Category: Cindy Needham

Cindy Needham – New Ultimate Border Collection

Today I’m kicking off a week of topics about free-motion quiting, starting with insights about a new stencil collection designed by Cindy Needham,  as well as a sale:

Cindy Needham is a Master Quilter, teacher, author, designer whom I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning, or improving their free-motion quilting skills.  I also strongly urge anyone interested in FMQ to check out her “Complete Collection” of e:books, as well as all of her Ultimate Stencil collections.

Cindy has just released a new Ultimate Border Collection and they are on sale thru May 5th ($10 savings).  And for those that may not have her Complete Ultimate Collection, this collection now includes the new Ultimate Border Collection, plus the original Ultimate Stencil Collection, the Ultimate Background Stencil Collection and the Ultimate Shape Collection.  Needless to say, the “Complete” collection is an amazing deal, with endless possibilities of designs.  And, it is also on sale thru May 5th.  Plus these stencil collections come with accompanying e:books appropriate for each stencil collection that will help show you how to use these stencils, as well as incorporate an amazing variety of designs for each stencil, with “your” projects, or to apply on project designs inspired by some of Cindy’s amazing work.

Today I want to share a few insights about the versatility of Cindy’s new Ultimate Border Stencil Collection:

It contains six different borders in three sizes each:

It also contains 12 different motifs in three sizes each:

Each border design comes with the “halfway”  lines already cut as well as the 45 degree line cut in the corner.

Each motif has the center point cut as a dot.  This allows you perfectly centered designs and easy repeats.  Each of the motifs is designed to be added as an embellishment to any of the six border designs or to be repeated as a border themselves!  These motifs can be used as designs in your quilt blocks too.

Cindy has written a 50+ page E-Book to accompany these stencils that includes many design inspirations on how to use each border design and motif and a full chapter on how to make borders fit.


The design possibilities with this set of stencils is limitless!  You are encouraged to combine motifs and stencils to make your own custom border designs.  Your borders will always be centered, your corners will always be “spot on” and the repeats will always be equal.

This 20 stencil set is on sale for one week only for $65.00. This will run $75.00 after the sale is over.   Cindy has a flat rate shipping for domestic orders for $5.00 and international for $12.00.  She’ll pick up the rest of the tab for postage

CLICK HERE to be taken to Cindy’s website to purchase!

Don’t forget, If you don’t own any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils and would like to purchase the complete package, Cindy is offering the Complete Collection of Stencils on sale for $165.  This will run for $175 after the sale.  It includes the Ultimate Stencils (4 pieces total); the Ultimate Backgrounds (20 pieces total); Ultimate Shape (4 pieces total) and the new Ultimate Borders (20 pieces total).  It also comes with instructional E-Books for each set totaling about 150 pages.

CLICK HERE to be taken to Cindy’s website to purchase!

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

 

Here are links to previous posts where I’ve shared insights about Cindy Needham, as well as a few of her awesome free-motion quilting tutorials:

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #3 – Learn/Improve Your Free-Motion Quilting Skills This Summer

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Welcome to the 3rd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This parties is all about learning/improving your FMQ skills by using any/all of the Ultimate Stencil Collections on any project, including a practice quilt sandwich, this summer.  To clarify, you get to make the decision to use a UFO that needs quilting, a pieced, applique’, or whole cloth quilt.  You can even create a new project specific for this challenge, or do something simple on a practice quilt sandwich.  Your entry can be simple, with minimal quilting or dense, with plenty of stitching.  Again, totally up to you as I simply want everyone to practice, learn, have fun and inspire. 

Sponsors for this event include:

 

 

ultimate quilt challenge linky party #3 supplies

Let the Party begin!  Please be sure to read the rules before you add an entry to this Linky Party #3.  This event is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, all around the world.

RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one doodle/sketch design idea with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • For this linky party, you need to share any project, any style, any size that you quilted this summer using any of the Ultimate Stencil collections by Cindy Needham.  You can even do FMQ on a practice piece and enter.  And projects need not be completed, but should have enough quilted to clearly show you have used any of the Ultimate Stencils.
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. Of course, you can also incorporate other FMQ motifs, as desired.

Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

For a complete list of prizes for this event, visit the Main Page which you can find underneath the blog header labeled “The Ultimate Quilting Challenge 2016“.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

If you have any questions, please email me. I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Don’t forget there are three linky parties, three ways you can enter the 2016 Ultimate Quilting Challenge to win one or more prizes, but you have to enter by September 15th.

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

#EQ25 – A Tutorial to use EQ7 for Creating Stencils, based on The Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham

The Electric Quilt Companyis celebrating their 25th Anniversary with monthly giveaways.  This month you can win a copy of EQ7 software or a fabric bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics.  

EQ 25 Celebration EQ logos

And, as I love all things EQ, to help with this celebration, I’ve created an EQ7 tutorial for using quilting stencils, which I want to share with you today.  Incorporating stencils into EQ can help to plan your projects, as well as create your own unique FMQ designs.  Of course, for those with EQStitch, you can also easily convert these designs to machine embroidery.  Plus, you could also easily use this technique to incorporate into quilt labels.

MY EQ7  TUTORIAL:

While this tutorial shows how to incorporate any stencil, I’m using a stencil from a design collection by Cindy Needham, called the Ultimate Stencil Collection.   You may be aware that I’m also hosting a challenge this summer, with three ways you can enter to win prizes. One is to sketch/doodle FMQ design ideas using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils.  And, while you can certainly sketch on paper, you can also use EQ SW to create your design ideas and share.  And, when you share, you’re automatically entered to win prizes.  Plus, you don’t have to purchase anything to sketch out your design ideas, as Cindy has free downloadable templates.  Of course, there are also ways to enter by using these stencils and doing free-motion quilting on your pieced, applique, or wholecloth quilts, of any size, where you can also win prizes.

It is really easy to use stencils in EQ7 to apply to your designs.  But, admittedly, the Ultimate Stencil collection, Ultimate Background Stencil collection and the new Ultimate Shape collection are all versatile stencils that are so much fun to pull into EQ7 and let your creativity have fun.  Possibilities are endless.

Here are a few auditioning ideas I came up with for some of my doodling using the Ultimate Stencil Collection.  If there is interest, I will happily create a video tutorial, but for now, I hope this will inspire you to play with these stencils in EQ7 to sketch out design ideas for blocks and/or projects.  And don’t forget you can do this for any stencil.

 

To use stencils in EQ7, here are the basic steps.

Launch (aka run) your EQ7 software.

On the CREATE A NEW PROJECT TAB, type the name of your project (I used “2016 FMQ Challenge FMQ Design Ideas”).

On the file menu bar, on the top, click on BLOCK >> NEW BLOCK >>EASY DRAW + PATCHDRAW BLOCK

Click on the TRACING IMAGE tab

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Click on the IMPORT IMAGE button.  Navigate (browse) to the folder where you have stored your image for the Ultimate Stencil – Circle.  A pop up will appear showing you the defaults for the image you scanned for your artwork, for you to crop it.  We do not want to crop, so simply click ok.  And then use your cursor to click anywhere on the Tracing Image tab for your image to appear.

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The image appears the size that you saved your scanned image.  In the example I’m sharing, my image was approximately 6”x6”.  As we want this image to be fairly close to the actual size of the stencil, we will manually adjust the size while on the Tracing Image tab.

Use your mouse to click, hold, drag one of the corners of this image outward to enlarge (drag inward to make smaller).

Note:  If you want to create a design larger than the template, that is easy to do using only the stencil and paper, as well as within EQ7.  For EQ7, you simply extend out the lines, and the rings of the stencil to the size you want and add more circles, for the grids that you wish.

Likewise, when using this stencil to design FMQ motifs for blocks that are smaller than the stencil, you simply use only the portion of the stencil needed for your blocks, or the area you want your design to be.

The grids are 1” apart and the design area of the stencils are basically 16”x16”.  In EQ7 we are going to create a template for ¼ of the Ultimate Stencil, where our block will measure 8”x8”.  A ballpark scale in EQ7 is fine, as we’re creating stencil design ideas that will be marked on our projects using the actual stencil.

