What’s On at MQSA 2019

Entries have just closed on Monday night and we’re blown away by the huge response. Thank you to everyone who has entered their quilts, it’s set to be a great show and our jurors are going to have a tough time narrowing down the numbers.

We also have some great events planned throughout the show and hope to see you there.

Award Ceremony: Friday 16th 5pm

Join us to celebrate the best modern quilts in Australia. Open to the public.

Trunk Show: Friday 16th 6pm

Join two-time Best in Show winner Rachaeldaisy for a close-up look at her colourful, eye-popping quilts. Bookings necessary.


Get hands on and try something new in our half-day workshops. Bookings necessary.
Learn to add 3D texture with Rachaeldaisy:

  • Yo Yos a Go Go, Saturday 17th 10am – 1pm
  • Gypsy Carnival, Sunday 18th 10am – 1pm

Slow down with local textile artist Michele Elliot:

  • Kantha Stitching, Friday 16th 1pm – 4pm

* Bookings for the Trunk Show and Workshops will open next week via our website


On behalf of the committee and entrants, thank you to all our sponsors for their generous prize donations. A full list will be available shortly on our website.


An extra big thank you to our major prize sponsor, Blessington, who are providing a number of prizes, including our Best in Show prize: the amazing PFAFF Quilt Ambition 630.

Sydney Quilt Show

Are you heading the the Sydney Quilt Show this weekend? Be sure to visit the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild table on Saturday to see our stunning Raffle Quilt “Under the Milky Way” and the 2017 Best in Show Winner “Illawarra Improv” both on display. Raffle tickets will be on sale and our friendly members would love to have a chat.

Entries are now open!

Entries for Modern Quilt Show Australia 2019 are now open on our website. We can’t wait to see the fabulous quilts you’ve been working on.

Please visit the Entries page to find out about the categories and entry fees. From there follow the links to the Entry Form where you can pay your entry fee via PayPal (entry is free for Junior entrants) and then complete the entry form for each of the quilts you are entering.

Your entry fee allows for entering up to 2 individual quilts and any number of group quilts that you are one of the makers of. Please be sure to also read the Terms & Conditions.

Entries will close at 11:59pm Sydney time on Monday 17th June 2019.

Raffle tickets on sale, supporting Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

This year’s stunning raffle quilt is ‘Under The Milky Way’, made by Sydney Modern Quilt Guild for the 2018 QuiltCon Charity Quilt Challenge.

Under the Milky Way Raffle Quilt by SydneyMQG
Under the Milky Way Raffle Quilt by Sydney Modern Quilt Guild

We’re very pleased to announce that the profits form this years raffle will be donated to Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (IWDVCAS) and will help fund safety and emergency items.

The Illawarra Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (IWDVCAS) works with women and their children in the Illawarra who are experiencing domestic violence (DV). Most of our work is received through direct referrals from NSW Police where a woman is identified as being a victim of DV. Women are contacted following a reported incident and our highly skilled workers offer support, risk assessments, safety planning, information and referrals to a range of services. We support women at all stages of their journey upholding our main objective, to keep people safe. 

Our clients are diverse in all areas, including age, socio-economic needs, education, cultural background, and other needs. They are affected by violence from partners, ex-partners, children, siblings, other residents in their dwellings and a range of other family members. Their experiences are varied and their needs differ greatly. 

Funds raised through your efforts would go directly to practical safety measures that we have found to assist women. These measures include items such as: personal safety alarms, door stop and window alarms, locks for gates and letterboxes, dummy cameras, sensor lights and safety planning resources. We would allocate a portion to food, petrol and mobile phone credit vouchers to assist women that have fled their homes in a bid to keep themselves and their children safe. If possible, we would also love to offer some financial assistance to women with pets to assist with boarding through programs like RSPCA’s Safe Beds for Pets.

Raffle tickets are now on sale and will be available at the Sydney Stitches & Craft Show, February 14-16 2019. They’re also available from members of Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild and can be purchased online. We can also arrange to send out booklets for anyone interested in selling some.

Entry Information and T&Cs

We’ve published some information to help you in preparing your entries to Modern Quilt Show Australia 2019, including our Terms & Conditions.

Below are some of the highlights, please visit the website to read the full Entry Requirements and Terms & Conditions.

Entry Window

Entries open on Saturday 11th May 2019 and close at 11:59pm Sydney time on Monday 17th June 2019.

Entry Fees

  • There is no entry fee for junior quilters (18 years and under).
  • $15 for members of any of the Australian Modern Quilt Guilds that are affiliated with The Modern Quilt Guild and for individual members of The Modern Quilt Guild.
  • $40 for everyone else.
  • The entry fee allows for the entry of 2 quilts, as well as any group/collaborative quilts the entrant has worked on.

Quilt Sizes

  • Maximum quilt size is 240cm in height and not more than 240cm in width.
  • In the Small Quilts category the maximum sizes are 100cm in height and 100cm in width.


  • Collaborative or group quilts
    • Modern quilts made by three or more people.
  • Improvisational
    • Quilt is pieced improvisationally (without the use of a defined pattern or templates).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small
    • A modern quilt fitting into one of the above categories, where no side of the quilt is greater than 1 metre.
  • Junior
    • Modern quilts made by a quilter 18 years or under, this also includes quilts made by Year 12 students in 2018.
    • If there is enough demand in this category, MQSA reserves the right to create two categories: Up to Year 6 and Year 7-12 (including Year 12 2018)

Key Dates for MQSA 2019!

Friday, 16th – Sunday, 18th August 2019
The Pavilion, Kiama

Time to start sewing! Modern Quilt Show Australia is back again in August 2019. We’re returning to our beautiful venue in Kiama and are hoping to see you and your quilts there.

Below are the key dates for your diary.

  • Entries open:
    Saturday, 11th May 2019
  • Entries close:
    Monday, 17th June 2019
  • Notification of acceptance:
    Week starting 14th July 2019
  • Last day for quilt delivery:
    Tuesday, 6th August 2019
  • Modern Quilt Show Australia:
    Friday, 16th – Sunday, 18th August 2019

Stay tuned for more information to follow on entering quilts, sponsors, stalls, workshops and more!