Category: 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

Taking An End Of Year Break To Catch Up, Organize and Plan

Are you amazed how fast this year has gone?  I certainly am.

2016

I need to take a break from blogging, for a few days, to complete some 2015 commitments (e.g. shipping prizes from the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, #NightsBefore Christmas Party, and regular giveaways), as well as make plans for 2016.

In the meantime, I wanted to share some insights with you:

2015 FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE:

There is still time to learn/improve your free-motion quilting (FMQ) skills this year, as well as win monthly and/or Grand Prizes.  Check out the December challenge, which showcases Wendy Sheppard (Ivory Spring).

 

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AURIFIL has been a very generous sponsor of our 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  They donated a yummy collection of thread which was awarded to Bente of I Like to Quilt, as a monthly prize for the January Challenge.  Complete one or more options in the December challenge and you not only get entered to win a monthly prize, but you are also automatically entered to win a Grand Prize (every monthly entry automatically enters participants to win a Grand Prize).

One very lucky Grand Prize 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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MY CREATIVE BLOG LIST

Participants in events hosted by QuiltShopGal (e.g. FMQ Challenges, #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, #NightsBeforeChristmas Parties) can be bloggers or non-bloggers, but bloggers also get free PR by being added to my blog follow widget displayed on My Creative Blog List, which is focused on promoting various blogging events.  I hope you’ll click thru and check it out, as it is an easy to use tool to follow creative blogs: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/

I’m also working on a badge for this blog and I’ll be doing a refresh of the blog list for 2016.

FINGERTIP SHOPPING

Looking for an easy tool to find out where good sales are for quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts?  Fingertip Shopping was created to increase awareness of steals and deals and posts are only shared with such opportunities arise (not daily blog posts).  Check out:  http://fingertipshopping.blogspot.com/

FUNDRAISING FOR POSTAGE EXPENSES FOR GIVEAWAYS/PRIZES

Funds for postage come out of my personal quilting budget.  I try to supplement these expenses by being an Affiliate for companies and products that I personal use and respect.  Those that click thru links on my blogs, to make a purchase, pay the same as if you had gone to their sites directly, but in some cases I receive a small fee back and those funds are used to supplement shipping expenses for those that win giveaways or prizes from events I host.

If you are shoppping at ACCUQUILT, AMAZON, or CRAFTSY  I hope you’ll remember to use links from one of my blogs, to make your purchase.

I’ll be back sharing more insights in the New Year.  In the meantime, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

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

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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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!

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – November Challenge with Sarah Vedeler

Today we kick off the  November Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  2015 fmq challenge badge

This month we showcase Sarah Vedeler, an amazing  quilter, free-motion quilter (on a domestic, as well as longarm), machine embroidery digitizer,  teacher, Bernina Ambassador,  and more.  You may already know Sarah 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.

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While Sarah has many beautiful machine embroidery design collections, she also has patterns for those that do not do machine embroidery and may wish to do raw edge applique.  This month, we’ll have a variety of ways for you to participate in the challenge, including some options for those that do machine embroidery, as well as those that do not.  

Here are some sample projects created with Sarah’s machine embroidery design collections:

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{above} Better Than A Paper Plate 

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{above} Rapsody made with the Sedona Surprise collection

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{above} Spirals of Life is a machine embroidery collection that comes with SVG files, that can be used on electronic cutters to cut your applique spiral shapes, making this also a fun design for those that do not have machine embroidery designs.  This collection is also a fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds help raise funds for the  Libby Lehman Medical Fund.

Click here to see more of Sarah’s machine embroidery design collections.

Here are some samples of projects that do not require machine embroidery:

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{above} Patriotic Stars

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{above} Peace, Love and Joy Pillow Collection

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{above} Sarah’s Sassy I-pad Sleeve

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{above} Star of Devin where proceeds helped to raise funds for Operation Homefront.

 

Here are some photos that show off her beautiful free-motion quilting:

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{above} Beautiful pebbles applied to a design that used her Stars collection.

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{above} using her Jewels in Chocolate Machine Embroidery Design collection.

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{above} beautiful swirls as shown on a project using her Heather Feather Border collection

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{above} feathers, swirls and pebbles on a project made using her New Leaf Design Collection..

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{above} gorgeous FMQ feathers on a project made using her Jazzilicous Design Collection

 

You can find Sarah Vedeler at:

 

Our November 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.

NOVEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Use the FMQ tutorial, by Sarah Vedeler, 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.

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-november-tutorial-by-sarah-vedeler/

This is a versatile option to enter this challenge.  Apply Sarah’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 Sarah’s tutorial by including FMQ swirls on your pillow, even if you include additional FMQ motifs.

OPTION #2

Sarah has a beautiful design collection for machine embroidery called Peace, Love, Joy that has quite versatile (e.g. quilts, wallhangings, table runners, pillows, etc.)  and pattern Peace, Love Joy pillow.  And, she designed dies for AccuQuilt that also help to create the letters easily and quickly for those that wish to cut via die cutters.  Plus, she has a standalone pattern to make these pillows, which can be made using her machine embroidery die collection, OR using raw edge applique.  Likewise, you can also cut out the applique by hand if you do not have the dies.  (it is just easier and faster with dies).

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Create a FMQ Pillow using techniques and designs from Sarah’s downloadable pattern.  This is a versatile option to enter this challenge as you can apply any FMQ motif to your pillow that you wish.

 

OPTION #3

Sarah published a free pattern in McCall’s May/June 2015 issue, called The McCall’s Mini Quilt.  You can also download a copy of this free pattern, which includes SVG files for those that have electronic cutting machines.

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This Mini Quilt measures 16 1/4″ x 15 1/2″ has optional machine embroidery designs are also available for purchase from Sarah Vedeler, or you can stitch using raw edge applique, or use any fancy stitches that you machine has and you’d like to use.

