Category: Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop – Happy Mother’s Day Sale on Gift Certificates and Aurifil/Notion of the Month Sale

The Fat Quarter Shop always has a great selection of fabrics, patterns, books, notions and more and at great prices.  Plus, to help celebrate Mother’s Day they have a special 20% off on Gift Certificates.  What a perfect gift (and it is ok to buy one for you too!).

Fat Quarter Shop - Mothers Day Sale
Use coupon code ilovemom and get a $25 gift certificate for $20, a $50 gift certificate for $40, a $100 gift certificate for $80, etc. Mom gets the full dollar amount on her gift certificate, you get the savings!

And, in the month of May, the Fat Quarter Shop has Aurifil 20% off, in their Notion of the month sale.  They have all sorts of beautiful Aurifil thread collections too!

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http://www.fatquartershop.com/

2013 Golden Quilter Awards Ceremony – Giveaway Party

Wow, did the after party to the Golden Quilter Awards Ceremony get wild?  Definitely a lot of celebrating with many smiling faces.  And, like many great celebrations we have some great quilty prizes, thanks to our sponsors. And, today I’m delighted to announce the lucky winners!

If you didn’t yet see the Awards Ceremony, you are encouraged to check it out to find out the 2013 Golden Quilter Award winners who have bragging rights all year long!
Thank you to all of our wonderful 
Sponsors of the
2013 Golden Quilters Awards:

The Fat Quarter Shop, Sew Fun Quilts, Kelly Jackson (I Have A Notion), CT Publishing, Aurifil, Bonnie K. Hunter (Quiltville), Udderly Smooth Udder Cream ,  Martingale and Fabrics N Quilts.

Prizes are awarded to PR Angels, those that took time to submit nominations, vote, as well as those that attended the Awards Ceremony.
 
Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop

THE FAT QUARTER SHOP
Two lucky winners will each receive a $150 gift certificate. 

WINNERS:
Susan R (Farm Quilter)
SEW FUN QUILTS
Sew Fun Quilts and Judy Chain’s ETSY store. 
One lucky winner will receive a strip bundle  (20 strips) in the color of their choice:  purple, yellow, aqua, vanilla-cream-white, red, black & white,  blue   and many other yummy colors too!  

and a 5″ charm square pack.


WINNER:

 

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Kelly Jackson (I Have A Notion)

Two lucky winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate.

 

WINNERS:
Raewyn B.
Kimberly S.

CT PUBLISHINGThree lucky winners will receive one of three new products from CT Publishing.

 

Essential Sandboard, from Piece O’Cake Designs

WINNER:
Debbie C.   ****  passed ***
TBA

Stars Quilt – Eco Wheelie Tote

WINNER:
Stitchin Therapy

WINNER:
Ellen L.

Twenty Two lucky winners, will receive a designer collection of ten spools of Aurifil thread from many of Aurifil’s amazing designers.

 
WINNERS:

Huisei (Love It Sew It)
Judy R.

 
 
 


WINNERS:
Gene Black (Art By Gene)
Rina M.

 
WINNERS:

MJ B.
Alicia K.

 
 
 
 
WINNERS:

Vicky K. (Vicky K. Creating)
Jenny F.

 

WINNERS:
Janet (What Comes Next) ***passed***

Nina-Marie (Creations, Quilts, Art)

  

 

Bari Pales Ackerman’s collection:  Splendor 1920 (2 sets)   

WINNERS:
Joyce C.
KD Brown

Minick & Simpson’s Collection (2 sets)

WINNERS:
Dana G.
Sallie W. 

Michele Scott’s collection: Prism 

WINNERS:
Jocelyn
Tonya


Bonnie K. Hunter (Quiltville)One lucky winner will get to pick one of Bonnie’s books as a prize.

WINNER:
Becky

String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!Udder Cream

One lucky winner will receive a bundle that includes:


WINNER:
Kearstie G.

 
 
 
  • Hat
  • 16 oz Udderly Smooth Hand and Body Lotion
  • 3 oz Udderly Smooth  Vitamin E cream
  • 8 oz Udderly Smooth Shea Foot Cream
  • 12 oz tub Udderly Smooth
  • 2 oz Udderly Smooth

Martingale

Martingale has generously donated the following books, one book each for five lucky winners

 

Quilt Batik!, by Cheryl Brown

WINNER: 
Kathleen C.
***Passed/new winner will be drawn**




Paper Piecing Quilts of Praise, by Jaynette Huff

WINNER:
Bonnie L.


