Reader Challenges

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

"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.

Here's how to enter

Create an art quilt based on the theme "Blossoms, Buds, and Blooms." The entire quilt must measure 10" x 10", including binding. Embellishments must not protrude more than 1/2" from the quilt.

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. 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 be considered for the challenge, send two low-resolution images (each less than 1MB) of your completed entry--one of the entire quilt including all of the edges/binding and one of a detail of the quilt--via email by February 1, 2015 to challenges@interweave.com, with the words "Blossoms" in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, phone number, title of the quilt, and a brief explanation of your piece in the email.

Note: Please do not "zip" your files and be sure to send jpegs.

On February 4, 2015, assistant editor Kristine Lundblad 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 February 23, 2015, along with a flat shipping and handling fee of $15 (U.S. and Canada) or $25 (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 Interweave.

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.

Finalists should mail their entries to:

Quilting Arts Magazine/F&W
Attn: ‘Blossoms' 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 "Blossoms, Buds, and Blooms" quilt until the week of May 4, 2015.

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

We look forward to seeing your work!

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Create a Breast Pocket

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.  Look for a gallery of Favorite Things quilts  in the February/March 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

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.

Note: By submitting your reader challenge entry, you are authorizing F&W Media, Inc. 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 Media, Inc. will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

We reserve the right to keep and display your "Favorite Things" quilt until the week of January 5, 2015.

If you have questions, contact Kristine Lundblad at klundblad@interweave.com.

 

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 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 issue.