Reader Challenges

QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE READER CHALLENGES


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

I’ve Got a Notion

Introducing our NEW Reader Challenge
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/January issue.

Here’s how to enter

  1. Create an art quilt based on the theme, “I’ve Got a Notion.” The quilt must be 8″ x 8″ square. Embellishments must not protrude more than 1/2″ 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 closed along the edges.
  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 written permission with your submission.
  3. To be considered for the challenge, attach two jpeg images of your completed entry to your email—one of the entire quilt, including all of the edges, and one of a detail of the quilt by July 1, 2018, to challenges@fwmedia.com, with “I’ve got a Notion” in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, title of the quilt, and a brief statement about your piece in the email. You may submit more than one quilt, but each entry must be in an individual email.
  4. To learn tips for photographing your Reader Challenge submission, visit quiltingcompany.com/photographytips.
  5. On July 5, 2018, we will post the finalists at quiltingcompany.com/notions-reader-challenge. Please be sure to check this post, as artists will not be notified directly.
  6. Finalists’ artwork must arrive in our office by August 3, 2018. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $10 U.S, $20 Canada, and $30 for all other international entries will be due. All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to F+W Media.
  7. Be sure to put your name on your artwork, and mark the top. For safety, place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your “I’ve got a Notion” quilt until January 11, 2019.

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.

Shipping address:
F+W/Quilting Arts Magazine
Attn: ‘My View’ Reader Challenge
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
July 1: Emailed submissions are due with jpeg photos.
July 5: Names of finalists will be posted at quiltingcompany.com/notions-reader-challenge.
August 3: Finalists’ quilts must be received in our offices.
September 2018: Look for a gallery of “I’ve got a Notion” quilts in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!

*Featured image: Getty Images/phive2015


3-2-1-Blastoff

Introducing our Reader Challenge!
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.

Here’s how to enter

  1. Create an art quilt based on the theme, “3-2-1-Blastoff!” The quilt must be 12″ x 12″ but does not have to be rectangular. Embellishments must not protrude more than 1/2″ 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 closed along the edges.
  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 written permission with your submission.
  3. To be considered for the challenge, attach two jpeg images of your completed entry to your email—one of the entire quilt, including all of the edges, and one of a detail of the quilt by May 27 to challenges@fwmedia.com, with “3-2-1-Blastoff!” in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, title of the quilt, and a brief statement about your piece in the email. You may submit more than one quilt, but each entry must be in an individual email.
  4. To learn tips for photographing your Reader Challenge submission, visit quiltingcompany.com/photographytips.
  5. 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.
  6. On May 30, we will post the finalists on the 3-2-1 Blastoff page. Please be sure to check this post, as artists will not be notified directly.
  7. Finalists’ artwork must arrive in our office by June 29. At that time a flat return shipping and handling fee of $10 U.S, $20 Canada, and $30 for all other international entries will be due. All funds must be in U.S. dollars and made payable to F+W Media.
  8. Be sure to put your name on your artwork, and mark the top. For safety, place your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. All artwork will be returned by September 1.

NOTE: F+W Media will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

Shipping address:
F+W/Quilting Arts Magazine
Attn: ‘My View’ Reader Challenge
2 Mill & Main Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754

We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your “3-2-1-Blastoff!” quilt until the week of September 1, 2018.

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

Mark your calendar!
May 27: Emailed submissions are due with jpeg photos.
May 30: Names of finalists will be posted at quiltingcompany.com/blastoff-reader-challenge.
June 29: Finalists’ quilts must be received in our offices.
September 2018: Look for a gallery of “3-2-1- Blastoff!” quilts in the October/November 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!


Illumination

Introducing our Reader Challenge!
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.

Here’s how to enter

  1. Create an art quilt based on the theme, “Illumination.” The quilt must be 5″ x 5″. Embellishments or three-dimensional elements must not protrude more than ½” from the surface of the quilt.
  2. The quilt may be made with any materials, but it must be quilted (by hand, machine, or both), consist of three layers, and closed along the edges (a traditional binding is not required).
  3. Label your quilt on the reverse with your name, email address, and title of the quilt. On the back of the quilt, please mark the top. A hanging sleeve is not required.
  4. 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. (It’s a good idea to steer clear of commercial imagery.)
  5. To be considered for the challenge, attach two low-resolution jpeg images (each less than 1MB) of your completed entry to your email—one of the entire quilt, including all of the edges/binding, and one of a detail of the quilt—via email by March 25 to challenges@fwmedia.com, with “Illumination” in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, phone number, title of the quilt, and a brief statement about your piece in the email. You may submit more than one quilt, but each entry must be in an individual email.

Note: Please do not “zip” your files and be sure to send separately attached jpegs (not embedded in the text).

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.

  1. On March 28, we will post the finalists on the “Illumination” Reader Challenge page on the blog. This is the only notification that will be made.

If accepted as a finalist

  • Your artwork must be in our offices no later than April 30, 2018, 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.
  • Securely pack your quilt to resist damage during shipping. (We suggest putting the quilt in a sealed plastic bag inside the main packaging.) 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 entries to:
F+W/Quilting Arts Magazine
Attn: ‘My View’ Reader Challenge
2 Mill & Main Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754
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 katie.chicarello@fwmedia.com.
We look forward to seeing your work!

