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Enter the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

Quilt Expo® and Nancy Zieman Productions announce the third-annual Modern Mini Quilt Challenge, taking place throughout the month of May on social media! You’re invited to participate in the challenge by stitching a 24-inch square (or smaller) modern mini quilt in fabrics featuring a modern color palette and design.

To enter, send a high-resolution image of your quilt to by 5 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Include:

  • Your full name
  • Your hometown
  • Quilt title
  • Quilt measurements
  • And a brief quilt description

Enter one modern mini quilt for a chance to receive a prize from one of our generous sponsors (look below for a detailed prize list)!

Share your progress on social media throughout the challenge by using #ModernMiniQuiltChallenge! Quilt Expo® will post entries to their Facebook page throughout the month of May — be sure to look for your entry.

2019 Quilt Expo® Modern Mini Quilt Challenge Complete Entry Rules:

Sew a mini modern quilt to showcase your quilting talents. Submit your entry by emailing a high-resolution image of your quilt to by 5 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

  • Mini Quilts must be no more than 24-inches square, and may be pieced, appliquéd, mixed or other.
  • Mini Quilts must be made from fabrics in a modern color palette and design.
  • Mini Quilts must be quilted through 3 layers by hand, by machine or both.
  • You may enter ONE modern mini quilt that is completed within the last year.
  • Entries must be sent to; participants are encouraged to share progress and quilt photos on social media using hashtag #ModernMiniQuiltChallenge.
  • Submitted entries will be shared on Quilt Expo’s® Facebook page throughout the month of May.
  • Winners selected by panel of judges, to be announced May 28, 2019.
  • Open to U.S. Residents only.
  • Employees of Wisconsin Public Television and Nancy Zieman Productions (and their immediate family members) are permitted to enter the challenge, but are not eligible to win.
  • Judging takes place May 23-24, 2019

Grab our Quilt Expo® Modern Mini Quilt Challenge badge and let your friends know about this fun quilt challenge!

Modern MIni-Badge


Nearly $3,000 in prize packages from our generous sponsors:

CraftOptics: One set of CraftOptics Magnifying Eyeglasses (including prescription or reader installed); $524 value

Linda Z’s Sewing Center: Gift certificate for a two-day hands-on quilting retreat with Kaye England on Friday and Saturday, November 22 and 23, 2019. Also included is an evening meetup with Kaye on Thursday, November 21; $300 value

Modern Quilt Studio: A complete set of Modern Quilts Illustrated Magazines (Volumes 1-13) along with the latest publication from modern quilting pioneers Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr — Rediscovering Your Stash; $235 value

Woodland Ridge Retreat: $200 gift certificates for Woodland Ridge Retreat (3 available)

Pellon: Product bundle with batting, loft fiber, embroidery stabilizer, fusible web, embroidery stabilizer, batting and seam tape, cotton interfacing, flex-foam and fusible seam tape; $165 value

Clover: Flower head pins, snag repair needle, wonder clips, rotary cutter, cutting mat, roll & press, 5-in-1 sliding gauge, 6-in-1 Stick 'n Stitch guide and The Ultimate Quilt 'n Stitch Presser Foot; $155 value

Coats & Clark: Quilt+ Piecing and Quilting Thread (24 mini-king spool assortment), Sew Happy wooden gift box and Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP All-purpose thread (32 spools); $143 value

Blue Bar Quilts: Kit to make the Chocolatier Block of the Month Quilt designed by AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters, kit is the solid Skittles full spectrum colorway, finished size is 72"x 72" (; $130 value

Primitive Gatherings: Flannel Gatherings book, wool project pattern, wool project kit, Valdani threads, chenille needles and wool bundle; $115 value

The Electric Needle: "We've Gone to Plaid" kit in the neutral colorway; $95 value

108 Quilt Backings: Two three-yard fabric backings; $90 value

Siesta Silver Jewelry: Mini Glitzy Sister on an 18" Espiga Necklace. Sterling Silver and nickel free; $73 value

Nancy Zieman Productions: The Afternoon Picnic Fat Quarter Pack and Pattern; $72 value

Thread Cutterz: Sampler box with bedazzled ring cutter, ring travel case, bedazzled flat mount cutter and retractable snippers; $62 value

Heirloom Quilting Designs: Can You Spare a Square? DVD workshop for refined free-motion quilting and Background Bonanza Sampler DVD that teaches wonderful background fill patterns; $60 value

Rita's Racques: 36-inch Ruler Rack; $57 value

Snuggles Quilts: Three patterns and a small wool applique wall hanging kit; $55 value