Exhibition Entry Deadline Extended to June 30 2017

June 21, 2017 | Posted in Call for Entries, CQ Exhibition, events, Exhibition | By

The entry deadline for entering this year’s Canberra Quilter’s Annual Members Exhibition has been extended to (postmarked) 30 June 2017.

To download the entry pack click here.

This extension of deadline will not impact any other Exhibition dates.

Remember, you can submit a quilt for display only (also known as “not for judging”) in the Exhibition. We strongly encourage all members to consider submitting a quilt (even if it’s just for display). You never know, seeing your quilt might just be the catalyst for someone else to start quilting (and we all need there to be more quilters in the world!).

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Call for entries – various opportunities

April 3, 2017 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

There are several opportunities this year for members to enter selected competitions /exhibitions:

  1. World Quilt Competition 2017

Australian entries for the World Quilt Competition 2017  are now open. Share your artwork on the international stage, and let someone else look after logistics, shipping, customs and insurance!   Entries close on Monday, 15 May 2017. Accepted entries will premiere at World Quilt New England  (17-19 August 2017) and tour to other Mancuso shows in the United States until early 2018.

Entries can be submitted via the Online Entry Form. Alternatively, download, complete and return the World Quilt Competition 2017 Entry Form – Australian Edition (PDF) by e-mail or post. Be aware that your quilt must be at least 1296 square inches (eg 36x36in)  and completed in 2015, 2016 or 2017.  See the Contest Rules for more information.

Four Australians received ribbons in 2016. View all the prize winners here

Enter your quilt in 2017 to be part of this exciting event. For more information, contact the Australian Coordinator Brenda Gael Smith at info@worldquiltaustralian.com

  1. Art Quilt Australia 2017

Art Quilt Australia 2017 is open to residents of Australia and New Zealand and OZQN (Ozquilt Network) members worldwide. Entries close on 7 June 2017. Submission is via the online entry form or by postal mail only.

The exhibition will be held at the prestigious Queen Victoria Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania from Friday 7 September to Sunday 22 October 2017 and will be documented in a comprehensive catalogue.

Art Quilt Australia 2017 is a juried exhibition with $6000 in prize money.  All selected entries are automatically eligible for consideration for the $3000 Award of Excellence (non-acquisitive). Entrants submitting complying wool quilts (see below) may also nominate their work for the $3000 Expressions:Wool Quilt Prize where the winning work is acquired by the National Wool Museum for its permanent collection.

3. Australian Quilts in Public Places – AQIPP 2017

Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality in interpreting the theme:


16 November-21 December 2017

Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill, Melbourne VIC.

AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia.

Entries close: 21 September 2017

For more information: australian quilters association

Email: aqipp2017

An initiative of Australian Quilters Association

Major sponsor: Brother International

  1. Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2018

A collaborative program between the Tasmanian Quilting Guild & the Maritime Museum of Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2018 Exhibition will be held in the Carnegie Gallery at the Maritime Museum of Tasmania in Hobart from Tuesday 1st May to Sunday 3rd June 2018.

The Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize is open to textile artists across Australia. This biennial exhibition aims to promote best practice in art quilting and encourage experimentation by presenting new and exciting textile art. There is an additional category of Textile Sculpture.

The theme is ‘Ebb and Flow’. Entries close on 5 March 2018.

Full entry details on tasquiltguild site

Major sponsor: Bernina

(Quilt in banner is Red Hills by Dianne Firth)

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Call for entries – AQIPP

July 5, 2016 | Posted in Art quilts, Call for Entries | By

Members may be interested in participating in this (you have over a year before entries close):

Call for Entries

Australian Quilts in Public Places

AQIPP 2017

An initiative of The Australian Quilters Association Inc.


16 November – 21 December 2017

Whitehorse ArtSpace Box Hill, Melbourne VIC

Quilters are invited to demonstrate their talents and originality interpreting the theme “Reflection”.

 AQIPP is a juried, judged and sponsored exhibition which is open to all quilters in Australia.

(Major sponsor: Brother International)

Whether contemplating reflection in still water or reflecting on life, change, environment or the world around us, reflection helps to instil in us a sense of time and place.

 Entries close: 21 September 2017

For further information: http://australianquiltersassociation.com/

or  email the convenor: aqipp2017@gmail.com

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Map Project textile exhibition- Belconnen Arts Centre

June 2, 2016 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

Members may be interested in this opportunity from Belconnen Arts Centre (The Map Project – Where I Live):

Textile groups from the ACT and region are invited to respond collaboratively to the concept of: “mapping: where I live;” by exploring ideas of home, place and belonging. Entrants are encouraged to engage playfully, thoughtfully, radically, or somewhere in between. We invite investigation and interpretation of geography, culture, history and community relationships along with the personal perceptions and meanings of living and being at home through the tactile, rich and varied medium of textiles.

Link to entry form.

Link for further details.

Entry deadline is 4pm on 29 August 2016.

Anne McMahon and Monika McInerney from the Belconnen Arts Centre will be the guest speakers at the evening meeting on August 4.

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Ultimate Bag Challenge

May 15, 2016 | Posted in Call for Entries, CQ Events | By

Members are invited to celebrate CANBERRA QUILTERS 40th by entering our Ultimate Quilters Bag Challenge

Entries due by Friday 24 June 2016

Deliver to: Cook Rooms, 41 Templeton Street, Cook

Judging: By members present at the 40th birthday lunch. Criteria for judging are practicality, creativity in design, workmanship.

