Today we kick off the  December Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This our last monthly challenge for the year.   2015 fmq challenge badge

At the end of this challenge we will be randomly awarding winners for this monthly challenge, as well as Grand Prizes for those that participated in any of the monthly challenges this year. To clarify, participants get an entry to win Grand Prizes for every month they entered, and if they completed more than one option in any monthly challenge, they also get extra entries for every option they complete.  Obviously, the more entries the more chances you get to win Grand Prizes.

This month we showcase Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, quilt designer, teacher, author, Free-Motion Quilting Expert, and more.  You may already know Wendy from her award winning quilts, her stunning machine embroidery designs, taking a class with her, or from her FREE free-motion quilting tutorial which she provided during our 2012 FMQ Challenge.

Wendy is the author of  Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quiltspublished by Landauer Publishing.

And, she recently released a new book “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stash“, also published by Landauer Publishing.
Wendy is also an Aurifil designer, and has recently released a beautiful collection of threads called “Subtle Strings”
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Many know her as an FMQ Expert, as well as an FMQ Teacher.  While she has a young daughter and prefers to not travel, you can enjoy her FMQ classes  at  Annies:  Learn to Machine Quilt, as well as Machine Quilting Level 2

 

In her class “Learn to Machine Quilt“, which is perfect for beginner quilters, as well as those learning to free-motion quilt, student learn techniques and FMQ motifs for stippling, swirly vines, interchanging vines, all over swirls, jester’s hat, echoing, pebbles, and more.

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Many know her thru as a Master Free-Motion Quilting Teacher, with online classes at Annie’s  Learn to Machine Quilt and Machine Quilting Level 2123872_1

BTW – I have coupons for $5 off for the Machine Quilting Level 2 class..  Email me ASAP if you want me to send you a coupon, as they expire December 31st.  

Wendy is  well known for all of the beautiful designs that she has published in various magazines, as well as free patterns she has created for various fabric manufacturers.  Be sure to check out this gorgeous heirloom pillow that was published in Bernina’s Through the Needle #28.  Absolutely stunning.

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Also, Wendy has an excellent blog at Ivory Spring, where she shares insights on her amazing designs that have been published in most every quilt magazine, as well as free patterns for many fabric manufacturer.  She also shares many tips and tutorials on her blog, including sharing tips, techniques and FMQ motif tutorials in a series known as “Thread Talk“.

Here are a few of Wendy’s quilts that show off her beautiful free-motion quilting:

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{above} A Sample Practice Piece, by Wendy Sheppard, from her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.

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{above} Count My Blessings, is a beautiful new quilt design by Wendy Sheppard that is published in her latest book  “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stashis beautifully quilted with lush feathers and pearls, as shown below:

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You can find Wendy at:

http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Classes with Wendy Sheppard
https://www.instagram.com/ivory_spring/

 

Our December Challenge has many options, which are open for those that do not stitch machine embroidery, as well as those that do.  Please email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions about these options.

DECEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Use the FMQ tutorial, by Wendy Sheppard, for the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow.  This is a versatile option, so use your imagination and feel free to add other FMQ motifs for wholecloth, pieced or applique.

This is great tutorial to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills and make stunning swirls that you can use on your projects.

http://quiltshopgal.com/2012-free-motion-quilting-challenge-august-wendy-sheppard/

 

This is a versatile option to enter this challenge.  Apply Wendy’s tutorial to create your FMQ pillow, of any size, or style. To clarify, your FMQ pillow could be whole cloth, applique, pieced, etc., but you need to show evidence of using Wendy’s tutorial by including FMQ swirls on your pillow, even if you include additional FMQ motifs.

OPTION #2

Create a pillow using FMQ techniques and motifs from Wendy’s her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.  In this class participants will learn a variety of techniques, tips and designs including: swirling vine variations, snaky spirals, swirly flowers, pool reflections and sushi rolls, Wendy’s variation of McTavishing, feathers and feather variations and flames.

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OPTION #3

Create a pillow using FMQ techniques and motifs from Wendy’s her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.  In this class participants will learn a variety of techniques, tips and designs including: swirling vine variations, snaky spirals, swirly flowers, pool reflections and sushi rolls, Wendy’s variation of McTavishing, feathers and feather variations and flames.

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level 2 with wendy sheppard at Annies

Your entry may be a wholecloth, pieced, or applique design, but you need to incorporate one, or more, FMQ motifs taught by Wendy in this class.

