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Enter Our 2018 Quilt Designer Fellowship!

Your own Fall Quilt Market booth, $1,500 cash to build your brand, a new Janome sewing machine, and so much more — that’s what awaits the winner of our third annual Quilt Designer Fellowship!

Quilt Designer Fellowship 2018

We’re looking for designers with a distinctive style and original point of view, and we would love to see your work.

Application details

The application includes a 400-word essay telling our judges about what makes your quilting style unique, examples of how you’ve grown your business, and what winning the Fellowship would mean to you.

In addition, we ask that you submit 4-6 images that represent your work. These can be finished quilts or designs — whatever you think best shows off your quilt design style and expertise. We recommend including a few different projects so that judges can see the breadth of your work.

Due to complex legal restrictions on contests, this fellowship is only open to U.S. quilters.

The deadline for submission is March 5, 2018. The winner will be notified on April 13, 2018.

The prizes

This year’s Fellowship winner will take home:

Judging criteria

All applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity: Fresh, original design aesthetic that encourages and inspires more people to quilt
  • Initiative: Motivation and drive to succeed in business, within the quilting industry
  • Design potential: Overall aesthetic and design marketability

Meet our judges here! 

Let’s celebrate creativity together

At Craftsy we’re all about helping creativity grow, whether your dream is to complete your first quilt — or launch your own quilting business. Our Quilt Designer Fellowship celebrates the next generation of quilting visionaries by helping up-and-coming designers establish professional credentials and gain marketplace exposure.

We can’t wait to see what you create!

Learn more about the Quilt Designer Fellowship 2018 program here.

65 Comments

Tasha McFadyen

Do you require photos of finished quilts or photos of designs, or both? Thank you!

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Karen Kelty

Hi Tasha!

Photos of finished quilts and/or designs will be accepted.

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Cheryl Yeatman

Do the 4-6 photos need to each be of different pieces of work or different aspects of specific pieces?

Are you looking for patterns able to be repackaged and sold?

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Karen Kelty

Good questions, Cheryl!

Ideally, the judges want to see your breadth of work, so it would be beneficial to send in different pieces of work.

And the fellowship prize has been created to support a designer break into the industry – which would ultimately involve selling her/his patterns in the quilting marketplace. While applicants don’t need to have patterns published currently, the fellowship will support the winner in publishing patterns for sale.

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Cheryl Matzen

Does the essay have to be 400 words exactly, or may I be short a few words?
Are paragraph markers considered a character?

Currently my essay contains:
394 words
2,298 characters (with spaces)
14 Paragraphs

Are these numbers acceptable? If so, I’ll submit my entry immediately. Thanks

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Kristin Doherty

Hi Cheryl,
Sorry for our delayed reply! Those numbers are perfectly OK — thanks for checking and good luck!

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Sharon Owens

Will Craftsy be sponsoring designer fellowships in other areas? Although I admire all kinds of quilts, personally, I am not a quilter. However, I do enjoy other types of creative sewing and would enjoy being able to do more in depth study of various techniques in order to produce saleable items.

Thank you!

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Debra Schrader

Do you have to have a business to enter the contest. I had to quit work due to back problems. So I started making quilts on my own. Design them myself. No classes taught to me. Just due them in my spare time. I have made some baby blankets for some people that had little ones.
Thanks Debra Schrader

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Kristin Doherty

Hi Debra,
This Fellowship is intended to help aspiring professional quilters grow their business; if you aren’t running or starting a quilting business right now, this opportunity might not be the right fit for you. Hope that helps!

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Maria Magdalena

I want to apply, but too bad, the competition is limited to a certain area. I hope you will hold it again for the quilter worldwide.

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Tania

Hi ! I’m disappointed not to be able to participate 🙁 hopefully there will be an opportunity in the future…. ginger quilts from Canada 🙂

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LoriAnne Melton

I design quilts with a friend and fellow-designer. We have been doing it together for three years and teach our classes together. May we submit a “joint” entry in both of our names?

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roxanne shank

I am from Canada, and my Friends and i regularly purchase from Craftsy! so disappointed that quilters from Canada are excluded from entering.

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Jenn

Very sad Canadian quilters can’t apply.

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Carol Buck

My husband and I have had a small business going. I create quits and do design work as well as teach. Following my input, we designed an ergonomic cutting table. It includes a top cutting area in two sizes, a storage pull our for rulers and cutters, various shelves under the table top, and additional “wings” that can expand to give additional work space. The whole thing is on lockable wheels and made of laminate and hard woods. There is nothing like it on the market. Each table is built to the specific height of the quilter. It got a lot of talk when we first introduced it, but we did not have the money to get a full time business up and running. Would the combination of our work be acceptable?

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Sherri Williams

Heyy…I put my application in already, but I failed to make copy of it …can u help me get a copy of it? Thx

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Amanda

Very disappointed that quilters outside the US cannot apply. I guess Craftsy assumes there are no creative people outside the United States.

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Vicki Hardy

Does this fellowship only refer to piece quilting or can t-shirt quilting also apply?

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Hanna Bourque

I was so excited about this! It suits exactly what I’m trying to do. I started my little fledgling company in 2017, I have a whole bunch of designs that I’m working on writing the patterns for, a few self-published, I have a unique style, and I know EXACTLY what I’d do at Quilt Market and how I’d invest to build my brand…
… then I got to the part where you have to live in the states. *sobs*
This Canadian is wishing, hoping, thinking & praying that someway, somehow she can enter in the future!

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Connie Lemar

My essay contains about 500 words. Is that acceptable?

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Connie Lemar

Never mind. That’s no longer an issue after a rewrite.

