2020 Competitions Postponed to 2021

Please note that all 2020 shows and the Spring 2021 show have been canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We will offer judged virtual competitions through the summer of 2021 and hope to resume in-person judged competitions in the fall. Watch this space to see which of these former competitions will be virtual or in person. For questions contact or a member of the board. ***For the in-person judged competitions, the limit is three trays per member. Members can also submit one entry for each of the popular vote competitions. ***


All are Division IX (age of the button doesn’t matter)  #1. Sec. 20-3. Astronomical features, 15 Any Size. Sponsored by Jane Albanowski, $15,10, 5.Try to present at least one of the following:1) the moon; 2) planets 3) the sun; 4) meteors/shooting stars/comets, and 5) stars. Look for a variety of materials; label back marks, including studio artist signature. Look for sew-thrus, usage, and shapes for extra points. See NBS Blue Book, 2019-2020, page 57. #2. Sec. 23-6.5 Moveable/ Mechanical, 15 buttons any size unlimited Studios. No Holograms. Sponsored by Theresa Heulitt, $10, 6, 4. #3. Sec 1-0 Celluloid Assorted (1-1 thru 1-7), 20 any size. Sponsored by Central Jersey Buttoniers, $15,10,5. Try to cover as many of the classes and subclasses as possible. Labeling is helpful, although mislabeling will not disqualify you. Cover the 4 pictorial sections, look for shapes. #4. Sec.17-0 thru 20-0, Specialized to At the Seashore, 15 Any Size. In memory of Lillian Buirkle who lived at the Jersey Shore. Sponsored by Jersey Shore Button Club. $15,10,5. Try to cover all 4 pictorial sections, assorted materials, shapes, back types, usage, movable. Think of all the things you might see at the beach including items, animals, plant life and nautical scenes.


A brand-new competition is exciting — buttons that outline quilt designs! Also please consider doing #7, which asks us to prepare an exhibit that will interest new collectors. It was scheduled for Fall 2020. This is a way to build for the future. Winners will be decided by popular vote and will receive prize money and publicity. #6. Quilt Block Design from ButtonsSponsored by Mary Jane Pozarcyki, $10, $7, #3. Pick your favorite quilt block(s) pattern. Minimum size 6” square, maximum size 20” square.  Use as many buttons as you want and create that pattern using buttons of different colors. Craft buttons can be glued to mat board or wood or something similar. Collectible buttons are to be sewn to fabric Beads may be added to embellish the design. Mary Jane Pozarcyki, $10, $7, #.3.  (Tip:  You can back your fabric with batting and/or plastic needle point canvas to help stabilize your design, or even frame it in a shadow box frame.  (For inspiration, turn to Mary Elizabeth Shelby’s Button Quilt, the source of inspiration for this contest. #7.THREE Trays of Buttons, Any Size, Ann Wilson $50, 30, 20. I have just inherited a collection of Buttons. Where do I start to learn about them? Design and prepare three related trays illustrating an answer to this questionUse any quantity, size and type of buttons and any relevant material, including brief comments. Remember this is just a start! Stay very basic, but be specific. Read the question carefully. This award can be done by an individual and/or it could be a great club project. There should be three 9×12 cards that are easy to display. These three trays may be the basis for a future library display or a tool to take with you on button talks.

2 thoughts on “2020 Competitions Postponed to 2021”

  1. I’m excited about the first virtual competition, due March 1. Next to be virtual are the Astronomical and At the Seashore contests. For virtual judging we will need to ask for fewer buttons per tray.


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