Welcome to the Contemporary Quilt Art Association’s “Opportunities” site.  This site provides a means for CQA members to share information about upcoming exhibition opportunities.  Guests are welcome (here and in person).   If you’re visiting the Seattle area, we hope that you will join us at one of our meetings.

The Contemporary QuiltArt Association, a 50l (c)(3) non-profit arts organization run entirely by volunteers, is a Washington state group formed in the fall of 1986. We are a diverse group of artists, teachers, writers, and collectors living throughout Washington, and we view quilts as an exciting, emerging medium of expression and a viable contemporary art form.

To find out more about our organization, please visit our website or our official blog.



Locations TBD:    AQS 2020 (TBD) – January 2024

Insects, birds and even some mammals are able to fly or soar. Plant seeds are carried on breezes and by birds, while a soccer ball can fly down the field. Humankind has found ways to fly from Icarus’ attempt to create his own wings to the advent of mechanized flight, satellites, space exploration and cameras on drones that give us a new perspective on our world. We invite you to submit representational and abstract two-dimensional works of what it means to be aloft.

Deadline:  June 30, 2019

See Website for details.


Golden, CO:    4/19/19 – 6/29/19

EVOLUTIONS 2019 is an open challenge to all quilters and fiber artists in celebration of yesterday’s traditions as well as tomorrow’s innovations. Evolution can be defined as growth—a process of continuous change, from lower to higher or from simpler to more complex. Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum challenges you to create your concept of an evolution quilt.

Deadline:  February 28, 2019

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Houston, TX and beyond:    June 6, 2019 –  August 31, 2022

Theme: Entries are quilts that speak to the theme of Sapphire (blue) quilts. Quilters have long used Sapphire (blue) to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. It is often associated with depth and stability. A selection of Sapphire quilts will make a powerful statement as we celebrate our 45th anniversary as the largest quilt show, sale, and quiltmaking academy in the United States. Any techniques—piecing, appliqué, embroidery, photo transfer, whole cloth and/or manipulated fabric, etc.—may be used as long as they are appropriate for the quilt and the theme.

Deadline:  February 18, 2019

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“The Ties that Bind,” Gallery One

Ellensburg, WA:    March 1-31, 2019

GALLERY ONE VISUAL ARTS CENTER announces their fifth national juried exhibition titled The Ties that Bind . Entries of artist quilts will be accepted from across the nation and juried by Joey Veltkamp for inclusion in a month-long exhibition, March of 2019 in the main gallery of Gallery One in downtown Ellensburg, WA. Opportunities for lectures, workshops, and/or special events may be offered to select artists to accompany the exhibition. $800 in awards will be distributed by the juror and a slideshow of accepted works posted on our website.

Deadline:  January 27, 2019

See Website for details.