We are very excited to say that the Ultimate Guild Challenge in Knoxville was won by the Milwaukee Art Quilters. This is a showing of all of the quilts. Only 8 of them were judged to go on to Knoxville. They are pictured in random order but, the winners in Knoxville were Terri Kirchner, Cecelia Rotter, Nancy Linz, Roberta Williams, Kasia, Jane Walton, Nancy Kimpel, and Linda Reuss Benson. Below you will see the instructions for the challenge too. Connecting Thread: A Line of Design Each quilt must be 36 x 36 square. A thread of red, rayon, rat tail cording must run through each quilt to tie them together and will literally connect them when displayed. The rat tail must enter the quilt along the left side either 12 from the top or 12 from the bottom (your choice) and exit the quilt on the right either 12 from the top or 12 from the bottom (your choice once again). This variety will allow the quilts to be displayed in a staggered set that will add interest to the exhibit (see diagram below). Any length of rat tail may be used and it can do anything while within the quilt: stretch straight across and be only 36 long, loop and spiral over the entire surface, outline an object or border the main subject. It can be the focus of the piece or fade into obscurity, but it cannot be broken. I know art quilters hate technical details, but if these quilts are to be hung easily and look great, it cant be avoided: A 24 piece of the rat tail must hang off the right side of the quilt (when looking at it) to be used in connecting them. Dip the end of the rat tail in glue or fray check to keep it from fraying. This side must have a 3 square pocket on the back to hold the excess rat tail in case your quilt is hung on the far right of the exhibit and to contain the tail while in transit. Just a thought - you could make the pocket your label! On the left side of the quilt (looking at it) the end of the rat tail should be secured neatly around the edge of the quilt. Buttons! The back of the left side of the quilt will need to have two 1 diameter buttons attached next to each other horizontally with their centers even with the rat tail end. The neighboring quilts rat tail will attach to these buttons. Buttons with shanks the thickness of the rat tail may be sewn tightly to the quilt (with no stitching showing on the front). Buttons without shanks may be used also: sew to the quilt using a piece of rat tail between the button and the quilt to act as a spacer. When this piece of rat tail is removed there will be room for wrapping. The last 6 (approximately) of the next quilts tail will wrap, figure 8 style, around these buttons. I bought my rat tail at JoAnns. In store spool #2409, sku #031927920058 The quilt may be abstract, traditional, representational, geometric.your choice. Any construction technique may be used. No rules - as long as the line runs through it!
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