Adapt this Mini Quilt pattern, to create a pillow of any size you wish, adding any free-motion quilting designs that you wish to apply to your pillow.  While possibilities are endless, I’m thinking a center block of this mini quilt design that measures 15 1/2″ x15 1/2″ with an outside frame to finish a pillow at 20″x20″ or 22″x22″ would look wonderful and also provide space to show off your FMQ.

OPTION #4

Sarah has many wonderful machine embroidery design collections.  This versatile option is for those that enjoy machine embroidery.  You have the option to use ANY of Sarah’s design collection to create a pillow of any size, but you will need to create your own FMQ, using any FMQ motif you desire.  To clarify, this option does not allow using any computerized FMQ by Sarah, nor other ME digitizers.  The goal of this challenge is to encourage quilters to learn/improve your FMQ Challenge.

OPTION #5

Note:  While this option has nothing to do with Sarah Vedeler, here is an extra option to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills:

Martingale published a collection of continuous line quilting designs by Glorianne Cubbage.  These collections are now out of print and no longer offered at Martingale, but you can still find them in various quilting stores, as well as a few are available on Amazon. They are all great ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills and definitely packed with fun motifs.  

This is a versatile option as you can use any of the FMQ designs in any of the collections by Glorianne Cubbage and published by Martingale to create your FMQ pillow.   To clarify, your pillow can be wholecloth, pieced, appliqued, etc., but you do need to use FMQ motifs that are included in one or more of these published collections.

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!


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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 click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS OCTOBER 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 – 

This prize has been carried over to a Grand Prize

Moda Fabrics

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Moda will be giving a bundle of fabrics to one lucky winner.  Stay tuned as details and photo will be shared shortly.  Prize #2 winner – Sadly sponsor was removed

 

Martingale  

Machine Quilting With Style: From Walking-Foot Wonders to Free-Motion Favorites, by Christa Watson

 

Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts, by Tonya Alexander

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

Stitch on the Double: Easy Quilt Projects to Sew on the Go, by Kathleen Brown

Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints, by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  Maximum of two such prizes may be shipped WW, with a minimum of three going to US winners.  This is due to my limited shipping budget at this time.

 

Three winners have been notified and asked which of these books they want, the remaining two books will be carried over and given as Grand Prizes.
Winner #1 Elizabeth H has claimed Stash Lab

Winner #2 – Machine Quilting with Style claimed by Ratama

Winner #3 Stitch on the Double. claimed by Karin of The Quilt Yarn

 

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!
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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.

email address for quiltshopgal

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!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – October Challenge with Lori Kennedy of The Inbox Jaunt

sToday we kick off the  October Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This month we showcase Lori Kennedy, of The Inbox Jaunt, an amazing free-motion quilter, Bernina Ambassador, Blogger, Author, Teacher, and more.  You may already know Lori by way of her delightful blog where she shares amazing FMQ tutorials and inspiration, Author of the American Quilter column “In Line With Lori Kennedy, or her class on Craftsy. 

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She has published an article called “7 Steps to Free-Motion Quilting” and many excellent tutorials on Free-Motion Quilting.

Here are a few of examples of Lori’s beautiful free-motion quilting:

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First, I want to share that as Fall has arrived, I wanted to create a FMQ Challenge option for this season.  I was inspired by Lori’s post on “Build A Rock Solid Routine“, by not only the insights shared, but the inspirational quilted pumpkin.  

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Likewise, her post “The Pumpkin Quilt – A Work in Progress” was also inspirational.

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And when I mentioned this to Lori, she generously offered to provide a pumpkin tutorial for us today:  

 

PUMPKIN TUTORIAL, BY LORI KENNEDY (THE INBOX JAUNT)

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Pumpkins are the perfect way to create a sampler of stitches. Use this tutorial to create pillow or do what I do, bind these small quilts and use them as “vase quilts” on a table with a bowl of candy or a vase of flowers.

No matter what your skill level, this project can be created in an afternoon. Simply download the basic pumpkin (or draw your own!), doodle a few samples, and stitch away!

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Vary the look of the pumpkin by choosing YOUR favorite motifs to fill each of the pumpkin sections and the background.

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Begin by downloading the Basic Pumpkin.

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Make several copies of the pumpkin, and doodle your design.  Choose your favorite motifs from the Tuesday Tutorials.

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It is best to create contrast between the sections by choosing a combination of geometric designs and curvy motifs.

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Trace the pumpkin pattern in the center of your fabric.  I prefer white chalk as it erases by wiping it off with a microfiber cloth.  (Dritz chalk holder shown.)  If your fabric is darker, tape the pattern and fabric to a window to serve as a lightbox.  Or use your favorite method for pattern transfer.

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Trace a square around the pumpkin.

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Use any size square to fit your pillow.  In the samples shown here, the square is 12 x 12 inches.

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Choose a light and a dark decorative thread in a heavier weight such as 40 or 30 wt.

I like Sulky Rayon 30 or 40wt or Superior’s Magnifico polyester in 30 wt. Use your favorite!

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Create two bobbins to match the top thread.  My choice for bobbin threads is 50 wt cotton Aurifil.   NOTE-Try combining cotton in the bobbin with the more slippery threads like Rayon and polyester to create a better lockstitch.

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Set up your sewing machine for free motion quilting. (See Seven steps to FMQ)

Using the darker thread, outline stitch the Basic Pumpkin.

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Next fill in the pumpkin sections with  your doodled motifs.  To create Grid Pop   draw lines ½ inch apart, then draw perpendicular lines, also ½ inch apart.

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Use the lighter thread to stitch the pumpkin sections.  Stitch the grid and leave it plain as above.

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Or fill in every other square with straight lines to create Grid Pop.
Fill in the next sections with a motif like Starry Night.

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Fill in the final sections with the Twisted Variation  and add leaves if desired.

Use Pearls– stitch clockwise and counter clockwise circles  to create a ½ inch border in the lighter fabric.

Use the darker thread to fill in the background. Stitch straight lines throughout the entire background or use straight lines on the bottom and a swirl on top.

