Due to the current Covid-19 situation 2020 Registration is on hold at this time.  As the situation changes we will be updating on this site. Thank you for your understanding.





Quilt Registration Deadline
The deadline for mailing in your quilt registration form is July 25 every year. If you are entering the QuiltFest Challenge, you have already paid your registration fee when you purchased your challenge kit. HOWEVER, YOU MUST STILL FILL OUT A FORM IN ORDER TO ENTER YOUR QUILT IN THE SHOW. 


*******2020 Registration Form PDF not available at this time.
 The Registration Form to enter your quilt(s) in QuiltFest 2020 is not available at this time..  Each spring the form for the Fall show will be updated. The 2020 Registration form is not available at this time

If you have trouble downloading this form, email Kathryn Metzger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will email you a form.

These are general rules. See the registration form for more specifics.

REGISTERING YOUR QUILT – You must submit one completed registration form per entry including Challenge and Young Quiltmaker categories (form may be photocopied or downloaded). No telephone registration will be accepted.

All quilts will be registered under the name of the person who signs at the bottom of the form. Your quilt will not be accepted for the show unless the “HOLD HARMLESS” agreement has been signed and dated, (see registration form).

FEES - There is a $18.00 fee per entry except for the QuiltFest Challenge and Young Quiltmakers categories. The entry fee for the Challenge is included in the price of the Challenge kit (you must still send in a registration form) and there is no entry fee for Young Quiltmakers. A young person may enter his/her quilt in another category, but the appropriate entry fee and rules for that category will apply. Entry fee for members of the seven supporting guilds is $15.00 per entry, all other rules apply.

Checks should be made out to QuiltFest, Inc. of Jacksonville and mailed with the registration form. Your registration fee(s) includes free admission to the show for the person entering the quilt. You should receive acknowledgement of the receipt of your registration form(s) within a week or two from the Registration Chair.

EXCLUSIONS – None of the following will be accepted. Any item previously entered in QuiltFest, Inc, preprinted panel blocks (except in Young Quiltmakers category), framed or frame-stabilized quilts (i.e. no rods or poles or stabilization devices sewn into sleeves or pockets attached to the quilt) mounted quilts, mass produced machine quilted entries, tied or non-quilted quilts (except other techniques and Young Quiltmakers), home fashions (i.e. pillows, rugs, tree skirts, table runners, appliance covers, etc.) Quilts must be void of any offensive odors (i.e. cigarette or pet odor). No antique quilts can be accepted.

SHIPPING – Shipped quilts will be accepted only between certain dates. Your pre-paid shipping label (preferred method) or check covering the cost of the return shipping and insurance made payable to QuiltFest Inc.of Jacksonville must accompany your quilt. Without this check, your quilt cannot be returned to you. (Please do not send your registration form with your quilt. It is due several weeks before you need to mail in your quilt.)

CHECK–IN - All hand–delivered entries must be checked in on the designated date in September, between the hours of 11 A.M. and 2 P.M. at one of the locations listed below. No hand delivered entries will be accepted before or after this date.

Argyle Church of Christ
7310 Collins Road
Jacksonville, FL 32244
904-502-9234  Cindy Brown
Corner of Collins and Rampart. Building entrance is located on Rampart.

Arlington Masonic Lodge
3421 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32277
904-502-7458  Maureen Reiter

First Christian Church
11924 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32223
904-226-4140  June Daniels
South of Loretto Road on San Jose Blvd.

Pollard Construction
Moultrie Commons Plaza
3670 US 1 S, Suite 270
St. Augustine, FL 32086
904-377-4723  Frances Case

Neptune Beach Senior Activity Center  NOTE CHANGE OF ADDRESS!
450 Atlantic Boulevard
Neptune Beach, FL 32266
808-782-4506  Sue Hart

SLEEVE - This rule will be strickly enforced.
quiltbackAll quilts (with exception of miniatures which do not require a sleeve) must have a 4”sleeve at the top of the quilt. This sleeve must be hand stitched on the top and bottom of the sleeve with stitches not visible from the front. For large quilts, the top edge of the sleeve must be no more than 90” from the bottom of the quilt.

- Each quilt must have a fabric I.D. label with the owner’s name (as listed on the registration form) legibly printed or stitched and attached in the lower left hand corner on the back of the quilt. See diagram above. Any reference to the maker, whether on the front or back (including the I.D. label mentioned above), will be covered during the judging phase of QuiltFest.

BAG – Each quilt, including miniatures, is to be completely enclosed in a fabric bag no smaller than a standard size pillowcase that can be closed and EASILY tied at the top. If your entry is a large quilt, it must be in a fabric bag large enough to be EASILY closed and tied at the top. Your name and phone number must appear on the outside of the bag. Each entry must have its own bag. No mesh laundry bags, please. NOTE: For rolled rather than folded quilts, the pole may be no longer than 36". The pole must be flexible (no pvc pipe) and protrude no more than 2" at either end of the quilt.

CATEGORY - Please check the appropriate category on the entry form. If necessary, QuiltFest, Inc. reserves the right to move your quilt to the correct category during the take-in process or judging. If you are unsure about the category, please email or mail a photo of your quilt to the Registratioin Chair. Addressing issues ahead of time assures that your quilt is judged fairly and prevents frustration for you, the QuiltFest Board and the judge.

