Reader Challenges

Introducing our ‘Artful Adventure' Reader Challenge--deadline Aug. 2, 2015

How can it be that Quilting Arts Magazine is about to celebrate a milestone birthday?

This December marks the 15th year of this wonderful publication. From the very first issue, QA has encouraged quilt artists to push the boundaries of creativity, learn new techniques, and embellish with abandon. From dyeing to discharge, from beading to binding, and from free motion to felting, we've covered it. This has been quite an "artful adventure"!

You are invited to join us in marking this festive occasion by creating a small art quilt depicting your own artful adventures inspired by the magazine. The subject matter and implementation are up to you, but we encourage you to use at least three different techniques you've learned from Quilting Arts in the making of your quilt.

Here's how to enter

  • Create an art quilt based on the theme "Artful Adventure." The entire quilt must be in portrait orientation and measure 8" (width) x 10" (height) including the binding. Embellishments must not protrude more than 1/2" from the quilt.
  • To be considered for the challenge, attach two low-resolution images (each less than 1MB) of your completed entry to your email--one of the entire quilt including all of the edges/binding and one of a detail of the quilt--via email by August 2, 2015 to challenges@interweave.com, with the words "Artful Adventure" in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, phone number, title of the quilt, and a brief statement about your piece in the email, including the techniques you used and what issue(s) of Quilting Arts you learned them from. You may submit more than one quilt, but each entry must be in individual emails.
    Note: Please do not "zip" your files and be sure to send jpegs. 
  • The quilt may be made with any materials, but it must be quilted (by hand, machine, or both), consist of three layers, and be either bound or closed along the edges. Although we encourage you to use at least three different techniques from Quilting Arts, it is not mandatory. 
  • Label your quilt on the reverse with your name, email address, and title of the quilt. On the back of the quilt, please mark the top. A hanging sleeve is not required. 
  • Your entry must be free of any text or images 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.)
  • To learn photo tips for shooting your Reader Challenge submission, check out page 6 of the December 2014/January 2015 issue or search for "7 Tips for Photographing Your Art Quilts for Challenges" at quiltingdaily.com.
  • On August 5, 2015, we will post the finalists on the Reader Challenge blog at quiltingdaily.com. This is the only notification that will be made.
  • If accepted as a finalist, your artwork must be in our offices no later than August 28, 2015, along with a shipping and handling fee of $10 (U.S.), $20 (Canada), or $30 (all other international). This fee, which must be paid in U.S. dollars, covers the shipping costs, packing materials, and handling for the return of your entry. Only cash, checks, or money orders can be accepted. Checks or money orders should be made payable to F+W.
  • The entire piece and all of its packaging must weigh less than 3 lbs. and fit inside a standard shipping/mailing box or padded envelope for return shipment.

Finalists should mail their entries to:

Quilting Arts Magazine/F+W
Attn: ‘Artful Adventure' Reader Challenge
490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15
Sudbury, MA 01776

Note: By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows. F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your "Artful Adventure" quilt until the week of Jan. 11, 2016.

If you have questions, contact Kristine Lundblad at kristine.lundblad@fwcommunity.com.

We look forward to seeing your work!

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Introducing our 'Autumn Leaves' Reader Challenge: deadline May 26, 2015

Thank you for your interest. This challenge is now closed.

In New England, we are blessed by nature's ever-changing wonder in four distinct and lovely seasons. Fall is a particularly beautiful one, as the trees' leaves change color and nature prepares for colder days to come. And our friends in the southern hemisphere welcome spring, another season when nature shows its miracles.
Whatever colors surround you this fall, our challenge is for you to create an art quilt inspired by leaves. As an added twist, we encourage you to use at least one technique you have learned from any issue of Quilting Arts. Share your quilt with us and we'll publish a sampling of readers' artwork in the October/September issue.

If accepted as a finalist, your artwork must be in our offices no later than June 19, 2015, along with a shipping and handling fee of $10 (U.S.), $20 (Canada), or $30 (all other international). This fee, which must be paid in U.S. dollars, covers the shipping costs, packing materials, and handling for the return of your entry. Only cash, checks, or money orders can be accepted. Checks or money orders should be made payable to F+W.

The entire piece and all of its packaging must weigh less than 3 lbs. and fit inside a standard shipping/mailing box or padded envelope for return shipment.