Homestyle Quilts, by Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker
 
WINNER:
Lynette C.
 
 
Solids, Stripes, Circles, and Squares, by Pippa Eccles Armbrester
 
WINNER:
 
 
WINNER:
MaryAnn C.

 

Fabrics N Quilts

Two lucky winners will each receive a $25 gift certificate.

WINNERS:
Darlene K.

 

An email will be sent to all of the lucky winners today to confirm they want to claim their prize.  Unclaimed prizes will be redrawn this coming Friday, to identify a new winner.

 

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Grand Prize Winners

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First, I want to thank all of the FMQ Experts that helped with this challenge by providing such wonderful tutorials.  With out their support this challenge would never had happened and many would not have had a chance to learn/improve their FMQ skills, as well as learn about each FMQ Expert and a variety of products appropriate for those that enjoy doing FMQ on a domestic sewing machine.

SewCalGal says thank you to all the FMQ Experts

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I also want to recognize and thank all of the sponsors for this challenge as they have wonderful products that are certainly perfect for those interested in FMQ and they generously donated wonderful prizes.

SewCalGal says thank you to all the Sponsors who generously donated prizes for the Monthly Challenges and bonus tutorial challenges:

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SewCalGal says thank you to all the Sponsors who generously donated Grand Prizes for those that completed 12 or more tutorials in 2012.

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There were over 2,000 quilters that participated in this challenge.  It was fun to see everyone learn and improve their FMQ skills, as well as have fun, throughout the year.

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I also want to recognize and thank several Postage Angels who have recently donated to help with postage expenses.  This has helped to cover the shipping cost for prizes for this challenge and the September challenge too!   If you have a chance, I hope you visit their blogs and let them know that you too appreciate their help as Postage Angels for the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  They are wonderful people and have delightful blogs!

My sincere apologies if I have overlooked other Postage Angels.  I tried to go thru my notes, but fear I may have left some of you off.  Please know I do appreciate your help with postage expenses, very much.

There were 87 participants that completed 12 or more FMQ tutorials in 2012 and  entered to win a Grand Prize.  All of the participants in the 2012 FMQ Challenge had an opportunity to learn and improve their FMQ skills.  While many completed many, if not all of the tutorials, there were only  a few the completed 12 or more tutorials in 2012 and entered to win a Grand Prize.  SewCalGal wants to encourage all quilters to continue to learn/improve your FMQ skills, while taking advantage of the tutorials provided by FMQ Experts in this challenge and practice until you have mastered and can apply to your projects, as well as attend FMQ classes, watch FMQ DVDs, read FMQ books and follow blogs that share insights on FMQ. SewCalGal is proud of every quilter that took time to learn and improve their FMQ skills in 2012.  And, I’m  happy to announce the winners, of the Grand Prize Challenge. These winners were all randomly selected.

SewCalGal will be sending an email notice to these winners to confirm they want to claim their prize and get their snail mail info.  They will have 3 days to respond, essentially claiming their prize, or another name will be ranomly selected:

 

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop

Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:

1 – $250 gift certificat

1 – $150 gift certificate
1 – $100 gift certificate
Joanne (Thread Head)
3 – $50 gift certificates($50 each)
#1 Liane N.
#2 Pat (Color Me Quilty)
#3 Elspeth (Elvispeth)
The Stencil Companylogo One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to The Stencil Company where they can pick out their favorite continuous line stencil designs that are perfect for quilting

Joan at Leschenault
Dream World
One lucky winner will receive a Pieceful Holiday Quilting Package, which includes:

a Steady portable tables, a Travel/Storage Bag, Sew Straight Guide, Spinner Tray and Polish Kit

estimated value: $149.99

Diane Mitchell / AveryQuilter
The Electric Quilt Company One lucky winner will receive a copy of EQ7Retail price:  $189.95

Mary J.  (Seamless Expressions)

June Tailor A bundle of June Tailor products, perfect for free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100Pat (Amity Quilter)
Martingale photo martingalelogo_zpsbf8704e3.png A bundle of books, perfect for those interested in free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100Kearstie (KB’s Quilting Quest)

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2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – December Winners

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The December FMQ Challenge, where Patsy Thompson showed us how to create spectacular borders using FMQ.

