I hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend! I took advantage of being home, and spent my time grilling, stitching, and catching up on much needed sleep.
However, once at the office this morning, I realized that some quilt deadlines and opportunities are quickly approaching:
1. Fall Quilt Festival Deadline for Visuals: Festival Awareness Project: It’s Raining Cats & Dogs!
International Quilt Festival will showcase quilted pet portraits in a special exhibit, Festival Awareness Project: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs. Once again, this exhibit will be accompanied by fabric postcards made and donated by animal lovers worldwide, with sale donations benefiting the Houston-based animal shelter and adoption agency, Friends for Life.
This quilt exhibit will premiere at International Quilt Market and Festival, October 26–November 3, 2013, and you may submit a total of two quilts for consideration. Quilts must be a minimum of 25″ x 25″. There is no “made-after” date requirement. Please do not submit a quilt that was included in a previous edition of Festival Awareness Project: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs.
Completed submissions with visuals must be received online by May 31, 2013, and the submission details can be found here . Don’t forget to make pet postcards to help raise funds for Friends for Life. Speaking of fabric postcards
2. Take our Fabric Foodie Postcard Challenge in honor of our upcoming show in Chicago (June 21-23)!
Since Chicago is a foodie town, we thought it would be fun to adapt our Festival Pet Project for our Houston show, and turn it into 4″x6″ fabric postcard recipe challenge where the proceeds would be donated to a local Chicago food back. So think fabric postcards, but instead of a postcard backing where you would put an address and a stamp, you would share a favorite recipe. More details and information on how to make a fabric recipe card can be found in this blog post.
3. Make ATCs to trade at our Chicago show!
They’re everywhere. Being traded at quilt shows, exchanged at guild meetings, swapped at lectures, handed out at quilt and paper craft classes – any place fabric and mixed-media artists have the opportunity to get together – deals are going down. Fast, fun, and frivolous, artist trading cards, otherwise known as ATCs, are little 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces of your art – a mini quilt or collage – that you make and trade with someone else.
The only requirement for an ATC is its dimensions: 2.5″ x 3.5″. They can be made of fabric, paper, or mixed media. Scan and print your own photos or copyright-free clip art; stamp fabric or paper; embellish with stitching, beads, buttons, ephemera, etc. Stitch or glue a border on it if you like. Then add a card stock backing, sign and date the card on the back, add contact information such as an email or web address if desired, and number the cards if they are one of a series.
Don’t know how to make ATCs? Here are some instructions:
Materials for Fabric ATCs
Amounts below will yield approximately 9 ATCs
9″ x 12″ piece of craft felt
9″ x 12″ piece of fusible webbing
9″ x 12″ piece of card stock
Rubber stamps or stencils
Fabric paint and foam brush
Embroidery threads and needle
Embellishments such as beads, buttons, and ephemera
Decorative trims if you would like to add borders to your ATCs
Fabric and craft scissors
Rotary cutter, mat, and quilting ruler
Parchment paper or Teflon® sheet
Fuse the fusible web to the craft felt following the manufacturer’s instructions.
With the fusible side up, layer your fabric scraps on top until the felt is completely covered. Iron them in place.
With fabric or acrylic paint and rubber stamps or stencils, add designs randomly over the fabric. Allow to dry, then heat-set. At this stage, you may want to add free-motion or decorative stitching all over to add interest.
When the paint has dried and been heat-set, using your rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, cut 2 .5″ x 3 .5″ rectangles out of the fused fabric.
Stitch and embellish each ATC as desired.
Glue trims to the border or satin stitch all the way around.
Glue on a card stock backing, sign and date the card, and add contact information, if desired.
Stay tuned for a fabric giveaway…my loot from Sample Spree finally arrived back from Quilt Market!