You’ve heard the adage, “Life Begins at 40!” In celebration of International Quilt Festival’s 40th anniversary, we invite you to show us what turning 40 means (or has meant) to you! This exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 25-November 2, 2014.

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.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by Friday, July 11, 2014. You will be notified no later than Friday, August 1, 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 Friday, September 5, 2014. Quilts will be returned by the end of December 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 – February 2014
Registration open – May 9 to July 11, 2014
Notification by – August 1, 2014
Selected quilts arrive in Houston by – September 5, 2014
Quilts returned to owner – December 2014, or August 2015 if traveling

How to Enter

Registration will open on May 9, 2014. The last day to register is July 11, 2014.
To preview the registration form, click here (webpage).

When you have completed your registration be sure to print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.

For More Information

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

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