If you are planning to submit a quilt for the 2024 exhibition, please read over these guidelines. If you have any questions, contact exhibits@billingsfarm.org or call (802) 457-5309.

THE BASICS

The Vermont Quilt Sampler Exhibition is a juried exhibition open to all Vermont quilters. The exhibition will be displayed in the Billings Farm Historic Barn gallery from June 29 – September 2, 2024. The exhibition is included with admission to Billings Farm & Museum.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submissions Open:

Submissions Close:

Notification of Acceptance:

Accepted Quilts Received by:

Opening Reception & Awards:

Exhibition Dates:

People’s Choice Award:

Quilt Pick Up/Return:

Thursday, March 7, 8:00AM

Saturday, April 6, 5:00PM

Friday, April 26

Friday, June 21

Friday, June 28

Friday, June 29 – September 2

Monday, August 19

Friday, September 6


SELECTION PROCESS & WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

The exhibition selection committee includes members of the Billings Farm & Museum curatorial team. The committee will select approximately 50 quilts for display, featuring a spectrum of abilities and techniques. The selection committee is seeking a range of quilt styles from classic to cutting edge. Most importantly, weight will be given to quilts that tell a story or have a story behind them. Additional consideration will be given to the next generation of quilters, recognizing their important role in carrying on the quilting tradition.

 

GENERAL RULES

Entry is open to all residents of Vermont.

  • For quilts with more than one maker, at least one piecer must be from Vermont. 
  • Quilters may submit up to two quilts for consideration each year. 
  • Quilts previously exhibited at the Billings Farm & Museum Quilt Exhibition will not be considered.
  • All quilts must meet the following requirements:
    • Quilts must be completed after January 1, 2022
    • Quilts’ perimeters must be under 350 inches  
    • Quilts may be pieced, appliquéd, or a combination of these techniques, and hand-quilted, machine-quilted, or tied
    • Quilts made from commercially prepared kits will not be accepted

CURATORIAL POLICIES 

  • All individuals who worked on the design or construction of the entry, whether paid or not, must be properly credited.
  • Billings Farm & Museum reserves the right to reject or disqualify any quilt they deem to be misrepresented in the photos during the entry process.
  • The decisions of the show organizers, jury, and judges are final.
  • Billings Farm & Museum does not discriminate against entrants based on race, sex, age, disability, religion, national or ethnic origins, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other protected status.

SUBMISSION CHECK LIST

Entry information will include:

  • Quilter(s) Name(s) & Contact Information
  • Website & Social Media Account
  • Quilt Title, Size & Year Completed
  • Quilt Information (pattern, techniques, etc.)
  • Quilter Bio
  • Quilt Statement
  • Photographs
    • One straight-on photo of your quilt with all four corners visible
    • One detail photo
    • Optional photo to be used for promotion with photo credit. For example: the quilt in progress, a sketch


IF YOUR QUILT IS ACCEPTED

Accepted quilters will be notified by email by April 26. 

Further quilt preparation instructions and drop off dates will be included.

Accepted quilts will need to have a 4″ hanging sleeve attached.

Quilts may not be taken down or sold during the exhibition.   

Quilters of accepted quilts are invited to the opening reception and receive complimentary passes to view the exhibition.

INSURANCE

Entrants must provide an insurance value for each quilt submitted. Billings Farm & Museum’s maximum insurance is $2,000 per quilt. Owners of quilts whose insurance values exceed that amount must attach a certified appraisal with their entry form when submitting the quilt to receive reimbursement of the claimed value. The appraiser cannot have been involved with the making of the quilt.  

Quilts will be insured by Billings Farm & Museum upon arrival, until the time of return shipping or pick-up.

AWARDS

  • All participants will receive a Juried Quilt Show Exhibitor rosette from Billings Farm & Museum.
  • Quilters will have the option to have their quilts judged for awards and will receive written comments about their quilt as part of the judging process. o Quilts are not judged for rankings.
  • All judged quilts will be eligible for the following overall awards:
    • Judge’s Choice Award from each of the three judges. Award winners will be announced at the reception on June 28.
    • Billings Farm & Museum Staff Choice Award announced at the reception on June 28.
    • People’s Choice 1 st, 2nd and 3rd Place Awards announced on August 19