Call for Entry

The competition and exhibition will take place June 21-23, 2024, at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, located in Cumberland, Maryland. Cumberland is situated in the scenic and historic Mountain Maryland region, home to the C&O Canal, the Great Allegheny Passage, and a vibrant arts community. Allegany County also boasts one of five regional folklife centers across the state of Maryland, recognizing the powerful role of traditional artmaking in our community.

The 3-day event will feature more than 12,000 square feet of quilt exhibition, daily workshops for novices and seasoned quilters, quilt appraisals and much more. Advance tickets will be available in the "Tickets and Workshops" section of the site and tickets will be available onsite for purchase.

Entry Rules and Eligibility

The call for entry is now  open for the 2024 Schoolhouse Quilt Show & Competition with a deadline of May 17, 2024. Quilters may enter up to a total of five (5) quilts, with the entries being $15.00 each. Entries may be submitted by completing the below entry form or by downloading and mailing a copy of the paper application. Please note no entries will be accepted onsite.

2024 Call for Entry Form

The organizer reserves the right to close the entry system if it exceeds the maximum number of entries allowable and the right to disqualify any entry from a category should it not meet the stated requirements. Entry images uploaded may be used for marketing and promotional purposes.

Entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Entries should be marked for sale or not for sale in the entry form. All entries marked for sale are subject to a 35% commission, and the pricing provided in the entry form cannot be changed once received. Artists receiving more than $600 in commission will be required to complete a W-9 before commission will be disbursed. Commission payments will be made on a net 30 basis following the conclusion of the competition.
  • No entries will be accepted which have been previously exhibited in a Schoolhouse Quilters show.
  • All entries must include a 4’ sleeve for hanging. Entries received without the required hanging support will not be displayed.
  • All entries must include three layers (top, batting and back) and cannot be tied.
  • All entries must be clean, smoke-free and appropriate for professional presentation.

Entry Categories and Descriptions

Applique (hand) - Pieces of fabric sewn to a larger fabric piece by hand to form a picture or design.

Applique (machine) - Pieces of fabric sewn to a larger fabric piece by machine to form a picture or design.

Embroidery (hand) - Thread embellishment by hand.

Embroidery (machine) - Thread embellishment by machine.

Mixed Techniques - A combination of techniques to include applique, piecing, beading, or ribbon embellishment, etc.

Pieced (hand-quilted) - Sewing together pieces of fabric in a pattern, then quilting by hand.

Pieced (home sewing machine-quilted) - Sewing together pieces of fabric in a pattern, then quilting with home machine.

Pieced (longarm-quilted, computer guided, or edge-to-edge) - Quilt of stitched pieces of fabric, quilted on a Longarm machine using a single, digitized, all-over quilting design from edge-to-edge.

Pieced (long-arm quilted, custom, hand-guided or free motion) - Quilt of stitches pieces of fabric, quilted on a Longarm machine that complements the individual design of the quilting pattern.

Wall Hanging/Small Miniature (less than 45” x 45”) - A small or miniature version of a full-sized quilt, suitable for hanging on a wall.

Wall Hanging/Large (45” x 45” or larger) - A smaller version of a full-sized quilt, suitable for hanging on a wall.

Creative Art Quilt - An original exploration of a concept using creative, unique design rather than a pattern. Quilts may be any size, must include three layers (top, batting and backing) and should have finished edges.

Clothing/Home Accessories/Novelty - Entries can be wearable items, items for the home, or whimsical creations.

First Quilt - Entries from first-time quilters.

Baby Quilt - Entries represent items for a baby's layette or nursery.

Quilts Made by Kids - Entries from quilters age 14 or younger.

Important Dates

Entry Deadline: Extended by May 17, 2024
Delivery by: If shipping, by June 7, 2024; all others must deliver on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.
Show Dates: June 21-23, 2024
Pick-Up / Return: If picking up, on June 23, 2024, from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Entries with return shipping will be returned the following week after the competition concludes.

Call for Entry Form