International Quilt Festival/Chicago plans to showcase traditional quilters and their quilts in a special exhibit, Traditional Treasures 2014. This exhibit will be one of the highlights of International Quilt Festival/Chicago, June 19-21, 2014, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

The best of the best of traditional quiltmaking will be seen featuring time-honored patterns and exquisite workmanship. This exhibit honors those quiltmakers who choose to work in the style of their foremothers and to focus on developing perfection of technique.
We would like to invite you to participate in this salute to traditional quilters. Entrants may come from any city, state, or country.

You may submit a total of two quilts for our consideration. Quilts need not be made specifically for this exhibit nor is there a “made after” date requirement. Quilts must be a minimum of 25" x 25". Please do not submit a quilt that was included in a previous edition of Traditional Treasures or In the American Tradition.

Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by March 7, 2014. You will be notified no later than April 2, 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 May 2, 2014. Quilts may travel to other shows and will remain a part of the traveling exhibit through November 2014. If quilts do not travel they will be returned by the end of July 2014.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this opportunity to showcase traditional quilts and quiltmakers at International Quilt Festival/Chicago.

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

*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 "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.


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, 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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