Reader Challenges

QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE READER CHALLENGES


Tempus Fugit

Introducing our new Reader Challenge!

You know what they say, ‘Time flies when you’re having fun.’ We’ve been having so much fun at Quilting Arts Magazine that our 100th issue is just around the corner! Reflecting on the amazing history of this magazine, we realize what an impact it has had on our own artwork and the art quilting community in general. In the spirit of celebrating you, our readers, we invite you to submit a postcard illustrating an artistic affirmation that speaks to your heart. Journal in ten words or less on the back of the postcard what Quilting Arts has meant to you.

Share your postcard with us and we’ll publish a sampling in the August/September 2019 issue.

Rules:
1. Create a postcard quilt based on the theme, “Tempus Fugit.” The quilt must be 6″ x 4″. Embellishments must not protrude more than ½” from the surface. 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 permission with your submission.

3. To be considered for the challenge your artwork must arrive in our offices no later than April 5, 2019.

4. Be sure to put your name, city, and state on your artwork. We recommend placing your entry in a plastic bag before packing it for shipping. Postcard quilts will not be returned.

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 possibly display it at shows. F+W will not be held responsible for loss or damage due to circumstances beyond our control.

Shipping address
Quilting Arts/F+W Media
Attn: Tempus Fugit
2 Mill & Main Place, Suite 610
Maynard, MA 01754

If you have questions, contact Katie at [email protected]
We look forward to seeing your work!

 


Heat it Up!

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An iron is a powerful tool. While we often use an iron to smooth things out, have you ever considered using the heat to press things wrinkly? What about to create pleats with crisp folds? Have you ever tried manipulating fibers with other heat sources—such as a craft heat gun? We use heat to activate fusibles, manipulate ephemera, and at times, to dry fabric. This month, we challenge you to create an art quilt that incorporates an element of heat in some way.

Join fellow Quilting Arts readers and create an art quilt based on the theme, “Heat it Up!” Share your quilt with us and we’ll publish a sampling of readers’ artwork in the June/July issue.

 


Heart of the Home: Artists Give Back

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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.

 


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.

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