Quilting Arts Reader Challenge Retrospective: A Walk in the Park

As Quilting Arts Magazine continues to celebrate the publication of our 100th issue and beyond, we can’t help but reflect on the 99 issues that came before. A veritable library of fantastic artwork has graced the pages, and we love to look back and rediscover that art! Reader Challenge artwork is some of my favorite—seeing names of artists who have submitted lately, or a piece that just speaks to me. For a list of current Reader Challenges click here. Were you part of one of the first Reader Challenges? Were you part of this one? The following gallery was published in the August/September 2014 issue, available here. In the meantime, enjoy these amazing art quilts!

A Walk in the Park

Results from the ‘Art in the Park’ Reader Challenge

The warmer months remind us of the joy of time spent outdoors in our favorite parks—city parks, national parks, theme parks, or our own backyards. We challenged readers to create an 8″ x 8″ art quilt inspired by the theme of enjoying a park. Almost 100 submissions were received depicting foreign travel, hometown bliss, and natural beauty in abstract and literal interpretations. We hope you enjoy this gallery of our readers’ artwork!

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“There’s More to Yellowstone Than Old Faithful” • Judi Gunter | Photos by Larry Stein

“There’s More to Yellowstone Than Old Faithful”
Judi Gunter • Chestertown, Maryland
“Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park has much more to offer than just Old Faithful. I was impressed with the landscapes and the layering between the trees and water elements. With this piece, I wanted to create a visual 3-D appearance of a photo I took at Yellowstone.”

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“Art at Parc du Camp de Mars” • Linda Moon Daughtry

“Art at Parc du Champ de Mars”
Linda Moon Daughtry • Cherry Log, Georgia
“I was an art teacher for 39 years and I am always thinking about making art. What better place to feel the full effects of art than in Paris?! This would be my ideal spot to create art in a park. A finished painting, a glass of wine, and some cheese and bread would complete a perfect day.”

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“Central Park, Transformed” • Laurie Russman

“Central Park, Transformed”
Laurie Russman • New York, New York
“This challenge immediately reminded me of the spectacular installation that transformed Central Park in 2005: Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s ‘The Gates.’ Giant shimmering banners of orange fabric arched over countless footpaths, bringing an amazing wave of color to a snowy landscape that winter … and smiles to the faces of my neighbors. Volunteers handed out swatches of the special fabric the artist used, a piece of which takes center stage in this quilt. Thread work and fabric ink represent the wintry sky, bare branches, and walkways. Thank you for bringing back a marvelous memory!”

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“Crevasse” • Jenny Messer

Jenny Messer • Norwalk, Iowa
“In nature there are expansive views to enjoy, but sometimes when you narrow your focus, you can see amazing patterns and abstractness in the simplest of things. When visiting Alaska several years ago, we took a drive up the Glenn Highway to see the Matanuska Glacier. We hiked through the glacial moraine onto the ice to see the face of the glacier and the huge, breathtaking, gaping crevasses. Looking down at my feet—as I tried not to slip on the ice—I saw the abstract relationship between a small blue crevasse, the white melting ice, and the grit of the moraine gravel. This quilt was inspired from a photo I took at that moment.”

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“Bark in the Park” • Lisa Dodson

“Bark in the Park”
Lisa Dodson • Martinsville, Indiana
“After a long winter, our furry friends enjoy a visit to the local dog park to unleash their energy. The quilt background is pieced with hand-dyed fabrics, details were fused and raw-edge appliquéd, the quilt was free-motion quilted, and a faced binding was applied.”

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“I’m Flying…” • Susan Bianchi

“I’m Flying …”
Susan Bianchi • Saratoga, California
“Parks are about freedom. We’re free to let go of our day-to-day lives and just play. Parks are places for imagination, where we can be who we want to be—explorers, pirates, cowboys. Ageless. We don’t have to be bound by the laws of physics. We can fly.”

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“My First Quilt Show” • Judith Panson

“My First Quilt Show”
Judith Panson • Lockport, Manitoba, Canada
“A lifelong artist, I now work in fabric. An artist friend of mine, who runs art shows in a local park, suggested I display some of my wall hangings. This quilt represents my first quilt show, which led to an entirely new career for me!”

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“En Plein Air” • Lauren Snyder

“En Plein Air”
Lauren Snyder • Snohomish, Washington
“I love to create things … painting outdoors, quilting indoors, but most of all I love tatting. This theme brought to mind the tents and displays of artists selling their work in the park. That channeled into actually painting in the park. The quilt is composed of fabric, tatted embellishments, and a tiny watercolor painting of the scene. It was a lot of fun to create.”

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“Kids in the Park” • Terry Aske

“Kids in the Park”
Terry Aske • New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
“The theme of ‘enjoying the park’ brought to mind kids on swings in a playground. I used crayons on black and white fabrics to create the background. I fused everything together, and added details with black marker pen and black free-motion quilting.”

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“Memories of Trees from the Dead of Winter” • Christina Lindsay

“Memories of Trees from the Dead of Winter”
Christina Lindsay • Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
“When I created this quilt, we were into our sixth month of snow in Alberta, Canada, and my mind was playing tricks as to what our spectacular National Parks look like in summer.”

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“Season’s End” • Nora Bebee

“Season’s End”
Nora Bebee • Rio Rancho, New Mexico
“At season’s end, the bright colors of summer melt into faded hues. Nature becomes less distinguishable, producing impressionistic images. This piece is a blending of wet felting and fabric; lines and shapes overlap to create a new landscape.”

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“My Art in the Park” • Melanie Johnston

“My Art in the Park”
Melanie Johnston • Hampton, Connecticut
“I created a collage of my own fiber art and printed it on to fabric. I then painted a Gelli Art plate with light and dark green paint, masked off shapes for a tree and park bench, and pulled the print. The tree leaves are fabric snippets covered with tulle and a bit of foil was added for the sun. The child doing a handstand was created from a stencil I made.”

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“Summer Evening on the Champ de Mars” • Sally Maxwell

“Summer Evening on the Champ de Mars”
Sally Maxwell • Poquoson, Virginia
“My husband and I flew to Paris for a special birthday. After a wonderful dinner, we decided to walk in the ‘City of Light’ and see the Eiffel Tower illuminated in all her glory. It was a pleasant June evening and as we approached the Champ de Mars, we could see groups of Parisians picnicking on the grass, drinking wine, and listening to music. It was such a happy time! I recreated the scene using a special fabric to mimic the night sky, which I embellished with beading and French knots.”

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“Evening in the Park” • Sylvia and Mike Snyder

“Evening in the Park”
Sylvia and Mike Snyder • Hurlock, Maryland
“Parks have always been a part of our city lives. They remind us of spending every weekend with family and friends for coffee, cake, and a stroll. This design was drawn by Mike and interpreted in fiber by Sylvia using cotton and silk fabrics, Jacquard® Lumiere® paints, and Tsukineko® inks.”

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