Let the Entertainment Begin! Our Latest QA Reader Challenge

28 Jan 2010

My Monday mornings recently became a bit less painful. You see, my three favorite TV shows held their season finales at the end of last year, which means I no longer stay up late on Sunday nights absorbed in the antics of: a serial killer, a womanizer, and a pathological jerk.

Yes, I have slightly odd taste in TV. Then again, we all have our kirky entertainment obsessions, which is why we decided that the latest Quilting Arts Reader Challenge, “How Entertaining!” should be an opportunity to celebrate whatever it is that entertains you: a favorite movie, TV show, or song. I know you have one—probably many, in fact—and I hope you’ll take on the challenge of translating one of them into fabric, thread, and whatever other material you see fit!

Naturally, I’ve been pondering how I would transform my own entertainment obsessions into quilts, and the possibilities are quite intriguing...

I always kicked off Sunday night with Dexter: a nice, normal guy by day and a serial killer by night. Brilliant. If you’ve never watched this show, I highly recommend it. Just check out the creepy intro scene:


I’m not entirely sure what kind of quilt this would translate to, though I’d most likely have to find some kind of material for realistic fake blood (Dexter’s daytime job is as a blood splatter analyst, in case you were wondering). A blood-splattered quilt? I may have to take a stab at that (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

My Sunday nights then continued with a little comic relief from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Essentially, this show involves watching real-life Seinfeld writer Larry David act abhorrently and wind up in painfully awkward situations as a result. This is the least of his social slip-ups:


I guess I could make a quilt of a skinny bald man… And, incidentally, doesn’t Larry’s wife, Cheryl, look like Pokey?

I ended my Sundays with Californication, which features the hunky David Duchovny as a charming but unfaithful ladies man who can't quite get his libido under control. Sorry, there’s no appropriate clip for this one—which means I probably shouldn’t use it as inspiration for my entertainment quilt either!

What are you favorite TV shows? Movies? Songs? I know you have them and I know you want to quilt ‘em out! Here are the details…


“How Entertaining” Reader Challenge

Has anyone ever said to you (with a straight face) that you should try out for “American Idol”? Perhaps you harbor a secret fantasy of strutting your stuff on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Or maybe you have a certain fondness (your friends might term it an obsession) for various movies, TV shows, or songs—so much so that you can recite entire scenes or verses? Well then it’s time for you to participate in our “How Entertaining!” Reader Challenge! We will show some of our favorite entries in future issues of Quilting Arts Magazine and even exhibit some at upcoming national quilt shows in 2010.

here’s how to enter

  1. Make an 81⁄2" × 11" art quilt of vertical orientation that celebrates anything entertaining.
  2. The entire quilt, including binding, must measure 81⁄2" × 11". It must be three layers and quilted, either by hand or machine or both; it must be bound or zigzag stitched closed and have a sleeve on the back.
  3. Any embellishments must not protrude more than 1⁄2" from the quilt.
  4. The entire quilt must weigh no more than 1 lb.
  5. The quilt may be made of alternative fibers (such as paper), but it must be quilted, consist of three layers, and be either bound or closed along the edges.
  6. 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.
  7. To be considered for the challenge, send two low-res (each less than 1MB) images of your entry (one of the entire piece and one of a detail) via email by Monday, May 3, 2010, to challenges@interweave.com, with the words “How Entertaining Challenge” in the subject line.Please include your name, email address, phone number, and a brief explanation of your piece.
    Please do not “zip” your files and be sure to send jpegs.
  8. On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, Pokey will post the finalists on her blog at quiltingdaily.com and they will also be notified via email.
  9. If accepted as a finalist, your artwork must be in our offices no later than Friday, May 21, 2010, along with a flat shipping and handling fee of $15 (U.S. and Canada) or $25 (all otherinternational). This fee, which must be paid in U.S. dollars, covers the shipping costs, packing materials, and handling for the return of your entry.
  10. The entire piece and all of its packaging must weigh less than 5 lbs. and fit into a standard shipping/mailing box (no larger than 12" × 4" × 14") or padded envelope.

Finalists should mail their entries to:

Quilting Arts Magazine
Attn: How Entertaining
Reader Challenge
P.O. Box 685
23 Gleasondale Rd.
Stow, MA 01775

Note: By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing Interweave Press LLC to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our website,and in other Interweave e-media, as well as to display it at shows. Interweave Press LLC will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control. We reserve the right to keep and display your “How Entertaining!” art quilt until the week of November 15, 2010. We will be shipping the quilts back during the month of November.

Contact Pippa Eccles at peccles@interweave.com if you have questions about the “How Entertaining!” Reader Challenge.

We look forward to being entertained by your quilts!



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