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Quilt Contest Categories:

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

Quilt Contest Rules:

1. This contest is open to all residents of Connecticut. If entered by juniors, they will be judged with all adult entries.
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. Applique quilts must consist of at least 50% applique.
6. Quilt perimeter must measure a minimum of 216 inches
7. Quilts may not be made from pre-cut quilt kits.
8. No wall hanging quilts.
9. A quilt can only compete in the Association of Connecticut Fairs Quilt Contest once.

The following prizes will be awarded in each category:
1st place: $50.00, 2nd place: $35.00, 3rd place: $15.00
New for 2017!
There will be a people's choice award. Each attendee of the Banquet will be able to cast one vote for their favorite quilt regardless of category. This award will be $50.00.

How to Enter

Enter a quilt at any participating fair that is a member of the Association of Connecticut Fairs in any of the following categories:

          • Hand-Applique
          • Pieced – Machine Quilted
          • Pieced – Hand Quilted

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 28, 2017 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 28, 2017

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

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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