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17 Jan 2008

Apologies for the two-week absence, but I have been bowled over by a few important deadlines this month and I’ve also managed to catch the flu (no fun). While I sip chicken broth, huddled under my great grandmother’s quilt, I thought to share some happenings and opportunities:

See what we make you do if you work at Quilting Arts? This month our crew is required to eat chocolate (and a lot of it)! Picture below from the Quilting Arts kitchen.


You may be wondering why I would insist they eat gourmet Ferrerro Rocher chocolate. (Hint: It has to do with QA TV taping of Series Two, which begins taping next week.)

If you want to get your artwork on the scene, here are some good reasons to hunker down and get to work this winter:

Art Quilt Opportunities

• Quilting Arts 2009 Calendar Quilt Contest
The theme for our Quilting Arts Magazine® 2009 Calendar will be “Celebrating Home.” Show us in stitch, fabric, and embellishment how you celebrate home. You can interpret the theme many ways: as a celebration of the concept of home or what makes a house a home, celebrations at home, honoring the architecture of a residence, moving into the home or community of your dreams, or whatever the theme means to you. The artists who create the 13 winning submissions (one for the cover and 12 for the months) will each receive a $200 gift certificate to our online store. Deadline: March 7, 2008. Rules and how/where to send are on this web page.

• Show us your True Colors in a Mixed-media Paper Quilt.
We’re planning a special reader art exhibit for Make It University!™ at the International Quilt Festival/Spring in Chicago, April 11–13, 2008, and we’re offering an exciting, colorful challenge from which we’ll choose the art. Deadline: March 3, 2008. Details here.

• Call for Entries for the new International Quilt Festival/Long Beach show have been posted on the website.  They have three exciting exhibit they are planning: “The Silver Screen,” “West Coast Wonders”, and “Surfs Up!” (I have never submitted a quilt to a quilt show before but I am motivated to do so this time since California is my home state and my mom is tentatively coming to the quilt show––must make her proud.)

Mixed Media Opportunities:

Virginia Spiegel from FFAC wrote me and shared the following:

Collage Mania II will be held May 5 and is open to all artists. All proceeds
go directly to the American Cancer Society.  There are some specific
submission guidelines, but no restrictions on content or style:

AS A SMALL THANK-YOU, the first 50 artists whose jpegs are accepted are
invited to choose an ATC.  All the artists after the first 50 will be
entered in a drawing for the remaining 10 ATC.  You may see all the ATCs

I have also heard from Bernie Berlin at A Place to Bark and she shared some very exciting news: She has a chance at winning $50,000 for her animal rescue from 6 We are trying to help her win the 6 Degrees badge grant of $50,000 she needs to most amount of  $10 donations possible before Jan 31st. Her badge is #2 right now in the top ten badges but she needs to be secure in the top 4 to win the grant.

Some may know that the Quilting Arts mascot, Sophie Bolton (who comes to work with us every day and keeps us calm when we're at deadline) is a dog that Bernie rescued, so this cause is very near and dear to my heart.

If you donate to Bernie's "A Place to Bark," Sophie thanks you!


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Virginia wrote
on 18 Jan 2008 6:15 AM
Pokey - Oh, force me to work for you with eating chocolate an employment requirement :) Seriously, thank you for once again supporting the efforts of Fiberart For A Cause. BTW, it has been proven that quilts made with love cure the flu. Virginia
Edwin wrote
on 19 Jan 2008 3:06 AM
i like it very much and the post and pictures.
Jane LaFazio wrote
on 19 Jan 2008 12:03 PM
Whose that behind Sophie?? Sorry you're feeling puny, Pokey! Now I'm off to donate to Bernie's good cause.
Cheryl wrote
on 21 Jan 2008 11:02 AM
Sorry you are feeling under the weather! Hope you are better soon!
Chloe wrote
on 26 Jan 2008 4:14 PM
Oh my goodness - chocolate & marvelous art? Now that sounds like an awesome day at the office :-)