Reader Challenges

Introducing our ‘Bucket List’ Reader Challenge–deadline March 13

What’s on your “Bucket List”? We all have them in some form or another; lists of things we’d like to do or see or create before we pass on to that great quilt store in the sky. Perhaps you dream of seeing the world’s wonders, accomplishing a physical challenge, creating a masterpiece, or just doing something personal, special, important to you.

And yet, it’s hard to find the time and other resources to accomplish these goals. So, how about showing us in a quilt?

Our challenge to you is to create an art quilt based on the theme “Bucket List,” in whatever way that translates to you. Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the August/September 2016 issue or online.

Here’s how to enter

Create an art quilt based on the theme “Bucket List.” The entire quilt must measure 8 1/2″ x 11″ including the 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, attach two low-resolution .jpg 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 March 13, 2016 to challenges@interweave.com, with the words “Bucket List” 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. 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 separately attached jpegs.

To learn photo tips for shooting your Reader Challenge submission, search for “7 Tips for Photographing Your Art Quilts for Challenges” at quiltingdaily.com.

On March 16, 2016, we will post the finalists on the 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 April 5, 2016, 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; no credit cards or electronic payments. 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, mail your entries to:

Quilting Arts Magazine/F+W
Attn: ‘Bucket List’ 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 “Bucket List” quilt until the week of June 20, 2016.

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

We look forward to seeing your work!


 

Introducing our ‘What’s Your Super Power?’ Reader Challenge

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We are quilters. We sew faster than a speeding bullet. Our design skills are more powerful than a locomotive. And, we are able to leap obstacles in our sewing rooms in a single bound. We are super quilters!

Our latest Reader Challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to create an art quilt based on the theme “What’s Your Super Power?” What would you wish for? Or what do you have already, waiting to shine through?

Up, up, and away!

  • On Feb. 3, 2016, we posted the finalists 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 Feb. 19, 2016, 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; no credit cards or electronic payments. 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: ‘Super Power’ 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 “What’s Your Super Power?” quilt until the week of May 23, 2016.

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

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Introducing our ‘Going Places’ Reader Challenge

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Spring is a time of opportunity. Gardens are waking up from winter naps, loved ones are graduating and transitioning into new stages of their lives, new life springs up from nests and ponds, and there is new hope of warmer days to come. Everyone and everything seems to be wiping off the cobwebs, going somewhere, transforming.

How are you reshaping things? What do you see in nature that exemplifies transition? What fresh opportunities do you see? How are you moving on?

Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt based on “Going Places,” in whatever way that translates to you. Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the April/May 2016 issue.

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 “Going Places” quilt until the week of March 21, 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 ‘Face Time’ Reader Challenge

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“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Let’s face it, we love portrait quilts. Humans are drawn to faces and, according to research, even newborn infants prefer faces to other objects. We look for information and other clues in the expressions of others. Artists of all mediums have used the face as the subject or inspiration of their work-be they realistic, abstract, or somewhere in between.

Whatever face you choose to honor, our challenge is for you to create a “Face Time” portrait art quilt. Portraits tell a story. What is yours?


Introducing our ‘Artful Adventure’ Reader Challenge

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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”!

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Introducing our ‘Autumn Leaves’ Reader Challenge

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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.

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Introducing our ‘Birds of a Feather’ Reader Challenge

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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.


Blossoms, Buds, and Blooms

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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.