Color to the Rescue Reader Challenge

“Color Love” (detail) • Laurie Bucher • Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Most art quilters love color. Some of us need color, especially during cold winter months and rainy seasons. And who hasn’t used color is some form to cover up a mistake in a project or create a new opportunity? Sometimes we use an infusion of color to shake us out of a rut or established routine.

The February/March issue of QUILTING ARTS is about making a fresh start, quilting like a magpie, and looking at your artwork and process in new ways. Here’s something that will have you using your refreshed art brain: A Before and After Surface Design challenge with color as the springboard. Working with a recycled or commercially printed fabric, we challenge you to alter it in new, inventive, and surprising ways and share your creation with us and our readers. The surface design technique(s) you use are totally up to you, but a few ideas include stamping, printing, painting, mark-making, discharging, overdyeing, and so on. You may use one technique or many.

We will publish a sampling of readers’ altered fabric alongside an original, unaltered piece in the August/September 2020 issue so show us your art cloth creation!


1. Begin with a fat quarter of recycled or commercially printed fabric—please avoid solids and neutrals; this is a challenge, after all. Cut the fabric in half, resulting in two fat eighths. Each piece of fabric should be a rectangle approximately 9″ x 20″ or 10″ x 18″. Set one aside. Alter the other fat eighth with surface design techniques based on the theme ‘Color to the Rescue’ and write a 30-word description of your process and the techniques you used.

2. 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 permission with your submission.

3. To be considered for the challenge, attach two jpeg images of your work to an email—one of the two pieces of fabric (before and after) and one a detail of the altered cloth—by March 1, 2020 to with ‘Color to the Rescue’ in the subject line. Your entry should include the photos and the 30-word description. Please include your name and email address in the entry. You may submit more than one entry, but each entry must be in an individual email.

4. To learn tips for photographing your Reader Challenge submission, visit

5. On March 4, 2020, we will post the finalists at Please check this post, as artists will not be notified directly.

6. Finalists’ artwork must be shipped to arrive in our office by March 20, 2020 for photography.

7. Be sure to pin your name on each piece of fabric and send both the before and after pieces to us. For safety, place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. Include your name and full return address inside the package. We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your Color to the Rescue artwork until September 15, 2020. Your artwork will then be returned to you.

Note: By submitting your Reader Challenge entry, you are authorizing Golden Peak Media to publish your project in upcoming publications and promotional materials, on our websites and in other e-media, as well as possibly display it at shows. Golden Peak Media will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

Mark Your Calendar

MARCH 1: Emailed submissions are due with jpeg photos.
MARCH 4: Names of finalists will be posted here.
MARCH 20: Finalists’ quilts must be received in our offices.
AUGUST 2020: Look for a gallery of ‘Color to the Rescue’ quilts in the August/September 2020 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!

If you have questions, contact us at
We look forward to seeing your work!

Header image: “Color Love” (detail) • Laurie Bucher • Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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