Announcing the 'Hands' Reader Challenge finalists

Hand crafting, lending a hand, taking matters into our own hands–hands are expressions of how we feel as much as what we do. They can tell others about our age, our type of work, our marital status, and our heritage. We look at our own hands every day–but do we really see them? After reading Martha Sielman's article, "Creating Realistic Portraits" in the June/July 2013 issue, we were inspired to think about hands, what they say, and how they are depicted in fiber art–literally and metaphorically.

The latest challenge, "Hands," has just closed.  As you might expect, it's always a joy to see all of the beautiful quilts readers create for our challenges and hard to choose our favorites. 

Without further ado, here are the finalists' names:

Sara Sharp, "Hand in Hand, Stars In Their Eyes"
BJ Adams, "Life Lines"
Judith Ahlborn, "Two Handstands"
Gretchen Larson, "I Want To Hold Your Hand"
Deb Runnels (2), "Warm Hands" & "La Joconde"
Billie Hobkirk
Claire Passmore, "A Faithful Hand"
LaRynda Thoen, "A Hand Revealed"
Cathy Tyler, "Dreaming of Oz"
Robert Hartley, "Art/Work"
Mary Schrader, "The Secret Spot"
Susan Line, "Fixing Bad Car Karma"
Jane Schwartz, "Things Hands Do"

Congratulations to the finalists and thank you to all who participated in this challenge! 

Next steps for finalists:

Your artwork must be received in our offices no later than August 30, along with a flat 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 Interweave.

If you have not already done so, please label your quilt on the reverse with your name, email address, and title of the quilt. If it is not apparent, on the reverse also label the top of the quilt (a temporary label is sufficient).

All finalists' quilts will be published, either on our website or in the December 2013/January 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

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/Interweave
Attn: "Hands" 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 "Hands" quilt until the week of January 6, 2014.

If you have questions about the "Hands" Reader Challenge, contact me, Kristine Lundblad, at

Congratulations, finalists!



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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.

3 thoughts on “Announcing the 'Hands' Reader Challenge finalists

  1. Kristine,

    I’m thrilled to be among the finalists for the ‘Hands’ challenge, and eager to see the December/January issue of Quilting Arts! However, the Quilting Daily email just showed up in my inbox and I’m dismayed. My piece is incorrectly attributed to Claire Passmore. Can this be corrected? I’m sincerely hope it’s correct in the magazine. So sad.

    Cathy Tyler, Dreaming of Oz

  2. Yes, Cathy, your quilt is correctly attributed to you in the magazine. I apologize for this error and the others in the Quilting Daily email of Nov. 18. We value your contribution very much–and that of the other Reader Challenge participants–and sincerely regret this error.