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James Harr

On the application page, it asks for a display name. Is that supposed to be my name, or my business name?

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Leslie

If we submitted an application, should we have received some sort of confirmation to know it was received?

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Greta Goltz

Hey Leslie! What is the email address that you applied with? I’ll be able to check to see if your application went through. 🙂

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Greta

Hi Leslie! Yes, we’ve received your application. Thank you!

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Jane Lee

I’m not sure if my application went through although I pressed the button several times.
Will we get an email stating that it was received, or should I try again?

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Greta Goltz

Hey Jane! What is the email address that you applied with? I’ll be able to check to see if your application went through. 🙂

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Mikki Betker

Please confirm receipt of my application! Thank you, Mikki Betker

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Greta

Hey Mikki! What is the email address that you applied with? I’ll be able to check to see if your application went through. 🙂

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Beth Wagar

I have been trying to add pictures for 2 hours now, i have tried refreshing the page. When I upload one, it gives the jpg # like it accepted it. Then I go to choose a second one and a little red rectangle box comes up with an X. Then it saves that exact picture to ALL of the remaining 5 slots for pics. What am I doing wrong, so frustrated !

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Brianne

Hello,
Is there a way for me to confirm that my entry was submitted? It seemed like the website was having issues.

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Greta

Hey Brianne! What is the email address that you applied with? I’ll be able to check to see if your application went through. 🙂

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SJ Quilt Patterns

I submitted my application yesterday and have not received any kind of confirmation. Can someone please check if it went through? The email was the same as on this comment.

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Greta

Hi there! What is the email address that you applied with? I’ll be able to check to see if your application went through. 🙂

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Jennifer Strauser

I was hoping to apply today, but the application isn’t open. Maybe next year you could list a time as well as a date for those of us who are getting our stuff together?

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Greta Goltz

Hi Jennifer! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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Jenny

When I click to apply, I’m redirected to an applicant gallery not the application. The terms and conditions say the application period ends at 11:59 PM MT. Is it possible to still submit my application?

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Greta Goltz

Hi Jenny! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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Jenny

Thank you! Will you let us know if our applications were received? I’m worried that the file size of the photos may make the email too big to be received.

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amber

Is it closed already?

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amber

It says deadline is March 5th but it will not let me apply.

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Greta Goltz

Hi Amber! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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amber

Oh no I missed this message 🙁 well I will definitely enter next time.

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Clara Daniels

I’ve made many attempts to submit an application today — from 1pm EST to 11 pm. The website seems to be down. I keep getting an error message. I tried to clear the page and start all over, now the application is no longer available at 10:45pm. Entry deadline is March 5 with no time listed. Did you cut off entries early. I hope we are not being penalized because of a systems issue.

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Greta Goltz

Hi Clara! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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Naomi Stewart

I thought the deadline was midnight…I’m trying to submit, but the link is gone. Is there still time?

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Greta Goltz

Hi Naomi! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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Lindsee

Hello! The application seems to have disappeared on me. It takes me to a gallery instead of the application. It’s not 11:59 PM MT as stated in the terms so I am very confused (and quite panicky haha) as to why I am not able to apply! Help!

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Greta Goltz

Hi Lindsee! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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Melissa Merrriman

I have tried to submit several times since 11:15pm CST 10:15 MST, clear up till now 12:25am COST 11:25 MST which in the rules states that you can submit until 11:59 MST on March 5th.
I have all of my submission info ready to go, it says time had expired please help me rectify, thank you in advance!!!!

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Greta Goltz

Hi Melissa! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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Lissa LaGreca

I went to apply last night, but the application was shut down. This was before midnight of March 5th. Why was it closed early?

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Greta Goltz

Hi Lissa! There was a glitch with our contest platform, which was why the application closed a few hours early. If you would still like to apply, please email social@craftsy.com with your application essay and photographs by 11:59pm today, 3/6/18. Thank you!

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Lissa LaGreca

Thank you, Greta!

I sent it in a word file. I hope that was all right. The pictures are jpegs that I uploaded into the file. Since I never got to see the actual application I hope I included all the info you need (email address, etc) Please let me know if there is anything missing.

Thanks again!

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Melissa Merrriman

Hello, Melissa again. Since it wouldn’t let me upload, I wanted to make sure you had my info before the 12MST deadline, I sent the info with attachments to the contact us web form. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Lisa Ruble

Hi Greta,
I checked out what appears to be the entries for the Fellowship (by clicking on the Apply Now) button. I submitted my entry yesterday, but I don’t see it included. Does this mean it wasn’t received? I applied via the email address lisaeruble (at) gmail.com.
Thank you for checking!

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Greta Goltz

Hi Lisa!

We received your application just fine. Thank you for checking in! 🙂

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Kimberly Hunt Hartvigsen

Greta, did you get an application from boxpleat (at) earthlink (dot) net ? I hope so because I did it a few days before the deadline but didn’t realize people were checking here. hehe. Thanks. We are all so excited. k. hartvigsen

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Nathalie Neill

Where can we find the top 10 finalists?

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Mary

Wow. I see now all of these queries about submissions not being received and glitches in the system. I also never received any response to my entry. But I was just waiting patiently for a notification 4/13, until I saw someone’s “I’m a finalist” on Instagram just now. I didn’t remember reading about finalists so I came back here to look again and now I see all these questions. Was I supposed to have received a confirmation? I submitted 3/5.

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Chelsea

When will the winner be announced?

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Karen Kuske

I submitted my entry in February and have not received any reply or response. Now I’m looking for the winner. Can’t find it any where . .. . Why aren’t we notified of what’s going on?
Very disappointing to be left hanging on when I and many others have put much work into this competition.

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