Before I announce the winners of the December Challenge, I want to take time to recognize all of our sponsors:

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
logo
Dream World

Grand Prize winners will be announced later this month.

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
MONTHLY PRIZE SPONSORS
for the September  Challenge.
Each month, one lucky winner will receive a special bundle of prizes.  For the December challenge, the winner will receive a bundle that includes:
a sample pack of 5 Aurifil threads
A SewSlip mat
Revolving Sewslip images

 

A Pair of MACHINGERS Quilting Gloves
by
Quilters Touch LLC
The winner will need to determine the size that is appropriate for them
that shares insight on how to help fit gloves.

SewCalGal is responsible for shipping the prize bundle directly to winners, with the exception that Quilters Touch will be shipping their prize (Machingers gloves and DVD) directly to the respective winner.   As shared previously, this Challenge needs to be about learning/improving our FMQ skills and not about prizes.


The winner of the monthly bundle prize is:
Martha Briese (Quilt to the Edge)

Congratulations to Martha.



Participants of SewCalGal’s 2012 FMQ Challenge can link here, during December, to enter to win a monthly!  There will be six lucky winners this month.  One will receive the monthly prize bundle.  And, thanks to Patsy, five winners will receive a copy of her DVD “4th Volume of Free Motion Fun With Feathers“.  This DVD is a 2-volume set that covers all kinds of feather border and feather frame designs.  The retail price of this DVD set is $44.95  Winners of this wonderful DVD set will need to pay for shipping, regardless if the winner is a US or International resident.  They will be shipped directly to the winners from Patsy’s online store.

The  winners of this DVD set are:
Maryellen M (MaryMack’s Blog)
I had also forgot to announce the winner of a bonus monthly prize that was to have been announced when the November Challenge Winner(s) were announced.  This is for the winners choice of  Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software from Volume 1-8, from the Electric Quilt Company.
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The lucky winner of their choice of one volume of Quilting Designs is:
Congratulations to all the lucky winners!

A  few reminders:

  • Bonus Tutorials – Many of the bonus tutorials also have giveaways which those that complete the respective tutorial anytime in 2012 can enter to win a prize.  The exception is the December Bonus Tutorial, by Teri Lucas, has a deadline of January 15th.
  • Grand Prize winners will be announced sometime in January.
  • Everyone is encouraged to continue to use the bonus tutorials that were provided for free by FMQ Experts in 2012 till you feel you’ve mastered them and can apply them on your own quilts.  SewCalGal hopes you will take FMQ classes, buy FMQ books and/or DVDs  and to continue to practice and broaden your FMQ skills.  SewCalGal will be sharing insight about follow-on FMQ Challenges, that will build on your skills that you’ve learned in 2012.  But for now, I need to focus on wrapping up the 2012 FMQ Challenge.
 
And, don’t forget you can find Patsy at:
Patsy Thompson Designs: http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/

          Blog:  http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/blog/ 

 

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – December Recap

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 I want to recognize and formally thank Patsy Thompson, our December FMQ Expert for her amazing tutorial

 

Patsy provided us with an excellent tutorial which showed us how to create spectacular borders using a variety of free-motion quilting designs:

 

 

 



Everyone had fun with this tutorial, some incorporating their own designs, but all learning to create spectacular borders with their free-motion quilting skills.


At the point of writing this post, there are 90+ quilters that have completed this tutorial and entered to win a monthly prize.  (note: there are over 2,000 participants that have registered to complete this challenge, but only a small percentage enter the monthly challenges).  And many enjoy the ability to “master” these tutorials at their leisure vs rushing  to complete an exercise in the month it was released. 

Here are few of the entries, from those that completed the challenge this month:

{above} Val in NZ


{above} Terry

{above} Jen (Quilter in the Closet)

 

{above} Marlene (Madame Quilter)

{above} Terry Knott

Quilters of all levels, from all over the world,  participated in this challenge.  While some have experience doing FMQ, many are quite new.  But, we all enjoyed the tutorial by Patsy, very much!  


