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4 Sep 2008

Virginia Spiegel’s e-newsletter popped into my in-box earlier this week, letting me know that another Collage Mania auction to raise funds for the American Cancer Society will be taking place. Virginia’s efforts to raise funds and rally artists for ACS are unparalleled; she has raised more than $165,000 thus far. I’m always a bit contemplative this time of year as it marks the anniversary of my dad’s losing battle to cancer, so I’m thankful for Virginia and everyone in the quilting and collage communities who have donated and purchased art to benefit ACS. So all of you collage folks, if you are looking for an opportunity to create small pieces of art that can be auctioned off next year, I hope you get busy! To encourage some of you who feel your stash is lacking, I’ll be giving some screen-printed printed papers and fabric scraps as a giveaway the end of this month to help build your stashes.

In quilting news, Ami Simms is once again leading an online auction for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. It runs through September 10, so here’s an opportunity to bid on some quilts!

Below as promised is a sneak peek of the Rock On Art Quilt Challenge. This is not even on our website yet so you are seeing it here first.


Whether it was Elvis, the Yardbirds, the Bee Gees, or the Boss, rock ‘n’ roll has played a major role in our lives, inspired us to get footloose, play a little air guitar, and even harbor a few crushes on rock idols during our wonder years.

Show us with fabric and stitch what your favorite musicians and/or lyrics have meant to you. Does a particular melody inspire you to sing into your hairbrush? Do certain guitar riffs help you get in the zone for free-motion quilting? Is there a song that evokes a favorite memory such as that special dance at the prom? Here’s your chance to celebrate your favorite rock ‘n’ roll musicians, songs, and lyrics as they have inspired you.

We will show some of our favorites in future issues of Quilting Arts Magazine and exhibit some in upcoming national quilt shows in 2009.

Here’s how to enter:
1. Make an 8 1/2" x 11" art quilt of vertical orientation that celebrates your love of rock ‘n’ roll.
Please note: The musical genre for this particular challenge is rock ‘n’ roll, so for instance Beethoven or Handel wouldn’t make the cut.
2. The entire quilt, including binding, must measure 8 1/2" x 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 fabrics (such as paper), but it must be quilted, consist of three layers, and 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. For example, this means that artwork from an album cover that is scanned and printed on fabric (or lyrics for that matter) could be a violation of copyright unless you have the expressed permission from the parties that hold the copyright. Therefore it’s a good idea to steer clear of commercial imagery and verses of lyrics, and rather show us on a more personal level what these songs, bands, and lyrics have meant to you.
7. Enclose a brief narrative telling how you created your quilt, including the inspiration (name of the band, song, etc.) and the materials and techniques used.
8. Include a label with your full name, street address, email address, and phone number sewn, fused, glued, or written (as appropriate to you art) on the back of your quilt. Please print clearly.
9. Be sure to include a photo of your finished quilt with your name, street address, email address, and phone number printed clearly on the back.
10. Include an entry fee of $15 (for U.S. and Canadian residents) or $25 (for all other international residents). This fee, which must be paid in U.S. dollars, covers the shipping, packing materials, and handling for the return of your “Rock On!” art quilt. Challenge participants, including international residents, may charge their 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. The entry fee covers up to three entries. You may submit up to three entries, provided they are all sent together in one padded mailer or envelope.
11. You must mail your “Rock On!” Art Quilt in a padded mailer  or envelope (no boxes).
12. Do not send your quilt via registered or certified mail. If you wish to know if your quilt arrived safely, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard that we can check off and return to you. No phone calls or emails regarding your project’s arrival, please.
13. Projects will be returned via UPS or U.S. mail per our discretion. They will be shipped from our office during the week of October 26, 2009.

Note: It is your responsibility to notify us if any of your contact information changes.

Deadline: Your “Rock On!” Art Quilt must arrive in our offices by Monday, February 2, 2009. Please note that we must receive your quilt on or before this date, no later.
Mail your entry to:
Quilting Arts Magazine
ATTN: “Rock On!” Art Quilt Challenge
23 Gleasondale Road
P.O. Box 685
Stow, MA 01775
By submitting your “Rock On!” Art Quilt you are authorizing Interweave Press LLC to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, and on our website. Interweave Press LLC will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

Please note: We reserve the right to keep and display your “Rock On!” Art Quilt until the week of October 26, 2009.
If you have any questions about the “Rock On!” Art Quilt challenge, email us at

Have fun and good luck!

Meet The Joneses

Lastly, I got news that my father-in-law’s YouTube Video of his alpacas was on the front page of today:


My retired in-laws now raise alpacas here in Stow at their Springbrook Farm. The male ones you see in this video are right at the bottom of my driveway. I wave to them every morning on my way to work. What can I say; I have interesting neighbors and a fun commute!

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Cheryl wrote
on 4 Sep 2008 6:04 PM
Wow! What a great challenge!
judy wrote
on 4 Sep 2008 8:38 PM
You should bring some of the alpaca yarn for the Quilting Arts booth.
Fulvia wrote
on 4 Sep 2008 8:50 PM
Cute video! Speaking of alpacas, Pokey, check out the alpaca wrap I made a while back--it is on my blog. Fulvia at
natalya wrote
on 5 Sep 2008 12:46 PM
billy idol here i come! and will you be carrying the alpaca yarn and raw wool in he QA store? online?
melanie wrote
on 6 Sep 2008 12:29 AM
and here I was all set to tell Tchaikovsky the news...
mary wrote
on 17 Sep 2008 12:20 PM
I can't wait to get to my drafting for this really exciting challenge! The ideas just came so fast...really enjoyed the video. where is the yarn sold?
waterrose wrote
on 17 Sep 2008 4:24 PM
Oh, all I talk about is having Teddy Bear Alpacas. But I don't want to subject them to the heat of Arizona! We have friends from Peru that have herds of them...I just want to go there and bring some back.