Common Thread Quilt Guild

2020 Quilt Show – CANCELLED

The Common Thread Quilt Guild will present its biennial quilt show in May 2020.

When: May 8 & 9, 2020

  • Fri, May 8th 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sat, May 9th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Admission: $10 per day OR $15 for 2 days

Where: City View Curling Club, 50 Capilano Drive, Ottawa (Google Maps)

  • We will be offering the opportunity for members to have their quilts judged! We have arranged for an apprentice judge to assist in this regard. She will provide written comments on judged quilts. Members may submit any or all of their show quilts for judging.
    There will be a modest fee of $10/quilt for these quilts to offset the cost of the honorarium paid to the
    apprentice judge.
  • And speaking of quilts, here are the details as to what can be submitted! Members may submit up to
    four quilts. In order to take into consideration comments from the last show that quilts were placed too close together, members may submit one quilt in each of the Large Bed, Medium Bed and Modern categories. This limitation should allow us to expand the space in between rows, and giving viewers a better opportunity to admire the quilts. Quilts can be submitted in the following categories (dimensions and criteria for each are provided).

Large Bed – Perimeter of 350” or more

Medium Bed – Perimeter of 349” or less

Children’s Theme/Crib – the intended use would be for a child’s room, either as a wall hanging or a small bed quilt. Any technique may be used.

Wall hanging – A quit that is designed to be hung for decorative purposes. New this year – there is one category for wall quilts regardless of the technique(s) used.

Miniature – Perimeter of 96” or less. If blocks are used, they must be 4” or less. A bound full-sized block is not considered a miniature, nor is a hexie quilt made of pieces of ½” or greater. The overall pattern must show a miniaturization of a quilt.

Modern – Modern quilters embrace functionality, simplicity and minimalism. Characteristics might
include use of bold colours and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colours, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive use of negative space and alternate grid work.

Assorted Quilted Items – This category includes quilted clothing, placemats and runners, pillows, bags, etc. Note that two items submitted in this category are considered one entry for the show.

Quilt Show Categories


Judged Component

The Committee has decided to proceed with engaging an apprentice judge for our show.  You will have the opportunity to have one or all of your quilts submitted to the show judged.  As mentioned previously, there will be a nominal fee of $10 per quilt to offset the honorarium paid to the judge.  There is no requirement to submit any of your quilts for judging, BUT, this is a great opportunity to receive constructive feedback on your work, in a non-threatening way.  The judge will provide feedback via e-mail, and will address positive factors of your quilt as well as areas for improvements.  There will be no prizes awarded, this is not a competition, but simply an opportunity to learn and improve.  Quilts submitted for judging will be identified as “judged”, but all feedback will be confidential.  Please think about this, and don’t be shy to submit a quilt for judging.  I am committing to do so myself!  Also, please note that this is providing valuable experience to an apprentice judge who will use this practical experience to support her path to full accreditation.

Judged Quilts – Registration Form

In case you were wondering what some of the criteria assessed, the judge may offer comments on any of the following:

1. General appearance

  1. Overall statement
  2. Tidy presentation
  3. Clean
  4. Threads concealed, where appropriate
  5. Prop early identified (label)
  6. Hangs as intended

2. Design

  1. Overall composition
  2. Balance
  3. Rhythm
  4. Proportion
  5. Use of colour
  6. Appropriate choice of material pattern and texture, in keeping with the intended use of the quilt
  7. Appropriate choice of quilting pattern and material
  8. Borders/bindings/edges enhance and complement the work
  9. Suitability of materials as they relate to design and function

3. Workmanship

  1. Consistent with design as a whole
  2. Precision of construction (traditional techniques)
  3. Borders are straight if intended to lie flat
  4. Binding is appropriate for the quilt
  5. Backing is compatible with top, is smooth and wrinkle free, knots are concealed

There will be a separate registration process for judged quilts, and more information on this will be provided in March.  Note that any quilts submitted for judging are to be included in the number of quilts allowed, and are not additional.



Registration will begin in March, and will close on April 14, 2020, which is a guild meeting. Registration can be done online, in person at a guild meeting or by mail.  If registering by mail, your entry must be postmarked no later than April 7, 2020.  Forms will be available on-line or in person in March.  Stay tuned for more information on registration!

Quilt Show – Entry Rules

Instructions for Submitting your Quilt

Quilt Show – Registration Form

Member boutique

We are once again offering members a chance to offer handmade quilted/fabric items for sale at the show.  All proceeds from sales go to member who submitted the items.  If you are selling any of your items, you will be asked to share in the effort of operating the boutique.  You will be responsible for deciding on the price of your items and dropping off your items at the Cityview Curling rink on Thursday May 7, 2020, in the afternoon.  More information, as well as inventory sheets, will be available in March.  Start working on your items!

Member’s Boutique – Registration Form


Common Thread Quilt Guild