IPM Quilt Competition categories


The International Plowing Match Quilt Committee has finalized the categories for the quilt competition. The quilts will be shown at the “Home on the Farm Quilt Show & Tea Room” to be held on August 19 and 20 at the W.B. George Centre in Kemptville. There are a variety of categories of interest to all levels of quilters, fabric artists and sewers.

First, second and third prizes will be awarded in most categories in the amount of $100., $75., and $50. Entries to the quilt competition will be for work completed after August 2020. The entry fee is $10. with one entry maximum per category by an individual. There are two classes for youth to show their quilting skills, one for youth under 13 years of age and the other for youth between the ages of 14 and 18 years. They can use any category and any technique. There is no entry fee for the youth with one entry allowed per youth.

The categories include Art Quilts, which should be an original design; Crib or Toddler Quilts, these can be for a child or home decor; Miniature Quilts, entry must be a reduced scale and miniaturization of a full-size project; Pandemic Projects, these can be items such as a tablerunner, tote bag, tree skirt, wearable art; Wall Hangings; Applique Quilts where the applique is the predominant technique; Pieced Quilts where the piecing is the predominant technique; Modern Quilts, modern quilt designs often reflect minimalism, asymmetry, use of negative space, improvisational piecing, solids or modern prints and alternate grid quilting; Quarantine Quilts, these quilts could include quilts made with re-purposed material such as shirt quilts, jean quilts or memory quilts. The categories are also broken down by method of quilting.

Printed panels may be used in a number of the categories. The panel would have added borders and/or blocks. A special category will be Barn Quilts, these would be constructed on wooden or graphic signboards approximately 24″x24″. The winner of this competition will be chosen by viewers’ choice. For further information on the quilt categories as well as the entry form and rules go to the 2022 IPM website at www.plowingmatch.org.

There are five groups who have come together to plan, organize and execute the quilt show. They are the Kemptville Quilters Guild; the Thousand Islands Quilters Guild; the Upper Canada Quilters Guild; Victoria’s Quilts Canada, Kemptville Branch, and the Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary.

The Kemptville Quilters Guild is now in its 22nd year. The guild is based in Kemptville with 73 members who come from Kemptville and the surrounding area. The guild meets on the second Monday of the month between September and June, at this time the members are meeting virtually on Zoom. The meetings provide inspiration and sharing through guest speakers, quilt shop information, block of the month, and a Sew and Tell section. The guild members make and donate quilts for outreach giving the quilts to a number of organizations in the community. They hold workshops, have an extensive library and send out a monthly newsletter.

The Thousand Island Quilters Guild will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary in June of 2022. It has 124 members. The Upper Canada Quilters Guild was formed in 1989. They currently have 75 members with an abundance of quilting knowledge amongst them.

The Kemptville Branch of Victoria’s Quilts Canada will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2022. It has sixty-seven members who make quilts to be donated to anyone diagnosed with cancer in Canada. The quilts are a gift, no cost is ever passed on to the quilt recipient or to the person who requests the quilt. The Kemptville Branch raises its own funds to purchase the quilting supplies. Over the years the branch has delivered over 2,000 quilts locally as well as providing VQC with quilts which are sent out all across the country.

The Kemptville District Hospital Auxiliary provides volunteers for every area of the hospital and raises funds for the direct benefit of the patients. The Auxiliary volunteers are recognized by their red smocks working all over the hospital. The Auxiliary has donated more than $1.8 million since it was founded in 1959. The Auxiliary raises funds for the hospital through the coffee bar/gift shop, memorial donations and several events throughout the year. The Auxiliary has agreed to look after the tea room at the quilt show.

It will take many volunteers to promote and deliver the “Home on the Farm Quilt Show” and the Quilt Tent at the IPM to be held on the former Kemptville College Campus the week of September 20 to 24. The five groups mentioned above have many willing volunteers to make these events a success.

For more information on the quilt show contact the IPM 2022 Quilt Team at [email protected]. For general match enquiries contact [email protected]. The 2022 IPM website is www.plowingmatch.org, and over the course of the coming weeks and months more information will be posted as it becomes available.


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