On behalf of all the participants, SewCalGal and all of the participants want to extend a warm thank you to Patsy for providing us such a wonderful tutorial and inspiring us to learn and improve our free-motion quilting skills.  

THANK YOU PATSY!





The objective of the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge is to encourage quilters to learn and improve their FMQ skills, as well as gain more awareness to various FMQ Experts, opportunities to learn, tools that are helpful for those doing FMQ, all on a home sewing machine. While the focus is on learning, and SewCalGal does not want the focus to become all about winning prizes, but I’m also delighted that many generous sponsors have donated wonderful Grand Prizes and Monthly prizes, that will be awarded to participants randomly. It doesn’t matter how good you are at FMQ, what matters is you take time to learn and improve.

Participants that do complete the monthly tutorial, in the month that it was released, and choose to enter per the rules on the original tutorial post, will be eligible to win a monthly prize.  For the October tutorial, there are three and the winners will be announced ~ mid-December.   This includes the normal monthly prize bundle, plus ?



I do want to recognize and thank our sponsors for this challenge:



SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
for this challenge.

 

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop

Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:
1 – $250 GC
1 – $150 GC
1 – $100 GC
3 – $50 GCs
logo One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to The Stencil Company where they can pick out their favorite continuous line stencil designs that are perfect for quilting
Dream World
One lucky winner will receive a Pieceful Holiday Quilting Package, which includes:
a Steady portable tables, a Travel/Storage Bag, Sew Straight Guide, Spinner Tray and Polish Kit
Pieceful Quilting Holiday Package w/ Drawer Tray
estimated value: $149.99
The Electric Quilt Company One lucky winner will receive a copy of EQ7

Retail price: $189.95
June Tailor A bundle of June Tailor products, perfect for free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
A bundle of books, perfect for those interested in free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
MONTHLY PRIZE SPONSORS
for this challenge.
Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
Aurifil –
sampler pack of 5 threads (12) which will be used in the monthly “bundle” prizes, every month.

Silk Stars Thread kit, with 12 spools of 40 wt threads, that was awarded to a winner in the January Challenge:


Aurifil Silk Stars Thread Collection-


note:  This prize was awarded during the January challenge.
SewSlip SewSlip has donated 12 SewSlips, to be awarded to the winner of each monthly “bundle”.
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Sewline: Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils with an extra refill package to be given to winners of monthly prize bundles.
Sewline Products
Quilters Touch Quilters Touch has donated 12 bundles, each with a value of $27.95, which will be given to the winners of the monthly “prize bundles”:

Machinge 1 (Medium)

  • Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95),

Video
note:  As machingers are sized for the winner, they will be shipped directly to the respective winners of the monthly prize bundles, from Quilters Touch.  The other part of the monthly prize bundle will be shipped to the monthly prize bundle winners from SewCalGal.

Electric Quilt winners’ choice of Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software

from Volume 1-8.  This prize will be awarded during one of the monthly challenges, in a month where there will be two winners.

 

 

The monthly Prize Bundle for this Challenge includes:
  • a sampler pack of 5 Aurifil threads, donated by Aurifil.
  • SewSlip, donated by SewSlip
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Quilters Touch has donated a pair of  Machingers quilting gloves value $8 each 
Machinge 1 (Medium)


And, Quilters Touch donated a Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95), 


Video 

Sewline has donated a Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils, with an extra refill package.
Sewline Products




There is still time to enter to win a prize, simply visit the November tutorial for more information. But all entries for this monthly challenge need to be submitted in November, so this is the last day you can enter to win one of  eleven (11) prizes to be randomly awarded to winners of the November Challenge.  To clarify, this is not a judged challenge.  Just simply complete the tutorial and follow the instructions to enter, that are posted on the respective tutorial.   

The main page for this challenge, which has a tab under the header of my blog labeled “Free-Motion Quilting Challenge“, will be updated mid-December, to announce the winners of the November Challenge.  SewCalGal wants to be caught up and have all prizes shipped before Christmas.






