I am happy to introduce Don Linn, as our April FMQ Expert, for the 2012 Free Motion Quilting challenge.
Don has been quilting for 15 years and teaching machine quilting and piecing for over 10 years. In addition to quilting, he enjoys woodcarving, glass fusing, sandblasting glass, metal sculpture, Blacksmithing, pencil drawing, and most recently, experimenting with water color painting.
He is an award-winning professional machine quilter, affectionately known by many as “Mr. Quilt”, who lives with his wife in Redding, California.
Don travels to Quilt Shows, Guilds, Stores and retreats to teach a variety of classes from Deco Cathedral Quilts, Circles & Curves, Double Wedding Ring, Machine Quilting and many more topics too! He also teaches machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine, as well as a longarm.
I hope you also fall in love with Don Linn. I know I have. You may also want to let your local quilt guild and/or quilt shop know that you’d like to have him come to your area to teach a workshop. Those that want to schedule such a fun opportunity, can contact Don directly.
APRIL TUTORIAL, BY DON LINN:
As you can see above, Don is very knowledge on Free-Motion Quilting and has an unique style, while also mastering many common FMQ designs. His tutorial will share insights on creating stencils, along with insights to inspire you to create your own designs too.
A few supplies that you will need for this tutorial are:
- wooden embroidery hoop (approximately 10″ will be fine)
- Fine mesh tulle fabric. If you are working on light fabric you will need a white tulle. If you are working on a dark fabric you’ll need a black tulle.
- Permanent marking pen (aka Sharpie). Black if you are working with light fabric and silver if you are working with dark fabric.
- Fabric marking pens: water eraseable blue marking pen or a fabric marking pen of your choice (e.g. Chalk pencil, frixion pen, etc). Just be sure you can easily remove it by washing or heat set (as your fabric marking pen advises). But a fine point marking pen works best.
- Optional, reference book “Sophisticated Stitches” will help you with this exercise, as well as give you more design options, along with more ideas to create your own designs.
For those using Google Translate, to translate this post you can visit a post released prior to this post, for a text of Don’s video that you can follow, in your respective language, while watching his video.
This isn’t an FMQ tutorial that you need to do any doodling on paper, but it is one where you are encouraged to also try creating your own designs using Don’s technique for making stencils.
Don kindly provided a PDF of the design he used in this video. You can click this link to download a copy, from Google docs. There is a printer icon that you can click to print out a copy, or you can click the File then the Save button to save a copy of it to your desktop (and print later).
To clarify, the challenge this month is to use the technique to create a stencil and use it to mark your practice quilt sandwich where you will then use free-motion quilting to stitch along the marked lines. For those doing the optional FMQ Sampler quilt, this design should be scaled to fit in one of the 8″ blocks, or you can adapt this design to fit into one of the 8″x16″ blocks, as you feel appropriate. The arrows on this image do not need to be marked on the stencil, but are intended to help guide you in the direction to stitch, with minimal backtracking.
This tutorial is for your personal use only, as part of this challenge. It is not to be copied or shared with others, without approval of SewCalGal and Don Linn.
While this challenge is focused on learning and/or improving our free-motion quilting skills, you also have the opportunity to win prizes.
To be eligible to win a monthly prize, simply complete the current months’ tutorial in the month it is released and get your entry submitted via the linky tool, at the bottom of this page, no later than April 30th. But do remember this challenge is more about learning and improving your FMQ skills, so don’t rush thru the exercise just to enter. Take time to practice and embed this design to your muscle memory, before you enter. To clarify, DO NOT just add a link to your blog, but to your post that shows that you have completed this tutorial. You get one link, so keep practicing until you feel you are finished with this tutorial.
For bloggers, please post your entry on your blog. To clarify, you can include as many photos of this tutorial exercise in your post, but you can only add one link to the linky tool below. You may also want to include insights in your post about your past FMQ experience and thoughts about this tutorial. Totally, optional, but you may also want to let everyone know that you have taken the Pledge and you did this exercise to enter the the challenge this month, where randomly selected winners will win a prize. You may inspire others to want to join this challenge too!
Please be sure your post includes photos of your stencil and your quilted result.
1) You will need to have a Flickr account (www.flickr.com).
2) Upload your photos for this month’s challenge to Flickr, batch organize, send your photos to groups, select “2012 FMQ Challenge“. While Flickr, limits the amount of text you can share in your description, feel free to share your perspective on this exercise and/or your past FMQ experience, if you wish.
3) After your photos have successfully been loaded to the “2012 FMQ Challenge” group, click on your best photo in that group, ideally one that shows the stencil and how you quilted using that stencil. Copy the URL link to your particular photo entry. Add that link to the linky tool above, to officially enter this show.
note: While there was a unique group for the January challenge, based on feedback a Flickr group has been created that will hold all your photos for the remaining monthly challenges, so you will not need to rejoin a group on Flickr every month.
Three lucky winnesr swill be randomly selected and announced on the main page for this event the middle of May. A monthly prize bundle will be provided with items donated by Aurifil, SewSlip, Sewline, and Quilters Touch. Don Linn, has donated a copy of two of his book, where one lucky winner will receive a copy of “free-motion Machine Quilting” and another lucky winner will receive a copy of “Sophisticated Stitches”.
- Those on Facebook, may also want to join the “2012 Free Motion Quilting” group.
- MyQuiltPlace is a free forum hosted by AQS. There are a number of fun reasons to join this forum, but for those participating in this challenge, the group “Free Motion Quilting on a Domestic Machine” has recently been created, as an option for those that do not want to use Facebook.
If you have not yet completed the previous tutorials:
- The January tutorial, by Frances Moore, will be available for you to complete anytime.
- The February tutorial, by Diane Gaudynski was originally planned to be pulled at the end of February, but Diane has approved that her tutorial be left on line for an extended period. To clarify, a date to remove Diane’s tutorial has not yet been determined. But, if you have not yet had time to complete the February tutorial I want to encourage you to take time to take advantage of having her excellent tutorial being currently available.
- The March tutorial, by Ann Fahl was only available during the month of March. To clarify, this tutorial will be removed shortly, in keeping with the condition by this FMQ Expert.
- “Bonus” tutorials will be released, this summer, that will also be options for those needing to complete 12 FMQ tutorials anytime in 2012 to be eligible to enter to win a Grand Prize.
Don’t forget to visit Don’s page: http://www.mrquilt.com/
Don will also be introducing a new DVD on Free-Motion Quilting that will be available for purchase soon. It is not a requirement to purchase this DVD, to participate in this challenge. SewCalGal will share more information as this DVD becomes available. And, I’m sure you’ll be able to find out more from Don’s website too.