2023 – Members Challenge
Light It Up
Conditions of Entry
All entries must comply with the conditions of entry and the entry form to be eligible for selection.
Aotearoa Quilters offer a juried members-only challenge to create a quilt on the theme of ‘Light it Up’. Any form of quilt-making, design, style or technique may be used to create the quilt, e.g. Traditional, Contemporary, Modern, Textile Art etc.
Entries need to be the original and sole work of the quilt maker. They cannot be made from a commercial pattern, copied from another source, started in a class or quilted by a different maker.
First-time entrants into this Aotearoa Quilters Members Only Challenge will be eligible for a “First-time entrant” award if the entry is selected for this exhibition.
- Size – 40 cm by 80 cm, must be portrait orientation.
- Entries are to be created on the theme ‘Light it Up’ and this is to be explained in the Artist statement.
- Entries must include a pieced traditional Shoo Fly block (Ladies’ Art Company 1898) see diagram:
• on the front of the quilt.
• recognisable and identifiable to the viewer.
• a minimum of one pieced block – not appliquéd, quilted, deconstructed or any other technique.
- Entries must not be mounted or framed.
- Entries must be constructed in a manner that will withstand packing and travelling to several venues.
- From the photo entries, 20 quilts will be selected by the judge to travel and be displayed as the ‘Light it Up’ exhibition.
Entry Eligibility Details
- Entrants must be current members of Aotearoa Quilters. The entry fee is $15. Payment is to be made online as part of the online entry process.
- One entry only per member.
- This year for the first time, the selection of quilts will be done from photographs. Do not send quilts until you receive notification of selection.
Entry Submission Details
- Complete an online entry form and entry fee payment and upload your photos. Payment will be via POLIpay – our form links you to your bank. If for any reason that payment fails, there is information on how to pay by internet banking, on the online form.
- A copy of your entry form will be automatically emailed to you.
- The online entry must include two photographs, one a full photo with all edges of the quilt visible. The other is to be a detail.
When photographing, please label your quilts with your last name, a short quilt title, and full or detail. For example Jones – Swansong – full. Your image sizes should be between 2 and 8 MB and taken in good light, be square on, and display faithful colour.
- Online entries close on 28th July, 2023.
- Twenty quilts will be selected by our judge from the photographs.
- Quilters whose work is selected will be notified by email by 23rd August.
Hanging and Identification Details
- A hanging sleeve 3 inches wide, finishing ½ inch from either side and no more than ½ inch from the top edge of the quilt is to be securely stitched to the top of the quilt.
- The hook side of the Velcro is to be stitched to the top edge of the hanging sleeve. (Also ½ inch from the sides and top of the quilt) Attach soft-sided Velcro of the same size, to the hook side of the Velcro. Write the quilt name onto the soft-sided velcro. No stick-on Velcro is to be used.
- A fabric label with the quilt title, maker’s name, and contact to be securely attached to the quilt, on the back bottom left-hand corner, when viewed from the back.
Quilt Submission Details
- Selected Quilts are to be sent to Sheryl Madigan, c/o 30 Highfields Drive, Katikati 3129
- Selected quilts are to arrive no later than Thursday 10th September 2023. Late entries will not be accepted.
- Entries must include a self-addressed suitably sized courier bag with payment attached for the return of the quilt. Include an RD sticker if your address is rural. Cardboard and other forms of packing (except the cloth bag) are not retained for the return of quilts because of storage constraints.
- For the protection of your quilt please submit it in a suitably sized cloth bag that is labelled with the quilt title and the maker’s name.
- Insurance of entries is the responsibility of the entrant. Whilst all care will be taken, Aotearoa Quilters will not accept liability for any loss or damage to quilts.
- Aotearoa Quilters reserves the right not to accept any quilts that do not meet the conditions of entry or that the Committee deems as not being a suitable entry.
- The judge’s decision is final and no discussion will be entered into.
Exhibiting and Publicity Details
- Entries will tour at venues arranged by Aotearoa Quilters and return to the maker in approximately 12 months unless otherwise arranged with the maker.
- Quilts are not to be exhibited at any other venues prior to entering this challenge.
- Entries must be for sale at a price set by the quilt maker. Aotearoa Quilters will retain a 15% commission of the sale price.
- Partial photographs of up to 20% of the quilt may be shared on social media or any other public forum prior to the opening exhibition. The intention is to create interest without revealing the main features of the quilt.
- Aotearoa Quilters may use photographic images for promotional purposes. Quilt makers will be acknowledged.
28th July: online entries are due.
23rd August: Selection Notification emails.
8th September: quilts due to coordinator.