Siyadala Quilt Festival

19th South African National Quilt Festival
Presented By
Dias Quilters' Guild
Port Elizabeth
3 - 8 July 2017

Competition Rules

Rules for entering the competition:

  • All entries must be made predominantly from cloth, consist of at least three (3) layers and be quilted through all layers, with the exception of alternate traditional methods entered into the Open category (e.g. Crazy Patchwork, Cathedral Window, Mola).
  • All entries must be in pristine condition (no dirt, stains, animal hair, and odours).
  • All entries must be solely the work of those stated as the Maker(s) on the entry form.
  • An entrant cannot pay to have work done on their entry.
  • Each quilt must be designed, constructed and quilted by only one person, with the exception of quilts entered into the Open, Group and Community (if included) categories.
  • All forms of free-motion machine-quilted quilts with no computer assisted elements can be entered in any category whether long-arm, medium-arm or domestic sewing machines. The BSR is not considered a computer assisted gadget and can be used. Quilts using computer-digitized quilting and/or embroidery patterns can only be entered in the Open category.
  • If the stated design source of a quilt is another quilt or other published image, comprehensive design credits must be given and the quilt entry must be accompanied by an A4 photo or (colour) photocopy of the design source. These are to be placed in a clear plastic sleeve and pinned to the back of the quilt. Include a letter of permission/proof, as far as possible.
  • Quilts previously entered into a South African National Quilt Competition are excluded from entering again.
  • A maximum of four (4) entries are allowed per person, excluding any special Challenges or non-judged specialty exhibitions.
  • No quilt may be entered into more than one category.
  • The category choice is the sole responsibility of the entrant. No Festival Committee member, juror or judge will shift quilts between categories.
  • Quilts with heavy embellishments, rigid frames, special mounting or installations are not allowed.
  • All quilts must be able to be hung from a 10cm sleeve, sewn to the top back of the quilt, 2cm short of either side, unless otherwise stated in a specific category.
  • All quilts must have a cloth label securely sewn to the back of the quilt, placed on the lower left-hand corner (viewed from the back). This label must contain the unique Quilt Entry Code, Quilt Title, Quilt Maker’s Name, Address and Contact Details and Date (or Year) the quilt was made. All this information, except for the Quilt Entry Code and Quilt Title, is to be covered by a piece of dark cloth, tacked onto the label.
  • Consent for a quilt to travel on the next Traveling Exhibition should it be chosen by filling in the tick box.
  • Quilts must be measured horizontally across the widest part of the quilt, and the measured length of the quilt must include any elements hanging from the quilt.
  • Although the greatest care will be taken with all entries, the quilts are exhibited entirely at the risk of the owner. Entrants are responsible for arranging their own insurance.
  • The judges’ decision is final and NO queries or correspondence pertaining to the judging will be considered.
  • The National Quilt Festival committee reserves the right to photograph any work for publicity purposes, acknowledging the quilt makers.
  • The organizers reserve the right to reject any quilt that they feel is inappropriate, offensive or of a standard unacceptable to be exhibited at a South African National Quilt Competition.

Choosing the correct category:

Entrants who are unsure which category is the most appropriate for their entry, can contact Paul Schutte, the SAQG Judging Portfolio Representative by email or WhatsApp. Please ensure that images are attached with all queries.

E-mail: or Cell: 072 291 7077.

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