This is where you find out about the challenges in our Symposium 2022 Bernina 'In the Making' exhibition and how to enter.


Key dates are:

  • Online entries will open on 27 May
  • Entries will close on 30 June at 11.59pm, and must be received by this date to be considered for selection.
  • Acceptances will be notified by 6 August.
  • Quilts need to be sent and received between 26 August and 3 September.


The five Challenges for this symposium are:

  • Fiesta Flags Challenge
  • Resene – A World of Colour Paint Chip Challenge
  • Speak to Me Challenge
  • In the Beginning Challenge 
  • Informal Symposium Tote Bag Challenge. Not that you do not need to create an entry for the Bag challenge – you just need to have your bag visible during Symposium.


The Open sections are:

When you submit an entry into the Open section, you will be asked to categorise your quilt – Traditional, Contemporary and Modern, or Art.  

  • Traditional quilts
  • Contemporary and Modern quilts
  • Art quilts.

Instructions and guidelines

Read the following documents for rules and guidelines, including conditions of entry, definitions, taking photos of your quilt, and how to enter. (Note that the links take you to downloadable, printable PDF docs.) The Exhibition entry page on this website will be available for you to enter, from 27 May.


Here are the details of our judges.

Conditions of Entry

These Conditions of Entry apply to all entries in both the Challenges and the Open sections of the Bernina In The Making Exhibition, except where specific Challenge conditions apply eg: size restriction.

1: Quilt exhibition entries must be constructed primarily of fabric & thread and have two or more layers which are held together by stitching or tying.

2: Quilts may only be entered by Symposium 2022 registrants. The entrant must be one of the persons who created the quilt.

3: Entry is open to amateur & professional quilters.

4: A quilt will be considered as a Group quilt if two or more people constructed the quilt top. Quilts quilted by another person are not group quilts unless two or more people constructed the quilt top. Commercial quilters must be acknowledged, and they will be listed in the Makers section on the quilt entry form.

5: The quilt must have been completed since Auckland Quilt Symposium in October 2019.

6: Originality & Eligibility:

  • You will be asked to acknowledge the source(s) of inspiration for your quilt design to determine if it can be considered as an original design. It is important that you correctly answer this question.  Acknowledgement of the source(s) of your inspiration does not exclude your quilt from selection.
  • Quilts submitted for the Contemporary & Modern Quilts and Arts categories are expected to be of original design. 
  • Commercial Block of the Month quilts and quilts from commercial patterns are not eligible for entry, except where they meet the criteria for the ‘In The Beginning’ Challenge.
  • Quilts started in Technique classes are eligible for selection.

7:  The maximum size limit for the width of entries is 2.3m. You can enter a quilt that exceeds 2.4m in height/length, but by entering it you are consenting to having it pinned over the top of the quilt frame or having the lowest portion of the quilt rest on the floor.

8:   The exhibition will be juried and the judges reserve the right to refuse an entry and/or reserve the right to not hang a selected quilt. The judges and the committee may change the category of any entry.

9:  Submission of a quilt for entry is deemed to grant permission for the quilt to be photographed by the public during the exhibition.

10:   Instructions for quilt preparation & sending will be provided on acceptance of your quilt for exhibition.

11:   The cost to return the quilt to the owner after the exhibition is the responsibility of the registrant.

Definitions of Traditional, Contemporary and Modern and Art quilts

Here's a summary of the definitions that we will be using for the Exhibtion. These may help you identify which category best fits your quilt when submitting an entry for the Open section of the Exhibition.

Traditional Quilts (ref Modern Quilt Guild & AQPS)

  • Generally use regularly repeating shapes and blocks, based on a grid. Can be simple or complex, but usually made up of many repetitions of the same block and orderly rows. These are frequently combined with uniform sashing between individual blocks and/or borders all around.

Contemporary and Modern Quilts (ref, Modern Quilt Guild)

  • Contemporary Quilts take traditional techniques and push them to their limits by using new fabrics and technology and encouraging original design.

  • Modern quilts feature use of negative space, no borders, minimal, bright and graphic colour palettes, improvisational piecing, grid work, asymmetry, modern traditionalism, exaggerated scale, pixelisation, texture, less is more

Art Quilts (Wikipedia,

  • Art quilts feature experimentation with textile manipulation, colour, texture and/or a diversity of mixed media. An art form that uses both modern and traditional quilting techniques to create art objects. Practitioners of quilt art create it based on their experiences, imagery, and ideas rather than traditional patterns.

Instructions for Challenges

See the Challenge instructions for each of these five challenges. And here are the details of each challenge.