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


Enter Your Quilt



  • Best in Show: $500
  • Judge’s Choice Awards: $150
  • Shellie O'Donnell Award: $150
  • Category Awards (except where noted): First Place: $250  • Second Place: $150  • Third Place: $100
  • Viewer’s Choice Award: $100


Quilt Categories

Quilts must consist of three layers, with stitching through all three layers and stitching visible on both sides.


  • 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"
  • Appliqué Quilt Perimeter greater than 181" and 50% appliquéd
  • 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.
  • Pandemic Projects Must have been completed since March 2020.
  • Large UFO Quilt Perimeter 288" or more, no more than 90" per side
  • Intermediate UFO Quilt Perimeter greater than 181" but less than 288"
  • Small UFO Quilt Perimeter less than 181".


To enter, send the printed form, a $20 ($10 for Pandemic quilts) non-refundable registration fee, and a photo of your quilt by August 15, 2021, to: Northwest Quilting Expo LLC, c/o Tami Caffall, 8575 SW Sagert Street, Tualatin OR 97062  

Quilts must have been completed after January 1, 2018, and in excellent condition, clean, and free of odor and pet hair. Maximum of two judged quilt entries; no limit on pandemic quilts. 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 $5 handling fee.

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