It’s all about the show…

Whether you’re entering a quilt or just attending, quilt shows are a whole lot of fun.


Road To California in Ontario, California.  Moda is there, sharing the Moda Bake Shop booth with Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me & My Sister Designs.  There are quilts to see, demos to learn something new, giveaways to be enjoyed and lots of fun to be had!

Since most of us won’t be there, we’re going to celebrate quilts shows on our own with a Rainy Day giveaway!

Three winners.  Rainy Day pre-cuts.  Maybe a Double-Wide Dresden Ruler or 12-Pack book.

Leave a comment by Midnight on Sunday, January 22nd telling us if you’ve ever entered a quilt in a show.

Have a great weekend!



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320 thoughts on “It’s all about the show…

  1. Yes I have entered quilts in shows. The first show I entered I received some very good constructive criticism, which helped me when I later entered shows. All the shows I have entered have been local events. Someday I would like to enter a big show like Road to California. Would love to win your give away.

  2. No I’ve never entered a quilt show. I have, however, had some of my quilts hanging in our local library.

  3. No, I am too new to quilting. I have entered other shows – I have entered spinning competitions for local sheep festivals as I do my bit to keep the craft alive.

  4. Yes, I entered through the front door. Oh, you mean a quilt, silly. All my quilts I make are given away, nothing left to enter.

  5. I am also somewhat of a “newbie” but I have seen the entries at our local show in Hampton VA &
    Based on that probably would NEVER have an entry….
    Love to go to the shows though!!!

  6. No. Not enough nerve. I love looking at all the creative ideas and all the new things/idea that the vendors have to offer!

  7. I have entered a few in shows, only won once in a small show. Prefer to give my quilts away for gifts and charities…also like to hang them in my house for the seasons.

  8. I have! I entered the quilt I made for my husband — a West Coast Chopper themed t-shirt quilt — in the Florida State Fair. So tickled to have earned 2nd place!!! (Disappointed it wasn’t first; for the first time ever entering I was excited.)

  9. Our little town (under 2000 people) has a biannual quilt show, and I entered a couple of quilts for display in it. I felt like I needed to, if I wanted the quilt show to keep going. I’m not the best quilter in town, but by submitting my quilts I made sure it was clear that our town has quilters. 🙂

  10. I haven’t entered a quilt show. It seems that most of the quilts that win are art quilts and I am a traditional quilter. I have had a couple appraised and have been happily surprised with the appraisals.

  11. I love entering shows! The feedback has been eye-opening, and help me improve. It’s such a blast to see my quilts hanging!

  12. Yes, I won second place on Rosewood Cottage Quilt back in 2004. I have not entered any other quilts since 2004.

  13. Yes, I have entered quilts in my local guild’S quilt show. Once I won best hand quilting. That was thrilling.

  14. I have entered quilts in six local quilt shows and have won ribbons. It’s a wonderful feeling of pride to see a quilt hanging in the show even if it doesn’t win. I encourage everyone to enter a quilt in a local show.

  15. Yes I’ve entered quilt shows – both juried and non-juried. I haven’t won awards. However I’ve entered several quilt contests and won prizes in most of them. I have never been impressed with the critiques offered in juried shows and found them unhelpful.

  16. yes, I’ve entered in a local quilt show, but it’s been about 10 years since I did! I need to finish many!! I love doing the tops, but the quilting, not so much!! Hugs, H

  17. It’s on my bucket list! Perhaps at my local show this autum. What a thrill that would be!

  18. I’ve never entered my quilts at all. I am totally a newbie at this! It’s so much fun to see all the gorgeous fabrics….

  19. Almost said no. However, I did enter 2 quilts in New Liskeard ON Canada many years ago. I was awarded 1st for a “Chicken” wall hanging and 3rd for a twin-sized red around the world quilt. So it does pay to enter your quilts.

  20. Yes! And as chairman for our local guild’s upcoming show, I hope lots of my fellow quilters will too! We need lots of quilts to produce a fabulous show.

  21. I’ve entered at least 5 quilts in our state quilt show and it’s always such fun to see them hanging – and to occasionally overhear someone say how much they like them! We all work hard on our quilts and it’s a great way to share our creative works with others who appreciate them as much as we do! Then I get to take them home and sleep cozy and warm!

  22. No I have not yet. I do have a Challenge quilt that my friends and I did, that we are going to enter at our Guild show this year.