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Once you’ve made one—you won’t want to stop!

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Outline the Basic Pumpkin with light thread.  Add a leaf if desired.

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Create a ½ inch Rick Rack border.

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Then fill in the background.  This is enough to create a gorgeous pillow or vase quilt without adding anything else.  OR…

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Fill in the straight lines with rows of spirals and fill in the sections of the pumpkin as before.

 

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Another option is to leave a few of the sections, of the pumpkin, unquilted.

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Why stop at two? Stitch an entire Pumpkin Patch of gourds using the Basic Pumpkin and all your favorite motifs and threads!

Happy Halloween Stitching!
Lori Kennedy
The Inbox Jaunt

Here are links for tutorials to motifs that Lori used in the above pumpkins:

Tuesday Tutorials All Motifs
Seven Steps to Free Motion Quilting
Grid Pop
Starry Night
Twist Variations
Pearls
Rick Rack

 

OCTOBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Use the Pumpkin tutorial, by Lori Kennedy, shared in the post above, to create a pillow.

 

OPTION #2

Lori is teaching free-motion quilting on the Craftsy platform, a new class called Divide & Conquer: Creative Quilting for Any Space.

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She has also provided a link that will allow you to purchase this Craftsy Class at 50% off. While I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy, I want to clarify this link provides special codes provided by Lori, but I felt the 50% off discount was such a deal, even though I do not get an affiliate benefit, I wanted you to get the best deal possible.  And, as I am also taking this class, I want you to also enjoy and learn from it too!

As an Affiliate, I want to let you know Craftsy has an amazing opportunity during October where you can purchase a Pass that will allow you to watch ANY and ALL classes during the month of October for very nominal price.  Of course, if you click thru and purchase from my site your price remains the same, but I may receive a small  % which I use to supplement postal expenses when I ship prizes directly to winners.

Create a FMQ Pillow using techniques and designs taught in this class.

 

OPTION #3

The Electric Quilt Company has wonderful Quiltmaker’s Quilting Design Collections that are fun to use on your quilts.  You can also easily use these designs  as a standalone program, or within EQ6 or EQ7, while planning your quilt designs, fabric selections, etc.  And they are easy to print out, sized to your required size (e.g. block, border, etc).  There are a variety of ways to transfer these designs to your projects.  If you need help, let me know, but you may also want to watch a video FMQ tutorial by Don Linn shared in our 2012 FMQ Challenge.

For this option, use the pumpkin motif in Quiltmakers Quilting Designs #3 to make your FMQ Pillow, along with background designs of your choice, as taught by Lori Kennedy by way of free tutorials on her blog, or her Craftsy Class.

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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 click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS OCTOBER 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 –  Elizabeth H.

This prize bundle will be carried over to a Grand Prize and Elizabeth had previously one such a bundle and she opted for a fat quarter bundle of Hoffman Batik’s from QuiltShopGals stash

Gotcha Covered Quilting

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$25 Gift Certificate to Gotcha Covered Quilting.  Prize #2 winner – Fiona of BubzRugz
Martingale Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Settings and Borders, Backings and Bindings, by Donna Lynn Thomas

Strip Savvy: 2 1/2″ Strip Quilting Designs, by Kate Henderson

Easy Weekend Quilts

Quick Change Quilts: Refresh a Room Fast with Quilted Bed Runners

Simple Circles and Quick Curves Machine Applique’ the Easy Way, by Nancy Mahoney

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  Maximum of two such prizes may be shipped WW, with a minimum of three going to US winners.  This is due to my limited shipping budget at this time.

Prize #3 – tbd must be US based. If not awarded in this challenge it will be used as a Grand Prize and awarded at the end of this challenge.

4,  Strip Savvy winner –Brandy of Pampered Petit

5,Easy Weekend Quilts – winner:  Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Quilts

6 Quick Change Quilts winner:

Annette of In Stitches & Seams

& 7 Simple Circles winner:  Elizabeth H.

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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!
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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.

email address for quiltshopgal

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!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – September Challenge with Kaleidoscope Collections, Teri Lucas, Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent

Today we kick off the  September Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, which will be open for this month only.  To clarify, this summer, our monthly challenges were opened thru September 15th and there is still time to enter the following challenges:

May Challenge with Cindy Needham
June Challenge with Diane Gaudynski
July Challenge with Paula Reid
August Challenge with Angela Waters

 

This month we showcase Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 (aka KK3) software, from Kaleidoscope Collections, and Teri Lucas, who is a Master Free-Motion Quilter and teacher.  We hope to inspire you to play and create with KK software and free-motion quilting.  Possibilities are endless.  There is also an machine embroidery (ME) option for those that enjoy ME, which will also incorporate free-motion quilting.

Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero is also the creator of the Kaleidoscope Collections software and machine embroidery designs.  She has created many award winning quilts, teaches wonderful classes, which I highly recommend, for using the Kaleidoscope Collections software as well as machine embroidery designs.  And, she is a new designer for Hoffman California Fabrics.

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To clarify, there is also an option to participate in this challenge without purchasing the KK software.  But personally, I honestly think this challenge will be more fun for those that use the KK software.

 

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For those not familiar with Kaleidoscope Collections, software and machine embroidery designs created by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.  I have used this versatile software for years, which I find to be  super fun and easy to use, while allowing you to convert images into a Kaleidoscope, where the creative possibilities are endless.  

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Here is a super quick example:

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I quickly and easily created a variety of Kaleidoscope designs for which I can easily size and print on fabric, using my home printer, or save to a file to use to make greeting cards, jewelry, etc..  Here is a gallery of a few of my designs from one photo, but I could have created many more unique kaleidoscope designs using KK3 software:

Can you visualize how these designs would look in a free-motion quilted project and how much fun you could have creating your own fabric designs with KK3 software?  I’m here to help, if you need help pursuing this challenge.  Just leave a comment on this post, or email me.