RSVP to Helen Rose (president@canberraquilters.org.au )

Or mail to PO Box 935, Jamison Centre, ACT, 2614

The Inspiration:

“While thinking about ideas to celebrate the 40 years anniversary of CQ I reflected on the changes and creative development of the sewing bag. Remember in the 70’s and 80’s everyone had a lined sewing basket?

A receptacle for one’s sewing notions and work in progress is a very necessary part of the quilter’s ‘must have’ as the quilter needs to quilt wherever she or he is. – Attending workshops, meetings, retreats, friendship groups, visiting, travelling and so it goes. Over the years I have seen some amazing examples of innovation and imagination.”

Wendy Saclier



  1. Closing date for entries Friday 24 June 2016.
  2. Delivery to Cook rooms on 24 June 2016 or by prior arrangement.
  3. You must be a financial member of Canberra Quilters Inc to enter.
  4. Entry fee $5
  5. Your fabric sewing bag must have 3 layers held together with stitching. It must be a practical, functional bag and be creative and innovative. At least two techniques are to be incorporated – piecing, appliqué, embellishment, embroidery, beading, painting, printing, dyeing, fibre manipulation and/or trapunto. It must have a label sewn into the bag with your name, address and phone number.
  6. Your bag may be an original design or made from a kit or a pattern. You must indicate which of these and acknowledge the pattern or kit maker.
  7. Entering a bag means you agree that if it is selected it may be displayed at Canberra Quilters Inc 2016 annual exhibition.
  8. The Committee of Canberra Quilters Inc. reserves the right to photograph your entry for our records and to use those photographs for publicity and other appropriate purposes such as the newsletter, website, electronic catalogue or magazine reviews. Unsolicited reports and reviews containing images may also appear in newspapers, print publications and online. The general public is permitted to photograph the exhibits for personal use.


Entry Form is in the March 2016 issue of Connecting Threads.

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Exhibition Entry pack available

May 4, 2016 | Posted in Call for Entries, CQ Exhibition | By

The Exhibition Entry pack and associated forms have been loaded onto the website. You can access them here.

Entries for the exhibition and submission of Intention to Sell form close on 16 June.

(Quilt in the banner is one of this year’s raffle quilts)

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Celebrate 40 Deadline – 16 May

May 2, 2016 | Posted in Call for Entries, CQ Events | By

Just a reminder that the deadline for entries for the Celebrate 40 exhibition are due in two weeks on 16 May. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this exhibition.

Click on the ‘Celebrate 40’ button to the right of this post.

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Call for Entries – World Quilt Competition 2016

January 30, 2016 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

Calling Australian Quilters:
World Quilt Competition 2016

Australian quilters have the opportunity to enter the World Quilt Competition and have their work tour in the United States to quilt shows run by Mancuso Show Management. Accepted entries will premiere at the World Quilt New England  (18-20 August 2016).

Entries close on 16 May 2016. Further details are available here.

Quilt in banner is High Country Lupins #3, by Brenda Gael Smith, the Australian co-ordinator for the World Quilt Competition.

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Call for Entries- AQC 2016- closing 26 February

January 29, 2016 | Posted in Call for Entries | By


APRIL 14 – 17, 2016 Royal Exhibition Building Carlton Gardens, Melbourne


Are you ready to be a star? Announcing three exciting opportunities for YOUR work to be on show at AQC 2016!

Get busy and get stitching, and you could have your own quilt or textile art piece on display at Australia’s premier quilting event, admired by thousands of visitors from around the country and further afield.

Closing date for all online entries is February 25, 2016

AQC challenge 2016

Challenge yourself and explore your creativity within a theme in this prestigious annual challenge.

The theme is ‘Tradition with a Twist’ and if selected as a finalist, your quilt will tour Australia and New Zealand throughout the year. A prize pool of $5,500 is up for grabs with winners awarded on interpretation of theme, excellence in design, craftsmanship, and a Viewers’ Choice.

Quilt size is 90cm square.

AQC 2016 paws

Mini-Textile Art Challenge: Paws & Whiskers

We invite you to show your best friend in their best light, in textiles!

Traditional and contemporary works using creative textile techniques including patchwork, embroidery, appliqué, surface design, photo transfer, printing, etc, will all be considered. The winner will receive a fabulous Fiskars prize pack valued at more than $200.

The work must have at least two layers and the size is 25cm square.

AQC 2015 millefiorePictured: The New Hexagon – Millefiore by Katja Marek

Millefiore Magic

If you have completed a kaleidoscope quilt and would like to be part of the AQC Quilt Show, send information and an image of your quilt for consideration. This is a non-judged exhibition – our aim is to create a spectacular display of millefiore colour.

Your quilt does not need to be finished for online entry, but if selected for display it must be finished and sent to Expertise Events before March 25, 2016.

Quilt can be any size and does not have to be your original design.



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Celebrate 40 challenge-open to all Aus and NZ quilters

January 18, 2016 | Posted in Call for Entries | By

Canberra Quilters Inc invites all Australian and New Zealand quilters to join us in celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2016 by entering a quilt in our Celebrate 40 challenge.

From Art quilts to Traditional quilts – we’d like to see as many interpretations of the theme as possible.   We all know how creative quilters are!!  You have till 16 May 2016 to make and enter your celebration creation. The quilt must be portrait orientation 40 x 100 cms.

There are three prizes: 1st place $400, 2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100.  Initial entry is free and from the photos submitted we will select up to 43 finalists.  Finalists will be asked to submit their quilt and pay $20 to cover costs

Full details are on our website. You might like to do a traditional quilt with forty 10cm blocks or do an ‘off the wall’ art quilt using your favourite arty techniques.


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