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Quilt Entry

 

Without a doubt, the quilts are the star of our show. In 2017 we displayed over 200 entries. We are looking forward to receiving a similar number for our 2019 show. Broward Quilt Expo welcomes entries from all makers, whether you are a member of a guild in Broward county or not. 

Registration opens on September 1, 2018 and closes on February 8, 2019 at midnight. 

There are four simple steps to entering the show.

  1. Review the show categories and the rules.
  2. Pay your entry fee.
  3. Complete your quilt entry registration form.
  4. Deliver your quilt! 
  • If you are local, you can deliver your quilt on February 11, 2019. 
  • If you are mailing your quilt to us, it needs to arrive by February 8, 2019.
  • Full details can be found in the rules!

If you prefer, you may submit your entry form and payment by mail.  Download entry form.

 

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Quilt show categories

 

Appliqué - single maker

Any quilt with a design that is predominantly appliqué and made entirely by one person, any size.

Appliqué - Two Person

Any quilt with a design that is predominantly appliqué and made by two people, any size.

Art Quilt

Must be entrant’s own creative design reflecting innovative construction, techniques, and/or materials. May be digital, embroidery, painted, beaded, folded or other interesting effects. Any embellishments must be securely attached. Quilt must be three layers and quilted. Single maker, may be any size.

Group

Any quilt, any size made in any technique or style by three or more people. 

intermediate pieced - single maker

Any pieced quilt with a total of all sides between 140 and 280 inches, made entirely by one person.

Intermediate Pieced - Two Person

Any pieced quilt with a total of all sides between 140 and 280 inches, made by two people.

Large pieced - single maker

Any pieced quilt with a total of all sides greater than 280 inches, made entirely by one person.

large pieced - two person

Any pieced quilt with a total of all sides greater than 280 inches, made by two people.

Miniature - Single maker

Any quilt made by a single maker with a design embodying a small version of a full size quilt. A true miniature is a quilt in which the blocks are 25% (or less) of the size of the large version. Total of all sides must measure no more than 96 inches.

Modern Design - Single Maker

Quilt should be functional and embody the principles of modern design; such as use of solids and bold or on-trend colors, graphic prints, simplicity and minimalism, asymmetry and alternative block structure, or improvised piecing. Design should rely less on repetition and interaction of quilt block motifs. Modern quilting emphasizes the interaction between the quilting and the piecing or design. Total of all sides must be greater than 140 inches.

Modern Design - Two Person

Quilt should be functional and embody the principles of modern design; such as use of solids and bold or on-trend colors, graphic prints, simplicity and minimalism, asymmetry and alternative block structure, or improvised piecing. Design should rely less on repetition and interaction of quilt block motifs. Modern quilting emphasizes the interaction between the quilting and the piecing or design. Made by two people and total of all sides must be greater than 140 inches.

Small Quilt

Any quilt made by single maker in any technique, with a total of all sides measuring under 140 inches. Please note there are separate categories for art quilts and “true” miniatures.

Workmanship

Any quilt kit or BOM kit with pattern and fabric included. Any number of makers, any size. This category was created to award the workmanship of makers who did not design quilt pattern, or choose the fabrics. 

 

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2019 Quilt entry rules

  1. All quilt entries must be constructed of fabric, have three layers, and be quilted by hand or machine. No tied quilts or comforters will be accepted. No “cheater cloth” or preprinted quilts will be accepted.

  2. No quilts previously exhibited or judged in a Broward or Palm Beach County quilt show since March 2017 are eligible for entry.
  3. Entrant’s name must be permanently attached to the back of the quilt. Whipstitch a piece of fabric over the label to cover the label information.
  4. All quilts must include a four-inch hanging sleeve at the top edge. Bed-sized quilts must have the sleeve attached no more than 86 inches from the bottom edge of the quilt so that the quilt will not touch the floor.
  5. Each entry must be submitted in its own cloth casing, such as a pillowcase. This casing must be permanently marked with the entrant’s name, address, and phone number. No exceptions will be made.
  6. Attach to the quilt entry form: one nonreturnable, full-view color photo of your entry for identification purposes. On the back of the photo, add your name, the name of the quilt, and an arrow indicating the direction of the top of the quilt.
  7. Entry forms, pictures and payment must be received by Friday, February 8, 2019, at midnight. Submissions may be made via mail or online via browardquiltexpo.com. No entries will be accepted after this deadline.
  8. A nonrefundable entry fee of $15 per quilt for members of sponsoring guilds and $25 per quilt for all other entrants must accompany each entry form. Submit only one form per quilt entry.
  9. Your Artist’s Statement must be 50 words or less. Excess language will be truncated.
  10. Quilt collection will take place on Monday, February 11, 2019, between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at ArtServe, located at 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Please be sure to pick up your receipt for each quilt you enter. Please see instructions and map on our website.
  11. If the entry is shipped, it must be received by February 8, 2019. The cost for return shipping and liability insurance is the sole responsibility of the entrant. Enclose a prepaid shipping label or a mailing label with a check made out to Broward Quilt Expo, Inc. for the cost of return shipping. Please do not use foam peanuts as a filler! Questions? Use our contact form. Shipping address: Broward Quilt Expo, Inc. c/o Judy Kaplan, 8691 Tierra Lago Cove, Lake Worth, FL 33467.
  12. No ribbons or awards may be displayed on or near your quilt unless awarded at the current BQE show.
  13. Entrants will have the option of making their quilt available for sale at the show. If you decide to make your entry available for sale, Broward Quilt Expo will handle the sale and take a 15% fee based on the price of the quilt, which you will determine. Minimum sale price for judged quilt entries is $200. You will be required to complete a consignment agreement.
  14. Broward Quilt Expo reserves the right to refuse to hang any quilt that requires special handling, exhibits poor-quality construction, has been misrepresented by the photos, is soiled or stained, has strong odors, or does not adhere to the entry rules and size restrictions. Broward Quilt Expo also reserves the right to change the category of any entry if deemed appropriate.
  15. Payment of your entry fee includes judging and you will receive a copy of the judge’s notes when your quilt is returned. Your entry fee does not guarantee that your quilt will be hung in our show. We will endeavor to hang all acceptable entries; however due to space limitations, we can only guarantee that we will have space to hang the first 200 acceptable entries received. It is our absolute intention to hang every quilt entered, if we have space! Available space is dependent on the individual sizes and the number of entries.
  16. Quilt pickup will take place on Monday March 11, between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium. You or your representative must present the receipt that you were given at quilt collection to pick-up your quilt(s). Mailed entries will be shipped back to owners within 10 days after the end of the 2019 show.
  17. By entering, you give permission to Broward Quilt Expo, Inc. to photograph your quilt for use in our show book, event-related publicity, on our website, and any other use directly related to our event.
  18. BQE assumes no liability of any kind for damaged, misplaced, or lost quilts/personal property during the judging or show. Quilts will be handled with the utmost care.
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Show Judge

