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Quilt Contest

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show hosts a 10-category juried and judged Quilt Contest. Quilters of all levels have the opportunity to enter a maximum of four quilts into this exciting contest. Prizes will be awarded in each category, as well as to the best of show and viewers' choice quilts.

2020 Quilt Contest Rules and Entry Form
2020 Quilt Contest Rules & Entry Form (PDF)
2020 Quilt Contest Rules & Entry Form (online form)

Contest Prizes
Best of Show - $1,500
Viewers' Choice Award - $500
1st Place - $500
2nd Place - $300
3rd Place - $200

Quilt Challenge

Each year The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show hosts a themed challenge. This year quilts must incorporate the botanical theme (anything plant-related). Quilters of all levels may enter one quilt in the challenge. First place receives $300, second place receives $200 and third place receives $100.

2020 Botanical Quilt Challenge Rules and Entry Form
2020 Botanical Quilt Challenge Entry Form (PDF)
2020 Botanical Quilt Challenge Entry Form (online form)

Kids' Quilt Challenge

The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show also offers a quilt contest open to youth ages 15 and under. The contest is sponsored by Nancy Zieman Productions, and Nancy's Notions gift certificates are awarded as prizes. First place receives a $200 gift certificate, second place receives a $100 gift certificate and third place receives a $50 gift certificate.

2020 Kids' Quilt Challenge Rules and Entry Form
2020 Kids' Quilt Contest Rules & Entry Form (PDF)
2020 Kids' Quilt Contest Rules & Entry Form (online form)

Contest Resources

Add a Rod Pocket to your Quilt Contest Entry Video

Add Quilt Binding to your Quilt Contest Entry Video

To learn more about the judging process:
Watch this Sewing With Nancy – Nancy’s Corner interview with certified quilting judge, Klaudeen Hansen

2019 Winners

2019 Quilt Contest Winners and Exhibitors
Click here to view a list of the 2019 Quilt Contest winners.
Click here to view a list of the 2019 Quilt Contest exhibitors.
Click here to view a photo gallery of the 2019 Quilt Contest winning quilts.

2019 Log Cabin Quilt Challenge Winners
Click here to view a list of the 2019 Log Cabin Quilt Challenge exhibitors and winners.

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Contest Categories

Best of Show
sponsored by: Coats & Clark

Viewers' Choice
sponsored by: Nancy’s Notions

CATEGORY 1
Hand-Quilted Bed Size, Pieced
sponsored by: Nancy Zieman The Blog

CATEGORY 2
Hand-Quilted Bed Size, Appliquéd, Mixed or Other Type
sponsored by: Friends of Wisconsin Public Television

CATEGORY 3
Machine Quilted Bed Size, Pieced
sponsored by: SewBatik

CATEGORY 4
Machine Quilted Bed Size – Appliqued, Mixed or Other
sponsored by: Sewing With Nancy

CATEGORY 5
Wall Quilts, Hand Quilted – Any Type
sponsored by: Create

CATEGORY 6
Wall Quilts, Machine Quilted – Pieced
sponsored by: Garden & Landscape Expo

CATEGORY 7
Wall Quilts, Machine Quilted – Appliqued
sponsored by: Clover

CATEGORY 8
Wall Quilts, Machine Quilted – Pictorial
sponsored by: PBS Wisconsin

CATEGORY 9
Wall Quilts, Machine Embroidered & Thread Painted
sponsored by: The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show

CATEGORY 10
Wall Quilts, Machine Quilted – Mixed or Other Type
sponsored by: Nancy Zieman Productions

Log Cabin Challenge
sponsored by: The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show

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Contest Sponsors



Coats & ClarkNancy’s NotionsNancy Zieman The BlogFriends of Wisconsin Public TelevisionSewBatikSewing With NancyCreateGarden & Landscape ExpoCloverPBS Wisconsin LogoQuilt showNancy Zieman Productions