 

And here is a video where Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero that provides a good overview of how the KK3 software works for quilters:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0GYQh-rGw

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR SEPTEMBER:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Teri Lucas and she is an award winning quilter and teacher.   You may be familiar with Teri from our 2012 FMQ Challenge, Facebook, her blog (Teri Lucas Quilts), having taken a class or workshop with her,  articles published in various magazines such as Quilting Arts, or her articles as the Associate Editor of Generation Q Magazine.

Here are a few of examples of Teri’s beautiful free-motion quilting:

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(photo above taken by the very talented Gregory Case).

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Feather Zone is an award winning quilt made by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Teri that used Kaleidoscope Kreator Software and the Feather Template Pack to create this stunning quilt.

 

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“Fire in Ice” was created using templates from both the Snowflakes and Filigrees Template Mini-Packs with Kaleidoscope Kreator 3. It was quilted by Teri Harris Lucas. — and made  by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

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  I hope you can see why I’m delighted to showcase Kaleidoscope Collections and Teri Lucas in our 2015 FMQ Challenge this month.

 

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial by Teri Lucas, that was shared in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  For those that do not want to purchase the Kaleidoscope Kreator (aka KK) software, this tutorial also provides a free downloadable template that you can use to mark on your fabric, but using the KK software will certainly be more fun!

Here is a pillow created using KK3 and the Filigree Template Pack, made by Jeanie.  I’m sharing this for inspiration.  If you need a tutorial to make this specific pillow, let me know.  But do remember, you can use KK3 softare, any template, or use the free PDF provided by Teri Lucas in this challenge to create a pillow of any size and design that you wish.  This is a versatile challenge!

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For those that will use the KK software, you can also use any Template Pack (e.g. Feathers, Filigree, Snowflakes, Tiles, Blossoms, Frame Frenzy, or Quilters’ Polygon) that you wish.

 

OPTION #2

For those that enjoy machine embroidery, create a pillow where your design uses the KK software and any of the complimentary machine embroidery design collections (e.g. Feathers, Filigrees, Snowflakes) AND inco

 

Here is a video tutorial by Jeanie that shows machine embroidery enthusiasts how to use KK3 software to print on fabric and stitch out these embroidery designs.

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa__il6BBzE&list=PLmBQBwWqPIuOkHhdTnVb4dMq2yFsrM7Tm

 

OPTION #3

For those that may have an electronic cutter (e.g. Silhouette, Brother Scan-N-Cut, Sizzix Eclipse, etc), consider using Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 software and your electronic cutter, to create your own unique applique Kaleidoscope design that you can applique, add free-motion quilting and create a stunning pillow. Or create a stencil and paint your KK3 created motif on your fabric, followed by adding free-motion quilting designs of your choice.

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Here is an inspirational video tutorial by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero and Rebecca Kemp Brent .

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkZVZFzy8sw

 

 

KK software uses your domestic printer to print on fabric, which typically maxes out at 8.5″ wide.  For those that use Electric Quilt Software you can play with your design to determine the size of your blocks and overall layout.  For those that do not use EQ Software of course you can sketch it out on paper.  But, here are a few ideas I came up with and wanted to share:

For 20″ pillows I played with a couple of versions, but don’t forget possibilities are endless….

8″ blocks with sashing and borders

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6″ blocks on point

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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 click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS AUGUST CHALLENGE:

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 – Connie K (Free Motion By The River
Gotcha Covered Quilting

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$25 Gift Certificate to Gotcha Covered Quilting. Open to WW participants  Prize #2 winner – Slaney Handcrafts
Martingale Quiltmaking Essentials 2, by Donna Lynn Thomas
Irish Chain Quilts, by Melissa Corry
All About Strips, by Susan GuzmanAs QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes directly to a lucky winner, one max can ship to a WW winner and two will be awarded to US/Canada winners.  Prizes not claimed will be used later for Grand Prizes to be awarded at the end of the 2015 FMQ Challenge.
Prize #3 Irish Chain Quilts – winner: Elizabeth H.

4 All About Stripswinner – Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Corner

 

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!
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.

email address for quiltshopgal

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!

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the most, etc).

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – August Challenge with Angela Walters

Today we kick off the  August Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  Quilters of all levels of experience are invited to join these monthly challenges.  We do not judge anyone, but strive to encourage everyone to learn and improve their free-motion quilting (FMQ) skills.  And “everyone” means this event is open to bloggers, non-bloggers, quilters that use any type of machine (domestic, mid-arm, or long-arm), as well as quilters from all over the world!

When you take time to practice and to learn from an expert, you will be surprised and delighted at what you can achieve. 

This month we showcase Angela Walters, who is a Master Free-Motion Quilter both on the longarm and domestic machines.  She is also an author, teacher, fabric designer and has quilted many award winning quilts.

If you are not familiar with this challenge, and definitely those that have not participated in any of the prior challenges, please read the main page for this event, as it has been updated to provide information previously shared within these monthly posts.  You can always find the main page by clicking on the links underneath the blog header labeled EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING – 2015 FMQ CHALLENGE.

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SPONSORS:

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

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the most, etc).   

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR AUGUST:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Angela Walter.   Many lucky quilters have been able to take classes with her at major quilt shows, while many have enjoyed taking her classes on Craftsy, as well as enjoyed learning from her books.  Those that follow her by way of Social Media (Blog, Facebook Instagram) are always inspired by her quilting, as well as enjoy the tips and tutorials she generously shares.

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We also love her attitude about quilting, as well as her ability to encourage quilters to be happy with the results and not fret about perfection, especially while learning.

Here are a few of examples of Angela’s beautiful free-motion quilting:

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Angela certainly inspires me and I have learned so much from her.  I hope you can see why I’m absolutely thrilled about including her in my 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.

 

AUGUST CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial, by Angela Walters, shared in the  during the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  This tutorial teaches you how to create a tile design on your quilts that can be filled in a variety of ways.    

OPTION #2

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s book Shape by Shape”.

