Working in a small format offers a unique set of challenges. Simply because the work is executed on a smaller scale does not make the act of creating it any less difficult. 44 artists from across the United States and other areas of the wolrd answered the challenge of limiting the size of their work to no more then 10"x10". The work produced is unique and demonstrates that small art quilts can have a large impact.

Challenge Host: Lynn Krawczyk

Name of piece: Onion
Size: 9“W x 9.8“H

Artist: Adri de Vries Tadema
Location: Netherlands

Artist Statement: I painted the onion on fabric, as well as the background, enhanced the surface with some hand embroidery.
The "bulb" was done with layering fiberfill, first the top, stitched it and did some more layers, so the bulb-part is about one inch higher then the rest of the surface meandered the whole surface.



Name of piece: Three by Three
Size: 10“W x 10“H

Artist: Anna E. Haase
Location: Ferndale, MI

Artist Statement: Applique, Machine Quilted



Name of piece: Magnolia XI
Size: 8“W x 11“H

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Artist: Arlene L. Blackburn
Location: Collierville, Tennessee


Name of piece: Parcel #12 – Everything Turns
Size: 6.97“W x 4.72“H

Artist: Beate Knappe
Location: Dusseldorf, Germany


Name of piece: Parcel #15
Size: 7.8“W x 7.8“H

Artist: Beate Knappe
Location: Dusseldorf, Germany


Name of piece: Currents
Size: 8“W x 8“H

Artist: Beth Mastin
Location: Plymouth, NH

Artist Statement: Currents came about from playing with cheesecloth. On this background, the cheesecloth reminded me of seaweed floating in ocean currents. I then added couched yarns, twisted fabrics and beads. This was a fun piece to make since I love to work with materials that have texture to them.


Name of piece: Larien Ringeril Lost in Lenwe Tasardur
Size: 8.5”W x 10”H

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Artist: Cathy Lewis
Location: Central Falls, Rhode Island

Artist Statement: This face study is a drawing done by my daughter several years ago. Although she has many drawings I want to reproduce as quilts, I knew this was the one for this challenge because of all the embellishing opportunities it presented. I also wondered what it would look like if "Larien" was added in front of a cityscape. For this quilt I used raw edge applique, hand painting, sequins. a rhinestone and pearl button, ribbon, and a lame type fabric, lightly stuffed for her dress. It is quilted with outline stitching, as well as free motion.


Name of piece: All About Blue
Size: 8”W x 8”H

Artist: Diane Becka
Location: North Bend, Washington

Artist Statement: An idea came to me in a dream, and I woke up knowing I had to make this quilt. An expression of the sadness and loss I was feeling at the time, tempered with hope for the future.


Name of piece: Neon 1
Size: 8“W x 10”H

Artist: Dianne Leatherdale Johnson
Location: Steinback, Manitoba, Canada

Artist Statement: Trying to use some of my neon bright fabric, and also working out a new technique with piping.

I find ideas just grab me and shake me until I agree to do them. And they evolve along the way. I have a huge stash consisting of items from four generations of very artistic ladies, and my own collection of over 700 ties from which to choose bits of lovely fabric. I can think of no place I would rather be than in my sewing room.



Name of piece: And He Loves Me Too
Size: 10“W x 8“H

Artist: Dianne Leatherdale Johnson
Location: Steinback, Manitoba, Canada

Artist Statement: A black sheer scarf from the Self Help store that just called out to me to become a quilt. Layered over upholstery fabric, enveloped for a finish, free motion quilted and hand beaded.


Name of piece: Leaves 1, Virginia Creeper
Size: 6“W x 6“H

Artist: Dianne Leatherdale Johnson
Location: Steinback, Manitoba, Canada

Artist Statement: The actual leaves are fused under the shiny sheer.


Name of piece: Did You Think Thy Fell Off by Themselves?
Size: 8“W x 10“H

Artist: Dianne Leatherdale Johnson
Location: Steinback, Manitoba, Canada

Artist Statement: Mountain Ash leaves under chiffon, thread painting.


Name of piece: Breaking Out
Size: 4”W x 6”H

Artist: Estela DeLa Fuente
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Artist Statement: I started out as a traditional quilter, but I want to "break out" of that mode and get into art quilting. My post card quilts are a way of exploring new methods and techniques, so I can see results right away. "Breaking Out" is the result of a study in red, using a collage technique in which the layers are held together by stitching in metallic threads. There are also some Angelina fibers mixed in--what fun!


