Modern Meets Modern Challenge


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October 2020 Announcement:

Your Chance to Have a Quilt Displayed on the Walls of the IQM

To coincide with the opening of its new exhibition, Modern Meets Modern, the International Quilt Museum has announced a quilt challenge, open to all. Participants are asked to create a 16-inch by 16-inch quilt that responds to some of the antique quilts on display in the exhibition.

In the Modern Meets Modern exhibition, selected Modern Quilt Movement quilts from the museum's collection, representing the past 15+ years, have been juxtaposed with groups of quilts made over 150 years ago. These antique quilts display cutting edge qualities for their time and can still look modern in the present day. The Modern Meets Modern exhibition explores common themes as well as differences between the two modern eras, focusing on design elements as well as such factors as tools, materials, techniques, and modes of communication.

For this mini-quilt challenge, the museum has chosen four quilts to serve as catalysts for new work. In their mini-quilt, entrants should respond to one or more of these antique quilts in an interpretive way. The challenge is open to all techniques and quilt styles. Entry quilts do not need to have a hanging sleeve attached to the reverse. Individuals are allowed to submit up to two entries each. There is a $10 entry fee per quilt.

Catalyst Quilts:


Deadline and Process:

The deadline for submitting high resolution photographs of the 16-inch by 16-inch finished quilt(s) is January 1, 2022 at 12 p.m. (noon) Central Time. The winning quilts will be selected by a three-person jury, which will pick 10 finalists from those submitted. Upon notification, the 10 finalist quilts will need to be shipped to the IQM (participant will pay for shipping to IQM; IQM will pay for return shipping). All 10 of the finalists will be hung prominently in the same gallery as the Modern Meets Modern exhibition, through the end of the show (March 19, 2022). In addition, one quilt among the 10 will be selected as the top prize winner.

(Note: At the discretion of the jurors and the IQM, additional quilts beyond the Top 10 may also be chosen for display elsewhere in the museum.)

Submission Form:


The makers of the Top 10 mini-quilts will win:

  • a fabric bundle from sponsor Moda
  • a one-year subscription to sponsor Curated Quilts’ quarterly magazine
  • a book on Modern Quilting by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle (a Modern Meets Modern Challenge juror)
  • a set of notecards depicting the stitched paper artwork of David Owen Hastings (a Modern Meets Modern Challenge juror)
  • assorted Modern Quilt Guild swag
  • International Quilt Museum swag and a one year membership to the IQM (current members will receive a one-year extension to their membership)

In addition to those prizes, the maker of the top prize-winning quilt will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize courtesy of our sponsor, Curated Quilts. This is a purchase prize, meaning that this quilt will become a part of the IQM’s modern quilt collection.


Sarah Bond comes from a family of quilt makers stretching back to the early nineteenth century. She has been quilting since her early twenties and is obsessed with color and pattern. While her inspirations are classic and traditional, she renders her own work with a modern or contemporary flair.

David Owen Hastings is a quilt designer and instructor, graphic designer, artist, and creative coach. David is a past president of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. He has been instrumental in advancing the world of contemporary design in modern quilting, especially modern mini-quilts.

Weeks Ringle is a professional quiltmaker and co-founder (with Bill Kerr) of Modern Quilt Studio, a design studio in Oak Park, Illinois. Bill and Weeks are pioneers of the Modern Quilt Movement, having written the first book on Modern Quilting. Weeks made her first modern quilt in 1987 to rethink the possibilities of the American quilt as being expressive of the time in which we live.




Terms and Conditions:

Entry into the Challenge 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, posters, cards, websites, event news coverage, television productions and/or multimedia productions for and about the International Quilt Museum. The quilt artist retains copyright to his/her quilt design.

Submitting the completed entry form means that the entrant will abide by the Challenge rules and accept the decisions of the judges.

Important Reminders:

  • Entry quilts must be 16 inches by 16 inches (hanging sleeve not necessary)
  • Entry quilts should respond to one or more of the four vintage modern quilts listed above
  • Participants can enter up to two quilts in the challenge
  • There is a $10 entry fee per quilt
  • The top prize is a purchase prize (the quilt will become a part of the International Quilt Museum collection)
  • Deadline for submission: January 1, 2022 at 12 p.m. (noon) Central Standard Time


For questions, email: [email protected]