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eQuilter Contest

Love Your Mother - Quilt Challenge

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eQuilter is sponsoring a quilt challenge and contest (and future exhibits) featuring a 43” x 44” digital printed panel with an image of the Earth surrounded by a Rainbow Mandala. You can see the 3 versions of the panel in the image above.

BERNINA is our co-sponsor...
and they are generously providing a beautiful machine as the FIRST PRIZE!

There will be additional prizes, including eQuilter gift certificates.

There are featured coordinates which maybe be used but the required fabric for the challenge is the large Earth/Mandala panel.

We ask you to do more than just embellish the panel. We encourage you to cut up, manipulate, appliqué, embroider, paint, re-piece, and/or expand on this panel to express your feelings about Mother Earth.

We encourage you to put your heart and soul into this project, and share your thoughts and feelings about what is happening to our beloved planet. For our part, we will sponsor and organize the project and exhibit(s).

As you know, eQuilter donates 2% of sales to a list of 7 charities, which includes environmental organizations. We will reach a total of $1.5 million donated, in early 2018.

We hope that this project and the ensuing exhibit will raise awareness and inspire others to take action to protect our planet….and its inhabitants.  The subject is not just environmental, but also you may consider specific topics such as clean vs. toxic waters, wildlife habitats (land and sea), indigenous peoples, rainforests, pollinators, Arctic/Antarctic, Endangered Species, and other matters closely tied with the theme of Mother Earth.

There are 3 versions of the Challenge Panel:
North/South America
Australia/New Zealand
Africa (coming in September) Customer Service if you would like to be notified when the Africa panel arrives in our warehouse.

Your quilt must use one of the 3 main challenge panels (Look for "CHALLENGE" in the title) but may also use other prints, batiks, or other fabrics/materials that will express your message for your quilt.

Width:  Minimum 30", Maximum 60".
Height:  Minimum 30", Maximum 60".

Challenge Quilt Construction: Now through Feb 2018
Online Registration: March 1 - May 15, 2018
(300 dpi, 2400 pixels longest side)

Jurying: May 16 - June 15, 2018
Notification: by June 20, 2018
Selected Quilts to Arrive by July 13. (details to follow)
Quilts may travel to more than one venue. In negotiation now.
Judging and Contest Prizes in negotiation now...more details to follow.

We are finalizing the details for exhibit date(s), sponsors and prizes. This page will be updated shortly as these details fall into place. We are posting this information now so you can purchase a panel and think about your quilt design. Our first shipments of the Americas and Australia panels are in stock now, and we have Africa in the works.

Yes we will take entries from countries outside of the US. Send us your questions and suggestions and we will take these into account as we hammer out the details.

Entries can be from one quilter, 2 quilters, or a group of quilters.
Each quilt is considered one entry.
A quilter may make or participate in a maximum of 2 quilt entries.
If a quilt is made by more than one quilter, any prize received must be shared by those makers.
Please do not use excessive 3-D details that make it difficult to stack or roll the quilt for shipment, since we hope this exhibit will travel.

Please consider this a collective effort to raise awareness and inspire others to Love Mother Earth. This fabric design comes from that intention, and now we hope for it to be a vehicle to share ideas on this topic.

Quilts should be suitable for all ages of viewers, including children. We encourage you to express your views clearly, but use common sense for what is appropriate for a wider viewing audience. We hope to inspire the next generation who will be the next caretakers of our planet.

Sometimes our art is more powerful than words. Often Artist-Activists can say things visually, that cannot be said in print or in speech. My experience making "Rocky Mountain Poison" for the 'Water is Life' exhibit (premiered at the United Nations in Feb 2016) has been a great inspiration, and I wish to share an artist-activist opportunity for those of you who have a message to share about Mother Earth. Lets see what we can do together!

Thank you for considering joining us in this effort… to Love Your Mother.

Luana and Paul Rubin

* eQuilter employees are not eligible to enter this contest.

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