Quilt Canada 2019

Call for Entry • 2019 National Juried Show

The Show takes place at Quilt Canada 2019, June 12 to June 15, at the EY Centre, in Ottawa, Ontario.

Online entries will be accepted here in just a few days (apologies for a slight delay) and closing at 9:00 pm EST on January 31, 2019. Please refer to the procedures and requirements below for more detailed information.


Entry Procedure

Entry is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, as well as non-resident members of the CQA/ACC. No member of the CQA/ACC Board of Directors, its staff or contractors may enter a quilt in the NJS.

For an entry to be accepted please review the following:

  • The online entry form must be filled in completely, including all the required photographs and documents.
  • Once your entries are submitted, you will be prompted to proceed to our secure online payment page. Fees per entry: Members $30.00, Non-Members $80.00 plus tax.
  • NOTE: Your member number must be provided and VERIFIED on the entry form to receive the member rate. No refunds or adjustments will be made if your number is not verified. To confirm your number contact jackie@canadianquilter.com before completing your entry.

In some cases, e.g., if photographs do not conform to requirements or if you experience issues with online payment, the entry will be accepted as incomplete and assigned a “pending” status. In such cases, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the entry process.

The Jury Coordinator may contact the entrant to discuss an entry that may be in the wrong category and, with the entrant’s permission, may move the entry into another category.

There is no limit on the number of entries. All entries must be received and completed – with no pending status – before 9:00 PM EST on January 31, 2019.

Decisions of the jurors and judges are final; there is no appeal process. Entries will be selected based on the quality of the digital images that you submit and accompanying Artist’s Statement. Submissions will be juried/judged according to the CQA/ACC Quilting Standards and Elements and Principles of Design.



Note: All Art Quilts must be original design and composition. “Original” means based on the entrants own photograph, painting or drawing. Art Quilts must be made to hang on a wall.

Art – Abstract

Entry must be non-pictorial, with emphasis on color, line, and design.

Art – Portrait

Entry must illustrate some recognizable aspect of the human or animal form.

Art – Landscapes, Still Life

Entry must illustrate aspects of natural or manmade scenery or a recognizable object(s).

Quilts from Patterns/Books – Wall or Bed Quilts

An entry that uses a published pattern. Credit must be given to all pattern designers, book authors or publishers. Provide names in Design and Credits section. Products from kits are not eligible.

Traditional – Wall and Bed Quilts

Entry must be an original design based on traditional-style piecing, appliqué or wholecloth. Historical blocks or patterns in the public domain may be used. Quilts from published patterns are not eligible.

Modern – Wall and Bed Quilts

Entry must be an original design. Historical blocks in the public domain may be used. Quilts from published patterns are not eligible. Minimalism, asymmetry, use of negative space, improvisational piecing, solids or modern prints and alternate grid work are aspects of the Modern Quilt Movement.

Wearable Art

A garment or outfit that may be an original design or made from a commercial pattern (pattern designer acknowledged). Techniques may consist of but are not limited to surface design, embellishment, piecing, appliqué, quilting, and felting or up cycling to create a practical garment or show piece.

Textile Translations

Entry is a direct copy or interpretation of another artist’s original work, i.e., painting, photograph, illustration, sculpture, etc. Permission must be provided by the artist to use their work. No permission is needed to copy or use works in the public domain if the artist has been deceased more than fifty years. The original artist must be recognized under Design and Credits section.


Guild Rosette Winners
will be accepted for a separate invitational show and eligible for a Viewer’s Choice award. Find information on the CQA/ACC website by December 1, 2018.

Entries with Multiple Artists

Two artists participate equally in the work and enter the piece together, neither receiving payment for any part of the work.
Group Quilts:
Any entry where three or more people, none receiving payment for any part of the work, create sections of the entry which are combined into one quilt with a unified theme. The sections may be sewn together or be individual pieces arranged so that the whole entry hangs as one item. Group Quilts may be entered in any category EXCEPT Wearable Art.


  • Entry is open to all Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and CQA/ACC individual members. (If you are not a Canadian citizen or resident, you MUST be a CQA/ACC member to enter).
  • Acknowledgement must be given to everyone participating in the execution of the work. Provide names in Design and Credits section.
  • Work must have been completed after January 1, 2017.
  • Quilts must not exceed 436 inches in perimeter.
  • Artists submitting works from outside of Canada will be responsible for all customs arrangements and all transportation costs.
  • Incomplete entries that are not completed by January 31st, 2019 will be refused (see Entry Procedure).
  • The Artist’s Statement is limited to of 50 words, describing your inspiration and any unique processes you used to create the entry. Do not include names or other information that would identify the quilt maker
  • All entries must be 3 layers held together with a stitch, with the exception of Wearables. Quilting stitches are not required to be visible on the back of the Art Quilt categories. Framed or mounted art quilts must have clear assembly instruction included with the work. Additional charges will be applied to return the framed entry.
  • If a wall quilt requires a second sleeve to assure hanging properly, an expandable curtain rod is recommended and must be included with entry.
  • By completing a NJS Entry you are agreeing to allow your work to be displayed for the duration of the NJS. If your work is accepted into the NJS and then is not available for the exhibit, subsequent entries from you will not be considered for two consecutive National Juried Shows.
  • Accepted works that differ from digital photos submitted with entry or do not meet NJS Quilting Standards and Elements and Principles of Design will not be hung.
  • Written Permission: If you are using indigenous designs and are not an indigenous person, written permission from the original artist must be received and submitted by the artist.
  • Written Permission must accompany an entry strongly resembling the work of another artist. (see Copyright Section of this document).
  • Quilts for Sale: If you wish to take advantage of the option to sell your quilt at Quilt Canada, please note that CQA/ACC will retain 20% of the sale price as a commission. Price your quilt accordingly.

Photo requirements

  • For all wall quilts, submit two (2) digital images: a full view and a detail of quilting stitches.
  • For all bed quilts, submit three (3) digital images: a full view, a detail of quilting stitches and the quilt on an appropriately-sized bed.
  • For wearable art, submit three (3) digital images: a full frontal view, a full view from the back, and a detail of quilting stitches.
  • Images must conform to guidelines laid out in Photography for the NJS.
  • The image should show the overall view of your work including all edges and be taken straight on.
  • Eliminate distracting background clutter.
  • Ensure that the quilt lays flat and the shape is not distorted.
  • Images must be free from textual or other information revealing the identity of the artist.
  • The quilting stitches must show clearly in the detail image.
  • Images must be in JPEG format, 3 Mpx (e.g., 2000px by 1500px – approx. 1.5MB) or larger.
  • If your Internet connection is slow, avoid image files larger than 1.5 MB.