How we adjust our image, as well as how we draw out our FMQ design ideas in EQ7 do not need to be precise.  What we are using EQ7 for is to create design ideas that we will select from and those we wish to use will be “precisely” transferred to fabric using the Ultimate Stencil.  We will also use our FMQ design ideas for auditioning on blocks and quilts within EQ7, to help us select FMQ designs that we want to stitch out on our project.

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How we adjust our image, as well as how we draw out our FMQ design ideas in EQ7 does not need to be precise.  What we are using EQ7 for is to create design ideas that we will select from and those we wish to use will be “precisely” transferred to fabric using the Ultimate Stencil.  We will also use our FMQ design ideas for auditioning on blocks and quilts within EQ7, to help us select FMQ designs that we want to stitch out on our project.

Click on the APPLIQUE tab.

Draw (doodle) within EQ7, saving your design ideas to your sketchbook, as you go.

On the main menu click LIBRARIES > BLOCK LIBRARY > SKETCHBOOK

Use your mouse to select all your design ideas and click COPY.

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While in the Sketchbook View click on the STENCILS tab and click paste.

import an image of the Ultimate Stencil – Circle template

Set your block size for the desired size of your block design.

Enlarge/shrink your image to reflect the appropriate scale of the actual stencil.

Now, let’s create a folder for your Ultimate Stencil design ideas in MY LIBRARY, so that you can use these stencil designs for other projects, within other EQ7 project files.

Now, let’s play with these design motifs to see how they would look on your quilt projects.

For purposes of this lesson, I   will walk you thru how to apply on a whole cloth quilt vs quilt blocks of various sizes, but don’t forget you can use the stencil grids to create designs in 1” increments easily up to 16”, as well as manually extend to larger sizes.

On the applique tab

Save your design to your sketchbook

From within the sketchbook on the block tab copy your design, click on the stencil ta  and paste your design.

How about adding a smaller version of the same motif, not just on the sides, but inside of the two larger motifs?   With the Ultimate Stencils having a 1″ grid it is super easy to transfer these designs to your quilts in any size.  And very easy to do an echo line to any of those 1″ gridlines, creating a 1/2″ FMQ echo line.

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TROUBLESHOOTING

Distortion ?

Within EQ7 if you do not adjust the size of the image of your stencil equally you will pick up some distortion in your FMQ motif which you design in EQ7.

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Don’t forget you’ll use your actual plastic Ultimate Stencil to mark your quilt top for FMQ.  Thus, when using EQ7 to plan out your design ideas for the Ultimate Stencil, you need not be 100% precise with your design.  But you do want to be close enough you can use the stencil to mark your fabric to FMQ as desire.

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For those that have EQStitch software, it is also super easy to convert these FMQ designs to embroidery designs.  They also work well for creating quilt labels.  To clarify, you can use stencils to create borders for your quilt labels, as well as for adding FMQ motifs within your quilt label.

Again, let me know if you have any questions and/or if you are interested in seeing a video tutorial for creating stencils in EQ7 and/or how to take these stencil designs in EQ7 to convert to embroidery designs using EQStitch.  Today, this tutorial was simplified, not knowing what the interest of using stencils in EQ7/EQStitch might be.  For me, I find them easy to do and offer great fun when it comes to planning out my FMQ, as well as machine embroidery.

I hope this has inspired you to play with the Ultimate Stencils to create designs that you can stitch out on your projects and hopefully share in the Ultimate Quilting Challenge #2 Linky Party (aka Doodle/Sketch) to enter and win prizes.  Incorporating your stencils into EQ7 is easy peasy and so much fun.  Definitely faster and more versatile than using paper to sketch out ideas.

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The EQ Team also recently released an EQStitch tutorial, for quilting in the hoop designs, which I want to recommend those with this software, or interested in it, to check out: http://doyoueq.com/lessons/quilting-in-the-hoop-with-eqstitch-and-quilting-designs/

DID I MENTION PRIZES/GIVEAWAY:

EQ and Art Gallery Fabrics have great prizes you could win this month, as part of the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration: Wouldn’t it be fun to win a bundle of fabric from AGF or a copy of EQ7 this month?