Mark your calendar!
March 25: Emailed submissions are due with low-resolution jpeg photos.
March 28: Names of finalists will be posted on the “Illumination” Reader Challenge page.
April 30: Finalists’ quilts must be received in our offices.
July 2018: Look for a gallery of “Illumination” quilts in the August/September 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!


My View

This Challenge is still open! Submissions due Sunday, February 4, 2018!
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.

Here’s how to enter

  1. Create an art quilt based on the theme, “My View.” The quilt must be 10″ x 10″. Embellishments or three-dimensional elements must not protrude more than ½” from the surface of the quilt.
  2. The quilt may be made with any materials, but it must be quilted (by hand, machine, or both), consist of three layers, and be either bound, faced, or closed along the edges.
  3. Label your quilt on the reverse with your name, email address, and title of the quilt. On the back of the quilt, please mark the top. A hanging sleeve is not required.
  4. 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. (It’s a good idea to steer clear of commercial imagery.)
  5. To be considered for the challenge, attach two low-resolution jpeg images (each less than 1MB) of your completed entry to your email—one of the entire quilt, including all of the edges/binding, and one of a detail of the quilt—via email by February 4 to challenges@fwmedia.com, with “My View” in the subject line. Please include your name, email address, phone number, title of the quilt, and a brief statement about your piece in the email. You may submit more than one quilt, but each entry must be in an individual email.

Note: Please do not “zip” your files and be sure to send separately attached jpegs (not embedded in the text).

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.

  1. On February 7, we will post the finalists on the My View Reader Challenge page on the blog. This is the only notification that will be made.

If accepted as a finalist

  • Your artwork must be in our offices no later than March 2, 2018, 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.
  • Securely pack your quilt to resist damage during shipping. (We suggest putting the quilt in a sealed plastic bag inside the main packaging.) 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 entries to:
F+W/Quilting Arts Magazine
Attn: ‘My View’ Reader Challenge
2 Mill & Main Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754
We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your “My View” quilt until the week of April 30, 2018.

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

Mark your calendar!
February 4: Emailed submissions are due with low-resolution jpeg photos.
February 7: Names of finalists will be posted on the My View Reader Challenge page.
March 2: Finalists’ quilts must be received in our offices.
May 2018: Look for a gallery of “My View” quilts in the June/July 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!


Role Models

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

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.

Mark your calendar!
November 19: Emailed submissions are due with low-resolution jpeg photos.
November 22: Names of finalists will be posted on the blog at quiltingdaily.com.
December 15: Finalists’ quilts must be received in our offices.
March 2018: Look for a gallery of “Role Model” quilts in the April/May 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!


Necessity is the Mother of Invention

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

Creativity springs from all different kinds of places, but often a need for innovation drives amazing works. Think of Eli Whitney and the cotton gin, Isaac Singer of the Singer sewing machine, and Stephanie Kwolek, the inventor of DuPont™ Kevlar®. For this challenge, we are asking you to create an environment of necessity for yourself. Make a quilt that uses nothing new—don’t purchase anything! Dig into your collection of fabric, vintage ephemera, up-cycled notions, and more. Beg, borrow, and steal—and use your imagination with unconventional materials. We can’t wait to see what you devise!

Join other fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of reader’s artwork in the February/March 2018 issue or at quiltingdaily.com.

Finalists:

  • Your artwork must be in our offices no later than October 27, 2017, 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.
  • Securely pack your quilt to resist damage during shipping. (We suggest putting the quilt in a sealed plastic bag inside the main packaging.) 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.
    We reserve the right to keep and possibly display your “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” quilt until the week of January 8, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Katie at katie.chicarello@fwmedia.com.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Mark your calendar!
October 27: Finalists’ quilts must be received in our offices.
January 2018: Look for a gallery of “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” quilts in the February/March 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!


A Cup of Comfort

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

A certain enigmatic engineer on a popular sitcom is fastidious about offering his friends a ‘hot beverage’ when they are in distress. A warm cup of tea or coffee often helps to soothe the soul, as do kind words, or an inspiring message. Sometimes, all a person needs to brighten their day is a steaming mug and an bit of encouragement from a friend—or a stranger!

In this challenge, we are asking you to create an artist trading card (ATC) that represents comfort to you—or that you think will bring peace to another. This challenge will be an opportunity for each participant to share their art with other readers in two ways: A selection of the comfort cards will be published in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine or online. All of the cards will then be distributed, and each Reader Challenge participant—whether published or not—will receive a comfort card created by another artist.

Here’s how the challenge works:

This challenge is a swap: Your card will not be returned to you; however, we will send you a comfort card designed by another reader.
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.

If you have any questions, contact Katie at katie.chicarello@fwmedia.com.

We look forward to seeing your work!

Mark Your Calendar!

  • November 1: We will send you a comfort card made by another Quilting Arts Magazine reader.
  • December 2017: Look for a gallery of “Cups of Comfort” artist trading card in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine!