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OPTION #3

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s book  In the Studio with Angela Walters.

OPTION #4

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s newest class with Craftsy: Help!  How Do I Quilt It!

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OPTION #5

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s Dot to Dot Quilting”,on Craftsy.

Dot to Dot Quilting with Angela Walters

Click here if you would like to read my review of this excellent class.

OPTION #6

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Angela’s class on Craftsy: Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety

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Click here if you would like to read my review of this excellent class.

You can find Angela at:

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
http://thebusinessofmachinequilting.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AngelaFMQ
http://instagram.com/angelafmq

Angela is an excellent teacher and has taught many beginner quilters through experienced quilters how to do free-motion quilting on domestic machines, as well as long-arm machines.  I hope you are inspired by this challenge and want to learn from Angela by joining in on this sponsored challenge, where you can also automatically get entered to win prizes when you complete one or more of the options this month.

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

While these are still “monthly” challenges, I’ve extended the window of the linky party thru mid-September and I will continue to do so thru all challenges released throughout the summer, allowing participants more time.  Hopefully this may also give participants time to complete more than one option.

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 click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS AUGUST CHALLENGE:

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 – Geri R
CCT/Grip & Stitch quilting disks
Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Estimated Retail value $29.95.
Prize is open to participants living in US
Prize #2  One lucky winner will receive a pair of Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks.Winner: LC’ Cottage
Robert Kaufman One lucky winner will receive three bundles of fat quarters, from the “Drawn” collection by Angela Walters, for  Robert Kaufman.This prize is open for WW participants.FQ-953-12_Drawn_PewterFQ-954-12_Drawn_WaterFQ-955-12_Drawn_Sorbet winner  –Cuscino agosto,opzione 2

 

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.  Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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.

email address for quiltshopgal

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-free-motion-quilting-challenge/

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – July Challenge with Paula Reid

Today we kick off the  July Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  And this month we showcase Paula Reid, an amazing quilter and free-motion quilting experts who has a special talent for applying FMQ on large quilts using a domestic sewing machine, as well as stitching stunning FMQ designs.  

Quilters of all levels of experience are invited to join these monthly challenges.  We do not judge anyone, but strive to encourage everyone to learn and improve their free-motion quilting (FMQ) skills.  And “everyone” means this event is open to bloggers, non-bloggers, quilters that use any type of machine (domestic, mid-arm, or long-arm), as well as quilters from all over the world! 

If you are not familiar with this challenge, and definitely those that have not participated in any of the prior challenges, please read the main page for this event, as it has been updated to provide information previously shared within these monthly posts.  You can always find the main page by clicking on the links underneath the blog header labeled EVENTS and then click FREE-MOTION QUILTING – 2015 FMQ CHALLENGE.

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SPONSORS:

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

Prizes will be awarded for each monthly challenge and there are also prizes that will be awarded at the end of the year.  Monthly winners will be randomly selected.  And while end of year (aka Grand Prizes) will also be awarded randomly, I’m also looking at awarding based on a variety of soon to be announced methods (e.g. Person that completed the most challenges, the person that improved the most, etc).   

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR JULY:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Paula Reid,   an Expert Free-Motion Quilter, Designer, Teacher and very creative person.

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Paula has professional quilted many quilts from famous quilters including Alex Anderson.  She has taught quilters, the art of free-motion quilting, all over the world, and is willing to travel and teach in your area.  If you are interested in taking a class with her, just let your Guild Event Coordinator and/or local Quilt Shop owner know and maybe they can schedule a workshop with her in your area.  

You can also take an online class with Paula through Craftsy, which I can honestly recommend at Craftsy “Start Machine Quilting”.

She has also published several DVDs, which I think are excellent and provide a great way for people to learn/improve their FMQ skills:

 “Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto

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 “Fluff and Stuff which teaches FMQ while focusing on teaching you how to quilt large quilts on a domestic machine!

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Paula also designed some super cute and helpful “Batt Scooters” to help you move a quilt around, on your domestic sewing machine, while doing free-motion quilting.  And she has a Youtube video about these scooters on her site, as well as you’ll find more insights about other products by Paula too!

I hope you’ll participate in this challenge and take advantage of learning and/or improving your free-motion quilting skills, by learning from Paula, while having fun too!

You can find Paul at:

http://www.battsintheattic.com/
http://battsintheattic.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/battsintheattic

 

JULY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial, by Paula Reid, shared in the  during the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  This tutorial teach you about using stencils, actually using a stencil design that is one of Paula’s favorites.  You may wish to enlarge this design to cover the complete area of your pillow, shrink it and incorporate multiple areas with this shape, or use as size provided and add your own background.   Feel free to push yourself and make changes to this design, as you feel appropriate (fillers, design changes to create your own stencil design, etc).  You can download this design from the 2012 FMQ tutorial, or purchase an 11″ or 13″ stencil from The Stencil Company.  

The Stencil Company has many wonderful stencil designs, all at a reasonable price.  I continue to add new stencils to my collection all of the time and have found The Stencil Company to be a wonderful source of beautiful stencil designs.

OPTION #2

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Paula’s class “Start Machine Quilting”, on Craftsy.   

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Possibly you have already taken this class and this option encourages you to utilize what you learned, or maybe you haven’t taken it and it inspires you to sign up for this excellent FMQ class on Craftsy.

OPTION #3

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered Paula’s DVD “Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto“.  While there is more to this DVD than Trapunto, if you have not yet tried Trapunto with your FMQ, I highly encourage you to give this a try as I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.  Paula does a fantastic job teaching and her DVDs are a great learning and inspiration resource.

OPTION #4

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered Paula’s DVD “Fluff and Stuff“.  While this DVD does teach Paula’s technique for managing large quilts, there is still plenty that you is taught on this DVD that you can apply to a pillow too!  But I think many will be eager to apply what they learn from this DVD to their large quilts.  Information covered in this DVD truly does make it easy to apply FMQ to large quilts on a domestic machine!

