Sydney Modern Quilt Guild is proud to present the 2017 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 fourth annual show, following a very successful Modern Quilt Show Australia in 2016.

2017 Show dates:

3 – 5 November 2017

Petersham Town Hall, Sydney
107 Crystal St, Petersham NSW 2049

Three days of quilting workshops with international and national teachers, fabric stalls and a huge display of modern Australian quilts.

Hosted by the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild.

2017 Quilt Entry dates:

Quilts can be entered into the show between Saturday 5th August and Sunday 10th September 2017, using a similar online process to previous years.

Entries to the show will be subject to a jury selection process.

Successful quilt show entrants will be notified between 1 – 7 October 2017.

Announcements about teachers and their workshops, fabric stalls, quilt show categories and entry process will be posted here, as soon as available.

Quilt Show details:

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.

Quilt Show categories:

Note that the maximum size for quilts is 240 cm x 240 cm.
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.


There is no entry fee for Junior quilts.
• 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. There is no entry fee for quilts in the Junior category.
• 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.
• The quilt must measure no more than 240 cm x 240 cm.
• 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.


2016 Raffle Quilt:


A quilt made by members of the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild was raffled during the 2016 show. Proceeds from the raffle went to a Sydney charity, which supports migrants newly arrived in Australia: Promoting Healthy Outcomes for Refugees.