Reader Challenges

Quilt by Jamie Fingal. Photo by HornickRivlin.com

QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE READER CHALLENGES


New address!

Quilting Arts Magazine/F+W
2 Mill & Main Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754

Heart of the Home: Artists Give Back

Introducing our new Reader Challenge!

Transitioning out of homelessness and into a permanent residence is life changing. To celebrate this event, quilt artist Jamie Fingal has partnered with Furnishing Hope, an organization that supplies the furnishings for homes for the previously homeless. Jamie’s project, Heart of the Home, makes a personal wall quilt for each new dwelling. Quilters are generous people—and what better way to contribute than to create a small art piece to brighten up a family’s new space? Quilting Arts will collect all your thoughtful quilts and organize them for donation through Heart of the Home. In addition, the donated quilts will also be featured as a special exhibit at several Original Sewing & Quilting Expo events in 2019!

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and staff and create an art quilt based on the theme “Heart of the Home.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the April/May issue.

Rules:

1. Create an art quilt within the theme of ‘Heart of the Home.’ The quilt must be 14″ x 14″ and include a house motif.

2. Embellishments must not protrude more than ½” from the surface of the quilt. The quilt may be made with any materials, but it must be quilted (by hand, machine, or both), consist of three layers, and be closed along the edges. Please attach two rings or pop-top tabs on the back upper corners for easy hanging.

3. 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.

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.

4. ‘Heart of the Home’ quilts must arrive in our office by December 7, 2018.

5. Be sure to label your artwork on the reverse as:
The House Quilt Project
Artist’s Name
City, State
2018
Do Not Wash

6. For safety, place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping.

NOTE: ‘Heart of the Home’ quilts will not be returned to artists. They will be donated to Furnishing Hope.

Shipping address
F+W/Quilting Arts/F+W Media
Attn: Heart of the Home
2 Mill & Main Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754

If you have questions, contact Katie at katie.chicarello@fwmedia.com.
We look forward to seeing your work!

Mark your calendar:
December 7: Quilts must be received in our offices.
April 2019: Look for a gallery of “Heart of the Home” quilts in the April/May 2019 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!

Featured Image: Quilt by Jamie Fingal. Photo by HornickRivlin.com


Mended

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Patching holes, stitching up seams, gluing things back together—sewing often mirrors events in our lives. To create a joyous, productive life we are called upon to bring disparate elements such as family, work, art, and self-care together, much as we bring fabrics and thread together to make a quilt. Sometimes, the fabric of our lives tears—and then we are called upon to mend it. Darned patches and repaired gaps define and enrich our experiences. Celebrate the marks and memories on the quilt of your soul with a piece of art!

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme “Mended.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the February/March 2019 issue.

 


I’ve Got a Notion

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Fabric, thread, batting, pins—all of these are essentials in quilt making— not to mention rotary cutters, sewing machines, measuring tapes, scissors, and cutting mats. Don’t forget buttons, seam rippers, irons, and thimbles. Let’s not overlook design sense and the hand of the maker—you! What’s in your quilter’s toolbox? Make a quilt illustrating your favorite notion, be it on your cutting table or in your head. What makes your sewing box, stitching corner, or studio a haven for creativity?

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme, “I’ve Got a Notion.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the December 2018/January 2019 issue.

 


3-2-1-Blastoff

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the International Space Station. Through the exploration and research of this station and other initiatives, we have started to answer some of the most pervasive questions—is there life on Mars? How big is the Universe? Space is still a great mystery in many ways, but continues to fascinate and inform the masses. Last year, more people watched the solar eclipse than the Super Bowl! What’s out there? What do we seek as we probe, test, and watch? Explore the mysteries—and discoveries!—of space in cloth.

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme, “3-2-1-Blastoff!” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the October/November issue or at quiltingcompany.com.

 


Illumination

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Text and language express meaning, understanding, and knowledge. We use words to communicate with one another, record our history, and start new dialogues. Letters and symbols are the building blocks of this system of communication. For this Reader Challenge, select a letter, symbol, or idea to illuminate. From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, to our own time, these letters and manuscripts were supplemented with decorative borders and miniature images. Shed light on your chosen simple symbol to amplify its significance to your own life and understanding. Embellish meaning—stitch to communicate.

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme, “Illumination.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the August/September 2018 issue or at quiltingcompany.com.


My View

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Inspired by the work of Maria Shell, Cindy Girsdela, and other improve artists, take a stab at exploring color, line, and shape. Where better to find inspiration than in your own backyard? Pull out your scraps and throw caution—and patterns—to the wind and create an improvisationally pieced quilt inspired by your view. Whether you see skyscrapers or Sequoias, playscapes or parking lots, interpret the view in artful improv. We encourage you to move outside of your comfort zone, forgo the ruler, and let fate guide your cutting!

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme “My View.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the June/July 2018 issue or at QuiltingCompany.com.

 


Role Models

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Who inspires you? Who has made a mark on your life? Revolutionaries—large and small—forge the way and shape our lives. We hear about such persons on the news, but inspirational people surround us daily.

It was once unprecedented that a woman could hold an advanced degree, excel in a career, and raise children. It was unheard of that all children, regardless of race, could attend school together. It was uncommon for nations to work together for common peace. Now, thanks to some key role models, these instances are part of normalized society—inspirations for the wider world.

Tell us about the role models in your life—in an art quilt. After all, art quilting was once unprecedented, too.

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme, “Role Models.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of reader’s artwork in the April/May 2018 issue or on our website.


 

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