Have you seen the latest gallery of Reader Challenge artwork? Published in the October/November 2019 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, not only do the quilts feature some of our favorite furry friends, but incorporate a thoughtful sense of climate change awareness. The Challenge asked readers to create a mini quilt based on the theme ‘It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.’ This idiom of mostly unknown origins applies to that heavy downpour that can drench you right through your rain slicker. We’ve had some incredible weather recently—much of it destructive. Our readers responded to the challenge of making an art quilt reflecting this theme with personal stories, heart-wrenching experiences—and a sense of humor regarding the weather. We chose an unusual size requirement for this challenge: 5″ x 11″. Despite this challenging size, our readers responded readily, and we are happy to share some of the finalists from this challenge! To see the full gallery grab a copy of the October/November 2019 issue.
“Acropolis in a Thunderstorm”
Jean Caboth • Mount Pleasant, Iowa
“When I visited the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, in February, I was caught in a thunderstorm with rain and hail. Many feral cats live amidst the ruins so I included them in my piece—or maybe it truly rained cats while I was there!”
Marjorie VanDeren • Whitefish, Montana
“I live in Montana where the weather can change drastically throughout the day. Spring is a wonderful season and we usually get beautiful green grass and flowers but often we are hit with a snowstorm or heavy rainfall. I wanted this quilt to show our wonderful landscape as it looks in the springtime, trying to be green and beautiful while still covered in snow and being hit with a snowstorm.”
“Home Sweet Home”
Tina Fimble • League City, Texas
“Climate change has led to an increase of the severity of hurricanes in Texas. Many homes were flooded after Hurricane Harvey. This quilt was inspired by my friend Roseann, who had three feet of water in her house but kept her spirits up by quilting through it. It is appliquéd and machine stitched with netting for the water.”
Linda R. Hillesum • Monmouth, Oregon
“I used a piece of leftover fabric from a quilt I made for a local watershed agency. I like combining various forms of textiles and including threads, yarn, and fraying as part of the composition.”
These quilts are so fun—but also thoughtful. Don’t forget to grab your copy of the October/November 2019 issue to see the full gallery, or subscribe to Quilting Arts Magazine to never miss a Reader Challenge.