For a complete schedule of events, as well as information on the amazing prizes and generous sponsors:  http://electricquilt.com/eq25/contest-schedule/
Use the hashtag #EQ25 on social media throughout the 2016 as much as possible! Pair the hashtag with something related to EQ and you may be chosen to win a prize!

DID I MENTION BLOGGING FRIENDS HELPING TO CELEBRATE THE EQ 25TH ANNIVERSARY?

I’m also thrilled to have several blogging friends joining me today, to help celebrate.  As you may already be aware, many of us, will be sharing a EQ themed blog post on the 10th of every month this year, where you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational projects, as well as hopefully some fun quilty insights, as well as learn about how to win amazing prizes.

Yes, each month several blogging friends are releasing a post on the 10th of each month to help celebrate the EQ 25th Anniversary.  Along the way, you’ll find tips, tutorials, inspirational project and various EQ themed insights.  Here are some bloggers that I hope you’ll click thru to visit today:

Carol of Fun Threads Designs

Marian of Seams to be Sew 

Pamela of Pamela Quilts

Tina of Quilting Affection

Lastly, if you are a blogger that loves EQ and wants to help with the 25th Anniversary Celebration, consider releasing an EQ themed post on the 10th of each month (e.g. tip, tutorial, inspirational project you’ve made all showing how you use EQ products).  Let me know and I’ll include you in my blog post, to encourage others to pop by your blog and check out your EQ themed sharing.  I’ll also make sure you are on My Creative Blog List, which is a easy to use site designed to follow creative blogs, as well as increase awareness of blogging events.

 You can find the Electric Quilt Company at:

Here are links to my prior posts for these monthly  #EQ25 celebrations, many include tutorials. And all include links to posts by blogging friends who are also sharing EQ tips, tutorials and inspirational projects on the 10th of each month, to help with the EQ 25th Anniversary Celebration:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Twisted Grid

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham. Don’t want to buy a stencil to enter to win a prize?  Don’t worry, one of the three options to enter, to win a prize, is easy peasy and open to everyone.  You can simply download free PDF templates, print and doodle/sketch your design ideas using these FMQ stencil templates.  I’ll also be sharing a tutorial this week, for how those with EQ software can use these stencils to create designs within EQ software.

But today, I want too heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, and one of Cindy’s video tutorials.  This one is for one of the stencils in the Ultimate Background Collection.  I can honestly say I love this stencil, but then I truly love all of the stencils in the three Ultimate Stencil collections:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jM3-13sQ_p8

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

NEW Product Announcement: The Ultimate Shape Stencil, a Sale, and an FMQ Challenge with Prizes that you don’t have to quilt to win!

Cindy Needham has just released a new stencil, called the Ultimate Shape Stencil.  I can honestly say that I love the design possibilities that this new stencil enables, as well as the endless designs that are possible from the other Ultimate Stencil collections.  And, as you get more than a stencil when you purchase, these stencils are an amazing value.

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The new Ultimate Shape Stencil Collection  is a 4-stencil set cut into 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″ sizes. These will accommodate the most common quilt block sizes. This set of stencils comes with a 38 page full color e-book that provides loads of inspiration and instruction along with many designs.  

Here are a few design ideas from Cindy, but the possibilities for what you can create with this stencil are endless.

This set of stencils is on sale for $25 thru Saturday, August 6th and will come with the Oldies but Goodies and New and Improved design e-books FREE!!!  Cindy also offers a super flat rate shipping fee on international ordres!  Here is the link:  http://cindyneedham.com/ultimate_shape.html

Note:  The Oldies but Goodies and New and Improved design ebook is $50 and a great value at that price, so this sale is an amazing opportunity that I’m confident you’ll enjoy creating with, as well as learning/improving your FMQ skills.   Don’t forget, there are now three ways to participate in the Ultimate Quilting Challenge and you have until September 15th to enter in one or more of these options:

 1) Share any quilting project you have previously made using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Quilting Stencils,

2) Share a doodle/sketch for a free-motion quilting design that you create using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils, and/or

3) Create a project this summer, of any style, any size, that incorporates FMQ using any of Cindy’s Ultimate Stencils (you can also incorporate any FMQ design from her ebooks, or other FMQ Motifs, as you desire).  

