• Watermelon Quilt Show Rules

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    1. All entries must be clean, completed and undamaged.  All quilts must consist of three layers: quilt top, batting and backing.  All quilts should have a display sleeve either sewn or pinned on the top of the quilt or where the quilt will hang 90" or less to the floor.  If your quilt is longer than 90 inches, you must place your hanging sleeve where it will be 90" from the floor or if you put it to the top, please pin the bottom of your quilt up to be no longer than 90" so that the quilts will not touch the floor.  Please be sure your quilt complies before bringing or it will not be displayed.  You will be responsible if your quilt should drag the floor and get dirty.  If you have a question regarding the hanging sleeve, contact Pat Williams at (979) 826-3025 for assistance or to borrow a sleeve to pin on.  Non quilt items must provide a hanger to display their item.  Sleeves must be in place when delivered for hanging.
      • Class 100 - Watermelons Galore
      • Class 200 - Shine America Shine
      • Class 300 - Challenge Quilts
      • Class 400 - Youth - 17 and under
      • Class 500 - Most Colorful
      • Class 600 - Stars
      • Class 700 - Four Seasons
    2. Each quilt must be quilted either by hand or machine.  Tied quilts will not be accepted.
    3. No pre-quilted fabric may be used.
    4. Labels
      • Labeling a quilt is far more important than announcing that you made a quilt.  A quilt label is an important resource for future generations and insures that wherever the quilt goes, its history is clear.  In my years of quilt admiring, I have often said, sadly, "I don't know who made this quilt and what is its story."  Don't let that happen to your quilts!
      • A quilt label should include the following information: The first line should be the name of the quilt.  The next line is the size of the quilt.  Next when the quilt was made, can be just the year.  Then the full name of the quilt maker, including maiden name.  If someone other than the maker did the quilting, add that.  The next line should provide the town, state, and possibly the country where the quilt was made.  Finally, tell your story about the quilt (example: who made for, occasion, etc).
      • In addition, you can add optional pieces of information.  If the quilt was a gift, add the recipient's name and the occasion for which the quilt was made, such as graduation or wedding.  Another nice touch is to state the relationship of the owner to the maker, such as grandmother or aunt.  You can include a saying like, "When I was young, I watched my grandmother making quilts and this was one of her favorite patterns."
      • Example:
        Quilt Name: School Days
        Dimensions: 88 x 90 (W x L)
        Date: 5/15/2014
        Maker: Jane Doe
        Quilted by: Sue Doe Brief
        History (Story)
    5. Entry paperwork deadline will be July 13, 2018.  Fill out two forms.  The first copy needs to be mailed to 1805 16th Street, Hempstead, Texas 77445, emailed to LNWPAW1962@GMAIL.COM, OR hand delivered to Pat Williams.  We must have this information by this date in order to prepare the quilts for hanging.  We will also need to group the paperwork by categories and size so we can organize so that the hanging of the quilts will flow smoothly as we will know where each quilt goes.  The second one is to be brought with your quilt when it is delivered, see instructions #6.
    6. Entry Delivery Information:
      Quilts are to be delivered to Pat Williams at 1805 16th Street in Hempstead between July 16 and July 18, 2018. Quilts will be hung on July 20 at the Hempstead City Hall.  No late entries will be accepted unless paperwork is in on time and we are notified in advance, nevertheless they must be delivered no later than the 19th.  Quilts are to be in their own bag (1 quilt per bag) as they will be dropped in the order in which they are to be hung and will not be necessarily together even though made by the same quilter.  This is very important.  You can use a bag, a vinyl pillow bag, a pillow case or whatever type of bag you choose.  You must have a protective sheet protector or sleeve or a large zip lock bag for your paperwork on the outside of your bag.  DO NOT PIN THROUGH YOUR PAPERWORK!!!!!!  Your paperwork will have to be accessible to be removed to put your show number on it.  This is very important.  We will not unpin and repin them this year.  They will be ineligible to hang.
    7. Fees: There are NO fees to enter your quilts.
    8. All entries must remain on display for the duration of the quilt show.  No entries will be released until all quilts have been taken down and placed back into their bags.  The release pick-up time is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  If you cannot pick up your entry, please make previous arrangements in writing with the contact person for the quilt show in order for us to release your quilt to the proper person.
    9. Although every precaution will be taken to protect your entry, neither the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce nor the Hempstead Piecemaker's Quilt Guild will be responsible for any damage or loss.  Each entrant is responsible for their own insurance if desired.
    10. Visitors will vote on their favorite quilts - Viewer's Choice.  No judges.
    11. AWARDS:
      Quilts will be voted on by the viewers.  Items will be hung by classes.
      Class 100 — Watermelons Galore Best of Class
      Class 200 — Shine America Shine
      (Military, EMS, Police, Firemen, etc)
      Best of Class
      Class 300 — Challenge Quilts -
      What Color Is Your Brush
      Mystery Quilts
      Shake Your Tail Feathers { Story Quilt
      Best of Class
      Class 400 — Youth - Age 17 and under Best of Class
      Class 500 — Most Colorful Best of Class
      Class 600 — Stars Best of Class
      Class 700 — Four Seasons - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Best of Class
      Best of Show   Viewers Choice
      All awards are awarded after tabulating the viewers choice ballots for each class.  Best of Show will be the quilt that receives the most viewers choice votes overall.
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