Quilting Can Be a Challenge

18 Oct 2011


From inspiration, to design, to finished piece, there are certainly times when working on an art quilt can be a challenge. Luckily the kind of challenge I'm referring to today is the fun kind: a Quilting Arts Reader Challenge.

There have been quite a few reader challenges this year at Quilting Arts. There was the incredibly popular "Save My UFO," our text inspired "Tag You're It," and the hilarious "Greatest Pet Peeve" (which will be featured in our upcoming December/January issue), to name just a few. But I think my favorite QA reader challenge so far is one that you still have time to participate in. There's just a little under a month left to enter the Quilting Arts Fabric Swap. We've already begun to receive gorgeous hand-dyed fabrics in our offices and I absolutely can't wait to see more. This challenge is the perfect opportunity to test out those surface design skills and receive some new fabric at the same time. If you'd like to enter this challenge, read below for more information.

I hope to see some of your surface-designed fabrics in our office in the next few weeks!

Quilting Arts Fabric Swap!

In celebration of all the surface design techniques presented in the August/September 2011 issue of Quilting Arts, we thought it would be fun to host our first-ever fabric swap. We invite you to get creative and pull out your dyes, paints, discharge pastes, stamps, stencils--you name it--and create your own set of four fat quarters to swap with someone else.

The rules

  • Design a set of 4 fat quarters on any kind of fabric (4 pieces, each 18" x 22"). You may finger paint, ice dye, discharge, stamp, stencil, or use any other surface design technique you like. You are free to make 4 fat quarters that are the same, or 4 different fat quarters using various techniques--it's up to you! (Though you may want to make enough extra to keep a sample for yourself.)

Note: Your fabric 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.

  • Staple a business card or a 3" x 5" card with your preferred contact information and a brief explanation of your surface design technique to the back of each piece of fabric. (This information will travel with the fabric to the recipients.)
  • Take a picture of your fabric, and print out a copy of the photo to include with your submission. On the back of the photo, please include your full name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. This information will be used for any questions we have about your submission and also to mail your fabric swatches to you.
  • For safety, place your fabric in a plastic bag for shipping.
  • Include an entry fee of $6 (U.S. and Canada) and $14 (all other international), to cover postage and handling. All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to Interweave. Exchange participants, including international residents, may charge the entry fee to their credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Please include the necessary information, including the expiration date and CVV code with your entry.
  • Your fabric must be in our offices by Monday, November 7, 2011.
  • We will swap and mail the fabric no later than the week of January 16, 2012.
  • Some of the fabric may be featured in an upcoming issue of Quilting Arts Magazine and/or on our website.
  • Please send your fabric to:

                                 Quilting Arts/INTERWEAVE
                                  ATTN: Quilting Arts Fabric Swap
                                  490 Boston Post Road
                                  Suite 15
                                  Sudbury, MA 01776 

Note: By submitting your fabric to our challenge you are authorizing Interweave to publish your fabric in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our website, and in other Interweave e-media. Interweave will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.


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