National Juried Show


The next National Juried Show (NJS) show will take place virtually at Quilt Canada 2021.

Entries are now closed

Link to entry form is at the bottom of this page

NJS Entry Procedure

Entry is open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, as well as non-resident members of the CQA/ACC. No member of the CQA/ACC Board of Directors, its staff or contractors may enter a quilt in the NJS.
For an entry to be accepted please review the following:

  • The online entry form must be filled in completely, including all the required photographs and documents.
  • Once your entries are submitted, you will be prompted to proceed to our secure online payment page. Fees per entry: Members $30.00, Non-Members $85.00. (GST/HST applies).
  • If photographs do not conform to requirements by the entry deadline your entry will not be accepted.
  • If you experience issues with online payment, the entry will be accepted as incomplete and assigned a “pending” status. In such cases, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the entry process.
    The Jury Coordinator may contact the entrant to discuss an entry that may be in the wrong category and, with the entrant’s permission, may move the entry into another category.
    There is no limit on the number of entries. All entries must be received and completed – with no pending status – before 12:00 PM (noon) EST on February 16, 2021.
    Submissions will be juried and judged according to CQA/ACC NJS Quilting Standards.
    Entries will be selected based on the quality of the digital images that you submit and also the accompanying Artist’s Statement. Decisions of the jurors and judges are final; there is no appeal process.

NJS Categories


Entry must be non-pictorial, with emphasis on colour, line and design.


Enty must illustrate some recognizable aspect of the human or animal form.


Entry must illustrate some recognizable aspect of natural or manmade scenery or a recognizable object(s).


Entry is a direct copy, interpretation of, or inspired by another artist’s original work i.e. painting, photograph, illustration, sculpture, etc. Permission must be provided by the artist.
Please see the Copyright Information for further information. The original artist must be recognized under the Design and Credits section.
Note: This includes all Indigenous designs.


Entry may be a Traditional, Contemporary or Modern design that uses a published pattern. Credit must be given to all pattern designers, book authors or publishers. Provide names in Design and Credits section.


Entry must be an original design based on traditional-style piecing, appliqué or whole cloth. Historical blocks in the public domain may be used.


Entry must be an original design. Minimalism, asymmetry, use of negative space, improvisational piecing, solids or modern prints and alternate grid quilting are aspects of the Modern Quilt movement.
Historical blocks in the public domain may be used.
Quilts from published patterns are not eligible.


Entry must be a reduced scale and miniaturization of a full-size project, maximum perimeter of 72”. Pieced blocks may not be any larger than 4”.

  • Other than Textile Translations and Patterns/Books/Magazine or Social Media, entries into all other categories must be of original design and composition. “Original” means based on the entrant’s own photograph, painting or drawing.
  • Designs from books, patterns, magazines, and social media, e.g. Pinterest, can only be entered in the Patterns/Books/Magazine or Social Media category.
  • Entries started in a workshop or resulting from a workshop must be entered in the Textile Translations category with appropriate credits given.
  • Entries from kits will not be accepted in any category.
  • Group Entry – Multiple Artists – All artists in the group entry must adhere to the Entry Requirements outlined below. Three or more people, none receiving payment for any part of the work, create sections of the entry which are combined into one quilt with a unified theme. The sections may be sewn together or be individual pieces arranged so that the whole entry hangs as one item. Group Quilts may be entered in any category.
  • NJS Requirements