  23. I always enter my local Quilt Guild biannual Quilt Show. This past year I also entered my local Quilt Shop challenged and won Viewers’ choice first place. I was thrilled.

  24. I haven’t entered a show per say, but I have had a piece travel to shows with a challenge. It is part of the National Quilts Challenge and has been on the road for over a year.
    I am currently at Road2California and was so disappointed to not be able to buy Cake Mix Recioes there! So bummed! I’m teaching my sisters to piece and quilt and think this product is perfect for beginners, as well as for experienced quilters.

  25. I haven’t entered a quilt yet, but I hope to someday. I did enter a bag last year at Road To California and it was exciting to see it hanging on display.

  26. I have entered our biannual Quilt Show and won a few ribbons. I do appreciate when the judge adds some comments because it helps me know where I can make improvements. I am thinking of entering something in the next level but right now that, seems like a big step.

  27. I have never entered a quilt that I made, but I did enter a quilt my dear daughter made for me as a gift for my 60th birthday. I was pleased that her quilt took a ribbon and she was surprised as she lives in another state and did not know I entered her quilt in the quilt show here in Michigan! Carol in Mid-Mich 🙂

  28. Yes, I almost always enter a quilt or two in our local domestic arts show which has several quilt categories. I actually encouraged my 7 year old grandson to enter an applique project in 2016. He won Bestate of Show in his category. Proud Grandma, right here!

  29. I entered my quilt at a large guild show in 2011 just because I loved how it turned out. I was a pretty new quilter and was shocked to receive a third place ribbon. That quilt hangs over my fireplace and I love it still!!

  30. Yes – I entered the first quilt I EVER made in a craft fair (not a quilt show) … and won first place!

  31. Hmmm…I’m so new to this that I didn’t know we could do that! Haha…now something to add to my list of things I’d like to do. Quilting just keeps getting better!

  32. Someday. Love going to quilt show to admire and peruse the booths. Would like to have all three of your giveaway! :0) But no, got to share with all other people commenting. Rainy day pre-cut would be swell.

  33. Yes, in two local shows. They were not juried, just to share with our communities. Next year there will be judges, ribbons and prizes.

  34. Yes, I’ve entered in local quilt shows, and National magazine design competitions. To be perfectly honest, I no longer enter local shows because it seems that the same people always win, even though there are quilts there that are more pleasing to the eye, and constructed/quilted better.

  35. No…I never have, It just never occured to me to even try. I love making my quilts and the prize is seeing the happy faces when someone gets one.

  36. Never entered a quilt show……..Not sure if I will ever be that quality….. Lots of pressure…..

  37. I have never entered a quilt in a show, big or small. I never thought I was perfect enough. However, I get so much satisfaction giving to others. They are so happy and they don’t know I made a mistake. It inspires me to make more!

  38. Yes, I did several years ago one time and did well but none since that time. it was good for me to do it but I don’t belong to a guild now and probably won’t do it again. It was a good experience at the time.


  39. I have never entered a quilt. Maybe someday! I did get to see your booth yesterday at Road and got to meet and talk with Mary and Barb who are delightful ladies!!!

  40. Yes, I’ve entered 2 quilts at different times. I didn’t win but did get better marks the second time around. If you want to know what judges are looking
    for in a winning quilt, ask to be a scribe for them during a show. You will write down their comments and critiques. It’s very informative.

  41. I’ve never entered a quilt in a show. Had a wonderful time yesterday at Road to California, the quilts were beautiful! I really enjoyed the demo with Barb and Mary and the Cake Mix demo!

  42. Whereas I really love making quilts and wall hangings for family and friends and I try very hard to make each of them as nice as I can, I would never put myself through the stress of trying to make something so perfect it could withstand the scrutiny of expert judges. I’m happy to make those I love happy with gifts from me to them, made with love.

  43. I’ve never entered a show myself, though several of my quilting customers have entered shows with quilts I quilted.

  44. There used to be a local show near me that got top notch judges and attracted many entries. I entered many quilts in that show over several years. One thing I really liked was the feedback from each year’s judge — I learned what I was doing well and what I needed to work on, and now I am a better quiltmaker because of it.

  45. In the 90s I used to love to enter the challenge quilt category of the Durham Orange Quilters in NC. Ive entered in my Local Forsyth Piecers and Quilters inNC too. My favorite was having a quilt accecpted into the first QuiltCon

  46. I have never entered a quilt in a show. I do love going and seeing the quilts and shopping. Love going to the Moda booth.

