Announcing the ‘Birds of a Feather’ Reader Challenge finalists

Birds are a significant presence in the world and we celebrate them. From literature to paintings to quilts, birds are ever-present images in artwork. In the February/March issue, we challenged readers to create a 9″ x 9″ quilt representing how birds inspire them.

You were obviously inspired because we received almost 200 entries! I know we always say this (but it was never more true than with this group of quilts)–it was SO difficult choosing this select group, your work was that good!!

Without further ado, here are the finalists:

Frances Holliday Alford, “Good Morning, Robin!”
Terry Aske, “Into the Wind”
Becky Flaming-Martin, “Vigilant Scrub Jay”
Cynthia Frenette, “Shine On, You Crazy Chicken!”
Nancy Havekotte, “Nesting”
Jill Kerttula, “The Sentries”
Denise King, “The Lookout”
Deborah Runnels, “Goldfinches in the Garden”
Laura Steiniger, “Don’t Speak with Your Mouth Full”
Ruth B. Wilcox, “Christmas Birds”
Kathy Wright, “Merganser Magic”

Thank you to everyone who submitted a quilt to this challenge. We were truly impressed by your work! Look for a gallery of “Birds of a Feather” Reader Challenge quilts in the August/September issue.

Note to finalists:

Your artwork must be in our offices no later than April 24, 2015, along with a shipping and handling fee of $10 (U.S.), $20 (Canada), or $30 (all other international). This fee, which must be paid in U.S. dollars, covers the shipping costs, packing materials, and handling for the return of your entry. Only cash, checks, or money orders can be accepted. Checks or money orders should be made payable to F+W.

The entire piece and all of its packaging must weigh less than 3 lbs. and fit inside a standard shipping/mailing box or padded envelope for return shipment.

If you have questions, contact me, Kristine Lundblad, at

Mail your entry to:

Quilting Arts Magazine/F+W
Attn: ‘Birds’ Reader Challenge
490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15
Sudbury, MA 01776

Note: By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows. F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your “Birds of a Feather” quilt until the week of July 13, 2015.



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Kristine Lundblad

About Kristine Lundblad

Kristine is Associate Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon magazine, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, Modern Patchwork Holiday and Quilting Arts TV.