Announcing the Blossoms, Buds, & Blooms Reader Challenge finalists

In the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Quilting Arts, we challenged readers to create a 10″ x 10″ art quilt with the theme “Blossoms, Buds, & Blooms,” showing us their favorite flower or flowers. We received over 125 happy, bright, almost fragrant entries that reminded us all of warm weather to come–very welcome in snow-covered New England! Thank you to all who contributed to this challenge. As always, you amaze us with your creativity and made the choosing quite difficult!


Without further ado, here are the finalists:

Susan Bianchi, “Tiger Eye”
Cheryl Gebhart, “Colorado Coneflowers”
Lya Geven, “Forsythia: Yellow Start of Spring”
Patricia Cook Haas, “Floral Fantasy”
Robert Hartley/Elaine Charland/Marilyn Foulke/Gordon Vogt, “Sunflower”
Christine Kenworthy, “Electric Sunflower”
Jill Kerttula, “Summer Windowsill”
Gudrun Kiel-Bullock, “My Garden”
Tracie L. Maryne, “Clematis”
Susan Price, “Black-Eyed Susans” & “Queen Anne’s Lace”
Sandra Scott, “Purple Hibiscus”
Carolyn Skei, “California Poppy Remembered”
Deborah Wirsu, “Giant Russian”
Mary Ann Zrolka, “Little Mum”

Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all participants! All finalists’ quilts will be published, either on our website ( or in the June/July 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


Next steps for finalists:


  • Please ship your artwork to us; it must be in our offices no later than February 23, 2015.
  • Include a shipping and handling fee of $15 (U.S. and Canada) or $25 (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. Include your return address inside the package.
  • Be sure your quilt is labeled on the reverse with your name, email address, and title of the quilt. Also on the reverse, label the top of the quilt (a temporary label is sufficient) so we orient it properly.
  • Occasionally, parcels are damaged in shipping. We suggest you wrap your artwork in a plastic bag to protect it from water and dirt. Always include a card inside the package with our shipping address, just in case the outer shipping label is damaged. Clearly mark your name, address, and telephone information on a label securely fastened to the plastic bag that contains your artwork.
  • If you did not do so in your original submission, please include a statement (around 50 words) about your quilt–the “story” of it, not the materials used (unless they are intertwined). This can be emailed to (Subject: Blossoms statement) or sent in the package.
  • 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.


Finalists should mail their entries to:


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


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


We reserve the right to keep and display your “Blossoms, Buds, and Blooms” quilt(s) until the week of May 2, 2015.


If you have concerns or questions, please check the Reader Challenges submissions guidelines or contact me at


We look forward to seeing your work!



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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.

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