Sydney Modern Quilt Guild is proud to present the 2016 Modern Quilt Show Australia!

Australia’s 1st Modern Quilt Show was founded and presented in Berry NSW during May 2014 by Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild. The following year Modern Quilt Show Australia 2015 was once again hosted by Wollongong MQG, this time in beautiful Kiama.

With a vision to see the show hosted by the various Modern Quilt Guilds of Australia, the baton has now been passed. The first step is to Sydney who will host the third annual show, we hope you’ll join us for another fabulous Modern Quilt Show Australia in 2016.

25, 26 & 27 November 2016
Glebe Town Hall, Sydney

Entries will be open from 1 – 23 October 2016 via this website.


Workshops by Anna Maria Horner and Carolyn Friedlander are presented in partnership with Material Obsession.

Full-day workshops with Anna Maria Horner and Carolyn Friedlander will be available on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, a half-day workshop is available in the morning with Anna Maria Horner and in the afternoon with Carolyn Friedlander.

Quilt Show:

The quilt show will be open 10 am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be first, second and third prizes offered for each category, as well as a Judge’s Commendation. There will also be a prize for Best in Show and a Viewer’s Choice award.


Quilters may enter a maximum of two quilts in any of the following categories:

Collaborative or group quilts
• Modern quilts made by three or more people.

Minimalist and/or use of negative space
• The design of the quilt emphasizes extreme simplification of content and form to achieve maximum visual impact and/ or
• Quilt design incorporates a creative or significant use of negative space which is integrated into and/or organizes the composition of the quilt.

• Quilt is pieced improvisationally (without the use of a defined pattern or templates).

Modern Traditional
• Quilt design incorporates the use of an identifiable traditional block pattern and modernises it by applying design elements such as alternate grid work, asymmetry, colour, scale, etc.

• No side of the quilt may be greater than 1 metre.

• Modern quilts made by a quilter under the age of 18 years.
• Please note that if there is enough demand in this category, SYDMQG reserves the right to create two categories: 9 and under and 10-18 years.

Rules of entry:

• The Quilter must reside in Australia
• You do not have to be a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, but members do receive a fee discount when entering their quilts.
• Quilts must meet the following requirements: they must have three layers (backing, batting, and top) joined together with stitching or tying, have a finished binding on the edge of the quilt, and have been made in the last four years at the time of entry.
• All of the people who worked on the quilt, paid or not, must be credited (excluding basting assistance).
• The Modern Quilt Show Australia (MQSA) reserves the right to divide or combine categories, move entries to more appropriate categories, and not to award all ribbons.
• MQSA reserves the right to reject any quilts that are in poor condition when received and seen in person. Examples include, but are not limited to, torn fabric, stained fabric, poor craftsmanship or an unfinished quilt. Any quilt that is rejected by MQSA will be returned to the entrant and will not be displayed in the exhibit, entered into MQSA, judged or eligible for ribbons or prizes
• MQSA reserves the right to accept or deny any quilt for display.
• MQSA reserves the right to reject any quilt misrepresented in the photos during the entry process.
• MQSA reserves the right to reject or disqualify any quilt that misrepresented design credit. If this misrepresentation is discovered after the show and the quilt was awarded, the winner forfeits all ribbons and prizes.
• There are no refunds on entry fees once a quilt has been submitted.
• The decisions of the show organisers, jury and judges are final.
• MQSA does not discriminate against entrants based on race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or marital status.

More details to be announced as they become available, please check back frequently.