Reader Challenges

QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE READER CHALLENGES


Introducing our Fabulous Fabric Swap Reader Challenge–deadline Aug. 15

Warm weather is perfect for getting outside for some creative mischief. Getting messy with paints, experimenting with cyanotypes and sun prints, or creating hand-dyed fabric in outdoor buckets. Of course, many artists work inside, too, but there’s something about the longer days, chirping birds, and sunshine that stimulate creativity. New growth, new work.

For years, Quilting Arts has featured articles on surface design and dyeing fabric and we frequently hear from readers about their experiments with the techniques they have learned. How about you? Starting with white fabric, we challenge you to show us what you can do and share your work in a Reader Challenge fabric swap. Wow us!

This challenge will be a fun opportunity for all involved to share their art with other readers in two ways: A selection of the fabrics will be published in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine or online. All of the fabric will then be distributed, and each Reader Challenge participant—whether published or not—will receive a fat quarter created by another artist.

Here’s how the challenge works:

  1. Starting with white 100% cotton fabric, create a surface-designed or hand-dyed fat quarter (18″ x 22″). You may use any dyeing or surface-design technique(s).
  2. Note: 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.)
  3. Write your name and email address on an index card and staple it to a corner of the fabric. Please note if the fabric can be washed or not. This card will not be photographed but it will be included when we ship the swap fabrics.
  4. This challenge is a swap: Your fabric will not be returned to you, however, we will send you a fat quarter of fabric designed by another reader.
  5. Only one entry per person. If you send more than one piece of fabric, we will consider them a donation and they will not be returned or swapped.
  6. Your fat quarter must be received in our offices by Monday, August 15, 2016, along with a shipping and handling fee of $5 (U.S.), $10 (Canada), or $15 (all other international). This fee, which must be paid in U.S. dollars, covers the shipping costs, packing materials, and handling for sending you the swap fabric. 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. Fat quarters will be mailed to participants via United States Postal Service the week of November 14.
  7. In your shipment, include:
  • a brief written description of the technique(s) you used to create the fabric,
  • the fat quarter,
  • the shipping/handling fee, and
  • your first and last name and complete mailing address.

Ship the package to:
Quilting Arts Magazine /F+W
ATTN: Fabulous Fabric Swap
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.

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

We look forward to seeing your work!


Introducing our ‘Barnyard or Fair’ Reader Challenge

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

We look forward to summer with excitement —the leisurely days, the sparkling sun, vacations, and summer memories of the past. This issue’s challenge is an extension of those thoughts. Remember trips to county fairs—the competitions, the food, the rides and games? And how about visits to Grandpa’s farm—the family picnics, the hay, the animals? We remember. Do you?

Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt based on the theme “Barnyard or Fair.” Here’s the chance to show us your trip down memory lane in a quilt. Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the October/November issue or online.

If accepted as a finalist, your artwork must be in our offices no later than June 3, 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 entries to:

Quilting Arts Magazine/F+W
Attn: ‘Barnyard or Fair’ 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 “Barnyard or Fair” quilt until the week of August 22, 2016.

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

We look forward to seeing your work!


 Introducing our ‘Bucket List’ Reader Challenge

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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.

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.


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?

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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?

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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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December 2015 marks the 15th year of Quilting Arts Magazine. 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.

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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.


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.


Introducing our ‘Create a Breast Pocket’ Reader Challenge

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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.


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.


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.


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.