OPTION #4

In the book Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard, one of the projects is for a beautiful “Ginko” pillow, that also incorporates a special free-motion quilting motif that is absolutely lovely and very versatile.

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This option is to create a FMQ pillow using the design, techniques, tips and FMQ motif that Wendy teaches in this book to create this  stunning pillow.

OPTION #5

Wendy created beautiful “Light of Colors Pillows”, made with leftovers from Crossings Quilt, which is one of man designs in her latest book “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stash”, published by Landauer Publishing. 

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Consider using block designs from this new book, or other blocks, along with FMQ tips and motifs that Wendy shares in this book, to create a pillow.

OPTION #6

As a blogger, Wendy is always sharing inspirational insights, tips as well as tutorials on her blog.  She writes a series called “Thread Talk” where she shares tips, techniques and tutorials on various FMQ motifs.

This option is quite versatile. You can stitch take advantage of any Thread Talk tutorials, published by Wendy. But you will need to show evidence of one or more of Wendy’s Thread Talk tutorials to claim this entry.  Possibly, you’ll want to consider her Threat Talk # 45 Swirly Vine.

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Or maybe Thread talk #38 where Wendy provides a tutorial to FMQ stitch a beautiful leaf floral design that makes for a perfect all over design, or background design.

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!




RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky  for a tutorial.

 

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS DECEMBER CHALLENGE:

Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – in stitches and seams
Fat Quarter Shop

 

 

One Lucky winner, any where in the world, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop  Prize #2 winner – Karin @ Quilt Yarn
Landauer Publishing Landauer Publishing has donated copies of the following books: 

Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts the Square-agonals Way, by Sandi Blackwell

Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking, by Jeri Simon

Hexagon Happenings, by Carolyn Forster

Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living: 9 Fresh, Fun Designs, by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth for TailorMade by Design

 

Quilt ShopGal will be shipping these prizes to the winners.  Due to postage expenses, I will pay shipping expenses for a maximum of one international winner.

Prize #3 Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilt:  Winner – Elizabeth H.

#4 -Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking: Winner -carried over to a Grand Prize

5 – Hexagon Happenings: Winner:  Missy Shay.

#6 – Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living:  Winner Marjorie H.

 

Alternate Option: Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Winner – LC’s Cottage

 

And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!

GRAND PRIZES

Sponsor Prize Winners
Aurifil

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One very lucky winner will receive an Aurifil collection of 48 large spools of cotton thread. This prize has a retail value over $400.

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Aurifil will ship this prize to one lucky winner, anywhere in the world.

 

winner Geri Richardson

Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n Three luck winners will each receive  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1 , 2 & 3 winner s- 

Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Mary Mack

Jean Overmeyer

Julie of Pink Doxies

Fat Quarter Shop

 

 

One Lucky winner, any where in the world, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop  Prize #2 winner – Soloch
Martingale Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints, by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts



Remembering the Past – Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites By Julie Hendricksen

Seems Like Scrappy – The Look You Love with Fat Quarters and Precuts By Rebecca Silbaugh

Sweet Tweets – Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds By Erin Cox

Alternate Option: Available from the October Challenge:

Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Settings and Borders, Backings and Bindings, by Donna Lynn Thomas

Alternate prize from the November challenge:

Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black-and-White Quilts, by Jackie Kunkel

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  But due to limited funds, a maximum of two prizes will be shipped to international winners.


#3 Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints – winner: Jean,  
#4 Remembering the Past – Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites  – winner: Nancy of Dizzy Dog,

Seems Like Scrappy – Winner: Elizabeth H.

#6 Sweet Tweets – Winner: Laura C

 

#7 – Alternative Prize:
– Splash of Color winner: Brandy P.

The Stencil Company  

 

 

Three lucky winners will receive a prize from The Stencil Company.US Only

 

Winners: 

Elizabeth H.

Geri R.

LC’s Cottage

CT Publishing Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting, by Christina Cameli

Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

This prize is open to WW winners.  If the winner is in the US they may receive a physical book, all other winners will receive an e:book.

 

winners: 

Step by Step winner (ebook) Karin (Quilt Yarn)

Shape by Shape (ebook) Elizabeth H.

 

FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please :  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Gotcha Covered Quilting, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing, CT Publishing, the Electric Quilt Company, The Quilt Show and Craftsy!

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1 Comment on 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – December Challenge with Wendy Sheppard and Grand Prize Info

  1. Thanks for this….. I did enjoy the Jesters Hats design. thanks for a great series and wishing you a wonderful Christmas season…
    Hugz