Year of the Rooster

Look for a gallery of finalists in the October/November 2017 issue.

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

2017 is the Year of the Rooster—now that is something to crow about! The Chinese zodiac has a long history and tradition, as does the rooster in traditional American quilting. The rooster and its companions show up in traditional blocks such as Hen and Chickens, and in numerous appliqué applications. The rooster is a proud, confident and noisy animal, strutting around the farmyard.

Join along with fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme, “Year of the Rooster.” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of reader’s artwork in the October/November 2017 issue or at quiltingdaily.com.


Words of Wisdom

Look for a gallery of finalists’ work in the August/September 2017 Quilting Arts!

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

Cynthia Cangley was the winner of last summer’s Reader Challenge theme contest with her suggestion, “Words of Wisdom.” Did your parents teach you a motto to live by? Did your favorite author inspire a mantra? Has a song lyric on the radio grabbed your attention and you can’t get it out of your head? Have you ever heard a lecture and some idiom just sticks from it? Has a buzzword been buzzing in your mind? For this challenge, we want you to think of a word or phrase that stimulates your life.

Share your meaningful words with us! Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt based on the theme, “Words of Wisdom,” in whatever way that translates to you. Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of reader’s artwork in the August/September 2017 issue or at quiltingdaily.com.


Tell Us a Story

Look for a gallery of finalists’ work in the June/July 2017 Quilting Arts!

Thank you for your interest. Submission to this challenge is now closed.

Our lives are fraught with tiny moments, mundane, everyday occurrences, and momentous occasions. Tales get shared with the world (often now through social media), laughed over with friends, and swept under the rug. Tell us a story that has meaning to you, captures some small snapshot of your life.

Tell us a story of meeting up with a friend, after a long time apart. Of watching the sunset out your window while drying the dinner dishes. Of meeting a significant person in your life for the first time. Of learning of a catastrophe in the world.

What story do you want to tell? Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt based on the theme “Tell Us a Story” in whatever way that translates to you. Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of reader’s artwork in the June/July 2017 issue or at quiltingdaily.com.

 


Speak to Me

Introducing our ‘Language of Flowers’ Reader Challenge

Thank you for your interest. This challenge is now closed.

Flowers mimic our own human lives … a seed is planted, it grows and blossoms, it becomes magnificent, and it, alas, withers and dies. Flowers also seem to have moods, preferences, and, certainly, language. What do they say to you?

Of course, there are also meanings ascribed to flowers—a language, if you will—of every sentiment. Different types or colors of roses, for example, are said to evoke love, respect, thankfulness, innocence, grace, and much more.

How do flowers speak to you and what sentiment do they express? Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt based on “The Language of Flowers” in whatever way that translates to you. Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of reader’s artwork in the April/May 2017 issue or at quiltingdaily.com.


How Do I Love Thee?

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Sonnets have been written, songs crafted, artwork of all media created—all about the love that fills our hearts and souls and makes us human. As quilters, we are inspired by so many things—nature, current events, technology, music—but what is more inspiring than the special people in our lives?

For this challenge, we want you to think of a special someone in your life, someone who makes a difference and for whom your heart beats faster. Show us that person in a quilt. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner—honor someone!

 


Introducing our Fabulous Fabric Swap Reader Challenge

Thank you for your interest. This challenge is now closed.

Warm weather is perfect for getting outside for some creative mischief. Getting messy with paints, experimenting with cyanotypes and sun prints, or creating hand-dyed fabric in outdoor buckets. Of course, many artists work inside, too, but there’s something about the longer days, chirping birds, and sunshine that stimulate creativity. New growth, new work.

For years, Quilting Arts has featured articles on surface design and dyeing fabric and we frequently hear from readers about their experiments with the techniques they have learned. How about you? Starting with white fabric, we challenge you to show us what you can do and share your work in a Reader Challenge fabric swap. Wow us!

This challenge will be a fun opportunity for all involved to share their art with other readers in two ways: A selection of the fabrics will be published in the December 2016/January 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine or online. All of the fabric will then be distributed, and each Reader Challenge participant—whether published or not—will receive a fat quarter created by another artist.

Submitted fat quarters will be mailed to participants via United States Postal Service the week of November 14.

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.


Introducing our ‘Barnyard or Fair’ Reader Challenge

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We look forward to summer with excitement —the leisurely days, the sparkling sun, vacations, and summer memories of the past. This issue’s challenge is an extension of those thoughts. Remember trips to county fairs—the competitions, the food, the rides and games? And how about visits to Grandpa’s farm—the family picnics, the hay, the animals? We remember. Do you?

Our challenge is for you to create an art quilt based on the theme “Barnyard or Fair.” Here’s the chance to show us your trip down memory lane in a quilt. Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the October/November issue or online.


 Introducing our ‘Bucket List’ Reader Challenge

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What’s on your “Bucket List”? We all have them in some form or another; lists of things we’d like to do or see or create before we pass on to that great quilt store in the sky. Perhaps you dream of seeing the world’s wonders, accomplishing a physical challenge, creating a masterpiece, or just doing something personal, special, important to you.


 

 

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