Fostering and nourishing innovation in the art quilt and art garment field. 

Call for Entry



The dictionary defines illumination as 

  1. The act or state of being illuminated 
  2. A source of light 
  3. Spiritual or intellectual enlightenment 
  4. Clarification, elucidation 
  5. Observable property and effect of light 

The 2018 challenge is to interpret the idea of illumination in an art quilt. This can be an actual representation of light, an abstract concept of enlightenment, a social issue you wish to highlight, or an illuminating idea you wish to expand on. Use your imagination and help shed a new and different light on PAQA art quilts!

SIZE: 30" wide, 15-42" long



We don't know the exact due date at this time. We are working with IQF for this

Challenge to be included in the Rosemont show, April 2018. We anticipate that each entrant will be doing an online entry, as we have done for the past few years, probably in January 2018. When this due date is set, we will inform the PAQA membership. The quilts will be collected at the February 2018 PAQA meeting.

Denise Havlan, Sara Hochhouser, Roz DeBoer



  1. Cut four 4” squares of fabric, press into triangles
  2. Place triangles into corners (raw edge out) on right side of quilt top.
    Sew 1/8” in from raw edge of quilt to hold triangle in place. Sew only on triangles and sewing off the edges. (See image 1).
  3. Measure and cut four 3” wide strip lengths for sides and top of quilt. Fold lengthwise and press. Lay on top of quilt (raw edges out) and trim strip lengths so they are 1” in from each corner and/or overlap triangle folded edge. Pin & sew, using ¼” and running stitches off sides of quilt. Add a tacking stitch to the corner stitches. (See image 1)
  4. Remove “bulk” at corners by cutting a neat curve.
  5. Turn facing to back of quilt and using a small blunt object, push out the corners gently. The facing will naturally fall into place but needs pressing to ensure it is unseen from the front of the finished quilt. (See image 2 & 3)
  6. Pin facing into place and whip stitch or artist choice. Image 3 shows top of quilt finished.

 NOTES: Facing is sewn onto the front of the quilt and pulled to the back. Choosing a facing that closely matches the top of the quilt helps.

If your work is very bulky, it still can be faced.



Illumination Challenge

A four-inch sleeve must be attached to the top of the back of each entry for hanging. 

Make sleeves, as you are accustomed to with the following adjustments.