    1. Entry is open to all Canadian citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and CQA/ACC individual members. (If you are not a Canadian citizen or resident, you MUST be a CQA/ACC member to enter).
    2. Credit must be given to the person who inspired the work (artist/teacher, etc.). Provide the name in the Design and Credits section.
    3. Acknowledgement must be given to everyone participating in the execution of the work. Provide names in Design and Credits section.
    4. Work must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
    5. Quilts must not exceed 436 inches in perimeter. No one side may exceed 109”.
    6. Work must not have been shown in a Canadian national-level juried/judged quilting exhibition/competition prior to June 2021.
    7. Artists submitting works from outside of Canada will be responsible for all customs arrangements and all transportation costs.
    8. Incomplete entry forms not finalized by February 15, 2021 will be refused (see Entry Procedure).
    9. The Artist’s Statement is a maximum of 50 words. Do not include names or other information that would identify the maker.
    10. All entries must be 3 layers held together with a stitch. Quilting stitches are not required to be visible on the back of the Art Abstract, Art Depiction of Human or Animal Form, Landscape & Still life categories.
    11. Framed or mounted art quilts must have clear assembly instruction included with the work. Additional charges will be applied to return the frame. Work behind glass will not be accepted.
    12. Entries must be able to be displayed by hanging on pipe and drape.
    13. If a wall quilt requires a second sleeve to assure proper hanging, you must advise us at the time of entry to ensure that arrangements can be made.
    14. By completing the NJS Call for Entry you are agreeing to allow your work to be displayed for the duration of the NJS. If your work is accepted into the NJS and then is not available for the exhibit, subsequent entries from you will not be considered for two consecutive National Juried Shows.
    15. Accepted works that differ from the digital photos submitted with entry or that do not meet CQA/ACC Quilting Standards will not be hung.
    16. Quilts for Sale: If you wish to take advantage of the option to sell your quilt at Quilt Canada, please note that CQA/ACC will retain 20% of the sale price as a commission.
    17. Signatures or any other identifying mark on the front of your submission must be covered by the artist or the piece will be ineligible for judging.

    NJS Photography Standards and Requirements

    Updated May 2020
    1. Your submitted photographs will be used for the Jurying process and, if accepted, will be used for the virtual judging process, our website, magazine and NJS catalogue. Follow these guidelines carefully for optimal photography and to ensure a professional presentation. Refer to your camera’s manual for information about settings, lighting, focus and downloading files to your computer.

    2. For all wall quilts, submit four (4) digital images: a full view (front); two detail views – (1) close-up of quilting and (2) close-up detail related to the category or the construction technique; close-up of binding.

    3. For all bed quilts, submit five (5) digital images: a full view (front); two detail views – (1) close-up of quilting and (2) close-up detail related to the category or the construction technique; close-up of binding, and the quilt on an appropriately-sized bed. Please make sure the bed quilt photo shows how the quilt hangs off the bed in relation to the floor.

    4. The full-view image must show the overall view of your work including all edges and be taken straight on (parallel to the quilt edges), with no fingers or clips visible. Hang the quilt on a flat surface or rod, not a clothesline. If necessary, use a pressed white or light neutral sheet behind to avoid distracting clutter. Use a tripod or ladder for your camera to rest on.

    photograph at a 90 degree angle from the center of the quilt

    Credit: American Quilters Society (2020)

    5. Images must be free from textual or other information revealing the identity of the artist.

    6. Ensure your images are in focus and, for the full view, that the entire quilt has been captured. Do not crop or edit your photos. All accepted NJS quilt photos will be professionally edited. Images must be submitted in JPG format with a minimum file size of 3.0 MB (eg: 2000px by 1500px).

    7. Label your photo files according to the following format:
    njs-categorycode-location code-name-of-quilt-fullfront.jpg
    njs-categorycode-location code-name-of-quilt-quiltingdetail.jpg
    njs-categorycode-location code-name-of-quilt-constructiondetail.jpg
    njs-categorycode-location code-name-of-quilt-bindingdetail.jpg
    njs-categorycode-location code-name-of-quilt-bed.jpg

    For example:

    Select your category code:
    AB – Abstract and Improvisational
    AR – Art Depiction of Human or Animal Form
    LA – Landscapes and Still Life
    TX – Textile Translations
    PT – Patterns, Books, Magazines or Social Media Wall Hanging and Bed Quilts
    TR – Traditional Wall Hanging and Bed Quilts
    MO – Modern Wall Hanging and Bed Quilts
    MI – Miniature Traditional, Contemporary, Art or Modern

    Select your location code:
    AB – Alberta
    BC – British Columbia
    MB – Manitoba
    NB – New Brunswick
    NL – Newfoundland
    NS – Nova Scotia
    NT – Northwest Territories
    NU – Nunavut
    ON – Ontario
    PE – Prince Edward Island
    QC – Quebec
    SK – Saskatchewan
    YT – Yukon
    OT – Other

    NJS Copyright Information

    CQA/ACC abides by all Canadian copyright laws. Due to international copyright agreements, all international entrants must abide by their country’s copyright laws. The copyright information is provided to ensure that your entry complies with Canadian copyright laws.