Name of piece: A Tiny Bit of Purple
Size: 6“W x 4“H

Artist: Gena Flatley
Location: Commerce Township, Michigan

Artist Statement: This was my first attempt at a small work and I went with the use of color and shape as my challenge. An abstract piece, it has no meaning other than my experience of “fun with colors”…; cottons fused and layered on Peltex, embellished with beads and rickrack and FMQ.


Name of piece: Blazin’ Sun
Size: 7 3/8”W x 4 ¾”H

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Artist: Jan Johnson
Location: Wakefield, Nebraska


Name of piece: Botanika
Size: 8.25”W x 8.25”H

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Artist: Jane Davila
Location: Ridgefield, Connecticut

Artist Statement: Cotton fabric, linen thread, beads, silk paper; Wax pastel drawing, thread painting, stamping, hand scatter stitching


Name of piece: Mirror Mirror on my Quilt!
Size: 8.5“W x 10“H

Artist: Janice Simpson
Location: Marquette, MI

Artist Statement: shisa mirrors, embroidery, machine stitches and lots of beads, background pieced


Name of piece: Party!
Size: 10“W x 10“H

Artist: Jean DeSavage
Location: Kalamazoo, MI

Artist Statement: I've been wanting to try abstract work for a while, as I am mostly drawn to do realistic pieces. I used two correlating pieces of decorator fabric, appliqueing pieces from one onto the other. I enjoyed the way the free motion quilting turned out and like the back of the piece as much as the front.


Name of piece: Fish Tales
Size: 9“W x 9“H

Artist: Jeanne Oberrieth
Location: Pleasant Valley, NY


Name of piece: Beach Rocks
Size: 10“W x 9“H

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Artist: Joan Potter Thomas
Location: Northville, MI

Artist Statement: I have been exploring the idea of simplicity in my work. The editing of an initial idea with a large emphasis on negative space in the overall piece has been a challenge, but ultimately quite freeing.


Name of piece: Fall
Size: 10“W x 9“H

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Artist: Joan Potter Thomas
Location: Northville, MI

Artist Statement: I have been exploring the idea of simplicity in my work. The editing of an initial idea with a large emphasis on negative space in the overall piece has been a challenge, but ultimately quite freeing.


Name of piece: Simple Elegance
Size: 6“W x 5.5“H

Artist: Johoanna Boykin
Location: Orange, NSW, Australia


Name of piece: Fall Arrivals
Size: 9“W x 10“H

Artist: Judi Corrado
Location: Carson City, NV

Artist Statement: I love having a change of seasons and fall is one of my favorites times of the year. The wind the in the trees, the “nip” in the air, the changes in the leaves all result in a colorful “carpet” showing a culmination of varied shapes. The fabrics were hand dyed and several techniques were used including appliqué, fusing and reverse appliqué.


Name of piece: Kangchenjunga
Size: 7.5”W x 8.25”H

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Artist: Karen Stiehl Osborn
Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Artist Statement: This piece was inspired by a photograph of the north face of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. Located in Nepal, its elevation is 28169 feet (8586 meters). The first attempt to climb it was in 1905, but it was not successfully climbed until 1955. Kangchenjunga’s beauty is awe inspiring to all who witness it.



Name of piece: Amaranth
Size: 10”W x 10”H

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Artist: Klara Scafler-Landesberg
Location: Israel

Artist Statement: The Amaranth in myth is a deep red never fading flower and a symbol of immortality. It is unwithering, never changing, always beautiful. In ancient Greece the flower was thought to have special healing powers and was used to decorate images of the gods and tombs.


Name of piece: Scattered Thoughts
Size: 10”W x 10”H

Artist: Klara Scafler-Landesberg
Location: Israel

Artist Statement: Me and my defective brain.


Name of piece: Pomme
Size: 8”W x 10”H

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Artist: Lesley Riley
Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Artist Statement: Cottons, silks, paper, photo printed on fabric, raw-edge machine applique

I am always captivated by photos....and fabric. These green silks fell into my hands and when I spied the apple (from a commercial print fabric), they all begged to join this enigmatic little girl be a quilt. I used my new Bernina with the fancy stitches. It's apple picking time in Maryland!


Name of piece: Snowy View
Size: 11“W x 8.5“H

Artist: Lily Holliday
Location: Boston, MA

Artist Statement: Cotton embroidered muslin with photo transfer and fabric paint and silk.

