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Guide to the Exhibition



10.00 - 4.00 PM DAILY


  1. Exhibitors must be financial members of the Canterbury Patchwork and Quilting Guild at the time of entry.

  2. No article shall be exhibited more than once at a Canterbury Patchwork and Quilting Guild exhibition. Any item previously shown in Canterbury is not eligible for the exhibition. (This does not include quilts shown at “show and tell” at CPQG meetings.). Quilts that have been photographed and shown on social media will be accepted but please note that in future this may change as many groups are restricting entries where the quilt has been displayed digitally.

  3. All quilts/wall hangings must have hook side Velcro of a width appropriate to the size of the quilt securely stitched to the back. This may be stitched to a fabric sleeve and then attached to the quilt. The fluffy side of the Velcro should be named clearly with the title of the quilt and name of maker and pressed to the hook side to protect other pieces it may come in contact with.

  4. All items to be clearly labelled with name, title, and sale price or NFS stitched securely to a bottom corner at the back of the work.


  • Both online and paper entries are accepted. Entry form is online ( or using a paper copy of the form. Each quilt requires a separate entry form. Please ensure that you completely fill in all sections of the entry form. Entries are due by Monday, 30th September.  Help is available with the online entry process if needed.

  • If you are using paper entry forms photocopy as many as you need. Hand in at a Guild meeting or post to CPQG, PO Box 130119, Christchurch Box Lobby 8013, marked “Exhibition”, to arrive by 30 September.

  • Any quilted item is eligible for entry - bags, cushions, boxes, items of clothing etc.

  • Please indicate on the entry form whether the quilt or item is made by you individually, or by a group, (e.g. Friendship groups or CPQG Block of the month), a kit, or if it is a commercial Block of the month, with the pattern and fabric supplied. You must acknowledge your design source on the entry form.

  • You also need to state if you have had someone quilt the piece for you, whether this was on a longarm machine, by hand or on a domestic machine. There is a separate section for professionally quilted pieces which are only eligible for the professionally quilted award.

  • For “Nothing New”, recycled quilts should be all recycled materials apart from batting and thread.

  • There is a section for First Time Exhibitors - the committee has defined this as a first-time entry in any quilting exhibition.

    A list of all awards can be found at the end of these notes


  1. PACKAGING YOUR ENTRY: Each entry is to be submitted in a separate named bag, preferably fabric, large enough for the size of the quilt. One bag for each entry (this can be as simple as a pillowcase). Any other item of packaging used e.g. cardboard rolls or boxes, must also be clearly labelled.

  2. PLEASE do not put several items in one bag, and do not use sheets to wrap quilts as they will not be accepted. Label the quilt in one of the lower back corners, and label the bag very clearly with your name, and the name of the quilt to which it belongs. This ensures ease of handling by the exhibition crew, and the best possible handling of your quilt.

  3. DROPPING OFF QUILTS: Drop off your quilts at Papanui High School on Monday 7th October between 4pm and 7pm. If you are unable to make this time, please arrange for a friend to drop off your quilts for you. 

  4. COLLECTION: Quilts will be available for collection from Papanui High School on Sunday 13th October between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. NO QUILTS WILL BE RELEASED BEFORE 5.00PM. If you are unable to make this, please arrange for a friend to collect them for you. You, or your designated collector, will have to sign for your quilt.

  5. INSURANCE is the responsibility of the owner of the quilt. Most Home Contents Insurance Policies will cover your quilts, but you should contact your insurance agent to confirm. Canterbury Patchwork and Quilting Guild Inc. accepts no liability for quilts lost or damaged.

  6. DISPLAY of any entry is at the discretion of the committee and awarding of prizes is the sole decision of the judges.


The opening of the exhibition will be held on Wednesday, 9th October, from 7 – 9pm.

Your spouse/partner or a friend is invited to Papanui High School for the opening and announcement of prizewinners. For catering purposes we need to have confirmed numbers attending by the Saturday 5th October Guild meeting. If you are planning to attend, please indicate numbers on the membership list at either CPQG meetings in September or if you cannot attend either of these meetings, please RSVP to


We will sell four raffles at the door. There will be two raffle quilts, a patchwork basket and a gourmet basket. Donations for the baskets may be brought to CPQG meetings. Please check expiry dates on all food items – they should be October 2024 or later.


Factors to be considered when making awards:

  • Overall impact

  • Originality

  • Use of colour

  • High standard of workmanship


  • Best Traditional Quilt. Pieced quilt based on traditional blocks.

  • Best Contemporary / Modern Quilt.  Modern quilts feature minimalist designs, bold colours, asymmetry, negative space, and an improvisational style.

  • Best Applique. Demonstrating a well-executed technique appropriate to the design.

  • Best Original Art Quilt. Quilt with strong visual impact, designed to be displayed as artwork.

  • Betty Glanville Award.  Given for excellence in traditional fine hand quilting.

  • Edna Butcher Award. Quilt with small piecing or small item (box, hussif) with embroidery

  • Judge’s Awards x 3. One award per judge based on personal choice.

  • 2024 Challenge First and Second. Quilt must fit size and published criteria to be eligible.

  • Not Quite a Quilt. For bags, boxes, 3D items etc.

  • Nothing New. A quilt made from previously used textiles (except batting & thread).

  • Merit Award for First Time Exhibitor.

  • Merit Award for Best Machine Quilting. Quilting is an appropriate & textural enhancement of the design.

  • Merit Award for an item Professionally Quilted. Quilt made by a CPQG member & professionally quilted.

  • Merit Award for Use of Colour.  Effective choice of colour enhances the impact of the quilt.

  • Merit Award for a quilt made from a purchased kit or pattern. Judged on workmanship and not design.

  • Merit Award for a quilt started in a class. Judged on workmanship and not design.

  • Merit Award. (at judges' discretion)

  • Best in Show. High degree of originality, excellent workmanship, maximum impact.

  • Viewer's Choice.  Awarded after exhibition closes from votes during exhibition.

March 2024

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