    In the TEXTILE TRANSLATIONS category, the design, photography, art inspiration is created by another person as the source of your work. If the person is living, you must obtain that person’s written permission before entering your quilt into the National Juried Show. This applies whether you have copied, altered, or used only a portion of the design. We are particularly mindful of protecting Indigenous art sources. This is considered derivative work, which is defined by the dictionary as “something that is based on another source” and “imitative of the work of another person.” Designs are considered intellectual property and are covered under the copyright laws of Canada. If the person’s work is under copyright of another country that country’s copyright also applies in Canada.

    • When the “Call for Entry” document, for the National Juried Show, refers to “Permission,” the CQA/ACC requires written permission, and the corresponding letter or email should be specific about the permission granted. A copy of this permission letter must accompany all NJS entries. It is important to keep this for your records and you should be able to produce it whenever you are asked or it is required.
    • Once you have received written permission, you must give proper credit to the artist or designer wherever the quilt is displayed. There is space for this on the show entry form. Provide the artist’s or designer’s name, the title and publisher of the book, magazine, or pattern, the website where you found the artwork, or any other important information.

    When using designs found in the Public Domain, you must credit the artist and state that the work is in the public domain. If you cannot locate the artist, or if the artist is deceased, contact the publisher, or in the case of a photograph or other artwork, contact the place or website where you found it. This could include art galleries, colleges, or museums. They may own the copyright or be able to put you in touch with the copyright owner.

    If your entry is from a book, magazine or pattern you are given the permission to make the quilt for your own use. To show it publicly or enter it into competition, it is considered polite to ask for the designer’s permission. Check the inside cover pages of the book or magazine and the back of the pattern or the artist’s website information for contact information. Contact the publisher and/or search for the artist’s website on the internet if you are unable to find the necessary information. A brief e-mail telling the artist that you have made a quilt from their pattern or artwork and that you are asking their permission to enter your work into the NJS. It is always nice to include a photo of your work.

    NJS Awards

    NJS Jury Coordinator: Carole Gold
    Jury: TBA


    • TBA

    NJS 2021 Awards

    • Best of Show
    • Dorothy McMurdie Founders Award
    • Viewers’ Choice

    Category Awards

    First, second and third place are awarded in each of the following categories

    • Abstract & Improvisational: Wall Quilts
    • Art Depiction of Human or Animal Form: Wall Quilts
    • Landscapes & Still Life: Wall Quilts
    • Textile Translations: Wall Quilts
    • Quilts from Patterns/Books: Wall and Bed Quilts
    • Traditional: Wall and Bed Quilts
    • Modern: Wall and Bed Quilts
    • Miniature Quilts

    Awards of Excellence

    Excellence is recognized in each of the following categories:

    • Machine Quilting Frameless: fabric is not held by a frame and moved under the needle
    • Machine Quilting Framed: fabric is secured in a frame and the machine is moved over the fabric
    • Hand Quilting: traditional and contemporary hand-quilting
    • Workmanship for Applique
    • Workmanship for Piecing
    • Workmanship by a First Time Exhibitor in the CQA/ACC National Juried Show
    • Innovation: from an original design
    • Threadwork Using WonderFil Thread
    • Group Quilt: 3 or more quilt makers
    • Judge’s Choice (one per judge): what interests the judge; personal choice

    Note: Not all awards may be presented.


    If your entry is juried into the NJS, you will be giving permission for your entry to be photographed. This includes photographs by the public, by CQA/ACC Sponsors and by CQA/ACC for archival records, all aspects of CQA/ACC online social media, the Canadian Quilter magazine and/or other publications and advertisements created by CQA/ACC. By accepting any of the NJS sponsored prizes, you are giving permission to sponsors to use the quilt image in their social media platforms and in conjunction with their marketing and sales activities.