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!

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY



While these are still “monthly” challenges, I’ve extended the window of the linky party thru mid-September and I will continue to do so thru all challenges released throughout the summer, allowing participants more time.  Hopefully this may also give participants time to complete more than one option.

Here is the link to the linky party for the July Challenge (which will remain open thru mid-September)

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 click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE JUlY CHALLENGE:

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 – Elizabeth H
The Stencil Company Five lucky winners will receive a prize from The Stencil Company.US Only
 Prize #2

Geri R

#3

Elizabeth H

#4 carried over to Grand Prize

 

#5 carried over to Grand Prize

#6 carried over to Grand Prize

The Quilt Show One Lucky Winner will receive a year Star Membership to The Quilt Show (TQS)This is open to WW participants.  Prize #7 winner – Karin, Quilt Yarn
Paula One Lucky Winner will receive a bundle from Paula Reid that includes:FullSizeRendera pair of Batt Scooters, three DVDs (Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto”,   “Fluff and Stuff” and “Borders and Bindings“), as well as a pair of Batt Snips!This prize bundle will be shipped directly to one lucky winner of this monthly challenge, anywhere in the world (open to WW participants).And, Paula has also generously donated another such bundle to be given out as one of the Grand Prizes, at the end of the 2015 FMQ Challenges!  Prize #8 winner – ratamaa
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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.

email address for quiltshopgal

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 and then click FREE-MOTION QUILTING and then click 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-free-motion-quilting-challenge/

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – June Challenge with Diane Gaudynski

Today we kick off the  June Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  And this month we showcase Diane Gaudynski, a true Expert in Free-Motion Quilting, who has inspired and taught many free-motion quilting teachers and quilters around the world!

Quilters of all levels of experience are invited to join these monthly challenges.  We do not judge anyone, but strive to encourage everyone to learn and improve their free-motion quilting (FMQ) skills.  And “everyone” means this event is open to bloggers, non-bloggers, quilters that use any type of machine (domestic, mid-arm, or long-arm), as well as quilters from all over the world! 

If you are not familiar with this challenge, and definitely those that have not participated in any of the prior challenges, please read the main page for this event, as it has been updated to provide information previously shared within these monthly posts.  You can always find the main page by clicking on the links underneath the blog header labeled EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING – 2015 FMQ CHALLENGE.

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SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing and CT Publishing. 

More sponsors will be announced soon  (e.g. The Quilt Show, etc), along with insights on special prizes that will be awarded at the end of this 2015 Challenge. To clarify, while prizes will be awarded for those that participate in specific challenges and complete their project and share during the window the monthly challenge is open, there will also be prizes awarded to participants at the end of the year (e.g. even if you complete a challenge after it is closed, you’ll be able to enter it for a chance to win a prize).

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR JUNE:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Diane Gaudynski,  an author, a teacher,  an Expert Free-Motion Quilter, and an absolutely wonderful lady.

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Diane has taught quilters, the art of free-motion quilting, all over the world, but is no longer traveling to teach.  But she has published two excellent books on free-motion quilting which I strongly recommend to anyone interested in FMQ: “Guide to Machine Quilting” and  “Quilt Savvy”, both of these brilliant books have been published by AQS.

I can honestly say, there are many talented teachers that do a great job teaching free-motion quilting, but I do believe Diane has the most elegant style to her designs and has a special gift when it comes to quilting, teaching and more.  She is a wonderful person, whom I’m glad I had a chance to take a class with.

While I rarely share personal info on my blog, I do want to share that I was originally a hand quilter for many years.  A few years back I set off on a research project to see what an “old quilter” like me could learn in a year of focusing on free-motion quilting.  I spent the year reading as many FMQ books, watching as many DVDs, and taking as many classes that year as I could.  And, I signed up far in advance to take a class with Diane at Asilomar (Empty Spools).  I was probably the least experienced person in that class, but I learned so much and was so inspired by the beauty she created I knew I was hooked on free-motion quilting.  At the end of that year, while I was far from being great with my free-motion quilting, I felt I was good enough to quilt my own quilts and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I also wanted to “pay back”, what I learned by so many experts, that I hosted the 2012 FMQ Challenge, the 2013 FMQ Challenge and now the 2015 FMQ Challenge.

I hope you too will fall in love with Diane and her style of elegant free-motion quilting, but I think she would also share that her designs can be adapted to become your own versions and as elegant or casual as you wish.

 

You can find Diane Gaudynski at:

http://dianegaudynski.blogspot.com/

And I’m sure Diane would love to have you follow her blog and leave a comment.  Her blog is packed with tips, tutorials and inspiration – definitely enjoyable to follow, as well as go back thru previously released posts too!

 

JUNE CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial, by Diane Gaudynski, shared in the February 2012 FMQ Challenge.  This tutorial will help you learn/improve your FMQ skills to create an Echo Feather Plume that Diane so elegantly creates.

OPTION #2

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in the book “Guide to Machine Quilting”, by Diane Gaudynski  

If you have this book, I hope this challenge option inspires you to pull it out and use this book to learn/improve your FMQ Skills, as there are so many stunning designs in this book, as well as great tips and information to help you.

OPTION #3

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in the book “Quilt Savvy”, by Diane Gaudynski

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Like Option #2, if you have this book, I hope this challenge option inspires you to pull it out and use this book to learn/improve your FMQ Skills, as there are so many stunning designs in this book, as well as great tips and information to help you.

OPTION #4

Create a pillow with FMQ using the tutorial by Diane, for her beautiful “Celtic Bubbles“, which she released previously on her blog.

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In my option, Diane’s free-motion quilting is always absolute perfection and for me swirls are a difficult design to stitch, but can look so beautiful on their own or combined with other designs.