My attraction to small quilting was an evolution as I realized more and more I was drawn to the image and the stitching - and the possibility for the creation of jewel-like images. I use cotton with photo transfers, fabric paint and embroidery thread.


Name of piece: John Harvard
Size: 8.5“W x 11“H

Artist: Lily Holliday
Location: Boston, MA

Artist Statement: Cotton embroidered muslin with photo transfer and fabric paint and silk.


Name of piece: Flower Shop in Spring
Size: 8.5“W x 11“H

Artist: Lily Holliday
Location: Boston, MA

Artist Statement: Cotton embroidered muslin with photo transfer and fabric paint and silk.


Name of piece: Mangroves
Size: 8.5“W x 11“H

Artist: Lily Holliday
Location: Boston, MA

Artist Statement: Cotton embroidered muslin with photo transfer and fabric paint and silk.


Name of piece: A Walk in Valley Green
Size: 8.5“W x 11“H

Artist: Lily Holliday
Location: Boston, MA

Artist Statement: Cotton embroidered muslin with photo transfer and fabric paint and silk.


Name of piece: Joy
Size: 9.5”W x 9.5”H

Artist: Linda J. Huff
Location: Algonquin, Illinois

Artist Statement: Even when the world is full of distress and despair it is still possible to find a little joy. Sometimes it is enough to simply think of that feeling in order to be transported into it. Other times a little visual helps to get you there. I hope that this piece imparts to you the joy I felt in creating it.


Name of piece: House Series #4
Size: 6“W x 4“H

Artist: Lisa Flower Ross
Location: Boise, Idaho

Artist Statement: House #4 also uses fused commercial prints. The houses are outlined with three dimensional fabric paint. There is hand stitching with perle cotton thread and metal flower accents. The edge is hand stitched with perle cotton thread.


Name of piece: House Series #2
Size: 4“W x 6“H

Artist: Lisa Flower Ross
Location: Boise, Idaho

Artist Statement: House #2 uses fused commercial prints and hand dyed fabric with some machine stitching. It also has hand stitching with perle cotton thread.


Name of piece: Intersections
Size: 6“W x 4“H

Artist: Marcia Ann Kuehl
Location: Capistrano Beach, CA

Artist Statement: Intersections is a 4X6 postcard which is made using colorful fabric ribbons. The ribbons were carefully pinned and woven in place, on top of a heavy pellon, and then stitched by machine. It represents the intersections of our constantly changing lives and how the decisions we make built upon past and present choices, and are permanently woven into the pattern we call our life.



Name of piece: Dream
Size: 8“W x 5“H

Artist: Marion Barnett
Location: Norfolk, UK

Artist Statement: I once dreamt that I could swim underwater, breathing water as easily as air. This small piece reminds me of that dream, of swimming amidst the waving fronds underwater.




Name of piece: A Metal Quilt
Size: 8.5“W x 9.5“H

Artist: Meena Schaldenbrand
Location: Plymouth, MI

Artist Statement: Buttons, brass wiremesh, copper wiremesh, gutter guard, hardware cloth, trims, washers, window screen


Name of piece: Face
Size: 7”W x 7.25”H

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Artist: Monique Gilbert
Location: Bierbeek, Belgium

Artist Statement: A glue transfer on silk is sitting in the middle of collaged fabrics. Machine stitched, no binding.


Name of piece: Birth of the Cosmos
Size: 9.5“W x 9.5“H

Artist: Naomi Weidner
Location: Albany, Oregon

Artist Statement: cotton fabric, metallic thread, yarn, Angelina fibers


Name of piece: Fall in the Willamette Valley
Size: 8“W x 6“H

Artist: Naomi Weidner
Location: Albany, Oregon

Artist Statement: raw edge appliqué and free-motion embroidery

 


Name of piece: Ice
Size: 10“W x 10“H

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Artist: Pat Findlay
Location: Winnipeg, Canada

Artist Statement: My pictue was developed from a photo of a pile of snow as built up by a front end loader. The colours and fracture lines create a pattern all of their own. I purposefully chose to eliminate any indication of horizon line. I created the tiny treasure by first stamping with two custom made rubber stamps. I then cut the result into pieces and re-joined the pieces to create the fracture lines. I couched Tinzel into the fracture lines for extra emphasis and then added jewels to re-create the sparkle I see in snow.


