Sacred Threads

The Call for Entry for the July 2021 exhibit
will open October 1, 2020. The deadline to enter is January 10, 2021.


This biennial exhibition was established to provide a venue for quilters of all faiths who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey. The first exhibit was held in 2001 and the exhibit is held in the summer of odd numbered years.


Sacred Threads is open only to artists within the United States and Canada. Only quilted hangings will be considered. We use the Studio Art Quilt Associates definition of an art quilt: "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure". Integration of non-fabric items is acceptable; however, 3D pieces, altered books and items mounted on stretcher bars or framed cannot be accommodated.

Quilts submitted should explore themes of joy, spirituality, peace/brotherhood, inspiration, grief, or healing.  Quilts must be an original design or an original execution of a traditional pattern.

Quilt should roughly have a minimum perimeter of 80"and maximum of 288"(sum of all sides). If your quilt is close to these dimensions but does not quite meet the requirements, you may still enter your work. We use these parameters as guidelines. We don't want really tiny pieces that got lost or really huge pieces that cannot be safely hung.

Each quilt must have a 4" horizontal hanging sleeve and an identifying label on the back of the quilt. Quilts exhibited at previous Sacred Threads exhibits are not eligible.

Quilts requiring special support frames or entered with dowels or which contain fragile or breakable embellishments will not be accepted for the show. We reserve the right to refuse quilts which are controversial or felt to be inappropriate to the theme of the exhibition.

Sacred Threads will make a list available to our visitors of quilts that are for sale. We will provide any interested parties with your sale price and contact information. We do not require a commission but appreciate a tax-deductible donation.

Entry Process

The jurying process will be done from digital images only. Entrants will submit two images per entry (one overall view and one detail view).  All images must be of publication quality. Poor images will most likely disqualify your piece from jurying.

Each entry must also include an artist's statement of no more than 100 words describing the story or the inspiration behind the quilt. The number of works included in the exhibit will depend on the number of entries submitted and the space available.

The deadline to enter is January 10, 2021

Digital Images

Digital images must be saved as a high quality JPEG file. 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 are also planning to produce a book of the exhibit, using the images provided, so it is imperative that the images be of high quality.

Finished images should be at least 2400 pixels on the longest side.

Travel exhibit

Sacred Threads is considering traveling around 36 of the accepted pieces beginning in the fall of 2021 through spring of 2023. We would like to know if your piece would be available to travel. Pieces are chosen based on size, representation of the themes, and not fragile pieces are other issues that would make traveling to multiple locations a challenge. Your answer does not affect the jurying process.

Entry Fee

A $30 non-refundable entry fee will cover submission of up to two quilts. 

Notification of Acceptance

Jury selection will be completed by the end of March, 2021 and entrants will be notified of the juror's decision by email during the last week of April. The decision of the jurors is final.

Once the actual work is received, Sacred Threads reserves the right to disqualify from the exhibit any work which is soiled, torn, poorly crafted or a substitution from the original entry.

Shipping of Accepted Work

Works must be shipped to and from the exhibit at the quilter's expense. No C.O.D. deliveries will be accepted. All quilts must be shipped in a sturdy, reusable, well-labeled box. 

The acceptance information includes instructions on packing your quilt and for those individuals wishing to hand deliver and pick up their quilts. Artists will include a pre-paid return shipping label.

Entrants are responsible for insurance during shipping to and from the exhibition. Quilts will be insured by Sacred Threads for the duration of the exhibition for a maximum value of $1,000. Additional insurance will be provided only for quilts with a certified appraisal of over $1,000. Please include the written appraisal when you ship your quilt.

If the accepted work is sold prior to the exhibition, the entrant must make arrangements with the new owner to make the work available for the exhibition. No quilt accepted for the exhibition may be withdrawn prior to the completion of the exhibit.


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