HomeMade Challenge Rules

HomeMade

A juried and judged quilt challenge

Sponsored by FreeSpirit and Aurifil

FIRST PRIZE:

  • 42, 1-yard cuts of FreeSpirit Tula Pink Fabric
  • BERNINA 570 QE Special Edition by Tula Pink sewing machine featuring gifts valued at over $2,200
  • Tula Pink HomeMade thread collection by Aurifil
  • The Ultimate Collection by Tula Pink, 45 Spools Cotton 50WT from Aurifil
  • Tula Sunrise by Tula Pink, 20 Spools Cotton 50WT from Aurifil
  • Tula Pink Sunrise English Paper Piecing Kit by Paper Pieces®
  • OLISO® PRO™ TG1600 Smart Iron (Pink)
  • OLISO® Mini Project Iron (Pink)
  • 9 packs (3 each color) of Tula Pink HomeMade Designer Renaissance Ribbons
  • ByAnnie.com Handbag Zipper Set - 30” Brights (12 colors)
  • Tula Pink Hardware Package valued at $500 from Brewer
  • $250 value of batting from QUILTER’S DREAM
  • Beautiful Showcase Ribbon
  • Approx. Retail Value over $10,000

Viewer’s Choice:

  • 20, 1-yard cuts of FreeSpirit Tula Pink Fabric
  • Tula Pink HomeMade thread collection by Aurifil
  • Tula Sunrise by Tula Pink, 20 Spools Cotton 50WT from Aurifil
  • Tula Nova by Tula Pink and Tula’s Bloomers by Tula Pink by Paper Pieces®
  • OLISO® Mini Project Iron (Pink)
  • 6 packs (2 each color) of Tula Pink HomeMade Renaissance Ribbons
  • ByAnnie.com Sewing Bundle - ByAnnie Stiletto, 1 yard Soft and Stable and $20 credit
  • Tula Pink Hardware Package valued at $500 from Brewer
  • $150 value of batting from QUILTER’S DREAM
  • Beautiful Showcase Ribbon
  • Approx. Retail Value over $1,200

Honorable Mention:

  • 20, 1-yard cuts of FreeSpirit Tula Pink Fabric
  • Tula Pink HomeMade thread collection by Aurifil
  • Tula Pink Hex on the Beach from Paper Pieces®
  • OLISO® PRO™ TG1600 Smart Iron (Pink)
  • 3 packs (1 each color) of Tula Pink HomeMade Renaissance Ribbons
  • ByAnnie.com Mesh and Fold-over bundle - ½ yard Mesh, 2 yards Fold-over in 3 colors
  • Tula Pink Hardware Package valued at $250 from Brewer
  • $150 value of batting from QUILTER’S DREAM
  • Beautiful Showcase Ribbon
  • Approx. Retail Value over $1,000

Competition Rules

CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

Competition theme: HomeMade

HomeMade - adjective (hōm′mād′): made or prepared at home, locally or by the maker's own efforts.

The humming of the sewing machine, the repetitive motion of a needle passing between the fibers of cloth, the joy of a fresh rotary blade, the gentle steam of a hot iron, the accomplishment of making something with our own hands, these are the things that bind us together. What to some may seem foreign, to us it defines our very existence, that which expresses who we are and amplifies our sense of accomplishment and self-worth. The focus of the HomeMade juried exhibit is to create an item that celebrates our community of makers and all the glory, attitude and beauty that comes from the privilege of saying “Hey, I made that.” Each quilt will pay tribute to what drives us to create with our hands. It’s about creativity, intention, approach, quality and the pure sense of joy achieved by playing with fabric, threads and finely-crafted tools.

The entries can be art quilts or traditional quilts that speak to the theme. Any techniques—piecing, appliqué, embroidery and/or manipulated fabric, etc. may be used.  Twelve quilts will be selected by the jury to be part of the special exhibit.

General entry specifics: Each entrant may submit up to two works to their local quilt shop. Approximately 80% of each work (60”x 60” quilt) must feature FreeSpirit HomeMade fabric by Tula Pink. We ask that each entrant's finished work include some application of Aurifil Thread too. Please ask that they be specific about the thread color and weights used.  Each quilt shop will then select one quilt to submit to FreeSpirit.

Size of entries: Each work should be no smaller than 60 inches (152.4cm) square (if a quilt is close to these dimensions but does not quite meet the requirements, the entrant may still enter their work). Each entry must have a 4” (10cm) finished sleeve or casing sewn to the top back edge of the quilt. Sleeves should be secured with stitching at the top and bottom edge of the sleeve. A cloth label with the entrant’s name, address, email address and telephone number must be securely sewn to the back of the quilt.

