Terms and Conditions


  • Entries open on Saturday 11th May 2019 and will close at 11:59pm Sydney time on Monday 17th June 2019.
  • Entries are only accepted via the MQSA website http://www.modernquilters.com.au
  • Each entrant is permitted to enter a maximum of two individual quilts for consideration by the jury and/or any collaborative quilts where the entrant is one of the makers
  • One entry fee per entrant includes up to two individual quilts and any collaborative quilts.
  • There is no entry fee for the Junior category, maximum of two individual quilts per entrant applies.
  • An entry form must be completed for each of the quilts being entered.
  • Entrants will also be asked to provide 1 photo for each quilt entered. Please make sure your photo is no larger than 3 MB. The photo must be in .jpg format, resized to 1800 pixels on the longest side, or as close as possible to 1800 pixels within the file size limit (3 MB).
  • The photo should show the entire quilt top laid out or hung flat (quilting/binding does not have to be completed, however please keep in mind the jury can only decide based on the progress shown). Please ensure the photo is well lit, focused and of high quality.
  • Successful entrants will be notified the week of Sunday 14th – Saturday 20th July by email if their quilt(s) are accepted.
  • Quilts will need to be received via coordinated drop off points or by post by Tuesday 6th August.
  • Quilts will be hung and judged on Thursday 15th August and the show is open to the public Friday 16th August to Sunday 18th August. Quilts will be available for pickup on Sunday after show closing or posted the following week.


  • 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)


  • The entrant must be living in Australia at the time of submitting the entry form.
  • All of the people who worked on the quilt, paid or not, must be credited (excluding basting assistance).
  • Entrants in the Junior category must be 18 years or younger. This also includes quilts made by Year 12 students in 2018.
  • Entry is open to all quilters, a discounted fee is offered to members of an Australian guild associated with The MQG or Individual MQG Members. We encourage you to consider joining the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild or Sydney Modern Quilt Guild (if you’re near to either), signup with your local modern quilt guild or alternatively take out individual membership of the international MQG.
  • Individual members of The Modern Quilt Guild may be asked to provide some proof of current membership, you’ll be contacted by MQSA after you have submitted the entry form if this is needed.

Entry Fees:

  • There is no entry fee for junior quilters (18 years and under).
  • Entry fee is $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.
  • Entry fee is $40 for all non-members. Find out further information about local MQGs here.
  • One entry fee per entrant includes up to two individual quilts and any collaborative quilts.
  • Multiple entry fees for additional quilt entries is not permitted.
  • There are no refunds on entry fees once the entry fee is paid.

Quilt requirements:

  • Quilt dimensions must be in CENTIMETRES and incorrectly measured quilts may not be hung.
  • Quilts must not measure more than 240cm in height and not more than 240cm in width. This means approximately 94″ high and 94″ wide.
  • Quilts must meet the following requirements: they must have three layers (backing, batting, and top), joined together with stitching or tying, and preferably have a finished edge with a binding or facing along the edges of the quilt.
  • Quilts that have been previously shown at Modern Quilt Show Australia are not eligible for entry. Quilts must have been made in the last four years at the time of entry.
  • Quilts must include a sewn on label including the entrants name, address and phone number.
  • Quilts must include a hanging sleeve.

Running the quilt show:

  • Modern Quilt Show Australia is a juried quilt show. Jury members are drawn from the membership of Modern Quilt Guilds across Australia.
  • 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 quilt misrepresented in the photos during the entry process and 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, excess threads/fluff/animal hair 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 exhibition.
  • 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.
  • It is the entrant(s) responsibility to obtain all copyright and intellectual property clearances for entering the quilt for prizes and exhibiting it. Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, MQSA, MQSA sponsors and volunteers are not liable for any breach of copyright or intellectual property rights.
  • Sydney Modern Quilt Guild, Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild, MQSA, MQSA sponsors and volunteers are not liable for any loss, damage or destruction of quilts or exhibition items however such loss damage or destruction is caused, including any negligent act or omission, fault or cause. Insurance cover, if desired, is the responsibility of the entrant.
  • 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.

Press and Social Media:

  • The Modern Quilt Show Australia (MQSA) and MQSA sponsors reserve the right to photograph quilts for their records and to use those photographs for publicity (including online and in social media) and for other appropriate purposes.
  • Images and reports may also appear in various news, craft and art publications, both online and in print.
  • Visitors to the MQSA will be permitted to photograph the quilts and post them online or in social media, provided the quiltmaker/s are acknowledged.

Thank you for your interest in entering a quilt in our show.

Again, entries open on the website from Saturday 11th May 2019 until 11:59pm Sydney time on Monday 17th June 2019.