Reader Challenges

Create a Breast Pocket--deadline December 9

During her journey back to health after breast cancer, artist Melanie Testa created The Breast Pocket Project to celebrate and support survivors like herself who chose to forego reconstructive surgery or prostheses after mastectomy. Read more on page 10 of the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

To honor and support all who are touched by this disease--survivors, family, friends--we invite readers to create and donate a Breast Pocket.

Every challenge submission will be published, either in the April/May 2015 issue or on our website. We hope to exhibit them at a later date.

Here's how the challenge works

1. Create a Breast Pocket using your own design, the template on page 14 of the October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, a recycled pocket, or similar medium. Make as many as you'd like. There is no specific size requirement, just make it pocket size.

2. The sky's the limit. Use any fabric, color, technique, embellishment, and style to create your Breast Pocket.

Note: Your Breast Pocket 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. (It's a good idea to steer clear of commercial imagery.)

3. Put your name on the back of the Breast Pocket with a permanent marker, stitching/embroidery, or a label.

4. Include a statement and the first name of the person you are honoring, if applicable, in no more than 25 words. In addition, include your name, city/town, state, and country (if not the U.S.).

5. There is no entry fee for this challenge as all Breast Pockets will become the property of Interweave/F&W and will not be returned.

6. In order to be considered for publication, your Breast Pocket must be received in our office by December 9, 2014.

Mail your entry to:

QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE/Interweave
Attn: Breast Pocket 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 our 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.

If you have questions about the Breast Pocket Reader Challenge, contact Kristine Lundblad at klundblad@interweave.com. Please include your first and last name and contact information, including a phone number, in all email correspondence.

We look forward to seeing your work!

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Introducing our ‘Favorite Things' Reader Challenge--Deadline Oct. 5

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.

Here's how to enter

  • Create an art quilt based on the theme "Favorite Things." The entire quilt, including binding, must measure 9" x 12", 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. It may be oriented horizontally or vertically. 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 the edges/binding and one of a detail of the quilt--via email by October 5, 2014 to challenges@interweave.com, with the words "Favorite Things" 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 October 8, 2014, 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 October 24, 2014, 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/Interweave
Attn: ‘Favorite Things' Reader Challenge
490 Boston Post Road, Suite 15
Sudbury, MA 01776

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.

We look forward to seeing your work!

 

Introducing our 'Changing Seasons' Reader Challenge--Deadline: August 1, 2014

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.

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 "Changing Seasons" quilt until the week of November 10, 2014.

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

We look forward to seeing your work!

 

 

Introducing our 'Opposites Attract' Reader Challenge--Deadline: June 1, 2014

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.

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 "Opposites Attract" quilt until the week of November 10, 2014.

 

 

Introducing our 'Art in The Park' Reader Challenge--Deadline: April 4, 2014

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.

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 our 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.

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