You’re in the Driver’s Seat: Choose a Reader Challenge theme

“Stitchin’ Sisters from Five States” by Elana Erwin Schreiber of Westford, Massachusetts. Featured in the “Friendship and Devotion” Reader Challenge (February/March 2014)

Where is your artwork taking you this summer—what are you planning to explore and what inspires you to create? Would you like to see work from other quilters exploring the same thing?

If so, you could be the creator of a Quilting Arts Reader Challenge! These challenges are a fun and popular part of each issue.

What’s a Reader Challenge, you ask?

  • For each issue, we select a theme and parameters, plus a due date, and encourage readers to make and submit art quilts (usually) for consideration. We have also featured mixed-media postcards, fabric exchanges, and ATCs (artist trading cards) to swap, just to name a few.
  • Past challenge themes have included portraits, colors, gardens, and animals; open-ended themes such as ‘Going Places,’ ‘Favorite Things,’ and ‘Artful Adventure’; and many more.
“Just Being Awesome” by Kathleen Baumann of Phoenix, Arizona. Featured in the “How Does Your Garden Grow?” Reader Challenge (June/July 2014)

Well, now’s your chance to be part of creating an upcoming Reader Challenge!

We’re looking for theme ideas from you, our creative readers, so we’re having a contest. Share your theme ideas with us and, if your theme is chosen, you will win a prize, plus you will be part of the theme announcement in Quilting Arts Magazine.

The deadline for Reader Challenge theme ideas is September 1, 2016. Send your idea via email to, with the words ‘Theme contest’ in the subject line. You may send as many ideas as you wish. On September 7, we will announce the winner(s) on the blog at

We look forward to hearing from you!


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