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Want to win a brand new BERNINA aurora sewing machine? Take our challenge!

29 Mar 2010

Here's a fun way to kick off the work week...

Are you interested in winning a brand new BERNINA® aurora sewing machine? 

Have we got an opportunity for you!

Quilting Arts 


Stitch This!

Here’s how to participate
  • Make a 14" x 11" art quilt of horizontal orientation that is representational of the image below. This means you can interpret the image however you’d like. You could take the image into digital-editing software, play with filters, crop in on a particular part of the image, etc. Your art quilt must include visible machine stitching. You can thread sketch, thread paint, free-motion stitch; make a fabric collage, landscape, or abstract quilt. The bottom line is the finished piece must incorporate plenty of visible machine stitching.
  • The entire quilt, including binding, must measure 14" x 11". It must be three layers and machine stitched and quilted; it must be bound or zigzag stitched closed and have a sleeve on the back. The quilt may be made of alternative fibers (such as paper).
  • Any embellishments must not protrude more than ½ " from the quilt.
  • The entire quilt must weigh no more than 1 lb.
  • Your quilt must somehow represent the image below. Any other images or text on your quilt must be copyright free.

Please take careful note of the timeline for submitting your entry:

  • If you’d like your quilt to be one of the first posted in our online gallery, send three low-res images (each less than 1MB) of your entry (one of the entire piece and two details) via email by May 2, 2010, to, with the words “Stitch This!” in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, and a brief explanation of your piece, including title, materials, and techniques used. Note: Please do not “zip” your files and be sure to send jpegs.
  • Starting May 3, we will no longer be accepting emailed submissions, but rather ask you to post your photos directly onto our website in the “Stitch This!” photo gallery. Please upload the full image, title, and description. In the comments area, please post two detail images of this quilt.
  • You may submit up to three separate entries.
  • On Monday, May 3voting will commence on the site in the “Stitch This!” photo gallery. Members of the Quilting Arts community can vote for as many entries as they like, but they can only vote for each entry once. Artists may continue to upload their images of quilts through Friday, June 25, at 5:00 PM EDT.
  • On Monday, June 28, 2010, at 12:00 PM EDT, voting will close, and the entry with the most votes will win the BERNINA aurora sewing machine. Pokey will announce the winner on her blog.

Due to national and international laws regarding prizes, the “Stitch This!” challenge is open to U.S. residents only, and artists must be at least 18 years of age. BERNINA and Interweave employees are not eligible. Voting is open to everyone, however. 

Note: By submitting your 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 may ask you to ship the quilt to us, and reserve the right to keep and display your “Stitch This!” art quilt until the week of November 15, 2010. We will be shipping the quilts back during the month of November.

We look forward to seeing your work!

To view all of the challenge rules, visit this page.

To download the full-size image, visit this page.

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jabotquilt wrote
on 29 Mar 2010 7:25 PM

bummer to be a  Canadian

Jody Johnson wrote
on 29 Mar 2010 9:14 PM

I must agree with jabotquilt. I would love to have another Bernina to add to my current one. What fantastic machines!

Jody Johnson wrote
on 29 Mar 2010 9:15 PM

I have to agree with jabotquilt. I would love to enter, but alas I too am Canadian.

Pokey wrote
on 30 Mar 2010 3:48 AM

Jabotquilt and Jody, I understand, and please know we wanted to open it up to everyone but laws made it prohibitive for us to do so. We hope this be changed in the future.

on 30 Mar 2010 7:04 AM

I would like to stick my neck out here and join this challenge, do I ever need a new machine. Bernina is my first choice. Back to the point and at the risk of sounding ignorant, I am so new does horizontal orientation mean that the quilt is 14" from side to side? also a sleeve on the back-for hanging???  

Pokey wrote
on 30 Mar 2010 7:42 AM

Hi Pat,

That's correct. 14" side to side, 11" tall, and, yes, a sleeve on the back for hanging. Our friends over at Quilts, Inc., put up information on how to make a sleeve. You can find that here: . Good luck!

on 30 Mar 2010 9:23 AM

What a great prize!  Thanks for offering it -  now, off to the drawing board!

on 31 Mar 2010 2:08 PM

I wish I could do this but haven't the money to buy a camera.

Pokey wrote
on 1 Apr 2010 4:16 AM


You don't need a camera to take a picture; the challenge is to use the existing picture of the swan we've provided to inspire a quilt. If you go to the page below, you can download the image. Hope you'll join the challenge!

on 4 Apr 2010 10:45 AM

I find so many times I get really excited about submitting my work and maybe,just maybe winning a prize only to read on and find the dreaded,"only open to residents of the usa". What about those of us in canada that purchase your magazines without fail, supports your blogs and web sites, you have no idea how often this happens, sort of makes me want to support "Canada only" publications. Signed by so sad in canada

Pokey wrote
on 5 Apr 2010 9:09 AM

Hi Karen,

I am sorry you're upset that we couldn't open this to residents outside the US. This is the first time we couldn't open a challenge to international residents simply due to national and international laws way beyond our control. Our other challenges (such as "How Entertaining") are absolutely open to everyone!

OvertheMoon wrote
on 28 Apr 2010 11:14 AM

I am so excited to participate in this challenge - I have a question about the picture submission guidelines:  The files generated by my digital camera are larger than 1 MB.  I even used an old digital camera in the hopes that the file would be smaller, but the files are still slightly greater than 1 MB (1.08 MB).  Is there a way to reduce the size of the jpeg file so that it meets the guidelines?  I would appreciate any assistance - Chris