

Not only will your photographs be viewed by […]

Entering Online

What Do I Need to Enter Online?

A full view photo of your quilt with all four corners visible. (image must be less than 10 MG)
A detail image of your quilt showcasing your best work. (image must be less than 10 MG)
A head shot of yourself from the shoulders up. (image must be less than 10 MG)
Size of your quilt in width and length
If your quilt is not your original design, you will need to provide the pattern or design information. You will also need to upload a copy of your design permission. (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MG)
If your quilt is valued over $1,000 you must upload a copy of your appraisal. (Must be scanned as one document less than 10 MG)
Optional: Name and email address of your local newspaper

For more information on categories and rules, click here.
For more information on the required photos, click here.
For more information on design permission, click here.
View the step by step online instructional video click here.

Winners | Grand Rapids 2013

Grand Rapids 2013 | Contest Winners

And the Winners Are…Wait no longer for the complete list of contest winners at AQS QuiltWeek® in Grand Rapids! After the show, photos of the winning quilts and videos of winning quiltmakers will be available.Winning quilts will be featured in the next issue of American Quilter magazine.

Congratulations to all!

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Winners | Paducah 2013

PADUCAH 2013 | Contest Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah Winners!

 

Janome of America Best Of Show

Janome of America Best Of Show
303 Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley Sandy, Utah Fiesta Mexico

AQS Hand Workmanship Award
519 Keiko Minami Kawanishi-shi, Japan The Charm of Small Pink Roses

BERNINA of America Best Machine Workmanship Award
633 Susan Stewart Pittsburg, Kansas Tulip Fire

APQS Longarm Machine Quilting Award
716 Sue McCarty Roy, Utah Adventure Awaits

Moda Best Wall Award
1140 Janet Stone Overland Park, Kansas Charm School

Benartex Best Miniature Award
1508 Pat Holly Ann Arbor, Michigan Tiny Tigers 2

Coats & Clark Wall Hand Workmanship Award
1011 Suzanne Marshall Clayton, Missouri Echoing Spring

Brother International Corporation Wall Machine Workmanship Award
1107 Jennifer Day Santa Fe, New Mexico Larry

Handi Quilter Wall Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilting Award
1213 Monica Troy Lemont, Illinois Purple Iris

TinLizzie18 Judge’s Recognition Award – Kimberly Einmo
713 Janet Knapp Fergus Falls, Minnesota My Victory Garden

TinLizzie18 Judge’s Recognition Award – Libby Lehman
1115 Sheila Frampton-Cooper Van Nuys, California Fantasyland

TinLizzie18 Judge’s Recognition Award – Velda Newman
1303 Melinda Bula El Dorado Hills, California Monet in Pasadena

1. BED QUILTS: Hand Quilted sponsored by Superior Threads
1ST 113 Linda M. Roy Knoxville, Tennessee Jacobean Dream
2ND 109 Cathleen Miller Albuquerque, New Mexico Days of Wine and Roses
3RD 114 Betty Ekern Suiter Racine, Wisconsin Creation Springs Forth
Honorable Mention 107 Yumiko Mandai Mastusaka, Mie, Japan Duet

2. BED QUILTS: Home Sewing Machine Quilted sponsored by AccuQuilt
1ST 207 Jean Lohmar Galesburg, Illinois Tequila Sunrise
2ND 206 Molly Y. Hamilton-McNally and Cindy Seitz-Krug Tehachapi, California Everlasting Beauty
3RD 204 Marilyn R. Eparvier Byron Center, Michigan Knots of Flowers
Honorable Mention 205 Frances Gillesheimer and Carol Lauterbach Whiting, New Jersey Mary Mannakee Quilt 1850-1851

3. BED QUILTS: Longarm/Midarm Machine sponsored by Hobbs Bonded Fibers
1ST 312 Sharyl L. Schlieckau Loganville, Wisconsin Timeless Elegance
2ND 305 Jan Hutchison Sedgwick, Kansas Remembrance
3RD 313 Gail H. Smith and Donna Derstadt Barrington, Illinois Delft Garden
Honorable Mention 314 Carolyn H. Stine Springfield, Illinois My First Trip to Baltimore

4. BED QUILTS: 1st Entry in an AQS Paducah Contest sponsored by Morgan Quality Products
1ST 420 Karen Mommsen Rice Lake, Wisconsin Heartburst
2ND 407 Terry Engleman Spokane, Washington Terry’s Japanese Flower Garden
3RD 401 Jackie Aguilar Grand Junction, Colorado Jackie Got into Aunt Millie’s Garden
Honorable Mention 415 Sara L. Madson Suffolk, Virginia A Time Between Times

5. LARGE WALL QUILTS: Hand Quilted sponsored by Fairfield Processing Corporation
1ST 502 Junko Fujiwara Narashino, Chiba, Japan A Lot of Thanks
2ND 531 Akemi Soya Toyko, Japan Happy Life
3RD 523 Yaeko Noguchi Saitama City, Japan Summer Garden
Honorable Mention 530 Nancy Ann Sobel Brooktondale, New York Morning at Christam Gazebo

6. LARGE WALL QUILTS: Home Machine Quilted sponsored by Baby Lock USA
1ST 625 Lois Podolny Tucson, Arizona My Journey to Baltimore
2ND 614 Jaynette Huff Conway, Arkansas Celtic Summer Celebration
3RD 616 Liz Jones Leominster, Herefordshire, United Kingdom Love-in-a-Mist
Honorable Mention 631 Patricia Smith Pinehurst, North Carolina Caesar and Me: Roman Mosaic

7. LARGE WALL QUILTS: Longarm/Midarm Machine Quilted sponsored by Robert Kaufman Co., Inc.
1ST 726 Mark L. Sherman Coral Springs, Florida Poppy’s Rainbow
2ND 706 Terri Doyle Gilbert, Arizona Secret Garden
3RD 724 Leslie Rego Sun Valley, Idaho Four Seasons
Honorable Mention 728 Margaret Solomon Gunn Gorham, Maine Zen Garden

8. LARGE WALL QUILTS: Pictorial sponsored by Elna, Inc.
1ST 805 Denise Havlan Plainfield, Illinois The Peaceful Ones
2ND 814 Hiroko Miyama Chofu City, Tokyo, Japan Natsumi on Her Bike
3RD 816 Claudia Pfeil Krefeld, […]

Winners | Lancaster 2013

LANCASTER 2013 | Contest Winners

What’s Holding You Back?

contest-termsHave you ever thought about entering your quilt in an AQS QuiltWeek? Have you been unsure if your quilt would be good enough or meet the minimum requirements? Have you wondered where to even begin the process? Well I have the answers for you! […]

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