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Note:  Your challenge entry can combine more than one design, or designs from each of the challenge options.  You can also create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  Each entry just needs to capture the concept of the challenge option you wish to claim (two or more entries for the same option is not allowed).  Keep in mind the spirit of this challenge is all about learning and improving your FMQ skills, so more entries the better!  And yes, the more entries you share the more chances you get to win prizes (but I hope that you are not participating in this challenge simply to win prizes, as much as learning/improving your FMQ skills.

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY



While these are still “monthly” challenges, I’ve extended the window of the linky party thru mid-September and I will continue to do so thru all challenges released throughout the summer, allowing participants more time.  Hopefully this may also give participants time to complete more than one option.


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 click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE JUNE CHALLENGE:

Update:  Before recognizing the winners, I want to share how winners are randomly selected. I use the Random.org number generator set to the number of entries for the challenge this month (20).  Lucky numbers were:

 

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 – #LC’s Cottage

As Laura had previously won this bundle in May she opted to trade for a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop and this bundle will be carried over to a Grand Prize.

Martingale Quick Changequick change compiled by Karen M. BurnsA Modern Twist
All About Strips
 Prize #2  winner – #5

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

 

Prize #3  winner – #111 Mary of Can’t Stop Stitching

Prize #4 winner – #6 Geri Richardson

Fabrics N Quilts One lucky winner will receive a $35 Gift Certificate to Fabrics N Quilts. Open to WW participants, but winners will need to pay shipping.  Prize is good towards product only.  Prize #5 winner #14 Elizabeth H

 

 

 

FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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:

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – May Challenge with Cindy Needham

Today we kick off the  May Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  And this month we showcase Cindy Needham, an amazing Master Free-Motion Quilter!

Quilters of all levels of experience are invited to join these monthly challenges.  We do not judge anyone, but strive to encourage everyone to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills.  And “everyone” means this event is open to bloggers, non-bloggers, quilters that use any type of machine (domestic, mid-arm, or long-arm), as well as quilters from all over the world! 

If you are not familiar with this challenge, and definitely those that have not participated in any of the prior challenges, please read the main page for this event, as it has been updated to provide information previously shared within these monthly posts.  You can always find the main page by clicking on the links underneath the blog header labeled EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING – 2015 FMQ CHALLENGE.

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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 and CT Publishing. 

More sponsors will be announced soon, as well as insights on special prizes that will be awarded at the end of this 2015 Challenge. To clarify, while prizes will be awarded for those that participate in specific challenges and complete their project and share during the window the monthly challenge is open, there will also be prizes awarded to participants at the end of the year (e.g. even if you complete a challenge after it is closed, you’ll be able to enter it for a chance to win a prize).

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR MAY:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Cindy Needham,  an author, a teacher, and an Expert Free-Motion Quilter!

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Cindy teaches quilters of all levels to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills. She makes learning fun and is the most organized teacher I know, allowing her to pack in loads of information in her classes and books, as well as personally get an amazing amount of quilting in for class samples and her personal quilts.  She  is continually learning and this allows students that attend her classes and workshops to happily repeat a class or workshop with Cindy and continue to learn new things, while developing their own spectacular free-motion quilting skills.   To clarify, she is not a teacher where you’ll ever feel you’ve learned all she has to offer.  This woman just doesn’t run on those batteries – hers are unique and just don’t seem to wind down, but run at a smooth and consistent pace.  I think she has her own “hum purr” that makes my heart and quilting sing, when I take a class with her!

She is lives in Northern California in the beautiful town of Redding.  And Cindy travels the world teaching.  You may want to talk with your local quilt shop and/or quilt guild to schedule her to teach in your area.

Cindy teaches at major quilt shows around the world and her classes are always a sell out.  And she enjoys teaching at Quilt Guilds and Quilt Shops too!   And she hosts a variety of workshops in Northern California that quilters come from all over the world to attend.

This amazing woman is also an author of many handbooks (aka  e:books), on many subjects, which offer an amazing value to quilters.  Those that participated in the 2012 FMQ Challenge certainly enjoyed Cindy’s detail in providing excellent tutorial, with wonderful documentation with great visuals that helped many learn/improve their FMQ skills.  I definitely recommends all of Cindy’s handbooks, as they are well written, with great insights, and they are very reasonably priced.  She updates them annually and when you purchase the Complete Collection, you will receive her annual updates for life!   For more info on these ebooks: : http://www.cindyneedham.com/handbooks.html

Cindy teaches two classes at Crafty, which I can honestly recommend both:

 Design It, Quilt It

Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts

She has also developed a new stencil package (2 stencils and instructions, plus a free downloadable document from her website, along with Youtube videos).  This stencil is appropriately called the Ultimate Stencil and love it!!!!  The design possibilities with this stencil collection are endless.

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 Here is a message from Cindy:

Hi Everyone!  I’m thrilled to be joining you once again for yet another FMQ challenge.  I thoroughly enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your projects.  I am trying to post as many of my students’ projects as possible  using The Ultimate Stencils on my Pinterest pageIf you would be interested in having me post YOUR project please send me a photo via email (linenqltr@comcast.net).  You can access my Pinterest page via the home page of my website and be inspired by designs  for your own project.  Thank you and I’m excited to see what you come up with!  Hugs, Cindy 🙂

 

MAY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Create a pillow using Cindy’s new Ultimate Stencil.  This is a very powerful stencil and if you only purchase one stencil this year, this is the stencil that QuiltShopGal recommends as a “must” for anyone interested in free-motion quilting wholecloth quilts, and it can be applied to pieced quilts for full or partial blocks, along with being adaptable to borders.  Let you mind be creative and you’ll quickly see how versatile this stencil is.  I also highly recommend that you watch the Youtube videos that Cindy has created for to share insights on the Ultimate Stencil: https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

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Don’t forget Cindy has a 21-page booklet on these stencils that you can download for free, from her website.ultimate stencil by cindy needham

The Ultimate Stencil can be ordered from Cindy’s website, and many quilt stores are now carrying it.  Of course, if you don’t find it in your favorite store, let them know you’d like them to carry it as they may not be aware of it yet.    I have found it at Nancy’s Notions, Quilt in a Day, Premium Sewing Outlet,  and Cozy Quilt Shop in El Cajon, CA has it in stock too!  note:  I will update this list as I learn of other sources.