Name of piece: Beaded Dogwood Blossoms
Size: 5“W x 4“H

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Artist: Priscilla Stultz
Location: Fairfax, Virginia



Name of piece: Chocolate Delight
Size: 10“W x 7“H

Artist: Rita Cruz
Location: Kansas

Artist Statement: Painted wonder under ironed to chocolate colored silk, topped with white silk organdy. Also used purple shell buttons to balance the curves in the free motion quilting which was done in light gold.



Name of piece: Shimmer Dance
Size: 4”W x 6”H

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Artist: Roberta Chalfy Miller
Location: Sarasota, Florida

Artist Statement: hand-painted and beaded, machine quilted with rayon thread


Name of piece: Spider
Size: 10“W x 10“H

Artist: Sally Dunn
Location: Hobart, Tasmania Australia

Artist Statement: I got the inspiration for this quilt after ar wander around my garden early in themorning after a night of light rain. There was a spider web across my pond whichis right outside my sewing studio. By the end of the day I had made my little beauty.


Name of piece: Woolly Treasures
Size: 7.4“W x 5.7“H

Artist: Sandy Snowden
Location: Bracknell, UK

Artist Statement: handdyed felted wool and cotton with machine stitch and buttons


ame of piece: Woolly Wonder
Size: 5.7“W x 3.7“H

Artist: Sandy Snowden
Location: Bracknell, UK

Artist Statement: handdyed felted wool and cotton with machine stitch and buttons



Name of piece: How Fortunate!
Size: 10”W x 10”H

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Artist: Sharon Bowman
Location: Muncie, Indiana

Artist Statement: hand dyed background fabric; hand stitched whole cloth for background; hand stitched "fortune cookies" on front; paper fortune cookies

I knew as soon as I read about this challenge that I wanted to join in. I have developed much more interest in doing smaller pieces over the past two years.I also wanted to do something with those ubiquitous fortune cookie fortunes, which is why I have been saving them for the past year and a half. I have severalother pieces in mind, which can now get into the line up now that I have finished this project.



Name of piece: Gravity Game
Size: 9.25”W x 9.25“
H

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Artist: Sherry Boram
Location: Pendleton, Indiana

Artist Statement: This is not at all the quilt that I had in mind, but the result of free play with silks, threads and beads. What a fun way to make art!


Name of piece: Hurricane Rita
Size: 7“W x 5“H


Artist: Sylvia Weir
Location: Beaumont, TX

Artist Statement: When I left home three days before Rita struck in September 2005, I had only a small box of fabric--literally a quart sized ziplock bag and some hand sewing tools. I also had several changes of clothes for work—and nothing else. I created this piece while watching the weather channel from what materials I had on hand. The piece is mounted on a stretched canvas I painted with swirls of blue, black, and metallic gray.


Name of piece: In Search of Mondrian
Size: 8.5“W x 10“H

Artist: Sonja Nelson
Location: San Antonio, TX

Artist Statement: This piece was my 1st attempt at a non-traditional quilt. It is a study of color and shapes. It is also a "self-discovery" piece, as I was searching for a more creative outlet. I had never heard of the artist, for which it is named, until after it was finished. A friend of mine, who has a degree in Art History, led me to him. I now find myself searching for all things "art related", and what a wonderful journey this has been!


Name of piece: Hanging with the Goddess Crowd
Size: 8” w x 10” h

Artist: Susan Sanborn North
Location: Troy, Michigan

Artist Statement: Ink on silk, machine stitched, burned. Bone pendant, hemp twine.


Name of piece: Tree of Life
Size: 8.5”W x 5”H

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Artist: Tina Marie Rey
Location: Long Island, New York

Artist Statement: Hand dyed fabric for the background, hand beaded and then machine quilted and bound with ribbon yarn.



Name of piece: Calla Lily for Christine
Size: 7.25”W x 10”H

Artist: Valerie Stiles
Location: San Diego, California

Artist Statement: It started as a photo that I shot at my cousin Christine's house. Then I did a watercolor painting of it. Then I digitally photographed, printed on fabric, and incorporated into a quilt. Some acrylic paint was added to finish.



Name of piece: Nectar
Size: 10”W x 8”H

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Artist: Valerie Stiles
Location: San Diego, California

Artist Statement: It too started as a watercolor painting. I thought cutting the image into sections was a fun graphic element. I also tried doing some unusual quilting by running the thread right into the border and binding.



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