Vermont Quilt Festival

Vermont Quilt Festival Contest


The Festival contest exhibits entries from the US, Canada, and abroad. Three renowned judges evaluate the entries in this non-juried contest. This year’s contest theme is “Circle of Friends”. We also provide youth quilters with an opportunity to display their work.

Congratulations to all the past entrants and winners!

Quilts accepted into the contest have the opportunity to win one of the following awards:

  • Janome America Best of Show Award
  • Governor’s Award for Best Vermont Quilt
  • Audrey LaValley Best Young Quilter
  • Award/Bittersweet Fabric Shop
  • Best Quilt Outside the USA
  • Best Miniature
  • Founder’s Award

Congratulations to all the past entrants and winners!

Visit our contests page to find all the details and changes to our 2018 Contest including the updated 2018 Contest Registration Form along with the updated 2018 Contest Information and Rules.

New England’s Oldest and Largest Quilt Festival

Celebrating 42 Years
June 22-24, 2018

We have experienced 40 years of sharing the beauty, creativity, artistry, and history of quilt making. In this, our 42nd year we are looking forward to a full agenda that celebrates the history of quilt making, including an exhibit of antique quilts, as well as the opportunities and direction of the modern quilter. Our program embraces the past and introduces the innovations created by new generations of quilters.

We will once again, offer contests, classes, presentations, shopping, and exhibits for all to enjoy and experience. Our photographers will be on the scene capturing these moments as they take place and continuing to record for us the rich tradition we celebrate.

Join us in Vermont this summer to appreciate, learn, and celebrate the rich history of quilting.

Register for the Vermont Quilt Festival


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New England’s Oldest and Largest Quilt Festival

The Vermont Quilt Festival celebrated its 40th anniversary in June, and we are thrilled to kickoff our next 40 years with an exciting new offering – our first ever quilting retreat! Come join us Thursday March 16, 2017 through Sunday March 19, 2017 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. The weekend is full of classes, open sewing, and free demos all while making new friends and catching up with old ones. Classroom instructors include Kimberly Einmo and Ann Hein. Dave LaValley of Bittersweet Fabric Shop in Boscawen, New Hampshire will be sponsoring a classroom with Janome sewing machines.

Vermont Quilt Festival - Register Today!


The 2018 Vermont Quilt Festival will be our 42nd festival! We are thrilled to welcome visitors from all over the country to visit our beautiful state and to learn more about the craft of quilting. We will have over 230 contest quilts, as well as exhibits of antique and modern quilts. These represent a myriad of styles, techniques, and fibers. The Festival is designed to appeal to all ages and experience levels of quilters and non-quilters alike!

  • Our 2017 class schedule has been carefully developed to address the needs and interests of our wide audience. The schedule can be viewed here.
  • We welcome our volunteers to sign up for our program here.
  • For more information about the region and where to stay, please visit our information page here.
Vermont Quilt Festival - History


In 1977, Richard Cleveland and several other Vermont quilters had the insight and inspiration to hold the first annual Vermont Quilt Festival, a one-day show in Northfield, Vermont on the Norwich University campus.

The initial vision was to create a space for quilters and collectors to share antique and new quilts from Vermont quilters. The one-day event was so successful that the following year they added a contests feature to recognize the talents of local quilters.

As the festival grew in attendance, the board introduced sewing and quilting classes for visitors to take advantage of the skilled quilters participating in the event.

Today, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to participate in classes, contests, exhibits, and lectures, and networking.

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