Quilt Challenges






2018 Quilt Show Judges


Tara Faughnan

Tara Faughnan is a professional freelance textile designer and quilter living and working in Oakland, CA. She started to quilt around 2001 and along the way, her love of quilting led to school and a career in textile design, with clients including Michael Miller Fabrics and Pottery Barn Kids. Tara draws inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colors of textiles from around the world, and the freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional quilts. She uses simple geometry, complex color interaction and always strives to find the line that exists somewhere between harmony and discord.


Melanie Falick

Melanie Falick (melaniefalick.com) has been working in the world of craft/ creativity for nearly 25 years. From 2003 - 2015 she was publishing director of STC Craft / Melanie Falick Books, an Abrams imprint, where she collaborated with extraordinary authors including Kaffe Fassett, Natalie Chanin, Denyse Schmidt, Sherri Lynn Wood, Heather Ross, Heather Jones, Lotta Jansdotter, and Roderick Kiracofe.  She is currently writing Making a Life, a book about the role of making by hand in our lives. She is author of five previous books, including Knitting in America, Kids Knitting, and Weekend Knitting, with 400,000+ books in print. She is also an editorial/creative consultant for indie authors and traditional publishers and writes the Beginnings column for Uppercase.


Beverly Fine

Beverly Fine became a dedicated quilter in 1996. She became an NQA Certified Judge in 2003 and the NQA Judges Certification Program Coordinator from 2008–2012 and 2015–2016. Upon learning that the NQA planned to dissolve as of December 31, 2015, Beverly became a member of the four-person transition team to organize the new National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. Beverly co-authored the Guide to Judged Quilt Shows, and she is currently the Masterpiece Quilt Coordinator for the NACQJ, with the mandate to recognize the very highest quality of work being done today among quiltmakers.

Becoming a judge was a natural extension of Beverly’s nerdy tendency to research and study. Her philosophy is to recognize creativity and the appropriate skills to bring it to life. Beverly offers lectures and workshops on basic quiltmaking, fabric dyeing and printing, design, and the art of critique.

Awards & Prizes

Thank you to our generous sponsors for providing prizes to winners in each category and for the following awards.


Best in Show

Sponsored by:

Quilting Excellence

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People’s Choice

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Best Machine Quilting

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Best Machine Quilting

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Categories & Entry

QuiltCon includes a juried quilt show featuring over 350 modern quilts. The quilts will be juried into the show and judged. Winners in each category will win awards and prizes from our generous sponsors. Entrants are welcome to enter as many quilts as they would like. 

Quilt entry opens in July 2017. Interested in submitting? Read more here!


Appliqué, $500
Sponsored by Northcott

Quilts in this category include must either machine or hand appliqué.

Fabric Challenge, $1000
Sponsored by Michael Miller

Quilts must incorporate specific fabrics Challenge to be announced soon!

Group & Bee Quilts, $500
Sponsored by Dear Stella

Quilts in this category must be made by three or more people.


Handwork, $500
Sponsored by Sulky

Quilts in this category include at least one element of handwork.

Improvisation, $500

Quilts must be pieced improvisationally (without a defined pattern or template).

Minimalist Design, $500
Sponsored by Northcott

Quilts must demonstrate simplification of content and form for maximum visual impact.


Modern Traditionalism, $500
Sponsored by Marcus Fabrics

Quilts must modernize a traditional block or quilt pattern with modern design elements.

Negative Space, $500
Sponsored by Coats & Clark

Quilts must incorporate a creative or significant use of negative space.

Piecing, $500
Sponsored by Aurifil

Quilts must be machine pieced and reflect a strong or innovative use of piecing.


Quilting Challenge, $1000, Sponsored by American Patchwork & Quilting

 Challenge to be announced soon!

Small Quilts, $500
Sponsored by Apliquick

Quilts must be 36 inches or less per side. The quilt can be any shape.

Youth, $500
Sponsored by Cotton + Steel

For quilters under 18. Quilters may be assisted by non-youth quilters, like a parent.



Submit a Quilt

Quilt Show entries will open in July 2017. You must be a Modern Quilt Guild member to submit.

Entries Open: July 2017
Entries Close: November 30, 2017
Notifications: December 2017

Quilt shipping happens in January 2018. Your quilt will be shipped back within three weeks after the show. 

To preview the entry form, visit quiltconentry.com.


Bling by Katherine Jones, Best in Show, 2017