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September 23, 24 and 25, 2021
Portland Expo Center
Portland, Oregon


Enter Your Quilt

Here is the registration form for 2020.

Here's an interesting look at how our judges judge quilts at our show:

 Below are prizes and categories for our 2020 show. 


  • Best in Show: $1500
  • Two Judge’s Choice Awards: $250
  • Shellie O'Donnell Award: $250
  • In each category (except where noted): First Place: $550  • Second Place: $300  • Third Place: $150
  • Viewer’s Choice Award: $150
  • Emerging Quilter: one award of a gift basket

Quilt Categories

Quilts must consist of three layers, with stitching through all three layers and stitching visible on both sides. Judges will look for originality, creativity and workmanship. Your entry must have been completed after January 1, 2017, and fit one of these categories:

  • Large Quilt perimeter 288" or more (no more than 90" per side)
  • Intermediate Quilt perimeter greater than 181" but less than 288"
  • Small Quilt perimeter less than 181"
  • Large Appliqué Quilt perimeter greater than 181" and 50% appliquéd
  • Small Applique Quilt perimeter less than 181" and 50% appliquéd
  • Modern QuiltIncludes, but is not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.
  • Traditional Quilt From a traditional quilt pattern
  • Large Art Quilt, Representational (pictorial) Perimeter greater than 181". Design must be original. No published patterns.
  • Small Art Quilt, Representational (pictorial)Perimeter less than 181". Design must be original. No published patterns.
  • Art Quilt, Non-Representational Original quilt without a recognizable or identifiable subject. Entries should extend beyond the traditional and innovative disciplines, using personal expression and originality in concept, design and execution.Design must be original, one-of-a-kind.
  • Emerging Quilter Entrant (One Gift Basket award) First time entry in any show.

To enter, send the printed form, a $20 nonrefundable registration fee, and a photo of your quilt accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope (if you prefer to be notified by mail) by August 15, 2020 to: Northwest Quilting Expo, 8555 SW Sagert Street, Tualatin OR 97062  

Quilts must have been completed after January 1, 2017, and in excellent condition, clean and free of odor and pet hair. Quilts must have a 4" sleeve securely attached for hanging. (Click here for instructions on how to make a quilt sleeve.) No rigid frames, glass or special hanging devices allowed. Quilts must be able to be folded. Rolled quilts require an extra $20 handling fee. One quilt per entry form. Limit of two quilts per entrant. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by August 20, 2020. Accepted quilts must be received by September 5, 2020 by dropping off or mailing them to the address above. Quilts will be returned by October 6, 2020. Quilts will not be available for pick-up at the show.Pick-up information will be provided in quilt acceptance letter. If you would like us to ship your quilt back to you, please include a $5 handling fee and enclose a prepaid shipping label to attach to your box. Promotional photography and use of the photographs at the discretion of Northwest Quilting Expo is permitted. There will be no restriction of photography by individuals for their own enjoyment.