Art Takes Shape

MasterPieces: Art Takes Shape!

An international juried and judged quilt competition for quilts
made on the home sewing machine

Sponsored by Husqvarna Viking

FIRST PRIZE: Husqvarna Viking Designer SE sewing and embroidery machine PLUS $2500 Cash PLUS a beautiful, one-of-a-kind crystal trophy designed and signed by Bertil Vallien, a groundbreaking figure in Swedish art glass. Round trip airfare and hotel to International Quilt Festival 2005. There will be one first prize given.

RUNNER-UP PRIZE: Husqvarna Viking Quilt Designer sewing machine. There will be one runner-up prize given.

Competition Rules


Competition theme: Art Takes Shape Quilt art can be defined as the product of creativity reflected through shape and form. Shape, whether geometric or free form, is an area contained within a line or can be seen and identified because of color or value change. Let your creativity take shape and you'll have met the general theme for the new worldwide Husqvarna Viking competition. Entries can be traditional or art quilts that speak to the theme. Any techniques—piecing, appliqué, embroidery, whole cloth and/or manipulated fabric, etc.—may be used as long as they are accomplished predominantly by use of the home sewing machine. Quilts are to be made specifically for the contest and must not have been published in books, calendars, magazines, websites, or any other form of publication prior to November 2005.

Categories: There is one overall category.

Limit on entries: Each entrant may submit up to two works that must be made predominantly on a home sewing machine. Any materials may be used; however, the final result must be flexible in nature and consist of three layers.
Size of entries: Each work must measure 51 inches (130cm) on each side (51in x 51in or 130cm x 130cm). Each entry must have a 4in (10cm) finished sleeve or casing sewn to the top back edge of the quilt (please include a .25in/.635cm ease in the sleeve or casing). Sleeves should be secured with stitching at the top and bottom edge. A cloth label with the entrant’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail must be securely sewn to the back of the quilt.

Jury: An international jury of Jacqueline Govin of France, Naomi Ichikawa of Japan, and a third juror will select the works. The jury’s decision is final. Upon seeing the final quilts, the organizers reserve the right to decide which quilts will be included in the exhibition. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any work that does not match the slides submitted to the jury.

Catalog: A full color catalog will be published, and each selected artist will receive a complimentary copy.


Who may enter: The entries may be the work of more than one person as long as proper credit is given to all involved in the actual completion of the quilt. The person entering the quilt must have been involved in making the quilt. Limit 2 entries per person or group. Full-time employees of VSM Group AB, VSM Sewing Inc., or its subsidiaries, and Quilts, Inc. are not eligible. While previous winners are welcome and encouraged to enter the competition, at least one contest year must elapse before their entries can again be considered for a prize.

Slides: Slides of the entries will not be returned. The jurors will select finalists from slides of the original works. Each entrant must send the following:

  • Three sets of two different color slides for each quilt entered—one full view & one close-up showing the details of the machine stitching. For example:

1 quilt x 2 slides x 3 sets=6 slides OR 2 quilts x 2 slides x 3 sets=12 slides
1 quilt x 2 digital photos x 3 sets= 3 CD ROMs PLUS 1 quilt x 2 photographs x 3 sets = 6 photographs OR 2 quilts x 2 digital photos x 3 sets = 6 CD ROMs PLUS 2 quilts x 2 photographs x 3 sets = 12 photographs

There will be three international jurors. Having three sets of identical slides will allow simultaneous jurying in different locations. Glass slides are not acceptable. All slides or digital images submitted must be good quality and well lighted; however, the quilts selected for the exhibition will be professionally photographed for the catalog.

Copyright permission: Entry into the competition automatically grants copyright permission for the image of the quilt and/or all or part of the Artist’s Statement about the quilt to be used in articles, ads, promotions, catalogs, books, websites (including any Webcast coverage) CDs, current event news coverage, television productions and/or multimedia productions for and about the International Quilt Festival, International Quilt Market, or Patchwork & Quilt Expo, for and about the special exhibit “MasterPieces: Art Takes Shape” or for and about quilting and developing creativity. The quilt artist retains copyright to the quilt.

