Enter Your Quilt

If you would like to enter your quilt in the 2018 quilt show, simply click on the link below to download the form. You may then fill out the form and return it along with pictures of your quilt, and your entry fee to us by mail or in person at Yoder Department Store. Entries must be received by May 15, 2018. If you have any questions, please call Nancy at Yoder Department Store at (877) 768-1945.

Copyright Law and Surrounding Issues

Due to increasing internet sales such as on-line auction and other sites, copyright law for quilters has recently come under more scrutiny. Under current copyright law, permission of the pattern designer or seller needs to be asked for and received in order to display your quilt publicly if your pattern or design uses someone else’s pattern, artwork, photography or another quilt as its basis. Your quilt, even if the design has been altered, is considered a derivative work of the original design.

We at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival want to comply with copyright laws thereby protecting you as you display your quilts at the Shipshewana Quilt Show.

We respectfully request that you ask permission of the pattern designer or artist prior to displaying your quilt in our show.

To read more on copyright law and how it applies please follow the link provided http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

How do I ask Permission?
In most cases, a simple e-mail or short letter is all that is needed. Contact information is available through the book, magazine, or on the pattern. Tell the designer you have made a quilt from their pattern or design and ask their permission to enter and display it in the show and to publish photographs with proper credit. Most of the time, designers are happy to hear that a quilt inspired by their work has been accepted into a juried contest or show.

Click Here for a sample permission letter.

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Creating a Sleeve for Hanging Quilts

Typical square or rectangle quilt

"Split Sleeve" (Allowing for a break in the sleeve is only necessary for very wide quilts such as those 72 inches or wider.)

  1. Measure the width of the quilt, subtract an inch, divide this measurement by 2 and cut 2 pieces this length by 8″
  2. Hem both ends of each strip folding 1/4″ to the wrong side and topstitching
  3. Prior to binding the quilt, fold each strip lengthwise, wrong sides together, and pin in place with the raw edges even with the top edge of the quilt and a 1/2″ gap between the sleeves

    Quilt Sleeve Example
  4. Attach the binding, catching the sleeves in along the top edge (but not on the sides)
  5. Finish binding as usual and then handstitch the bottom edge of the sleeves to the back of the quilt, being careful not to stitch through to the front

The split in the sleeve allows a large quilt to have support while hanging and will prevent the quilt from "sagging" in the middle

On-point quilt

  1. Make a sleeve 2″ shorter than the horizontal width of the quilt and attach it across the widest part
  2. Stitch a plastic ring to the top. (Plastic rings are often found with knitting supplies.)