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Maribeth Schmit is an accomplished fiber artist, teacher, lecturer, and author as well as an NACQJ- and NQA-certified judge, qualified to evaluate Masterpiece Quilts. She lived and taught abroad for many years before moving to Cedarburg, WI, in 1994. She is well traveled internationally and is not shy in admitting that she is seriously infatuated with all things “textile.” 

As an NACQJ-certified judge, Ms. Schmit is well qualified to judge all national quilt shows. She is certified to evaluate machine and hand-worked pieces as well as traditional, modern, and art quilts. Her experience includes having judged over 17,000 quilted pieces.

While Maribeth's fiber art beginnings stem from a traditional background, she enjoys and is excited by contemporary and art quilting endeavors. When judging, Maribeth treats every entry with respect. She evaluates objectively and fairly, recognizing the creativity and workmanship in each entry. She strives to provide valuable feedback to entrants, commenting constructively and positively. She continues to develop her quilting and teaching skills by regularly attending quilting classes, lectures, and shows nationwide. She feels it's most important to stay current with the latest quilting trends and judging philosophy.

Ms. Schmit has earned numerous ribbons and awards at regional, state, and national competitions. Having won several “Best of Show” awards, her work has exhibited at the National Quilting Association, Inc. (NQA) shows in Columbus, OH, and Charlotte, NC.  It has been juried into five of the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) shows: Paducah, KY, Des Moines, IA, Knoxville and Nashville, TN, Grand Rapids, MI. Her work has exhibited at the International Quilt Festival—Chicago (IQA); Quilt Expo—Madison, WI; museums such as the Oshkosh (WI) Public Museum, Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, Albuquerque, NM; the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts; and also in Indonesia. Additional work has been juried into and invited to exhibit at Quilt Expo, Madison, WI; the Association of Pacific West Quilters, Tacoma, WA; and Quilters' Heritage Celebration, in Pennsylvania.

Several of Ms. Schmit’s quilts are published in magazines, books, and journals. She has appeared on an episode of HGTV’s Simply Quilts, and in a University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee documentary on fiber arts titled Tapestries of Courage.

Credentials

  • BA, MA—University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, Certified teacher WI, IL
  • Designated National Quilting Association Certified Judge (NQACJ) and qualified to judge NQA Masterpiece Quilts
  • Licensed Wisconsin Fair Judge, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 2004–present
  • Seminar, “How Quilt Judges Evaluate Design: Critique, Not Criticism,” 2012
  • Wisconsin Fair Judge’s Training Program, University of WI Extension, 4-H Youth Development 2009
  • DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Correspondent Docent 2009-present
  • Quilting Instructor, Whitefish Bay School District and Adult Recreation Program, Whitefish Bay, WI 2006–-2008, 2014–present
  • Adjunct Quilting Instructor, Fox Valley Technical College, Oshkosh, WI
  • Active Member Milwaukee Art Quilters (MArQ)
  • Documentation Chair, WI Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, Cedarburg, WI
  • Former Board Member, National Association of Certified Quilt Judges (NACQJ), Communications Chair
  • Former Board Member, Wisconsin Quilters, Inc.
  • Member Museum of Wisconsin Art
  • Member Modern Quilt Guild
  • Member SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates
     
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Enter Your Quilt

2019 Quilt Entry

Entry fee is $15 for Broward guild members and $25 for general entry.

Broward guilds eligible for reduced entry fee are Coral Springs Quilters, East Sunrise Quilt Guild, Quilting in the Pines Guild, South Florida Modern Quilt Guild, Southern Stars, and West Broward Quilters Guild.

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Broward Quilt Expo welcomes entries from all makers, whether you are a member of a guild in Broward county or not.  Registration opens on September 1, 2018 and closes on February 8, 2019 at midnight. 

The steps to enter your quilt are simple.

  1. Review the show categories and the rules.
  2. Pay your entry fee.
  3. Complete the quilt entry registration form found below.
  4. Deliver your quilt! 

If you are local, you can deliver your quilt on February 11, 2019.  If you are mailing your quilt to us, it needs to arrive by February 8, 2019. Full details can be found in the rules!

If you prefer, you may submit your entry form and payment by mail.  Download entry form.