When Pokey announced the finalists of the 2012 Quilting Arts
"Feeling Pet-ty" calendar contest on her blog back in February, I couldn't wait
for the artwork to start arriving at our offices.
As we unwrapped each 12" x 12" quilt, the Quilting
Arts staff was blown away by not only the skill, stitching, and embellishment
that went into each piece, but by the love that art quilters have for their
favorite pet or animal. Personally, I thought the narratives accompanying each
quilt were also incredibly inspiring. They included brief stories of beloved pets, comic takes
on farm animals, and a poetic description of the very elegant iguana
("Miss Isabella Iguana") by Jill Packard that graces the calendar cover.
All in all, the thirteen art quilts featured in the 2012
calendar make for a fun, diverse mix that showcases the animal kingdom and art quilting all year long. The
calendar is currently available for pre-order in the Quilting Arts Store, but I
thought it would be fun to share a sneak peak of a few of the quilts in the
calendar. Below is "Jazz Fetch!" by Nancy Hayes for the month of August. Don't you just love Jazz's wet nose and carefully stitched, begging eyes? And in Susan E. Conner's "Touching Noses" (March) the fabric choices and embellishments work together perfectly to showcase a moment of tension--and possible friendship!
To celebrate the soon to be released 2012 Quilting Arts calendar, I'm giving away one copy to a lucky reader! To enter the giveaway, post a brief
comment below describing your favorite animal or pet. I'll pick a random winner
on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
Have a great weekend!