International Quilt Festival will again showcase architectural quilts in a special exhibit, Tactile Architecture™ 2014. This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 25–November 2, 2014. We would also like to retain quilts for possible exhibit at International Quilt Festivals in 2015.

Hightower, Anchor Up

Hightower, Anchor Up

Kathy York, Park Place

Kathy York, Park Place

You may submit a total of two quilts for our consideration. Quilts must be a minimum of 25" x 25". There is no "made after" date requirement. Please do not submit a quilt that was included in a previous edition of Tactile Architecture™.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by April 11, 2014. You will be notified no later than May 9, 2014, regarding the quilts to be included in this exhibit along with shipping instructions. If selected, the quilts will need to arrive in Houston no later than September 5, 2014. Quilts will be returned by the end of November 2014 if quilt does not travel, or arrangements may be made to have a quilt picked up at the conclusion of the show. If you agree to allow your quilt to travel, your quilt will be returned by the end of August 2015.

Visual Instructions
Please read carefully the information for your digital images. The complete instructions may be downloaded here. Visual Instructions (PDF).

Timeline for quilt registration
Announcement and preview – December 2013
Registration open – March 2 to April 11, 2014
Notification by – May 9, 2014
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by – September 5, 2014
Quilts returned to owner – end of November 2014 (unless traveling)

Important Special Note to quilters shipping from foreign countries: While we encourage you to insure your work for its full value for insurance purposes, we must ask you to value it for customs declaration purposes only at no more than $50 (U.S.). A higher customs value may require an expensive bond that may not be refunded upon your quilt's return to its home country. Also mark the customs document with "for exhibition and return, not for sale, no commercial value." We hope you understand that this is for practical purposes only, and certainly does not reflect on Quilt Festival's estimation of your work. If you wish to claim full value for customs purposes, we recommend that you arrange a carnet A.T.A. for your quilt at your expense. If we incur customs expenses due to a decision on your part to declare the customs value of your quilt as more than $50, you will need to reimburse us for any such expense. If you claim less than $50 for customs purposes, and we still incur customs charges, we will pay those charges in full and will not expect reimbursement.

Entries selected from digital images are subject to additional evaluation when the actual quilt arrives in Houston. If the actual quilt is found to differ significantly from the digital image submitted for jurying, the selection committee reserves the right to reject the entry and override the jurors’ initial decision. The decision as to whether the difference is significant is entirely the prerogative of the committee.

How to Enter

Registration has closed. No further registrations will be accepted at this time.

For More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Beck, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 512.323.2255, spexhibits2@quilts.com or Amanda Schlatre, Special Exhibits Coordinator at 713-781-6864, ext. 104, spexhibits3@quilts.com.   If you have technical questions about the online system, please contact Lisa Ellis at lisa@ellisquilts.com.

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