SMP Quilting Festival

JAN 15-FEB 14

     SUBMISSIONS


FEB 15-MARCH 14

     QUILT SHOWING

     + VIEWERS CHOICE VOTING


MARCH 15-20

     FEST DAYS



CONTEST WINNINGS!        

JUDGES CHOICE, PEOPLES CHOICE

+ DAILY GIVEAWAYS!

JUDGES

Our esteemed panel of experts

~will be reviewing entered work from 2/15-3/14

Karen Kay Buckley
Melinda Bula
Camille Roskelley
Sherri McConnell

Our expert panel will use 5 key criteria to qualify entries for award consideration. We have judge’s and people’s choice prize winning categories. *Please see the RULES + FAQ section for more information. All voters will be reviewing your photo entries and artist’s project statements. Best of luck! We can’t wait to see what you've made!


 JUDGES 

SPECIAL PRESENTERS

Jenny Doan
Karen Kay Buckley
Melinda Bula
Sylvain Bergeron
Nathan Erznoznik
Eleanor Burns
Eileen Roche
Stacy Lewey
Kelly Ashton
Jerry Granata
LuAnn Hartley
Heather Banks
Denise Applegate-Schober
Mike Johns
Deb Canham
Linda Bratten
Richard D. Tharp
Milinda Stephenson
Lynn Mares
David Hooke
Alba Fekete
Kimberly Sandberg
Mike Venditti
Sherry Miller
Carrie Hanson
Karla Gerome
Mark Martin
Ashley Jones
Corey Sheehan
Megann Freese

ABOUT

SMP VIRTUAL QUILT FEST 2021

GENERAL INFORMATION
Welcome to the SMP Virtual Quilting Festival, 2021!

We are excited to offer a 6-day celebration of quilts and their makers. During the online quilt festival, and throughout the contest we will be holding giveaways and collecting entries for the grand prize, a Dream Studio!

DATES

JAN 15-FEB 14

SUBMISSIONS

FEB 15-MARCH 14

QUILT SHOWING  

+ VIEWERS CHOICE VOTING

MARCH 15-20

FEST DAYS   

VOTING
You may vote once for your favorite quilt.

Please feel free to share to your social media accounts and invite others to join the fun! Our panel of judges are awarding a Best of Show prize and there will be an award for People’s Choice. Everyone is invited! Check out the entries gallery and VOTE here

LIVESTREAM

Come back here or join us on Facebook or YouTube live, each day, during the 6 days of interactive livestreaming. Our panelists and hosts will be showcasing quilting machines, notions and expertise, we’ll be sharing tips and tricks, some history and master classes.

THE SMP VIRTUAL QUILT FEST
SCHEDULE of EVENTS
CLICK ON DAY TO SEE SCHEDULE
Follow the daily line-up here. 6 Days of Festival fun!
DAY 1

TIME PRESENTER COMPANY/PRODUCT
8:00AM Stream Warm-up SMP
8:15AM to 8:30AM Blaine Austin SMP
8:30AM to 9:00AM Karla Gerome Grace - 19” on the Q-Zone Queen
Demo functions + features
and How to do a “Strip Quilt”
9:00AM to 9:30AM Eileen Roche Dime - Weightless Quilter
9:30AM to 10:00AM Kelly Ashton Handi Quilter - Moxie
10:00AM to 10:30AM Sylvain Bergeron Bernina - B79, B77
10:30AM to 11:00AM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Camille Roskelley
     
11:00AM to 12:00PM Jenny Doan Jenny Doan LLC.
12:00PM to 12:30PM Mike Johns Baby Lock - Alliance
12:30PM to 1:00PM Eileen Roche Dime - Snap Hoop Monster
1:00PM to 1:30PM LuAnn Hartley Juki - Ricoh DTG Printer & DX4000QVP
1:30PM to 2:00PM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Karen Kay Buckley
     
2:00PM to 2:30PM Kim Sandberg Handi Quilter - Capri
2:30PM to 3:00PM Stacy Lewey Sew Steady Ruler Work Kit + Quilt-as-you-go Series
Wish Table + Travel Bag + Grid Glider + Ruler
Work Glider
3:00PM to 3:30PM Karla Gerome Grace- 19” QCT Pro – Q-Zone QueenFrame
Simplify your life, let QCT do your quilt for you!
3:30PM to 4:00PM GIVEAWAYS
DAY 2

TIME PRESENTER COMPANY/PRODUCT
8:00AM Stream Warm-up SMP
8:15AM to 8:30AM Blaine Austin SMP
8:30AM to 9:00AM Eileen Roche Dime - Weightless Quilter
9:00AM to 9:30AM Kelly Ashton Handi Quilter - Moxie
9:30AM to 10:00AM Karla Gerome Grace- TrueCut – 360 Circle Cutter
The easiest way to cut Circles
10:00AM to 10:30AM Lynn Mares Arrow- Bandicoot ll Studio Set
10:30AM to 11:00AM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Melinda Bula
     