 
 
In January, SewCalGal will be wrapping up the 2012 FMQ Challenge with posts to announce the winners of the December Challenge, Grand Prize winners and some special prizes for a few of the bonus tutorials.  After I complete the wrap up, I’ll also share insights on plans for 2013 Challenges.  In the meantime, I encourage everyone interested in learning and/or improving your FMQ skills to:
  •  continue to practice with the FMQ tutorials released in this challenge,
  •  take classes at your local quilt shop, quilt shows, and online at Craftsy and other sites.
  • Read books that share insights on FMQ
  • Watch DVDs about FMQ
  • Follow blogs that share insights on FMQ, especially Leah Day’s blog (The Free Motion Quilting Project).  This includes following blogs by the FMQ Experts, and hopefully SewCalGal too!
  • Try new products appropriate to FMQ (e.g. threads, batting, fabric marking pens, etc).
  • Practice, practice, practice







2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – November Winner

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All of the monthly tutorials and bonus tutorials are now released and I’m trying to play catch up on announcing winners of the monthly challenges.  This post is focused on the November FMQ Challenge and announcing the winner of the November Monthly Challenge.

The November FMQ Challenge, where Sarah Vedeler showed us how to create a variety of beautiful swirl designs.

Before I announce the winners of the October Challenge, I want to take time to recognize all of our sponsors:

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
logo
Dream World

Grand Prizes will be awarded to those that have taken the Pledge to complete all 12 FMQ tutorials. After they complete 12 tutorials (any combination of monthly tutorials and bonus tutorials) anytime in 2012.    More info on how to enter to win a Grand Prize will be shared later this summer.   In te meantime, save photos/links that show you’ve completed any of these tutorials as it will help you when you enter. And for those of you that are doing the optional FMQ Sampler Quilt, you will simply need to show a photo of your completed sampler quilt created using any 12 tutorials (monthly or bonus) shared during this challenge.  For newbies in this challenge that are not aware of the sampler quilt, visit the post that shared insights on two possible FMQ Sampler Quilt designs to use for this challenge.

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
MONTHLY PRIZE SPONSORS
for the September  Challenge.
Each month, one lucky winner will receive a special bundle of prizes.  For the September challenge, the winner will receive a bundle that includes:
a sample pack of 5 Aurifil threads
A SewSlip mat
Revolving Sewslip images

 

 

A Pair of MACHINGERS Quilting Gloves
by
Quilters Touch LLC
The winner will need to determine the size that is appropriate for them
that shares insight on how to help fit gloves.

SewCalGal is responsible for shipping the prize bundle directly to winners, with the exception that Quilters Touch will be shipping their prize (Machingers gloves and DVD) directly to the respective winner.   As shared previously, this Challenge needs to be about learning/improving our FMQ skills and not about prizes.


The winner of the monthly bundle prize is:

Congratulations to Barbara (Pointless Quilter)!

Prize #2 – Winners choice of  Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software from Volume 1-8, from the Electric Quilt Company, will be announced shortly (this post will be updated…I simply forgot to randomly select someone.

A few reminders:

  • Grand Prize – For 2012 FMQ Challenge Participants that complete any 12 tutorials (any combination of monthly/bonus tutorials) in 2012 and want to enter to win a grand prize, be sure to enter by December 31st.  At the time of this post, only 35 of the 2,000+ participants in this challenge have entered to win a Grand Prize.  {click here to enter}
  • Bonus Tutorials – Many of the bonus tutorials also have giveaways which those that complete the respective tutorial anytime in 2012 can enter to win a prize.  The exception is the December Bonus Tutorial, by Teri Lucas, has a deadline of January 15th.
Bonus Month
FMQ Expert
Tutorial Topic
FMQ Challenge: Hand marbled fabrics
FMQ Challenge: Finding fabulous motifs
FMQ Challenge: Machine Trapunto
Teri Lucas
FMQ Challenge:  Print on Fabric with Kaleidoscope Creator software and Feathers!
 



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2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – October Winners

All of the monthly tutorials and bonus tutorials are now released and I’m trying to play catch up on announcing winners of the monthly challenges.  This post is focused on the October FMQ Challenge and announcing the winner of the October Monthly Challenge.

The October FMQ Challenge, where Teri Lucas showed us how to combine a variety of designs to create an amazing project.