QUILT RETURN – All quilts must remain on display until the end of the show. There are no exceptions. Quilt pick-up will begin on the last day of the show, no earlier than 6 p.m. after the close of the show. Quilt owners are required to present their quilt owners receipt at the time of pick-up. All quilts not being shipped must be picked up at this time. All shipped entries will be returned to the quilt owner within 10 days after the end of QuiltFest.

If you have any questions regarding these rules, please contact:

Kathryn Metzger
376 Summercove Circle
St. Augustine, FL 32086

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Due to IRS requitements, any entrant winning $600 or more will be required to provide a Social Security number for a 1099 Form before prize disbursement.


A category will be eligible for monetary awards when there are at least 12 entries. If a category does not have 12 entries, it will still be judged and ribbons only will be awarded. Each quilt must consist of three components: top, batting, and back held together with stitching (excluding Other Techniques category). No quit may be larger than 110" x 110" and the top of the sleeve must be no more than 90" from the bottom of the quilt. All decisions regarding category placement are the sole prerogative of the Judging Committee.

Large Pieced - made and quilted by one person. Size 288” or greater (top of sleeve on back is to be no more than 90” from bottom of quilt) and more than 50% pieced.

Large Pieced - Duet - made and quilted by two people. Size 288” or greater (top of sleeve on back is to be no more than 90” from bottom of quilt) and more than 50% pieced.

Intermediate Pieced - made and quilted by one person. Total of all sides greater than 180” but less than 288” and more than 50% pieced. (Includes pieced crib quilts, lap quilts, and wall hangings.)

Intermediate Pieced - Duet - made and quilted by two people. Total of all sides greater than 180” but less than 288” and more than 50% pieced. (Includes pieced crib quilts, lap quilts, and wall hangings.)

Small Pieced - Total of all sides less than 180”.

Large Appliquéd Quilts - Total of all sides 280" or greater and no larger than 110” X 110” (top of sleeve on back is to be no more than 90” from bottom of quilt) and more than 50% appliquéd. Stained Glass quilts should be included in this category. 

Appliquéd Quilts All Other - Total of all sides no larger than 280" and more than 50% appliquéd. Stained Glass quilts should be included in this category.

Miniature Quilts - pieced and/or appliquéd. Category not determined by size alone. Must by a small version of a full-sized quilt or wall hanging. Maximum block size is 5” and the longest side of the quilt must be no more than 30”.

Other Techniques - Examples of this category will include whole cloth quilts, yo-yo quilts, embroidered and/or heavily embellished quilts, crazy quilts, cathedral window quilts, and quilts with very special techniques. Any size except miniature and no larger than 110" X 110". (Top of sleeve on back is to be no more than 90” from bottom of quilt)

Art Quilts - quilts that are an original design. Quilt shall not be a copy of an existing work or a commercial pattern and may be contemporary or traditional. Size no larger than 110" X 110" (Top of sleeve on back is to be no more than 90” from bottom of quilt).

Innovative Quilts - Not an original design, but an individually creative expression using nontraditional methods, materials, embellishments or surface design techniques that create a unique piece. May be from a commercial pattern substantially enhanced as described above. Any size, no larger than 110" X 110".

Collaborative Quilts - quilts made by three or more people. Includes all sizes and techniques ranging from miniature to a maximum of 110" X 110". (Top of sleeve on back is to be no more than 90” from bottom of quilt) Progressive and round robin quilts should be included in this category.

QuiltFest Challenge - Entries must comply with guidelines and fabrics found in the QuiltFest Challenge Kit each year. The registration fee is included in the price of the Challenge Kit, however, a registration form must be sent in to enter the quilt in the show.

Young Quiltmakers' Quilts - all quilts made by quilters under the age of 18 or students in grade 12 or under. The age of the quilter is required and will be listed in the program. Entire quilt must be pieced and quilted or tied by the Young Quiltmaker. Size no larger than 110" X 110" (Top of sleeve on back is to be no more than 90” from bottom of quilt). Young quiltmakers are not limited to this category, but if a young person enters a quilt into a category other than Young Quiltmakers, the appropriate entry fee and rules will apply.

The process for judging the quilts is orderly and objective. All the quilts in a category are laid out face up in a stack on a table. The top quilt is held vertically by volunteers for the judge to see. It is laid back on the table, and the judge rates it “excellent”, “good”, “satisfactory” or “needs improvement” in four different categories – Color and Design, Top Construction, Quilting and Finishing. She adds her comments, and all of this information is recorded on a form which is given to the quilter when the quilt is returned after the show. This quilt is removed from the top of the stack, and the next quilt goes through the same process. As she goes along, the judge “holds” quilts that she feels might be prize-winners until she has viewed all the quilts in a category. She then goes about the difficult job of selecting the top three quilts for that category. Other outstanding quilts may be awarded other ribbons such as “Best Machine Quilting”, “Best Hand Quilting’ and “Artistic Merit”. “Honorable Mention” awards are for quilts that are outstanding in their category, but not one of the top three. “Judges Recognition” ribbons go to quilts that have a very unique facet that is worthy of notice. The overall quality of workmanship may not qualify it for one of the other awards, but it catches the judge’s eye because of its design or use of color or unique pattern.

QuiltFest judges are provided by the National Quilting Association, the only national organization with a certification program for quilt judges. There are currently sixty-three Certified Judges qualified to judge quilt shows of all sizes throughout the country.

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QuiltFest 2021

New Dates  May 13-15, 2021
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
1000 Water Street
Jacksonville, Florida
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