49th Annual Utah Quilt Show 

Multicolored quilt with vines, buckets, and pink background

July 22, 2023 - September 23, 2023

This juried exhibition features quilts of all styles and sizes created by some of the State’s finest quilters. Presented by the Springville Museum of Art and the Utah Valley Quilt Guild with support from the Corn Wagon Quilt Company and Riley Blake Designs.


June 2, 2023 by end of day
Online entry form live

Friday, July 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm – Saturday July 15, 2023 @10:00am-4:00pm
Quilts may be brought to the Museum for jurying.

Thursday, July 20, 2023
List of accepted quilts posted on www.smofa.org.

Saturday, July 22, 2023 @ 10:30am-12:00pm
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony 

Tuesday, July 25, 2023 – Thursday July 27, 2023, 10:00am-5:00pm
First Quilt Pickup Period

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 – Thursday September 28, 2023, 10:00am-5:00pm
Second Quilt Pickup Period


A list of accepted quilts be posted on www.smofa.org on Thursday, July 22, 2023. Quilters will not receive notification phone calls; they may call the Museum at 801-489-2727 on July 15 if they are unable to access the website.


Quality in workmanship, design, color, originality, and general appeal will be the principal criteria applied by the selection committee for admission to the show. The same criteria will also be used by the judges. There will be awards for “Best of Show”, “Best Hand Quilting,” as well as many other awards.

Award winners will be contacted directly by Museum Staff or Show Committee members. 

Red and white quilt with 9 different style homes in a grid


Quilted scene of a forest in late fall, with trees mostly bare

Red and white quilt


This show is open to all current and previous Utah residents. Quilts will be pre-selected by a committee of expert quilters from the following criteria:

1.  Quilts must be made using good construction techniques.

2.  Quilts must be clean.

3.  Quilts must be no longer than 120”.

4.  Quilts must have two layers of fabric with a batting sandwiched in between, with either machine or hand quilting.

5.  Two quilts may be submitted which have not been previously entered into this show and are not more than three years old.

6.  No kits, neither full nor partial.

7.  A label must be sewn on the back bottom of the quilt with name of quilt, name of entrant, and/or who quilted it, and date completed.

8.  A hanging sleeve (see diagram) must be attached to the back of the quilt. We do not want to damage your quilt with tacks. (This sleeve is unique to this show).

Diagram of the hanging sleeve, indicating the top of the quilt, the 2" sleeve, and the raw edge, and where to handstitch across the sleeve

Step 1—Cut a 5” strip of fabric whose length is the width of quilt top, fold it in half, press, draw a pencil line 2” below the fold.

Step 2—Lay top of fold along top of quilt just below the binding, baste with large stitches along the pencil line making sure that the basting stitches do not show on the front of the quilt. No other stitching is required. (Top and ends of hanging sleeve must be loose -- not sewn to the quilt.)

**Quilts not properly prepared for hanging following the eligibility criteria listed will be disqualified.**


Quilts must be brought to the Springville Museum of Art on Friday, July 14, 2023 between 10am and 4pm or Saturday July 15, 2023 between 10am and 4pm. There is a $16.00 non-refundable entry fee per quilt. Quilts must be submitted in disposable plastic bags. Pillowcases/individual carrying cases are discouraged. All paperwork must be filled out online 24 hours before quilts are brought to the Museum. Online entry forms may be accessed at www.smofa.org starting on June 3, 2023. A brief history/statement may be submitted with each quilt. Please limit this history to 100 words or less. This history should be included with the online entry form. If you are having trouble with the online entry process, please call the Museum at 801-491-5702.



The Annual Springville Museum of Art Quilt Show is a juried competition. Quilts are screened by a panel of experts before they are displayed in the show. After the panel qualifies the quilts, they will be displayed and the quilts will be judged for ribbons/awards by qualified judges. Each quilt participating in the exhibition will receive critique feedback from the judges

This Year's Judges: 

Ruth Davis

Ruth Davis is a designer/quilter that resides in Clinton, Utah.  She is active in numerous guilds, and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Utah Quilt Guild.  She has been piecing for 20 plus years and has been machine quilting over the last 10 years on both a domestic and Long Arm quilt machine.  She has designed numerous patterns.  Ruth loves to use texture in quilts, and is a crazy paper-piecer!  Ruth Davis frequently teaches at The Quilted Beehive Ogden.  She has won awards for machine quilting, piecing and designs.  She loves to incorporate yarn couching, Chenille-It, painting, and other embellishments to her quilts. She can be found on FB as “ruthiequilts”. 

 Brenda Bell

Southridge Quilters was Brenda Bell’s experience with a guild.  She learned a great deal from the members. Brenda shares fond memories of these greatly talented women. Some have passed, but their quilting reputation lives on.  “I will always appreciate their patience with me as I tried to absorb some of their knowledge.”  Brenda has been involved with guilds and has served as president of three, area rep for Salt Lake North and secretary for the Utah Quilt Guild.  She served on the Home Machine Quilting Show committee for 12 year at took part in the quilt competition team and was judging coordinator.  “For those of you that have entered a quilt in the 2023 Springville Quilt Show, I and many others wish to thank you for sharing.  Your work of art will be appreciated by many.”


Nancy S. Kennedy

“The final project for my sophomore year honors art class at USU required each participant to create a significant art piece using the focus, principles and skills from their major. I was a Home Economics Education major and decided to make a quilt…I got an A in the class and an addiction for life!” Nancy joined the Piecemakers quilt guild as a young mother in 1985 and served as President  for 10 years. She has won prizes at Local and State quilt shows and fairs, taught classes for various groups and shops including a 6-year stint on the USU sewing committee teaching sewing and quilting classes around the state. Nancy has also been featured in the statewide training video for 4-H judging.  “I quilt because it’s tangible proof that I exist. Making beds and doing dishes never ends, but a quilt can prove I was here!” 


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