I will also share a Sneak Peek into 2016, as I will be hosting another event that will be based on this stencil, that will be another great way for quilters to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills.

OPTION #2

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in the Craftsy class “Design It Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques”, with Cindy Needham.

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For more information about this class, check out my review.

 

OPTION #3

Create a pillow using the free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, by Cindy Needham.  This is a great learning opportunity where you will learn about Cindy’s approach for “divide and conquer”, S-Curve and more.

 

 

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

While these are still “monthly” challenges, I’ve extended the window of the linky party thru mid-September and I will continue to do so thru all challenges released throughout the summer, allowing participants more time.  Hopefully this may also give participants time to complete more than one option.


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.

 

This linky party will be open thru the last day of the month.  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 click here for a tutorial.

 

For blogger participants that are interested in posting a badge, the badge code is now on the right hand column of this blog.  Thank you for posting the badge.  The more quilters we have participating, the more fun and inspiration we will all have.  But I need your help to spread the word and encourage others to join, or at least come look and visit all the blogs (and non-bloggers) that share their FMQ projects with us via the Monthly linky parties and the Flicker Group sharing.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE MAY CHALLENGE:

Update:  Before recognizing the winners, I want to share how winners are randomly selected. I use the Random.org number generator set to the number of entries for the challenge this month (20).  Lucky numbers were:

I then go thru the orders of prizes and match the winner to the prize.  This process doesn’t guarantee that a winner will qualify for the prize (e.g. winner may live outside of an area that the prize is designated for), but any unclaimed prizes, or ineligible prizes, will first be considered for those whose names have been drawn previously, before new names are drawn.

Either way, I hope all the participants view they are winners.  By participating in these challenges you continue to learn and/or improve your FMQ skills, as well as to help inspire others by sharing what you create.  And, hopefully you make a wonderful FMQ Pillow to show off your skills in your home, or give as a gift.

Thus, congratulations to all of the participants, as well as the lucky winners.

 

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 – #15  LC’s Cottage
Craftsycraftsy-logo One Class of your choice at Craftsy  Prize #2  winner – #3 Geri Richardson
Gotcha Covered Quiltinggotcha covered quilting $25 Gift Certificate to Gotcha Covered Quilting. This prize is open to WW participants, but it is a gift certificate to purchase and ultimately winners will need to pay postage, just as if they had purchased any item online.  Prize #3 winner – #9 Dena @ Living Water Quilter

 

 

 

FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  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:

Machine Quilting

badge for books with #CreativeGoodness copyI’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about free-motion quilting book, and how you can win a copy.

Machine Quilting: The Basics & Beyond, by Lynn Witzenburg, published by Landauer Publishing in 2008. And, as the cover page shares, this book is a Complete Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Successful Machine Quilting.

Publisher’s Insights:

Teacher and master machine quilter Lynn Witzenburg guides quilters through the basic steps of quilting on a home sewing machine. From the basics of doodling through marked grids, free-form curves, continuous-line designs and border tips to more advanced techniques and tricks to enhance quilting projects. The troubleshooting tips in each section guarantee stress-free quilting. Features include: Over 150 full-color photos; More than 90 full-color illustrations and diagrams; 12 projects ranging from wallhangings to full-size quilts; Close-up, step-by-step photography; Troubleshooting tips throughout the book; Techniques, such as bobbin quilting, trapunto, and free-form feathers, addressed in an easy-to-understand-and-do format; Basic quilting and equipment preparation; Border designs and how to make them fit any quilt; Original quilting designs.

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About the Author:

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Lynn has been professionally machine quilting since 1996. Shortly after she began teaching classes at a local quilt shop and lecturing for guilds in the area, teaching became her favorite “job”. The first lesson she teaches – there are no rules, relax aqnd have fun

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Lynn and Landauer Publishing also created a series of Youtube videos for “Machine Quilting The Basics and Beyond”.


If you are using a MAC, or have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to view it directly thru Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r6Jte-wxYw

Click here to watch the Machine Quilting The basics & beyond videos!

My Review:

 This book is an excellent resource to beginner quilters who are interested in learning free-motion quilting.  The instructions are easy to follow with great visuals that will take you through every step of quilting.  You will learn about equipment & supplies, preparing your machine quilting, doodling, machine-guided stitching, free-motion stitching, using stencils, focal and background designs, feathers, bobbin quilting, trapunto and much more.

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There are also 12 projects included in this book that include complete instructions and great visuals to make the quilt, as well as designs you can use to free-motion quilt your projects.

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This book is an excellent value, especially when you consider what the cost of 1-2 standalone patterns would cost and the fact you get 12 projects in this book, plus comprehensive information to help you learn free-motion quilting.

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For those that already know free-motion quilting, this book may also be of interest to you to learn more designs, as well as placement of designs.  Of course, it would also be an excellent book for your quilt library that could be quite handy for those that also have or are building skills to teach free-motion quilting too!

Want to win a copy of this book?

Landauer Publishing is a sponsor of the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  A copy of this book has been added to a special “pool of prizes” that will be awarded by a bidding process with all participants in this challenge.  Participants will be awarded ten points for “every entry” in each monthly challenge (typically 3-5 ways to enter each month could earn you up to 50 points), and 1 point for every picture you share in the Flickr FMQ group (any project you created showing off your FMQ can be shared in this flickr group).  More details will be shared about the “pool of prizes” in upcoming challenges, but I wanted to share this “sneak peek” with you today.

 

I hope you get a chance to check out this book at your local quilt shop.  Don’t forget if you don’t find it you can let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  You can also find this book online at Landauer Publishing, as well as Amazon 

You can find Landauer Publishing at:

http://landauerpub.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LandauerPublishing
http://quiltbooksandbeyond.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/LandauerPublishing

 

 

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