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2018 State Quilt Contest Information

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Adult Quilt Contest Categories:

  1. Hand Applique
  2. Pieced Machine Quilted
  3. Pieced Hand Quilted

Junior Quilt Contest Categories:

  1. Wall Hanging

General Quilt Contest Rules:

  1. This contest is open to all residents of Connecticut.
  2. All work must be completed by an individual quilt maker.
  3. Work can be pieced by hand or by machine but applique must be done by hand.
  4. Quilts must be either hand or machine quilted, no hand tied quilts.
  5. Quilts may not be made from pre-cut quilt kits.
  6. A quilt can only compete in the Association of Connecticut Fairs Quilt Contest once.

Additional Adult Quilt Contest Rules:

  1. Applique quilts must consist of at least 50% applique.
  2. Quilt perimeter must measure a minimum of 216 inches
  3. No wall hanging quilts.

Additional Junior Quilt Contest Rules:

  1. Participant must be under the age of 18 at the time of judging.
  2. Wall hanging Quilt perimeter must measure a minimum of 64 inches.
  3. Wall hanging Quilt must include a sleeve for hanging.
  4. Wall hanging can be applique, or pieced. It can be hand or machine quilted, but not tied.


The following prizes will be awarded in each category:
Adult Quilt Contest:
  • 1st place: $50.00
  • 2nd place: $35.00
  • 3rd place: $15.00

  • Junior Quilt Contest:
  • 1st place: $25.00
  • 2nd place: $15.00
  • 3rd place: $10.00

  • People's Choice Award: $50
    Each attendee of the Banquet will be able to cast one vote for their favorite quilt regardless of category.

    How to Enter

    Enter a quilt at any participating fair that is a member of the Association of Connecticut Fairs in any of the categories mentioned above.

    The participating fair will award one winner in each category with a rosette from the Association of Connecticut Fairs along with any awards the local fair provides. Each fair will submit that winning entry to the state contest. A quilt can be entered in as many fairs as a contestant wishes until it becomes eligible to go to the state contest.

    State Quilt Contest

    Once a quilt has won the State Quilt ribbon at a participating fair, it is eligible to be entered into the State Quilt Contest. The contest will be held October 27, 2018 at The Lyceum in Terryville, CT. Each fair must preregister their local winner.The local fair also will provide contest information to the winner. Check this website for the latest information.


    Association of CT Fairs – Quilt Committee
    Debbie Bellemare – Chairman – 860-349-8248
    June Porter


    State Contest October 27, 2018

    People's Choice 2018
    People's Choice 2018 

    The Lyceum, Terryville, CT

    9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Drop-off Quilts (pre-registered)

    5:30 p.m.: Banquet

    Please check the ACF website for updates.


    State Quilt Contest Winners 2017

    State Quilt Contest Winners from 2016

    Print Registration for State Quilt Contest

    Quilt of Valor Workshop

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    The Association of Connecticut Fairs State Quilt Contest will be hosting a Quilt of Valor Workshop the day of the Fall Banquet, October 28, 2017 from 9:30 - 4:30 at the Lyceum Hall. All interested quilters are welcome to participate free of charge. You don't have to be winner to participate. Please plan to bring items to make a quilt square.

    • Sewing Machine
    • Scissors
    • Thread, needle (notions)
    • Ruler
    • Extension Cord (helpful)
    • Patriotic Fabric (optional)
    We appreciate you registering for this workshop so we know how many will be attending. Please see the PDF attachment for registration form.

    Quilt of Valor Workshop Registration

    Nominate a Quilt of Valor Recipient

    The Association of Connecticut Fairs State Quilt competition will be presenting a Quilt of Valor at the Fall Annual Banquet.

    The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a national organization founded in 2003 by “Blue Star” mom Catherine Roberts. With a son deployed in Iraq, a ‘Gunner’ sitting atop a Humvee she felt “only 10 seconds away from panic”. She had this vision of a post deployed worrier struggling with his war demons at 2 in the morning. She saw him sitting on the side of his bed wrapped in his quilt. The quilt not only comforted him but warded off the demons. Thus the QOVF was founded. The Quilts of Valor Foundation’s mission is to cover ALL combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Since its founding, Quilts of Valor has awarded over 153,071 quilts to veterans of military actions, conflicts and wars, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, Iraq and Afghanistan.


    Nomination Form for Quilt of Valor

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