How does it work?

Quilt of the year 2020 is a global election, open to all quilters. Until October 15th 2020 all quilters can register for this competition. You can do this by uploading a photo of your best quilt(s) (maximum five) on this website.

Subject matter and format

There are two categories in this competition. The participant choses the category himself per quilt. The categories are:

Contemporary quilts

These are: (a) quilts that follow the traditions and were made using well-established techniques, blocks, patterns or designs in pleasing color combinations and approaches to
combining the blocks but also (b) quilts in which the basic structural characteristics of a quilt are employed but one that explores design, color, techniques and materials beyond those
used in the traditional discipline.

Art quilts

An art quilt is an original exploration of a concept or idea rather than handing down of a “pattern”. It experiments with textile manipulation, color, texture and/or a diversity of mixed media. An art quilt often pushes quilt world boundaries. The subject and the size of the quilt are completely free. All themes, animals, landscapes, flowers, abstract, minimalistic, everything which is not offensive is allowed. Your quilt can be square, horizontal or vertical, round or rectangular. 


Professional jury

First Round

Between October 15th and November 15th the professional jury will evaluate all entries by giving a grade (digital and anonymous). This results in 25 nominees with the highest average grade per category. These works are by 25 unique artists. The 25 nominees will be known on November 16th and they must submit their quilt (on their own account) for assessment by the jury before November 30th.

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Second Round

After receiving the quilts, the professional jury will assemble before December 15th and assess these 50 nominated works to determine the 20 finalists (10 per category) and top 3 per category plus the overall winner. There is a winner per category, an overall winner and winner of the Audience Award (see Public round). The winners of Quilt of the year 2020 will be announced before the end of the year. You can find more information on the prizes here.

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Public round

From October 16th until December 15th the general public can vote on their favorite entry(s) via the website. By voting, the public determines the winner of the Audience Award which will be known on December 16th.

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The organization of Quilt of the Year 2020 is looking into a(n) (sales) exhibition for the 50 nominees and/or 20 finalists of the competition.


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Before the end of 2020 the prizewinners of Quilt of the Year 2020 will be announced by means of a press release, via the website but also in person. At the same time, the top 10 will also be published.

For more information about the procedure, please see the Conditions of participation.
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