Fun News to Share – Quilt Show Quilts

I’ve written extensively before about entering quilt shows, and I love discussing the topic with others. In a nutshell, I’m not a “show quilter” but rather consider myself a “quilt-show enterer.” I love entering modern categories of both local and national shows to help share my examples of the modern aesthetic.


Facets (my favorite quilt from Machine Quilting With Style) will be at AQS-Phoenix

I was pleased with fun news this week: 2 of the quilts from my book will be heading to Road to California in January, and a third will be off to AQS-Phoenix in February. A fourth quilt from the book will be judged in QuiltCon since it was pre-qualified by being part of the MQG showcase at International Quilt Festival. I’ve entered additional quilts into QuiltCon, but won’t find out those results until a bit later (keeping my fingers crossed.)

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Square in a Square will be shown at Road to California in January.


Lightning will also be shown at Road – entrants were allowed up to 2 modern quilts.

One of the hardest parts about making quilts ahead of time for my book was realizing they’d be out of commission for about a year. Most quilt shows give you 2 years from the time of completion to enter. Because of the writing deadlines, I have much less time to share my book quilts in shows, so I have to choose wisely on where they’ll go. The exception is QuiltCon which allows quilts up to 4 years old, so thank goodness for that!


Rain is my second favorite book quilt and will be proudly on display at QuiltCon.

A good friend of mine says that entering quilt shows is like quilt-casino: you never know who the judges or competition will be. Every now and then I snag a ribbon, but most of the time I don’t and that’s okay. I’m just happy to share my quilts with a wider audience!

Will you be traveling to any quilt shows next year? If so, which ones?

13 thoughts on “Fun News to Share – Quilt Show Quilts

  1. flutefishy says:

    Read the rules carefully–if I remember correctly, AQS defines “completion” as “the date it was first exhibited,” so you may have longer than you thought. I’ll have quilts at all those shows too, although they’re too far for me to travel to! 😦

  2. Karen says:

    Wahoo! Congratulations, Christa–so well deserved! Any day now you’ll need a map to stick pushpins in, to track which quilt is traveling where 🙂

  3. Lori Smanski says:

    exciting news. best of luck. you have a great attitude about entering quilt shows. stay positive and keep having fun thanks so much for sharing and inspiring

  4. Susan says:

    Fantastic news for you Christa. There is a “slight” chance I could attend in Phoenix, and if so, I will be looking for you and your quilt(s)! I love all your work.

  5. Mary says:

    Yippee!!! I live in Scottsdale which is right next door to Phoenix, and I’m looking forward to going to the show and having a wonderful time there…and probably spending some money as well.

  6. Cory Allender says:

    Congrats, Christa!!! “Elizabeth’s Butterflies ” was juried in so our babies will be maybe one aisle apart at Road…LOL.

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