Entry Deadline: All completed, signed entry forms, slides, and entry fees must be POSTMARKED no later than May 20, 2005. See competition calendar below for other important dates.

Length of exhibit: The participating works must be available for two years, from July 2005 through July 2007. Quilts will be returned to entrants in August 2007.
Definite venues for the exhibition include:

  • Fall International Quilt Market October 22—October 24, 2005—Houston, Texas USA
  • Fall International Quilt Festival October 27—30, 2005—Houston, Texas USA
  • Spring International Quilt Festival April 6—9, 2006— Chicago, Illinois USA
  • Patchwork & Quilt Expo X June 22—June 25, 2006 — Lyon, France
  • Entrants will be notified of any other venues.

Official language: The official language of the competition is English.

Selling Your Quilt: You may choose to offer your quilt for sale in the Husqvarna Viking Gallery, with 15% of the selling price to be donated to the International Quilt Association (IQA). The Association is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the art of quilting, the attainment of public recognition for quilting as an art form, and the advancement of the state of the art throughout the world.

Mail entries to: Quilts, Inc., attn: Husqvarna Viking – Art Takes Shape, 7660 Woodway, Suite 550, Houston, Texas 77063, USA. POSTMARKED no later than MAY 20, 2005. The complete entry should contain:

  • Completed, signed Entry Form per quilt;
  • Non-refundable entry fee for up to 2 different quilts of $15 (U.S. Dollars only); and
  • 3 sets (1 full view of completed quilt, 1 detail of completed quilt) of 2 clearly marked slides per entry (total=6 slides per quilt). Be sure to indicate the top of each slide and identify each slide with the title of our quilt and the size.
  • Two digital images (1 full view of completed quilt, 1 detail of completed quilt) with no modifications including color correction on 3 CD-ROMs. You may crop the background ONLY. You must also send three sets (1 full view of completed quilt, 1 detail of completed quilt) of two clearly marked photographs per entry (total=6 photographs per quilt). Be sure to indicate the top of each photograph, and identify each photograph with your name, quilt title, and size. We recommend using a minimum 4 MP (megapixel) camera, on highest resolution setting, saved as a jpeg or tiff file. Lower megapixels and resolution settings can produce poor results that can eliminate a quilt because its color, design, and detail can't be viewed clearly. Be sure to "finish" the CDs when you write them, so they can be opened. Be sure to label each disk with your name and title(s) of the work.


Deadline for receiving quilts: The selected works should be sent by the participant, at his/her own expense, to arrive no later than: AUGUST 5, 2005 (International shipments should be SHIPPED no later than July 18). If your quilt is chosen as a finalist and you live in a country belonging to the European Union, you will have the option of shipping your quilt to Houston or to a European address. This will be your choice. If you are a finalist and live outside of the European Union, you will have to ship your quilt to Houston.

Shipping information: Complete shipping information will be sent when your entry is juried into the exhibition. DO NOT SEND QUILTS PRIOR TO NOTIFICATION.

Insurance: Each work will be insured door to door (from the time you ship it to us until it is returned to you) for $1000 under the Chubb Group Fine Arts policy maintained by Quilts, Inc.


Quilts will be returned no later than August 31, 2007.


MAY 20, 2005
POSTMARK deadline for entries. Do not send quilts at this time.

JUNE 2005
Jury selection

JULY 1, 2005
Notification of finalists

AUGUST 5, 2005
Deadline for receiving exhibition quilts in Houston

Judging and announcement of the prizewinners

Organization & Information

Quilts, Inc.
Husqvarna Viking – Art Takes Shape
7660 Woodway Dr., Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063
Fax 1.713.781.8182

Pdf file for you to download and fill in. Valid as the Entry Form: