Every quilt 60″ wide and over MUST have a sleeve attached to the top of the quilt.
It is strongly recommended that your sleeve be made with a fabric cut of 8 1/2 inches.
Sleeves made with a fabric cut less than 6 1/2 will not fit the poles we use.
Quilt Sleeves – Every quilt over 60” wide MUST have a sleeve attached to the top of the quilt. Because we are now using only poles from PF&D, the width of the fabric cut for the sleeve can be 6 ½ inches wide. A little wider is okay – smaller is NOT.
(Demonstrate) The two long edges of the sleeve are sewn and then pressed with the seam (or seams) in the middle of one side. The seams should be on the outside of the tube, and placed with the seams facing the back of the quilt. It is pinned about every 6 inches along the top of the quilt. Allowing about ½ inch of ease, pin the bottom of the sleeve to the back of the quilt.
Quilts longer than 96” MUST have the hanging sleeve attached so the top of the sleeve is 96” or less from the bottom edge of the quilt.
If you want to use the “almost no sew method” You may cut your Fabric and sew together enough for the size you need. Fold it in half lengthwise, with any seams on the outside. Pin it to the quilt with the folded side at the top. Allowing a little excess on the front side of the sleeve, pin both edges to the quilt at the bottom. Pins should be spaced about 6 inches apart.
Every year the Set-up Committee spends time pinning sleeves on quilts, which takes time that ultimately causes a slow-down in hanging the quilts.
Therefore, if your quilt does not have a sleeve, we do have a small amount of material that you can use to put the sleeve on your quilt. If you do not tell the person registering your quilt that you do not have a sleeve and it is discovered later, the quilt will not be hung in the show. Likewise, quilts with stains or obvious odors will also be rejected.
This is an important step in maintaining the excellence that our show has been known for.