Words have captivated humans since the dawn of the alphabet. Who has not been inspired by a Shakespearian soliloquy, riveted by a newspaper headline, petrified by a Stephen King novel, or touched by a child's first written word? Generations of artists of all mediums have used words literally and figuratively in their work. How does text inspire you? How might you interpret the nuances of the written word, the ambiguity of a phrase, the poetry of a verse, or the curvature of a letter? Show us in a quilt!
1. Create an 8" x 8" art quilt based on the theme "Text Me!" The entire quilt, including binding, must measure 8" x 8".
2. Any embellishments must not protrude more than 1/2" from the quilt.
3. The quilt may be made with any materials, but it must be quilted (by hand, machine, or both), consist of three layers, and be either bound or closed along the edges. Label your quilt with your name, email address, and title of the quilt.
4. Your entry must be free of any text or images that are protected by copyright, unless you have the expressed written permission from the person or institution that holds the copyright and you provide that written permission with your submission. (It's a good idea to steer clear of commercial imagery.)
5. To be considered for the challenge, send two low-resolution images (each less than 1MB) of your entry–one of the entire quilt including the edges/binding and one of a detail of the quilt–via email by March 29 to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the words "Text Me!" in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your piece in the email.
Note: Please do not "zip" your files and be sure to send jpegs.
6. On April 3, assistant editor Kristine Lundblad will post the finalists on the Reader Challenge blog at quiltingdaily.com. This is the only notification that will be made.
7. If accepted as a finalist, your artwork must be shipped to arrive in our offices no later than April 26, 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.
8. 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. Please include your name and address, email address, and title of the quilt in the box/envelope.
Finalists should mail their entries to:
Quilting Arts Magazine/Interweave
Attn: 'Text Me!' 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 "Text Me!" piece until the week of August 5, 2013.
If you have questions about the "Text Me!" reader challenge, contact Kristine Lundblad at email@example.com. We look forward to seeing your work!
Mark your calendar
March 29, 2013: Emailed submissions are due with low-resolution jpeg photos.
April 3, 2013: Names of finalists will be posted on the Reader Challenge blog at quiltingdaily.com.
April 26, 2013: Finalists' quilts must be received in our offices by this date.
August 2013: Look for a gallery of "Text Me!" quilts in the August/September 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!