All quilts submitted must contain a recognizable amount of quilting consisting of 3 layers (top, batting, and backing) and must have a finished edge.
- Bed Quilt: A quilt intended for use on a bed.
- Wall Quilt: A quilt intended for display on a wall.
- Miniature Quilt: A miniature quilt by definition is constructed utilizing a miniaturized (reduced or scaled down) version of the design of a full-size bed quilt. By accurately reducing the size of the quilt blocks and components, the quilter produces an exact replica of a full size quilt in miniature. The maximum width and length of a miniature quilt is 24 inches by 24 inches.
- Crib/Baby Quilt: A quilt that is crib size or smaller and made for a baby or toddler. The quilt must be 30 to 45 inches in width and 65 inches or less in length.
- Scrap Quilt: The quilt top must contain at least 60 different fabrics. The quilt backing does not count in this number.
- Group Quilt: A quilt that has been constructed by three or more people who were all actively involved in its planning and construction. Each member of the group must have contributed a substantial percentage of the work involved in the completion of the quilt. NOTE: Simply contributing a block to a “quilt block raffle” of some sort does NOT constitute active involvement in the quilt’s construction. In addition, if the quilting was completed on a “for hire” basis, the quilter is also NOT considered a member of the group.
- Art Quilt: An original quilt designed by the entrant of any size, shape, or technique. An art quilt is the work of one quilt artist and must consist of the basic fabric sandwich (top, batting, and backing) and contain a recognizable amount of quilting. Originality, creativity, and innovation MUST be showcased in the piece. The quilt maker may use a variety of techniques, provided that the fabric and quilting form the basis of the piece.
- Modern Quilt: Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. "Modern traditionalism" or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.
- Display Quilts: Antique quilts, legacy quilts, bags, totes, wearable quilted items, children or teen quilts, and invitational challenge quilts. Children or teen quilts and invitational challenge quilt entries will each receive a ribbon for participation in the Kaleidoscope of Quilts show. Submissions in the Display Quilt category will not be judged. However, the invitational challenge entry that exhibits the best interpretation of the theme will receive an award ribbon. All entries in this category must include a standard registration form, but do not require an entry fee.
Pieced Quilt: A quilt whose piecing predominates over other techniques in the amount or effect.
Appliqué Quilt: A quilt whose appliqué predominates over other techniques in the amount or effect.
Mixed Quilt: A quilt featuring two or more predominant techniques such as piecing, appliqué, embroidery, beading, photo transfer, textile painting, etc., not including the actual quilting itself.
Other Quilt: A quilt whose quilt top design is developed by means of one special technique such as whole cloth, surface design, crazy quilt, cathedral window, embroidery, etc.
Hand Quilted: A quilted item whose quilting was completed in its entirety by hand stitching.
Machine Quilted – Stationary: A quilted item whose quilting was completed predominantly by the stitching of a sewing machine designed and intended for domestic home use.
Machine Quilted – Movable, Non-Computerized: A quilted item whose quilting was completed predominantly by the stitching of a midarm, long arm, or other movable sewing machine, whose movement is manually operator controlled. This method of quilting is often performed on a for hire basis.
Machine Quilted – Movable, Computerized: A quilted item whose quilting was completed predominantly by the stitching of a midarm, long arm, or other movable machine, whose movement is controlled by computer software. This method of quilting is often performed on a for hire basis.
Hand & Machine Quilted: A quilted item whose quilting was completed by a recognizable amount of hand quilting, in addition to a machine quilting method. Hand quilting does not include hand sewing of a binding.