Quilt! Knit! Stitch!™ presented by International Quilt Festival will showcase the arts of knitting and crochet, needlework, and quilting in a special exhibit entitled Coming Up Roses. This exhibit will premiere at Quilt! Knit! Stitch!(tm) in Portland, Oregon, August 14-16, 2014. We would also like to retain pieces for possible exhibit at our other International Quilt Festivals throughout 2014 and 2015.

Roses have deep and various meanings in our culture. Some would say they represent innocence, beauty, and/or love. Some would say they are symbolic of the Virgin Mary or that they are the national flower of England. Some roses are red, some roses are yellow, some have thorns, and some have none. The different types of roses, when gifted, hold different meanings to the recipient. The smell of a rose can spark different feelings and memories in a person. What do you think of when you think of roses? How do they make you feel? What does a rose symbolize to you? Explore what the rose means to you in this exhibition. Entries are works of art that speak to the theme. We invite you to submit work for consideration.

You may submit a total of two pieces in each category for our consideration. There is no "made after" date requirement.

The exhibit will be composed of three different categories:

  1. Knit and crochet: Knit and crochet pieces do not have size requirements. Please think about how your piece would best be displayed and labeled (to identify it as belonging to you) and be sure to clearly explain any special requirements for display on your entry form.
  2. Needlework (e.g. cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint): Needlework pieces do not have size requirements. Please think about how your piece would best be displayed and labeled (to identify it as belonging to you) and be sure to clearly explain any special requirements for display on your entry form.
  3. Quilts: Quilts must be a minimum of 25" x 25". Each quilt entry must have a 4 in (10 cm) finished sleeve or casing sewn to the top back edge of the quilt (please include a .25 in/.635 cm ease in the sleeve or casing). Sleeves should be secured with stitching at the top and bottom edge. A cloth label with the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail must be securely sewn to the back of the quilt, bottom left side.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by May 2, 2014. You will be notified no later than June 6, 2014, regarding the quilts to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. If selected, the pieces will need to arrive in Houston no later than July 8, 2014. Pieces will be returned by the end of September 2014 if your piece does not travel, or arrangements may be made to have a piece picked up at the conclusion of the show. If you agree to allow your piece to travel, it will be returned by the end of July 2015.

Visual instructions
Please read carefully the information for your digital images. The complete instructions may be downloaded here. Visual Instructions (PDF).

Timeline for entry
Announcement and preview – January 2014
Registration open – April 4, 2014
Notification by – June 6, 2014
Selected pieces arrive in Houston by – July 8, 2014
Pieces returned to owner – end of September 2014 (unless traveling)

Important special note to artists shipping from foreign countries: While we encourage you to insure your work for its full value for insurance purposes, we must ask you to value it for customs declaration purposes only at no more than $50 (U.S.). A higher customs value may require an expensive bond that may not be refunded upon your piece’s return to its home country. Also mark the customs document with "for exhibition and return, not for sale, no commercial value." We hope you understand that this is for practical purposes only, and certainly does not reflect on our estimation of your work. If you wish to claim full value for customs purposes, we recommend that you arrange a carnet A.T.A. for your piece at your expense. If we incur customs expenses due to a decision on your part to declare the customs value of your piece as more than $50, you will need to reimburse us for any such expense. If you claim less than $50 for customs purposes, and we still incur customs charges, we will pay those charges in full and will not expect reimbursement.
Entries selected from digital images are subject to additional evaluation when the actual piece arrives in Houston. If the actual piece is found to differ significantly from the digital image submitted for jurying, the selection committee reserves the right to reject the entry and override the jurors’ initial decision. The decision as to whether the difference is significant is entirely the prerogative of the committee.

How to Enter

Registration is now open. The last day to register is May 2, 2014 until midnight CDT.

To preview the registration forms, click here.

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To submit your entry on-line, click this button to start:

When you have completed your registration be sure to print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Beck, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 512.323.2255, spexhibits2@quilts.com or Amanda Schlatre, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 713-781-6864, ext. 104, spexhibits3@quilts.com.   If you have technical questions about the online system, please contact Lisa Ellis at lisa@ellisquilts.com.

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