Finalists should mail their entries to:

Quilting Arts Magazine/F+W
Attn: 'Autumn Leaves' Reader Challenge
490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15
Sudbury, MA 01776

Note: By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows. F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your "Autumn Leaves" quilt until the week of Sept. 14, 2015.

If you have questions, contact Kristine Lundblad at kristine.lundblad@fwcommunity.com.

We look forward to seeing your work!

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Introducing our 'Birds of a Feather' Reader Challenge--deadline April 3

Thank you for your interest. This challenge is now closed.

Birds are a significant presence in our world. Who hasn't been amused by scurrying plovers or stopped in their tracks by the intricate melody of a wood thrush? From literature to paintings to quilts, birds are also ever-present images in artwork. Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt showing how birds inspire you. Share it with Quilting Arts and we'll publish a sampling in the August/September 2015 issue.

For tips on photographing Reader Challenge quilts, visit http://www.quiltingdaily.com/blogs/quilting-daily/archive/2014/11/19/7-tips-for-photographing-your-art-quilts-for-challenges.aspx or see page 6 of the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Quilting Arts.

Note: By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F+W to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in other e-media, as well as to possibly display it at shows. F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your "Birds of a Feather" quilt until the week of July 13, 2015.


Blossoms, Buds, and Blooms--deadline Feb. 1, 2015

Thank you for your interest. This challenge is now closed.

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment." Georgia O'Keeffe

It's a harbinger of spring we long for in the dead of winter-that first crocus blossom or flower in the landscape. Flowers are cheerful, comforting, fragrant, and just plain lovely! They are an equal opportunity love, enjoyed by gardeners and non-gardeners alike.Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt representing your favorite flower or flowers. Share it with Quilting Arts and we'll publish a sampling of our readers' artwork in the June/July 2015 issue.

 

Introducing our 'Create a Breast Pocket' Reader Challenge

Thank you for your interest.  This challenge is now closed.  Look for a gallery of Breast Pockets made by readers in the April/May 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


Introducing our ‘Favorite Things' Reader Challenge

Thank you for your interest.  This challenge is now closed.

Maybe we say it too glibly; "I love that song" or "That's my favorite outfit." But we all do have favorite things that inspire us in many ways. It might be a favorite possession, a pleasant memory, or a loved one. Or it could be a treasured memento, a trip of a lifetime, or a new opportunity. Our challenge to you is to create an art quilt representing your favorite thing or things. Share it with Quilting Arts and we'll publish a sampling of our readers' artwork in the February/March 2015 issue.

 

Introducing our 'Changing Seasons' Reader Challenge

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

It's always exciting when the first crocus leaves poke through the late winter snow. And there is something magical about watching the first snowflakes swirl around in the yard. Seasons keep changing! And just as fall turns to winter and winter to spring, our lives have seasons as well--times when we experience growth and renewal and times when we may lie fallow while our roots are pushing deeper. Our challenge to you is to create an art quilt reflecting on the changing seasons in your life. Share it with Quilting Arts and we'll publish a sampling of our readers' artwork in the December 2014/January 2015 issue.

 

Introducing our 'Opposites Attract' Reader Challenge

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

Ever notice that it's often easier talking to the person next to you at the circular tables used for banquets than it is to strike up a conversation with the person directly across? Well, sometimes we make our color choices the same way-we pick the neighbors of our main color (they're called analogous in color wheel speak) instead of dashing across the wheel to pick up a less familiar hue. This challenge will give you the opportunity to lean across the table, so to speak, and create an art quilt using colors from the opposite sides of the color wheel. Share it with Quilting Arts and we'll publish a sampling of our readers' artwork in the October/November 2014 issue.

 

Introducing our 'Art in The Park' Reader Challenge

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

For many of us less hardy souls, winter often means more time is spent indoors. Yet as the light lingers longer each day, it becomes easier to remember spending time outdoors in our favorite parks--whether national parks with extraordinary vistas, city parks which encourage community, or private gardens we've created in our own backyards to foster contemplation and reflection--and don't forget ballparks and theme parks! Our challenge to you is to create an art quilt with the theme of enjoying a park and share it with Quilting Arts. We'll publish a sampling of our readers' artwork in the August/September 2014 issue.