Illumination Reader Challenge

"Four Letter Words: Memo to Self" (detail) Karen Swiech

We use words to communicate with one another, record or history, and start new dialogues. Letters and symbols are the building blocks of this system of communication. Our searching readers have uncovered the secrets of symbols and shed light on a myriad of meanings. It was hard to choose but we’re pleased and proud to announce the finalists of this challenge: *Please check this list carefully for your name.*

Announcing the Finalists

  • Hope Bell, “Hope”
  • Elise Dee Beraru, “Shin—Shalom Illuminated”
  • JaNita Clairmont, “A is for…”
  • Katherine Dossman, “Hashtag”
  • Jo Ann Doughart, “Tree of Life”
  • Karen de la Durantaye, “A Soulful Journey”
  • Tina Fimble, “Doubt”
  • Gloria Hazel, “Ms. G. and a Few Friends in Her Garden”
  • Tonya Littman, “L is for Littman”
  • Alexandra Martin, “Be Positive, Patient, and Persistent”
  • Mirela S. W. Samson, “Embrace Love”
  • Ellen Schwark, “Love Your Pachamama”
  • Anne Selder, “Independence & Freedom”
  • Ellie Sharman, “G chord (aDADE tuning)
  • Karen Swiech, “Rare Roses”
  • Lynn White, “Lessons from Leaves”

Congratulations, finalists, and thank you to all who submitted their work for this challenge! We will share a sampling of finalists’ artwork in the August/September 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

Next steps

Your artwork must be in our offices no later than April 30, 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.

Please securely pack your quilt to resist damage from the elements (we suggest putting the quilt in a sealed plastic bag inside the main packaging). Also include your full name and mailing address (clearly written, please) inside the package.

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: ‘Illumination’ Reader Challenge
2 Mill & Main Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754

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 “Illumination” quilt until the week of August 31, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Katie at

We have a Reader Challenge in every issue. Subscribe to Quilting Arts Magazine and be among the first to learn about our next challenge so you can join in on the fun.

Full challenge rules and the next Reader Challenge can be found on the Quilting Arts Reader Challenge page.

Featured image: “Four Letter Words: Memo to Self” (detail) Karen Swiech | Photo by

Comments (2)

  • Ellen S

    How do I find the list of finalists in the illumination challenge?

    March 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    • Brenna Riley Gates

      Hi Ellen,
      The finalists are now posted to this page!
      The Quilting Company Team

      March 28, 2018 at 3:18 pm

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