11:00AM to 12:00PM Jenny Doan Jenny Doan LLC.
12:00PM to 12:30PM Denise Schober Baby Lcok - Gallant
12:30PM to 1:00PM Eileen Roche Dime - Snap Hoop Monster
1:00PM to 1:30PM David Hook Qbot - Robitcs
1:30PM to 2:00PM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Sherri McConnell
     
2:00PM to 2:30PM Kim Sandberg Handi Quilter – Pro Stitcher
2:30PM to 3:00PM LuAnn Hartley Juki - Ricoh DTG Printer & DX4000QVP
3:00PM to 3:30PM Karla Gerome Grace - Q-Zone Hoop Frame
Demo the frame with a Juki 2010 domestic machine
3:30PM to 4:00PM GIVEAWAYS
DAY 3

TIME PRESENTER COMPANY/PRODUCT
8:00AM Stream Warm-up SMP
8:15AM to 8:30AM Blaine Austin SMP
8:30AM to 9:00AM Mark Martin Grace - 15R on Q-zone and Q-Zone Queen frame
15R overview of features and pricing
9:00AM to 9:30AM Kelly Ashton Handi Quilter - Moxie
9:30AM to 10:00AM Ashley Jones Dime - Weightless Quilter
10:00AM to 10:30AM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Camille Roskelley
     
10:30AM to 11:00AM Megann Freese Bernina - B79,05 Academy
11:00AM to 11:45AM Eleanor Burns My Quilt Story Trunk Show and Q & A
11:45AM to 12:00PM GIVEAWAYS
     
12:00PM to 12:30PM Mike Venditti Laurastar-Smart U, Smart I, Go Plus White
12:30PM to 1:00PM Eileen Roche Dime - Snap Hoop Monster
1:00PM to 1:30PM Sherry Miller Juki - DX4000QVP
1:30PM to 2:00PM David Hook Qbot
2:00PM to 2:30PM Kelly Ashton Handi Quilter - Amara
2:30PM to 3:00PM Richard Tharp Baby Lock - Altar
3:00PM to 3:30PM Mark Martin Grace- 19” On the queen frame,
Q-Zone hoop frame and Cutie Frame
That’s a longarm? Friendly and easy to use 19”
3:30PM to 4:00PM GIVEAWAYS
DAY 4

TIME PRESENTER COMPANY/PRODUCT
8:00AM Stream Warm-up SMP
8:15AM to 8:30AM Blaine Austin SMP
8:30AM to 9:00AM Mark Martin Grace - TrueCut – Quilter’s Combo
and Electric Rotary Blade sharpener
Cutting has never been easier
9:00AM to 9:30AM Kim Sandberg Handi Quilter - Moxie
9:30AM to 10:00AM Ashley Jones Dime - My Quilt Planner
10:00AM to 10:30AM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Karen Kay Buckley
     
10:30AM to 11:00AM Lynn Mares Arrow - Signature Studio Set
11:00AM to 11:45AM Eleanor Burns These Quilts Rule Trunk Show and Q & A
11:45AM to 12:00PM Carrie Hanson King Quilter - Elite
12:00PM to 12:30PM Alba Fekete Janome- 14000 Elna-Elnita EF1
12:30PM to 1:00PM Ashley Jones Dime - Snap Hoop Monster
1:00PM to 1:30PM GIVEAWAYS
     
1:30PM to 2:00PM David Hook Qbot
2:00PM to 2:30PM Kim Sandberg Handi Quilter - Capri
2:30PM to 3:00PM Deb Canham Baby Lock - Vibrant & Celebrate
3:00PM to 3:30PM Mark Martin Grace- TrueCut Master Cutting Collection
demo of the complete cutting line,
key patented and distinguishing features
3:30PM to 4:00PM GIVEAWAYS
DAY 5

TIME PRESENTER COMPANY/PRODUCT
8:00AM Stream Warm-up SMP
8:15AM to 8:30AM Blaine Austin SMP
8:30AM to 9:00AM Nathan Erznoznik Grace- 21 Pro / Continuum Frame 10ft
Best Value professional quilting system
9:00AM to 9:30AM Kim Sandberg Handi Quilter - Moxie
9:30AM to 10:00AM Eileen Roche Dime - Weightless Quilter
10:00AM to 10:30AM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Melinda Bula
     
10:30AM to 11:00AM Megann Freese Bernina- B79, 05 Academy
11:00AM to 11:30AM Linda Bratten Baby Lock - Jazz 2 & Accomplish
11:30AM to 12:00PM MEET THE JUDGES
GIVEAWAYS with Sherri McConnell
     
12:00PM to 12:30PM LuAnn Hartley Juki-Ricoh DTG Printer & DX4000QVP
12:30PM to 1:00PM Eileen Roche Dime - Snap Hoop Monster
1:00PM to 1:30PM Carrie Hanson King Quilter - Elite
1:30PM to 2:00PM Heather Banks Brother - Scan-N-Cut
2:00PM to 2:30PM Kim Sandberg Handi Quilter – Pro Stitcher
2:30PM to 3:00PM Lynn Mares Arrow - American Sewing Furniture
3:00PM to 3:30PM Nathan Erznoznik Grace- Cutie and Q-Zone Hoop frames
Quilting in small places
3:30PM to 4:00PM GIVEAWAYS
DAY 6