  47. I’ve entered a couple but always very apprehensive of what people will think and say. I love looking at others quilts and see what peeks my interest!

  48. I have not entered a quilt in a quilt show but entered one in our county fair and was very disappointed as I had points taken away because I did not use quilting cotton I used seersucker as i wanted a summery quilt. It was a pinwheel quilt that I put buttons in the center of the pinwheels and had in the explanation that they were buttons from my Grandmother and I was docked because they were not the same size.

  49. Yes I have, though not in several years.
    Have entered 3 quilts in different shows in the past. I love the feedback from the judges.

  50. This begins my 3rd year of quilting and I practice with my children and grandchildren as recipients of my learning curves. Since my curve is relatively short, I have not had the confidence to even contemplate entering a quilt.

  51. Yes I have entered quilts in our local quilt guilds festival, and also at the State Fair held in our town. I like people to enjoy the talents of others and also to get inspiration for future projects for myself.

  52. Yes, guild shows but not ROAD. Wasn’t the rain crazy – what about that song, “It never rains in sunny California…

  53. Not yet – I’ve just recently gotten up the nerve to actually have something for show and tell at guild!

  54. I have never entered a quilt in a show. I find I love fabric and have a hard time cutting it to begin!

  55. Yes, I have. I’ve always let my oldest son scan out the show first. Then he would tell me the results of my entry. It was a great surprise.

  56. Yes, 4 shows. Three were juried, the fourth was not. I’m getting Leary of entering though because of the latest rash of stolen quilts.

  57. No I haven’t, but I have ladies in my quilt guild that have and they have won ribbons. Maybe one day!

  58. I have only entered one quilt show so far. fun learning experience. I will enter again when I have the right quilt made.

  59. No, I haven’t yet. I’m fairly new to pieced quilts and being in a small town there aren’t many opportunities. Maybe our local fair next fall though!

  60. Yes. I’ve entered everything from guild challenges to guild show, county and state fairs, national and international venues. I’ve won my share of ribbons. Had to quit shows when my business really took off about 15 years ago and time was short on everything. Now I’m retired, I’m b-a-a-c-k…

  61. I have entered several quilt shows as well as the State Fair of Texas. I don’t enter as often as I used to since a lot of the quilts I make are for giving away but She will enter again it is always a learning experience.

  62. I have entered quilts in quilt shows but usually not judged shows. I don’t need that kind of stress; I quilt for fun.

  63. I entered our local quilt guild show. I won 1st place for one and an honorable mention for the second. It was fun to see all the quilts that the members made. It is a great learning experience. Now I make quilts for family, friends and donations for charities, etc. No pressure now, just enjoyment.

  64. I have! But just our local quilt guild. No judging or prizes – just sharing our efforts with each other and our community.

  65. I have displayed some of my quilts at my local library but I have never had the courage to enter one in a show.

  66. Yes, I have entered a show; you can tell exactly what kind of quilts the judges prefer from what they choose for winners.

  67. I entered things back in Minnesota and one got an award in the miniature category! But since I haven’t done it again. I do love quilt market and retreats!!

  68. Yes. We have a very nice semiannual quilt show in Wichita, Kansas. I’ve had a few judged and it is a great learning experience.

  69. I have only entered in a very small quilt guild show, but I do love looking at all the amazing quilts in the big shows.

  70. Never, but I enjoy going to them! Thanks for the chance to win a lovely giveaway – I’d love to try that new Dresdan ruler too!

  71. I’ve never entered a quilt show but sent a block to the contest for the Lady Astronaut quilts and mine was selected to be in the main quilt! What a surprise when my friend and I found it on the top row!
    Might do a show quilt when I finish the list of sons, daughters and others who are getting quilts.

  72. I’ve only entered a block in a guild challenge (and won), I just have not had the courage to enter a quilt in a show. Everyone enters such lovely items and I so enjoy looking and getting ideas.

  73. I have not but people tell me I should … just not enough confidence, I guess. LOVE going to quilt shows and appreciating all the work and effort that people put into their quilts. NON-quilters might not have an appreciation of the work, time and money invested in each quilt … I certainly do! Good topic!!

  74. I’ve only entered in my local guild show, and even with that, just once. Headed to Road tomorrow and will be at the Moda booth for sure!

  75. I have entered quilts in a show but never to be judged. Just love attending quilt shows to see the wide variety of quilts displayed.

