New Quilts from an Old Favorite

New Quilts from an Old Favorite

This international contest organized by The National Quilt Museum challenges quiltmakers to create an innovative quilt based on a specific traditional pattern. Winners of the contest traditionally include quilts from many different U.S. states and several other countries.


Quilts are selected for their excellence in design and techniques, their innovation, and their contributions to an exhibit showing the wide range of designs and styles the selected traditional pattern can inspire.


Announcing the "new" New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2022

The National Quilt Museum’s New Quilts from an Old Favorite (NQOF) competition and exhibition is taking some time off to regroup, refresh, and redesign. After some serious thinking and tweaking of the guidelines, we are ready to invite quilters from around the world to enter their outstanding quilts in this “favorite” competition. The quilts selected as finalists make up theexhibition at The National Quilt Museum and also travel to other venues across the country. This is your opportunity to be as creative and original as you can imagine with fabric, thread, and batting.Never fear—we are still including an interpretation of atraditional block (old favorite)—the difference now is it is your choice. You choose which traditional block to use, whether it is Log Cabin, Bow Tie or Carolina Lily –it is up to you on how you want to incorporate it in your original design.

The “new” change is your quilt must follow a theme and this year’s theme is Shakespeare: William Shakespeare to be exact--English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist.

The significant changes are:

  • Prize money:

First Place — $4000;

Second Place —$2000;

Third Place — $1000;

  • Award winners and finalists: receive a NQOF custom label for their quilts and a NQOF Gallery Guide
  • Frequency of competition: will be held every TWO years

Judging is based on your innovative use and interpretation of a traditional block and the 2022 theme.



September 1, 2021

Entries open


December 8, 2021

Entry Deadline: Two images, (one full view & one detail), signed, entry form & entry fee


December 17, 2021

Finalists are notified


January 11, 2022

Finalists’ quilts are due at the museum for judging


February 1, 2022

Winners & finalists notified


January 31, 2024

Quilts are returned



For online submissions, contact or 270.442-8856 x 210.



1st Place: $4000

2nd Place: $2000

3rd Place: $1000


Upcoming Themes

2024 – Roaring ’20s

2026 – The Art of Food

2028 –Grimm’s Fairy Tales






Past Themes

  • Double Wedding Ring - 1994
  • Log Cabin - 1995
  • Ohio Star - 1996
  • Mariner's Compass - 1997
  • Pineapple - 1998
  • Kaleidoscope - 1999
  • Storm at Sea - 2000
  • Bear's Paw - 2001
  • Tumbling Block - 2002
  • Feathered Star - 2003
  • Monkey Wrench - 2004
  • Seven Sisters - 2005
  • Dresden Plate - 2006
  • Rose of Sharon - 2007
  • Sawtooth - 2008
  • Burgoyne Surrounded - 2009
  • Sunflower - 2010
  • Orange Peel - 2011


Current Exhibits

12junAll Day08decOURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric

10julAll Day06octNew Quilts from an Old Favorite: Wheel of Fortune

01sep10:00 am18oct(oct 18)5:00 pmWomen’s Right to Vote: Evolution & Revolution

11sepAll Day08decPark Bench Stories by Leni Levenson Wiener

18sepAll Day03novBourbon Diamonds by MJ Kinman

09octAll Day12janInspired by Endangered Species

23oct(oct 23)10:00 am30jan(jan 30)1:00 am2019 Block of the Month Club

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