Garden of Quilts

Showing a Quilt at the Garden of Quilts Show:

The Garden of Quilts is an outdoor exhibition of well over a thousand quilts. Set within the award- winning, 55-acre Ashton Gardens, the exhibition will feature a thoughtfully curated collection of quilts from artists across the country, as well as rare access to view some stunning private collections--all on display for three days only. For more information on the Garden of Quilts, click HERE.

Garden of Quilts is a celebration of the quilting community. We want to display all levels of quilting from beginner to expert as well as all kinds of design. We want to display your quilt at the Garden of Quilts!

Application Process

Each quilter may enter up to five quilts. Each of those five quilts will require its own registration form. This form is available online or, if you prefer, can be printed off HERE and submitted via regular mail. Only forms that have been completed in their entirety, and include a suitable picture, will be considered for selection. We will accept applications through July 21, 2019 at which point we will begin the selection process for selecting show finalists.

All applicants will be notified of the approval status of their application by July 26, 2019. Applications whose quilts have been selected will be given further directions at that time in regard to remitting the appropriate fees and quilt receiving/delivery.

There is no charge to apply for consideration. There is however a $20.00 registration fee required of all entrants that are invited to participate in the show. Quilters can submit up to five quilts, the $20.00 fee is per quilter not per quilt. Thanksgiving Point is a non-profit organization and will apply this fee to offset the immense costs involved in handling, protecting, and returning each quilt--therefore making the show sustainable for years to come.

Selection Process

A group of quilters and designers will select the quilts invited to display. We welcome all levels of quilting from beginner to expert as well as all kinds of design. Garden of Quilts reserves the right to refuse any piece which presents differently than the photos submitted with the original application.

Photography Guidelines

The Garden of Quilts is a curated exhibition.  Our primary tools for selecting quilts are the photos of your work that are sent in with your application. These photos are a critical tool to show us what is special about your quilt. To give us the best sense of your work please upload two photos. The first photo should show the entire face of the quilt (as opposed to draped over a chair, etc.) from edge to edge. The second photo should be a close-up photo that focuses on an approximate 12” square and showcases the piecing and stitchwork. Files should be saved as .JPG/.JPEG or .TIF/.TIFF with a 5 MB maximum file size. Please name the photo as the title of your quilt or in some other way that identifies the photos as yours.

Quilt Requirements

Unless otherwise specified/exempted by category (e.g. “Mini,” “Art Quilt,” etc.) quilts must meet a minimum dimension requirement of 36”x48” and not exceed 120” in either width or height. Quilts can be quilted by hand, machine, or both. For the purposes of applying, the quilt must consist of three layers (top, middle layer, and backing) with stitching that passes through all layers.


Garden of Quilts requires a fabric label be sewn to the back of each quilt. We ask that this label include the artist’s name and that this name matches the name listed on the registration form.


For ease of hanging and protection of your pieces, we require that each quilt has a 4-inch finished sleeve casing sewn to the top-back edge of your quilt. Sleeves should be secured by stitching at both the top and bottom and sufficient to support the weight of your quilt.

If you are unfamiliar with creating a quilt sleeve, you can find a tutorial HERE.


The Garden of Quilts display is organized into many themed groupings which are then thoughtfully presented through the Gardens. There are numerous categories related to style, technique, subject, fabric, and colorway. Please refer to the application form for more information.

Priceless and Antique Quilts

The organizers appreciate that each quilt is a valuable work of art and we have processes and systems in place to protect the quilts from loss or damage to the best of our ability.

We have tents reserved for antique and priceless quilts. If you have an antique or priceless quilt, please mark that category on your submission form. Although we have limited space in the tents, we will make every effort to accommodate each quilt in this category.

Selection Process

A jury of quilting and design experts will select the quilts invited to display. The jury’s decisions are final and are not eligible for appeal. Garden of Quilts reserves the right to refuse any piece which presents differently than the photos submitted with the original application.

Limit on Entries

Each quilter or group of quilters can submit up to five quilts. Proper credit must be given to each person involved in the creation of the quilt.

Security, Outdoor Warning and Liability Release

The organizers appreciate that each quilt is a valuable work of art and we have processes and systems in place
to protect the quilts from loss or damage to the best of our ability. Ultimately, the Garden of Quilts is an outdoor event. As such, displayed quilts will be subject to the elements. These conditions can include (but are not limited to): sun, wind, rain, dust, dirt, smoke, damage from wild animals, etc. Quilters enter their quilts at their own risk and encouraged to insure them if potential damage is a concern. Thanksgiving Point, the Garden of Quilts event, its partners, and sponsors assume no liability for the loss or damage of quilts. Each exhibitor will be required to sign a release agreement indicating that you are aware of these hazards, the potential for damage, and accept this risk.


By entering to exhibit your quilt in the Garden of Quilts show you give consent for Garden of Quilts to use the image, as well as the artist’s statement and/or description in the promotion of the event, Thanksgiving Point Institute, Ashton Gardens, and Riley Blake Designs without renumeration to the artist. This permission extends, but is not limited to, use in advertisements, printed marketing collateral, books, magazines, television broadcasts or recordings, multimedia productions, etc. In such instances the quilt artist will be credited in any usage. 

Quilt Sales

A select number of quilts in the exhibition will be offered by the artist for sale. If you choose to offer your quilt for sale 25% of the selling price will be donated to Thanksgiving Point Institute, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to transformative family learning. This commission is considered a donation and may be tax-deductible. Consult with your tax expert for more information. Payment for sold quilts will be mailed within 30 days of event.

Quilt Delivery and Return

Options will be available to deliver quilts to the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point both in person or through other means. Cost of delivery is the responsibility of the entrant. PLEASE NOTE. DO NOT SEND YOUR QUILT UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED NOTIFICATION OF ITS ACCEPTANCE.

After the show quilts will be processed and returned by 9/30/19. Local exhibitors are welcome to arrange in person pick-up if desired. Otherwise, return shipping via an established carrier is covered by the Garden of Quilts. If you desire your package to be insured or wish for a signature for delivery, please designate this on your application. Please note there will be an extra charge for those who select these options to cover the costs. See application below for further details.


Submissions accepted: . . . . . . . . . . March 1, 2019 – July 21, 2019 at 11:59 midnight MST.
Notification of quilt acceptance: . . . .July 26, 2019
Quilt receiving: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 29 through August 23, 2019
Setup: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 9-12, 2019
Strike: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 16-18, 2019
Quilt return: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September20-30,2019


Limit of 5

(If someone other than application)

(100 word limit)
(200 word limit)
(select those that apply best)

(Ex: Quilt under a tent)
Maximum photo size: 4 MB


All accepted exhibitors will be required to pay a $20.00 fee. This fee can be paid through the website, mail, or via phone. More information will be provided upon invitation to exhibit. Fee covers return shipping but not additional insurance or con rmation/tracking services. If these services are requested, they will incur an extra charge to cover their cost.


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