Archive for April, 2011

Power Suits: Ordering Issues

Power Suit Challenge LogoIn the last few days, I’ve learned a lot about shopping cart software. Why is this a hot topic? I’ve heard from some of you that there have been issues ordering the Power Suit Challenge Packet. I am sorry for the inconvience and frustration this has caused you.

If you have had difficulty ordering the challenge packet, you have options.

If you want to pick up your packet in person:

  • Challenge packets are available from Artistic Artifacts at the IQA Festival in Cincinnati this week.
  • If you’re local to Northern Virginia, you can pick up a packet at Artistic Artifacts in Alexandria.
  • If you are in one of my classes, let me know before class and I’ll bring you a packet.

To order online:

  • Challenge packets are now available on my website. I use the PayPal shopping cart, which also refuses to let me “sell” a packet for free. Your total cost is $5.00, which covers shipping by priority mail. In your cart, you’ll see the packet for one cent and the shipping for $4.99.
  • Challenge packets are still available through Artistic Artifacts. If you are only getting the packet, then you will pay $5.oo for shipping. It looks like you are paying $5.00 for the packet, but that’s the shopping cart being persnickety. If the packet is part of an order, then Judy (the owner) will ship the packet for free with your order. The cart will look like you’re paying the $5.00. When Judy processes the order, she will refund the $5.00 to you.
  • If you’d like to order through Artistic Artifacts and you want guidance, you can call the shop and Judy will walk you through the ordering process. She’s in Cincinnati for the week, but you can leave a message or wait until next week.
  • If you want to order a packet and you’d rather not use a website, e-mail me at Cyndi@MoonlightingQuilts.com and I’ll give you a snailmail address so that you can mail me a check.

I’m really sorry about the ordering trouble. We just want to distribute Challenge Packets and have some fun with the Challenge. Let me know if there’s any way that I can help you.



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Power Suit Challenge LogoHave you ever walked a quilt show, seen challenge quilts, and wondered how you could get in on the fun? Wonder no more! This is your official invitation to participate in Power Suits: An Art Quilt Challenge.

A few months ago, I received a call from a local tailor asking if I would like his outdated fabric swatches. When I said yes, I had no idea how many swatches he had! Let’s just say it’s a good thing we had a truck when we went to pick them up.

Initially, I wanted to share these treasures with my art quilt students. Once I saw the boxes (and boxes and boxes), I knew this was bigger than my classes. And so I teamed up with Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts to offer you this art quilt challenge.

Pallet of Boxes

Boxes of Swatch Books

What does “Power Suit” mean to you? Does it conjure images of smoke-filled rooms where deals are made? Is a Power Suit a garment or a person? Do you plug in a Power Suit? What if a Power Suit gave you Super Powers? Using Power Suits as your inspiration, create an art quilt that expresses your point of view.

1. Finished quilt size: 18” x 18”

2. The finished quilt must have a top, a middle, and a backing with some method of connecting the three layers.

3. The finished quilt must be labeled and have a hanging sleeve.

4. There may be no internal or external structure, rods, or hangers.

5. Just have fun.

Challenge Packet in Bag

Challenge Packet


August 31, 2011: Quilts are due. Ship to Artistic Artifacts, 4750 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304

Oct 22, 2011: Debut, Artistic Artifacts

Jan 2, 2012: Quilts shipped home

E-Mail: Cyndi@MoonlightingQuilts.com
Call: 703.407.0916

The Fine Print
You are responsible for providing your own insurance from the time the quilt leaves your hands to the time you get it back. We reserve the right to refuse quilts that we feel are inappropriate for the exhibition.

How to Participate
Ready to get started? Great!

To participate, you’ll need a packet of swatches. Your swatches will include suit fabric and shirting. To round things out, we’ve thrown in a tie and some random buttons. You may use all, some, or none of the materials we are giving you. The idea is to embrace the theme and express your opinions. What does “Power Suit” mean to you?

You can get your challenge packet from Artistic Artifacts or directly from me (if you’re local). If you plan to pick up your packet at Artistic Artifacts, visit their website for hours. If you’d rather receive your materials in the mail, click here to order your packet from Artistic Artifacts. If you order the packet alone, then a $5 shipping charge will apply. If your order includes other items, then you pay shipping only for the other items and Artistic Artifacts will throw in the swatch packet for free. If you have trouble, you can also order the packet through my website.


Contents of Challenge Packets
Challenge Packet – Contents Will Vary

Judy and I hope you will join us in the fun. Sign up now and get started!


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