Jury: A jury of experts, including Tula Pink, will select the twelve quilts. The jury’s decision is final. The organizers reserve the right to decide about the quilts for the exhibition upon seeing the actual quilts in person. The organizers reserve the right to refuse any work that does not match the slides submitted to the jury.  

 

ENTERING THE COMPETITION

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 to their local quilt shop. Full-time employees of any associated Jaftex divisions, Aurifil Thread or Quilts, Inc. are not eligible.

Digital images: Digital images must be saved as a high-quality JPEG file and labeled by the Quilter's Name and Quilt Shop.  If you do not have a local Quilt Shop, please note your name and No Quilt Shop. Images must accurately reflect the appearance of the quilt. Any digital image correction, aside from cropping, should be done only to ensure accuracy, and should not artificially enhance the image. Jurors reserve the right to refuse any quilt that differs significantly from the image submitted. We suggest using at least a 3-megapixel camera at the highest resolution. Finished images should be at least 2100 pixels on the longest side.

A special note if using your iPhone to take your photos

iPhones use the .JPG extension in the default file name (and not .jpg). The rotation information is not fully saved in the .JPG extension when viewed in a browser. (In other words, your image will appear rotated on your computer, but then be sideways when viewed after it is uploaded). In order to fully save the rotation, use a 'save as' command after rotating the image in your editing software and then change the extension to .jpg. It is not enough to just rename the file; you must change the extension to .jpg when saving it.

Copyright permission: Entry into the challenge automatically grants copyright permission for the image of the quilt to be used for publication and in advertising and/or publicity for the exhibition, including use on appropriate webpages.

Entry deadline: All completed and signed entry forms and images must be sent to arrive no later than NOVEMBER 2, 2020 to FreeSpirit Fabrics. (Note that this is a receive-by deadline.)

See competition calendar below for other important dates.

Length of exhibit: The participating works must be available for one year, from January 2021 through September 2022. Quilts will be returned to entrants in September 2022.

Entrants will be notified of any other venues. 

Official language: The official language of the competition is English. US and Canada only.

Entries:

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

 

SENDING QUILTS FOR EXHIBITION

*Following Notification from the Jury*

Deadline for receiving quilts: The selected works should be sent by the participant, at his/her own expense, to arrive no later than: JANUARY 9, 2021.

Shipping information: Complete shipping information will be sent to you upon your entry being juried into the exhibition. DO NOT SEND QUILTS PRIOR TO BEING NOTIFIED. The selected works should be sent in a secure package via a trackable courier with any special handling or shipping information enclosed. The original packaging will be kept for return shipping only if specifically requested.

Insurance: Each work will be insured door to door for $1000 under the Chubb Group fine arts policy maintained by Quilts, Inc. 

RETURN OF ENTRIES

Quilts will be returned in September 2022.

 

COMPETITION CALENDAR

September 30, 2020

Deadline for entries to be submitted to their local retailer for local judging.

If you do not have a participating local retailer, or your local shop is unable to host an event, you can submit your quilt, following the rules for photography, via the FreeSpirit Click Here to Enter above. 

October 1 – October 31, 2020

Participating quilt shops host a local HomeMade Challenge to select their winner. 

November 2, 2020

Deadline for retailers to upload images of their local winning quilt, following the rules for photography, via the FreeSpirit Click Here to Enter above.

December 14, 2020

Jury announces 12 quilters whose quilts will be part of the HomeMade Challenge trunk show/exhibit.

January 9, 2021

Deadline for receiving trunk show/exhibition quilts at FreeSpirit Fabrics in Charlotte, NC.

January 9 – January 24, 2021

HomeMade Challenge Virtual Exhibit and voting for First Place, Honorable Mention and Viewer’s Choice.

February 5, 2021

Winners of the HomeMade Challenge Virtual Exhibit are announced.

February – July 2021

HomeMade Challenge Trunk Show. Shop’s whose customer is selected as part of the juried show, can host the trunk show. 

AUGUST, 2021

FreeSpirit ships the quilts to Quilts Inc. for special exhibit at the Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, October 2021

SEPTEMBER, 2022

Quilts returned to quilters.

 

YOUR SUBMISSION of imagery and finished work is your agreement that you will abide by the rules and accept the decisions of the jurors and judge.