More 'Map It Out' Reader Challenge quilts

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The word “map” can mean different things to different people. It is a verb and a noun, and can be used in many ways, with myriad meanings. It can be a simple, folded item in the glove compartment of your car or it can be a complex, detailed plan for your future.

In the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Quilting Arts, we challenged readers to create a 10″ x 12″ art quilt interpreting what the word map means to them. Over 100 readers participated and we were thrilled with their creativity and ingenuity. The entries were so diverse and clever; it was difficult to choose just a handful of finalists from all of the submissions. Thank you to all who submitted a quilt for this challenge. We hope you enjoy the sampling of pieces featured here and in the magazine.


Above, Sheila McAvoy • South Yarmouth, Massachusetts
“DNA: Maps Under the Microscope”
“Genetic mapping with DNA is so fascinating-not only the visual interest of a molecule’s structure but the mission of science to map the elements that influence our unique characteristics. This is a playful version of DNA to ‘Map It Out.'”

Jane Rommel • Phoenix, Arizona

“Wrinkles Map Out My Life”

“This piece was done on white muslin. I used colored pencils, embroidery, and needle felting to create this self-portrait. My wrinkles truly do map out my life.”

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Kristine Lundblad

About Kristine Lundblad

Kristine is Associate Editor of Quilting Arts Magazine, Modern Patchwork, QuiltCon magazine, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, Modern Patchwork Holiday and Quilting Arts TV.