Announcing the ‘Face Time’ Portrait Quilts Reader Challenge finalists

Let’s face it, we love portrait quilts. Humans are drawn to faces. We look for information and other clues in the expressions of others. Artists of all mediums have used the face as the subject or inspiration of their work–be they realistic, abstract, or somewhere in between.

Averinos portrait quilt
Portrait quilts like this one by Melissa Averinos seem to fascinate us.

In the August/September issue, we challenged readers to create a 10″ x 10″ portrait art quilt.  Almost 100 readers took up our challenge with portraits that tell almost 100 different stories.  After careful review, we have selected the following finalists:

Judith Ahlborn, “a la Mucha II”
Terry Aske, “Minimalist Me”
Donna DeForge, “Image in Retrospect”
Denise Epp, “Rusty, But the Ticker is Fine”
Sandra Hankins, “She Who Rules”
Margaret Berge Hartge, “Superstition”
Barb Ingersoll, “Yay Snow!”
Janet Nash, “Self Portrait”
Margaret Pottinger, “Frida Kahlo: A Woman of Passion and Color”
Deborah Runnels, “Pretty Slurpy”
Laurie Russman, “Dmitri”
Mirela Samson, “Little Gary” and “Little Gary II”
Maria Stoller, “The Dreamer”
Lisa Thorpe, “Full Color Me”
Els Vereycken, “Valentina” (blue background)
Terry Whyte, “Portrait in Blue”

Please ship your artwork to our offices, to arrive no later than Oct. 26, 2015.  Enclose 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.

Finalists should mail their entries to:

Quilting Arts Magazine/F+W
Attn: ‘Face Time’ 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.

Look for a gallery of ‘Face Time’ Reader Challenge quilts in the February/March 2016 issue of Quilting Arts or online at

We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your “Face Time” quilt until the week of Jan. 18, 2016.

If you have questions, contact me at

Thank you to all who took part in this challenge!



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