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Written in the Stars

Take the Challenge!

Presenting the Tula Pink HomeMade Challenge: 
A juried and judged quilt challenge Sponsored by FreeSpirit and Aurifil.

 

Thimble Full of Stars proudly announces that we are a
#HomeMadeChallege Participating Retailer!

A quilt from one lucky Thimble Full of Stars customer will be submitted to a jury of experts, including Tula Pink, for the chance to hang as part of the HomeMade Challenge exhibit at the Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas in October 2020.  The challenge encourages quilters to pay tribute to what drives the maker to create with their hands, through the creation of a 60” x 60” quilt featuring 80% of the new Tula Pink HomeMade fabrics and using Aurifil threads.  Tula and her panel of experts will jury submitted quilts that speak to the glory, attitude and beauty that comes from the privilege of saying “Hey, I made that.”

One FIRST PLACE winner will earn a prize package of over $10,000 including a BERNINA 570QE Special Edition by Tula Pink sewing machine, Tula Pink Fabric from FreeSpirit, an assortment of sanctioned Tula Pink Aurifil thread collections and other related sewing and quilting products.  One VIEWER’S CHOICE winner, selected via social media, will win a package of sewing related items valued at over $1,200, and one HONORABLE MENTION winner will receive a prize package valued at over $1,000.  All winners will receive a quilt show ribbon!

The challenge runs from March – June 30, 2020. 

The Purpose of the Challenge

The humming of the sewing machine, the repetitive motion of a needle passing between the fibers of cloth, the joy of a fresh rotary blade, the gentle steam of a hot iron, the accomplishment of making something with our own hands, these are the things that bind us together. What to some may seem foreign, to us it defines our very existence, that which expresses who we are and amplifies our sense of accomplishment and self-worth.  The focus of the HomeMade juried exhibit is to create an item that celebrates our community of makers and all the glory, attitude and beauty that comes from the privilege of saying “Hey, I made that.” Each quilt will pay tribute to what drives us to create with our hands.  It’s about creativity, intention, approach, quality and the pure sense of joy achieved by playing with fabric, threads and finely-crafted tools.

The entries can be art quilts or traditional quilts that speak to the theme.  Any techniques—piecing, appliqué, embroidery and/or manipulated fabric, etc. may be used. 

How Does it Work?

Each entrant may submit up to TWO works to their local quilt shop.  Approximately 80% of each work (60”x 60” quilt) must feature FreeSpirit HomeMade fabric by Tula Pink.  We ask that each entrant’s finished work include some application of Aurifil Thread too.  Please ask that they be specific about the thread color and weights used.  Each quilt shop will then select ONE quilt to submit to FreeSpirit.

Next, a jury of experts, including Tula Pink, will select TWELVE quilts to be part of the HomeMade Challenge exhibit at the Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, Texas in October 2020, and the opportunity to win over $10,000 in prizes! 

Where to Get the Goods!?

To purchase fabrics from the new HomeMade Collection by Tula Pink and any Aurifil threads, visit OUR SHOP!

Download the HomeMade look book HERE!

Can’t find the item that you’re looking for?  Contact us with your order request and we’ll see if it is something that we can special order for you! 

The Legal Stuff

For the complete HomeMade Challenge Contest Rules, CLICK HERE!

The Timeline

March 2020 — HomeMade by TulaPink for FreeSpirit Fabrics arrives in-stores!!

June 22, 2020 — Deadline for entries to be received by Thimble Full of Stars

June 23-29, 2020 — Jury selection and notification by Thimble Full of Stars

June 30, 2020 — Deadline for selected entry (digital submission of entry form and photo) to be received by FreeSpirit Fabrics from Thimble Full of Stars

July 2020 — All entries returned to quilters by Thimble Full of Stars

July 21, 2020 — Jury selection and notification of finalists by FreeSpirit Fabrics

August 11, 2020 — Deadline for receiving selected exhibition quilts in Houston (shipped by quilters)

October 2020 — Judging and announcement of the winners

September 2021 — quilts returned to quilters by FreeSpirit Fabrics

How to Enter

HomeMade Challenge participants must send their entries, at his/her own expense, to:

Jackie Fitzgerald
Thimble Full of Stars LLC
413 Canterberry Drive
New Braunfels, Texas 78132

EACH Challenge entry must include a printed and completed ENTRY FORM.  Please make sure that your form is completely filled out and that all information is clearly written.  If you would like to type the “story of your quilt” portion and include it on a separate page, you may do so.  Sign and date your form.  Please also make sure that your contact information is correct, as it will be the information that we will use to return your quilt back to you.

Challenge entries must arrive no later than June 22, 2020 to be included in the jury selection by Thimble Full of Stars LLC.

We highly recommend that all works submitted be sent in a secure package via a trackable courier with proper shipping and handling.  The original box/packaging will be kept for return shipping only if specifically requested.  Please note Thimble Full of Stars is not responsible for damage caused to packaging or contents during shipping and new/alternative packaging may have to be provided for return shipment.  TIP: If it is possible to enclose your work in an XLarge plastic bag or covering (we recommend the over-sized Ziploc style bags), it may help to protect/secure your work during shipping.  Please do not send your work in pillowcases or other coverings that may become lost or separated from your submitted work.

All works returned by Thimble Full of Stars LLC will be insured for $500.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

 

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