To clarify, there are three linky parties that comprise this challenge and you can share in one or all, to automatically get entered to win prizes.

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Basket Weave/Bamboo

The Ultimate Quilt Challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, designed by Cindy Needham. To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials.  I think for anyone interested in learning/improving their free-motion quilting skills, this is a gorgeous design that is a “must have” to master for our “go to” background designs.

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/QhqZ6yfMMWc

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Beautiful Background Grid Designs

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4yxuNf4fXs

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Using Transparencies with Stencils

The Ultimate Quilt Challenge is a versatile challenge, all based around the Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  You can enter to win prizes by: sharing projects previously made using any of these  stencils, doodling/sketching designs for blocks and/or quilts, and/or doing free-motion quilting on any project this summer using these stencils.

To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qyEgEI6cgo

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:

Linky Party #1 – for sharing projects previously created using these stencils: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – for sharing your doodling/sketching using free downloadable templates for these stencils – kicked off July 15th: http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-linky-party-2-doodlesketching/

Linky Party #3 – for sharing of any project (any size, style) created this summer that incorporates any of the Ultimate Quilting Stencils  – kicks off August 15th, but your deadline to enter is September 15th.

Here is a list of all previous posts pertaining to the #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016 – Linky Party #2 – Doodle/Sketching – Everyone Can Do This!

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Welcome to the 2nd Linky Party for the Ultimate Quilting Challenge, hosted by QuiltShopGal this summer.   This 2nd of three Linky Parties is all about doodling/sketching on paper, your free-motion quilting design ideas for The Ultimate Stencil Collections.  This is a great way to build up your muscle memory for free-motion quilting such designs, as well as a great way to inspire others thru your sharing.  And, by sharing in our Linky Party you are automatically entered to win prizes in this challenge! 

Our sponsors for this event include, but are not limited to:

ultimate quilt challenge linky party #2Our Linky Parties are open up to bloggers and non-bloggers, but please take time to read the entire blog post, especially the rules, before you add a link, or you may find your entry is removed.

 

ultimate quilt challenge linky party #2 supplies

RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

  • Bloggers and non-bloggers are eligible to enter:
    1. Bloggers need to share their entry in a current post, dated during this event (links to old posts will be removed).  Not required, but appreciated if you also let others know about this Ultimate FMQ  Challenge and include a link in your post.  Of course, you can share more than one doodle/sketch design idea with as many photos and insights as you wish to share, but only one link per person.
    2. Non-Bloggers have a variety of ways to share, but they need to ensure that they only share one link in the linky post. Depending on the tool you use to share, you can reference that you are participating in this event and clarify if you have additional photos that can be viewed. For example, if you upload to Flickr you can link one picture, but share more via a folder, just be sure your security is open to anyone to view.  You can also share via uploading to Pinterest, or other free online sites, but you do need to ensure the site you upload your photo entry is open so that anyone can view it.  To eliminate the risk of having your link deleted, consider asking others to check for you.
  • You can only share doodle/sketch design ideas that you have sketched on paper using The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection.  But you can incorporate any FMQ motif with these stencil designs that you wish.  To clarify, you need not stitch your ideas out on fabric.  
  • When you share a project in any of the three Linky Parties for this event you are giving permission for QuiltShopGal and Cindy Needham to share a picture of your project, to recognize you, on our blogs, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
  • Prizes will be randomly awarded the last week of September.

OTHER LINKY PARTIES PLANNED FOR THIS CHALLENGE:

  • LINKY PARTY #1 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE PRIOR TO THIS CHALLENGE can be shared in a Linky Party that kicked off June 15th.  Projects can be any size, any style, but need to incorporate the FMQ based on The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collections. And, of course, you can incorporate any FMQ design with these stencils that you wish.
  • LINKY PARTY #3 – VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PROJECTS MADE THIS SUMMER Kicks off August 15th, with a Linky Party, for those that create a project, of any size, any style this summer and show that you have used one or more of the stencils, from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  Don’t overlook the fact you can start working on your project now, as  you need not wait to August 15th to start!  
  • VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE Quilts (from all Linky Parties during this event) will be held the week of September 19th. 
  • Prizes randomly awarded the last week of September.