TIME PRESENTER COMPANY/PRODUCT
8:00AM Stream Warm-up SMP
8:15AM to 8:30AM Blaine Austin SMP
8:30AM to 9:00AM Nathan Erznoznik Grace- QCT – with a 15 pro on a Q-Zone hoop frame
Computer automated quilting made easy
9:00AM to 9:30AM Kelly Ashton Handi Quilter - Moxie
9:30AM to 10:00AM Eileen Roche Dime - Weightless Quilter
10:00AM to 10:30AM Corey Sheehan King Quilter - Elite
10:30AM to 11:00AM Eleanor Burns Antique Charm Wall - hanging
11:30AM to 12:00PM GIVEAWAYS
12:00PM to 12:30PM Milinda Stephenson Baby Lock - Verve & Altair
12:30PM to 1:00PM LuAnn Hartley Juki - Ricoh DTG Printer & DX4000QVP
1:00PM to 1:30PM Jerry Granata Brother - PRS-100 Persona
1:30PM to 2:00PM Eileen Roche Dime - Snap Hoop Monster
2:00PM to 2:30PM Kelly Ashton Handi Quilter - Amara
2:30PM to 3:00PM Nathan Erznoznik Grace- Cutie Table Top Frame
New Amazing Cutie Tabletop Quilting System
3:00PM to 4:00PM GIVEAWAYS
Awards with all judges & Blaine Austin

QUILTING CONTEST

 RULES + FAQ

Rules

Picture Requirements:
*see additional information here for tips on taking good pictures of your quilt
  1. Required Pictures: Submit in this order:
    1. Full, straight-on view of your quilt front; with all four corners.
    2. Full, straight-on view of your quilt back; with all four corners.
    3. Detail of your quilt front
    4. Detail of your quilt back
    5. Detail of your quilt front binding
  2. a.Full quilt front

    a.Full quilt front

    b.Full quilt back

    b.Full quilt back

    c.Detail quilt front

    c.Detail quilt front

    d.Detail quilt back

    d.Detail quilt back

    e.Detail quilt front binding

    e.Detail quilt front binding

  3. Picture Size:

     must be shot at high resolution + under 10 MB.

Terms and Conditions *be sure to check to accept at bottom of form.
  1. Images become the property of the show sponsor for publicity and/or publication.
  2. Limit 2 entries, per person.
  3. By signing-up you agree to be added to our Newsletter.
  4. Quilt must not have been submitted in a *national level show. *Quilts Inc, AQS, etc.
  5. Quilt must have been completed after Jan 1, 2019.
  6. Prize winners will be notified via email, on March 20, 2021.
  7. Submission of quilt registration signifies agreement with these conditions.
  8. VQF reserves the right to remove inappropriate entries for any reason

  9. Full terms and conditions


    SMP Virtual Quilt Fest Show Time Frame

    Show entries will be accepted Jan 15 – Feb 14
    Show Favorites will be voted on Feb 15 – Mar 14
    SMPVQF will occur March 15 – Mar 20

FAQ

What are the dates?

Sewing Machines Plus' Virtual Quilt Fest, 2021
Quilt entries accepted Jan 15 – Feb 14, 2021
Show favorites voted on Feb 15 – Mar 14, 2021
SMPVQF will occur March 15 – Mar 20, 2021

How big should my pictures be?

PICTURES must be shot at high resolution + under 10 MB.
Please see the Tips + Tricks sheet for best outcome.

What is the process for entering?

Our celebrity judges will carefully consider a Best of Show award. There will also be a People’s Choice award. All quilt entries require 5 photographic submissions and an artisit’s statement.

Who will be judging?

Contestants will enter their quilts into competition via photographic entries. See our Judges bio page for more information about the all-star panelist line-up!

What might I win?

The Judge’s (Best in Show) and People’s choice winners will each win a $7,000 quilting package! We will announce the Dream Studio winner on Saturday, along with other winners of the quilt competition prizes.

What is the Festival?

We will be live streaming a quilting celebration, for 6 days, 7 hours a day after the open voting period! Come back here or join us on Facebook or YouTube live, each day. Our judges and hosts will be showcasing quilting notions and equipment as well as sharing tips and tricks, some history and master classes!

What is the Dream Studio and who can enter to win it?

We will be giving away a Dream Home Studio to one lucky viewer worth $50,000. Anyone who submits an email to follow the contest will be automatically entered

What are the 5 criteria for judging?

  1. Visual impact

    1. Visually appealing
    2. Color pallet appealing
    3. Balanced design
    4. Creativity
    5. Contrast/value engaging
    6. Proportional
  2. Piecing and Borders Workmanship

    1. Square blocks
    2. Lies flat
  3. Special Techniques and Workmanship

    1. Embroidery, beading, trapunto, appliques etc are well executed
    2. Should complement the quilt
    3. Should lie flat
  4. Quilting Workmanship

    1. Piece equally quilted, equal density throughout
    2. Quilting complements the quilt
    3. Quilting thread color(s) complement the design
  5. Finishing and Binding

    1. Quilt lies flat
    2. Appropriate to the design
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