  76. Yes I did muster up the courage last fall and entered one. What a wonderful prize, thanks for the opportunity

  77. I enter quilts each year in my local guild’s show, but its not the same. Entering a quilt in a big show…and having it accepted is on my bucket list of things to do! I love going to quilt shows to see the exquisite work done by others, and the vendors. of course!

  78. I have entered and been accepted in the International Quilt Festival and my local ones. It is a good thing.

  79. I have never put any of my quilts in a show but my mother-in-law had a quilt shop and I made shop samples to help her sale patterns so my quilts have been displayed!

  80. I entered a juried show and got in. Very exciting.
    It was wonderful seeing my quilt up on the wall.

  81. I entered a small show at a quilt store 🙂 And some of the quilts I have quilted for others have been in quilt shows but I’m still behind in this effort. Maybe someday!

  82. i haven’t entered a quilt show in years. i entered quilt shows in Salt Lake City and in a guild i belonged to years ago and i must say i did quite well . it was great having your creations critiqued by people you don’t know.

  83. I have only put a small number of quilts into our local quilt guild show. Someday, I might try to put one into the Vt. Quilt Festival. We go up there every year and it’s a lovely experience.

  84. Yes, I have entered a few shows. Sometimes I get in, sometimes I don’t. After all the time and hard work it takes to make a quilt, I like to be able to share the finished product.

  85. Yes-last Year I entered two shows. The encouragement from my guild helped me to see that I could. So in 2016 I entered in two shows! I agree with other posts of not feeling “ready” but you are where you are in your journey of quilting. You have a story and so does your quilt. The satisfaction from seein your own work completed and hung is a huge start. Just go for it!!! (Shows I entered: Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit Feb 2016 and Lancaster County Fair 2016 – blue ribbon to my surprise!) So you never know until you try! Find a friend who has entered and ask for help.

  86. I have never even been to a quilt show, much less enter a quilt, but it looks like I am sure missing out on fun!

  87. I entered a quit in a show once. The one I entered was an antique quilt that my grandmother had made in the 30’s or 40’s. It actually got a ribbon.

  88. I’ve never entered a quilt show, but enjoy going to the shows. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  89. I had a quilt in a show sponsored by a local quilt shop. There was no judging involved-just sharing our work so there was no stress.

  90. Thank you Moda for this opportunity! No, I have not entered into a quilt show – I am still improving my skill just by working daily and going to Quilt Shows to see perfection…

  91. The quilt guild that I belong to has a quilt show every March. It is called Quilters Day Out (QDO). I made a Kentucky Derby wallhanging last summer and I think I will enter it this year. I love to go to be able to see a lot of vendors in one place.

  92. I have not entered a quilt in a show. I enjoy going to quilt shows and getting new ideas. There are some very creative and talented quilters out there! Thank you for offering the give away!

  93. I have entered quilts in our local guild show every other year and have won ribbons every time! It still surprises me. The first time I entered quilts in our show, I told my friends that I wasn’t going to have them judged, but they talked me into it. I won ribbons on every quilt I entered. I’m still intimidated by the thought of being judged.

  94. I am still fairly new at quilting, so no where near the skills and artistry of show quilts–but I love to go to them. The artistry and skills on display are amazing!

  95. No, I’m still a bit of a newbie to quilting. But, I went to my first quilt show in Houston last fall. Oh….my….so many talented people and their beautiful quilts!

  96. It’s a bucket list item to have a quilt in a show – not there yet but working on it! Carrie, if you can, visit the booth of Circa 15 from Kirkland Washington. they are a fairly new shop that is turning this area on it’s ear! wonderful fabric choices and a very friendly place for quilters.

  97. Yes, I have. I used a mini quilt pattern from Me and My Sister Designs and some of their Hi Di Ho fabric. No ribbon but it was good to see my quilt with the other minis. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.

  98. I’ve been told it’s a great way to make your quilt better. But I haven’t got up the nerve to do it!

  99. Nope and doubt I ever will. I quilt for the love of it and give 99% of them away as gifts or love quilts for those fighting an illness. Sure do admire others’ talent though!

  100. No, I haven’t entered a quilt in a show. Doubt that I ever will, either, unless I join a guild and it is in their show. 🙂

  101. I entered once in HMQS before I knew anything about it. Not my finest hour. I entered a county fair once and did well. I entered our state guild quilt show as a novice and won a blue ribbon.