 

To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham. For sketching and doodling everyone can dowload the FREE handout from Cindy, which includes the Master circle and square template from the Ultimate Stencil Collection, which you can copy and use to doodle/sketch out FMQ design ideas from Cindy, shared by others, and hopefully also create your own design ideas to share in this challenge.  

 

The design possibilities are endless with these stencils.   Cindy also has a great collection of inspirational ideas for these stencils on Pinterest.

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Cindy has also written many handbooks (aka  e:books), which she updates annually.  While you can purchase these books individually, when you purchase the Complete Collection, you receive updated copies for free, every year.  Trust me, you’ll want the Complete Collection.  It is an amazing value, packed with Cindy’s insights for creating beautiful free-motion quilting, with easy to follow instructions and great visuals.

There are many prizes that our generous sponsors have donated, including some great prizes that will be eligible for International participants, not just US Only participants.  A detailed list of prizes is at the bottom of this post.

PRIZES FOR THE ULTIMATE FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE THIS SUMMER:

Note:  We hope you are inspired to participate in this event to learn/improve your FMQ skills and have fun, not just to win prizes.  On the other hand, we have some very generous sponsors who have donated amazing prizes that will be awarded to those that participate in one or all of these events.  To clarify, the more events you participate in the more chances you’ll have to win prizes.  You may also win prizes for Viewer’s Choice, which will open in September for all three Linky Parties.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Martingale Five new release books (to be announced later this summer)

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes, one each, to five lucky winners. A maximum of 1 winner will be an International winner, with a minimum of 4 winners that are US only residents.

 Prize #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
Craftsy A Craftsy class of your choice.  This prize is open to WW participants.  Prize #6  winner – Tba
FabricWorm  A Fat Quarter bundle of Birch Fabrics.  Specific details are not yet available, but bundle is estimated at $35-95.

This prize is open to WW participants.

 Prize #7  winner – Tba
Inspired LED 5 LED kits, one each

These prizes are open to US only participants.

 Prize #8, #9, #10, #11, #12  winner – Tba
Robert Kaufman Fabrics A beautiful bundle of Radiance, 1 yard cuts of four different colors.  This prize is open to US only participants.  Prize #13  winner – Tba
Aurifil  Sewn Desert thread collection:

–          1 large Spool collection

–          1 small spool collection

These prizes are open to WW participants.

 Prize #14, and 15  winner – Tba
SewSteady Ruler Foot and templates for FMQ with a ruler on a domestic machine.  As the ruler foot is machine specific, the winner will receive a gift certificate that they can redeem for this prize.  More details on this prize will be shared shortly. Prize #16 – winner tba
You can find Cindy Needham at:

PR Angels that can help spread the word about this 2016 Free-Motion Quilting Summer Challenge are certainly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please email me and I will try to get back to you as quickly as I can, but be prepared it may be 7-10 days before you hear back from me.  Thus, I also encourage you to add a comment on this post and I’m hoping others may also help out by replying to your comment, should I not be able to respond in a timely manner (bless those that help others).

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Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – BackGrounds – Clamshells

This challenge is a quilt as desired challenge, using The Ultimate Quilting Stencil Collection and/or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, from Cindy Needham.  To heighten awareness of how easy these stencils are to use, today I want to share one of Cindy’s Youtube video tutorials:

If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op17ZWTnokg

 

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/linenquilter

https://www.pinterest.com/linenquilter/

For more info on The Ultimate Quilting Challenge:  

Linky Party #1 – http://quiltshopgal.com/the-ultimate-free-motion-quilting-challenge-summer-2016-kick-off-with-virtual-quilt-showlinky-party/

Linky Party #2 – tba – kicks off July 15th

Linky Party #3 – tba – kicks off August 15th

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

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