Quilt Canada 2017

Call for Entry • 2017 National Juried Show

The Show took place on June 14 — 17, 2017 at The International Centre, Mississauga, ON.

The Call for Entry is now CLOSED. We thank all artists who sumbitted their entries. The Entry Procedure and Requirements below remain available for your reference.


Entry Procedure

The Show is open to all Canadian citizens and residents, as well as non-resident members of the CQA/ACC.

For an entry to be accepted, 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, where you will be required to pay a fee of $30.00 for members or $80.00 for non-members plus tax for each entry. 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.

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.

There is no limit on the number of entries. All entries must be received and completed – with no pending status – before 3:00 PM EST on February 1, 2017.

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



Art – Abstract – Wall Quilts

Quilts must be abstract, cutting edge, non-literal original compositions with emphasis on color, line, and design.

Art – People, Critters – Wall Quilts

Quilts must be of original forms and compositions, illustrating some recognizable aspect of the human or animal form.

Art – Naturescapes, Pictorial – Wall Quilts

Quilts must be of original forms and compositions illustrating aspects of natural scenery, including land, sea, forests, mountains, deserts, gardens, flowers in natural surroundings or a recognizable image, such as objects, still life, wildlife, cityscapes, etc. Creatures and animals may be a minor component.

Quilts from Patterns/Books/Workshops – Wall and Bed Quilts

Quilts may be based on modern or traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, made from published patterns, books or workshops. Written permission: see Additional Requirements below.

Traditional – Wall and Bed Quilts

Quilts may be based on traditional-style piecing and/or appliqué, using blocks and/or patterns in the public domain or they may be totally original. Written permission: see Additional Requirements below.

Modern – Wall and Bed Quilts

Quilts depict modern design and demonstrate originality in the design, colour and/or techniques. Minimalism, asymmetry, negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics. The use of public domain patterns and blocks is permitted. Written permission: see Additional Requirements below.

Wearable Art

Entries consist of a garment, outfit or costume constructed using quilting techniques, with some quilted areas. Garment may be original design or made from a pattern. Pattern designer must be acknowledged.

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

Note: Guild Rosette Winners
will be accepted for an invitational show and eligible for a Viewer’s Choice award. More information here.


  • Credit must be given to the author, teacher, artist, etc. who inspired the work.
  • 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, 2015.
  • Quilts must not exceed 436 inches in perimeter.
  • Work must NOT have been shown in a Canadian national-level juried/judged quilting exhibition/competition prior to June 2017.
  • Entry is open to all Canadian residents, Canadian citizens, and CQA/ACC individual members. (If you are not a Canadian citizen or resident, you MUST be a CQA/ACC member to enter).
  • 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 February 1st, 2017 will be refused (see Entry Procedure).
  • We recognize that there are alternative methods of displaying art quilts; therefore, quilting stitches are not required to be visible on the back. Framed or mounted art quilts must have clear assembly instruction included with the work. Additional charges will be applied to return the frame. Work behind glass will not be accepted.
  • If an innovative wall quilt requires a second sleeve to assure hanging properly, an expandable curtain rod is recommended.
  • By completing the NJS Call for 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 CQA/ACC Quilting Standards and Elements and Principles of Design will not be hung.

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.
  • 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 provenance and authorship of the work.
  • 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.

Additional requirements

  • Written Permission

    Written permission must accompany entries of works strongly resembling the work of another artist. Where the design elements in a quilt have Aboriginal origins, permission to use the designs must be obtained from an Aboriginal elder or representative. Where the quilt top was made from a book or pattern, the pattern designer, publisher and publication must be acknowledged. For entries started in workshops, the designer and instructor must be acknowledged. It is a courtesy to advise designers and instructors of any awards received.
  • Quilts with Multiple Authors

    Collaboration: Two authors participate equally in the work. Choose one person to enter the work as the ‘artist,’ and provide the other author’s information in the space provided. Each author will receive a certificate. Group Quilts: Entries with three or more authors. Choose one person to enter the work as the ‘artist,’ and provide other authors’ information in the space provided. Each author will receive a certificate.
  • Quilts for Sale

    If you take advantage of the option to sell your quilt at Quilt Canada, please note that, as is normally the case in venues that sell artwork, CQA/ACC will retain 20% of the sale price. Please take this into consideration when determining the price for your quilt.