  102. I entered my first Quilt show last April and was thrilled to win Best in Show! I usually make quilts as gifts for family & friends to mark special occasions. I encourage everyone to enter a show and share your quilts, learn from quilters around you and always be proud of your work.

  103. I have entered quilts into small quilt shows given by a guild I belong to, but never to a large event. I love going to shows to see everyone’s work.

  104. Yes–some have even won ribbons–but that is not the main reason to enter–if no one entered quilts into a show–how would the rest of us have a Quilt Show to go to!! Enter your quilts–either in your local quilt shop or guild–or take the risk and go for a national show–you never know if you don’t try!!!

  105. I have never entered a quilt show. I think I would like to, but I have no idea how to find out about entering. I see information about shows, but that is too late to enter.

  106. No, never have entered a quilt. I don’t see myself ever doing this – afraid it would create way too much stress for me knowing others would be judging my work.

  107. Never entered one, but have been to many shows. Guess I need to muster up the courage and just do it!!

  108. yes, also I did go to the Road to CA show and the Moda booth and also no one was selling the cake mixes papers that you are showing!!

  109. Never have officially. I do think about entering a quilt in our local fair but then I make a mistake in the quilting and say, “maybe next time, this is a practice quilt”. I’ve made lots of practice quilts! Thanks.

  110. I have entered quilts in a quilt show. I have entered my local show as well as PIQF. Always a learning experience. Thanks!

  111. Each year I try to enter in the Tater Toot Quilt Show in Almond, Wisconsin. It is a great small town quilt show and event!

  112. I enter quilts every year in our local quilt show called Best of the Valley (in the central valley in California). I’d call it a regional type show. I don’t care if I get ribbons or not, it’s just fun to share my quilts to people other than my husband. Plus I always love to see what the judges have to say.

  113. No, have never entered a quilt in a quilt show. But I have entered many, many quilts shows and admired the quilts. Also enjoyed shopping at all the vendor booths!

  114. Not yet, but I hope to this year!
    Also, loved visiting the Moda booth at Road to California and meeting Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister!

  115. No, I’ve not entered a quilt in a quilt show. Given I’m just beginning my quilting adventure, it may be a long time before I’d even consider it.

  116. No, I have never entered one of my quilts in a quilt show, I would like to do so one day, though.
    What a thrill that woukd be. I love rainy days, and the Rainy Days fabric would be a nice treat. Thanks for the chance to win fabric — I don’t have enough!!

  117. I have, but just our local quilt shows…it was such fun seeing them up and being admired! thanks so much for the chance to win some Rainy Days…it’s so cute!

  118. In the past I have entered quilt shows. Love to attend them and see all the unique work and time put into quilts.

  119. One quilt was accepted into Nashville and then Road. Totally positive critiques at the first show and totally negative on the second. 😉 I’m so not a competition quilter but it was fun seeing my quilting hanging and listening to the comments of the quilters looking at it at the show. I think everyone should do it at least once!

  120. Yes, but only for display by my guild. My hubby wants me to enter a quilt in the County fair… I have a couple of quilts I’m feeling braver about entering.

  121. Yes I have I have got ribbons and placed in top 3 some times . It’s a great feeling to be validated in what you love and do.

  122. Last year for our guild–one of my own and several in the group category–we each made one in our class together

  123. Glad to see Moda had a booth there. Several manufacturers had booths at QuiltCon with demos–made it fun. Keep it up

  124. I enter my local guild show. It is exciting to see your quilt hanging with others! It also helps me FINISH things!

  125. I am still a rookie quilter, and feel I need to polish my skills before putting my work out there.

  126. No, I never have entered a quilt in a show. My friends always nag me about that, but I don’t make quilts for that reason. My quilts are my bliss…not for display in a show!

  127. I’ve entered in our local show several times. The remarks from the judges have helped me improve as a quilter.

  128. I’ve never entered a quilt show for judging, however I did display my Baltimore quilt with others in an Arizona state guild show. Kay H

  129. Yes, my little group and I have entered quilts that we all made from the same pattern — that were quite different. Hit the Moda booth at Road@CA and met Ducky and the me and my sister girls. A delight!

  130. One, but it was not just a quilt show but a small fall fair. It won a blue ribbon, It was my first quilt finish and I really did not know a lot about quilting (apparently neither did the judges) so I was thrilled. I have not worked up the nerve to try again.

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