International Quilt Festival will feature quilts in a special exhibit, Modern Quilt Guild Showcase. This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 25–November 2, 2014.

Samples from Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2013

Colleen Wootton, Bull's-Eye 1

Amy Friend, Indie Vibrations

Tara Faughnan, Fireworks Quilts

Heather Jones, You + Me

Modern quilting is a new twist on the traditional art of quilting that is rapidly gaining interest from the next wave of quilters. Modern quilts and quilters:
Make primarily functional quilts but place a large emphasis on the design and art of quilt making
Use asymmetry in quilt design
Rely less on repetition and on the interaction of quilt block motifs
Contain reinterpreted traditional blocks
Embrace simplicity and minimalism
Utilize alternative block structures or lack of visible block structure
Incorporate increased use of negative space
Are inspired by modern art and architecture
Frequently use improvisational piecing
Contain bold colors, on trend color combinations and graphic prints
Use gray and white as neutrals
Reflect an increased use of solid fabrics
Focus on finishing quilts on home sewing machines

We would like to invite members from any of the Modern Quilt Guilds around the world to be considered for inclusion in the new exhibit. You may submit a total of two (2) quilts for our consideration. We require that quilts be at least 36" on each side. There is no maximum size limit.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by Friday, June 27, 2014. You will be notified no later than Friday, August 1, 2014, regarding the quilts to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than Friday, September 5, 2014. Quilts will not be traveling and will be returned by the end of December 2014.

Visual Instructions

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

Entries selected from digital images are subject to additional evaluation when the actual quilt arrives in Houston. If the actual quilt 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.

Timeline for quilt registration

Announcement and preview – December 2013
Registration open – May 30th to June 27th, 2014
Notification by – August 1, 2014
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by – September 5, 2014
Quilts returned to owner – December 2014

How to register

Registration will open on May 30, 2014. The last day to register is June 27, 2014.
To preview the forms, click here.

Please use a standard browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari) for optimum performance.

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, or Amanda Schlatre, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 713-781-6864, ext. 104, If you have technical questions about the online system, please contact Lisa Ellis at