Mini Summer Quilt Show

Welcome to our first ever Mini Quilt Show!

We are delighted and excited to bring to you our "mini" version of a quilt show! With the cancellation of the Vermont Quilt Festival and so many disappointed quilters, we wanted to bring a little "quilty" cheer. The Gypsy Moth Quilt  Mini Summer Quilt Show is open to all ages and all skill levels, so if you have never entered a quilt, but always wanted to, this is your quilt show! Our Mini Quilt Show will feature mini quilts of any style quilting, with a summer theme. A big thank you to our sponsor Little House Cottons, who will be sweetening the winners prizes with some beautiful gifts!

Our Mini Quilt Show is now open!!! Please visit the shop from August 9-August 31 during regular hours to view the 20 (!) mini quilts submitted by our talented quilters! Vote for your favorite and cheer on these beautifully talented quilters! 



Meet our judges

Judging for the Summer Mini Quilt Show will be on a non biased three person jury using a point system for tie breakers.

Kristen Balouch | Founder of Little House Cottons

Kristen Balouch comes from a long line of women who sew—early vaudeville, the good year blimp and busy foot pedaled kenmore sewing machines. Her grandma taught her to sew when she was around seven years old on a summer visit. She moved to Brooklyn, New York at age seventeen to attend Pratt Insititue and earned a BFA. She is inspired by folk art and kindness. Kristen founded, Little House Cottons, is a children's book author and illustrator, and has several lines of fabric for Birch Fabric


Gayle Borho | Master of Fine Arts in Painting | Master of Arts in Studio Art

Gayle Borho is a lover of Star Wars, cats, art, painting, fiber arts, quilting and all things creative! Living in St. Charles, Missouri, Gayle is a retired art teacher with a double Masters in painting, studio art, a BA in Art Education and an Associate in Photography are just a few of this creatives titles. A super fan of Tula Pink {in the middle} and myself {on the left} she is just a burst of creative energy and spunk!


Vickie Hutchins | Technical Skill | Instructor 

Vickie is a quilting gem! Quilting since 2017 with multiple placing quilts in the Vermont Quilt Festival. Vickie is more than just an amazing quilter. She is also a certified instructor for multiple quilting techniques, such as collage quilting, and more! She brings a technical eye to our judging and balances out our panel perfectly.


The Prizes

The Mini Summer Quilt Show will award the following prizes:


Best in Show ribbon & a wonderful full size Oliso Smart Iron & prize from Little House Cottons

The winner of Best in Show will showcase both worlds of technical and creative.


 Best Technical Ribbon & a Missouri Star prize box & a prize from Little House Cottons

The winner of the Best Technical Quilt will showcase beautiful quilting techniques throughout their quilt.


 Most Creative Ribbon & a beautiful FQ bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics & a prize from Little House Cottons

The winner of the Most Creative Quilt will win based on creativity and imagination.

HONORABLE mentions

Honorable Mention Ribbon & a $25 GMQS gift certificate

The winners of the Honorable Mention ribbons will be for second in each class of Best in Show, Best Technical and Most Creative


Ribbon & a prize from GMQS

The winner of the Peoples Choice will be selected by in-person voting during the quilt show. 

All quilts will receive a special Participation Ribbon



  • You must use any combination of 25% of the two fabrics supplied to you in your entry kit, in your quilts. Both fabrics need to be found on the front of your quilt.
  • Mini quilt* must measure 12"x15" in any orientation, points will be lost for smaller or larger quilts.
  • Your quilt must work with the theme of Summer 
  • Your finished quilt must be returned to Gypsy Moth Quilt Shop by July 31 either in person or via mail. 
  • Quilt must be clearly labeled with the Name of Quilt, person who made quilt, return address, and phone number.
  • You agree to allow GMQS to display our quilt from August 1-August 31 | All mailed in quilts will be returned via USPS.
  • Your quilt can be made using any technique or combination of techniques. Piecing, paper piecing, hand sewn, machine stitched, collage, applique, fiber art, etc. There are no technical rules.

*For the Mini Summer Quilt Challenge our definition of a Mini Quilt is as follows; any reorganization of multiple fabrics, in any pattern, cut and rejoined in any style that fit within the parameter of the size given. 

You do not have to shrink a quilt pattern down in to a mini quilt, your mini quilt can be a representation of a small block, scene or art.