Before I announce the winners of the October Challenge, I want to take time to recognize all of our sponsors:

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
logo
Dream World

Grand Prizes will be awarded to those that have taken the Pledge to complete all 12 FMQ tutorials. After they complete 12 tutorials (any combination of monthly tutorials and bonus tutorials) anytime in 2012.    More info on how to enter to win a Grand Prize will be shared later this summer.   In te meantime, save photos/links that show you’ve completed any of these tutorials as it will help you when you enter. And for those of you that are doing the optional FMQ Sampler Quilt, you will simply need to show a photo of your completed sampler quilt created using any 12 tutorials (monthly or bonus) shared during this challenge.  For newbies in this challenge that are not aware of the sampler quilt, visit the post that shared insights on two possible FMQ Sampler Quilt designs to use for this challenge.

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
MONTHLY PRIZE SPONSORS
for the September  Challenge.
Each month, one lucky winner will receive a special bundle of prizes.  For the September challenge, the winner will receive a bundle that includes:
a sample pack of 5 Aurifil threads
A SewSlip mat
Revolving Sewslip images

 

A Pair of MACHINGERS Quilting Gloves
by
Quilters Touch LLC
The winner will need to determine the size that is appropriate for them
that shares insight on how to help fit gloves.

SewCalGal is responsible for shipping the prize bundle directly to winners, with the exception that Quilters Touch will be shipping their prize (Machingers gloves and DVD) directly to the respective winner.   As shared previously, this Challenge needs to be about learning/improving our FMQ skills and not about prizes.  As such, my #1 focus will remain on ensuring monthly FMQ tutorials are released on the lst of each month, #2 focus is 3-4 bonus tutorials are released in 2012, and #3 monthly winners are selected and sponsored prizes are shipped.

Teri has also worked with Quilting Arts Magazine to have ten (10) copies of the issue that contains her excellent article on Improving Machine Quilting.  To clarify, in addition to the regular Monthly Prize Bundle, ten participants in the 2012 FMQ Challenge that complete Teri’s tutorial, will be randomly selected to win a copy of the issue of Quilting Arts with Teri’s article on free-motion quilting.

QuiltingArtsJanuary/Feburary 2011 – Improving Machine Quilting

I also want to recognize and thank several Postage Angels who have recently donated to help with postage expenses.  This has helped to cover the shipping cost for prizes for this challenge and the September challenge too!   If you have a chance, I hope you visit their blogs and let them know that you too appreciate their help as Postage Angels for the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  They are wonderful people and have delightful blogs!

Ok, time to announce the winners.  The eleven (11) winners of the October FMQChallenge were randomly selected based on those that completed the challenge in the month the tutorial was released.   There were 129 entries for this challenge.  

The winner of the monthly bundle prize is:
Billie Bee (Billie Bee’s Blog)

Congratulations to Billie Bee!

The ten winners of the bonus prize that Teri coordinated with QuiltingArts, for a copy of the  January/Feburary 2011 – Improving Machine Quilting, issue by Quilting Arts, which includes a tutorial article by Teri are:

  1. Peggy Harty
  2. Nancy (S is for Stitch)
  3. Carol 
  4. Ramona
  5. Anne C
  6. Angelina (Quilting after Dark
  7. Marlene (Madame Quilter)
  8. Vrooman’s Quilts
  9. Rebecca Grace (CheekyCognoscenti)
  10. Linda (Uniquely Yours Creations)


Congratulations to all of these lucky winners.  I’ll be sending an email to all of the winners to let them know, as well as to get their mailing info.  But, if they see this message first, I hope they’ll email me their info.  With the exception of the gloves & DVD, which are part of the monthly prize bundle, I’ll be shipping all the other prizes.  I want to have all of these prizes shipped by the 28th.   If the winners have a chance, I sure hope you’ll send a note of thanks to the sponsors of these prizes, as well as the Postage Angels who have donated to help supplement postage expenses.



A few reminders:

  • Grand Prize – For 2012 FMQ Challenge Participants that complete any 12 tutorials (any combination of monthly/bonus tutorials) in 2012 and want to enter to win a grand prize, be sure to enter by December 31st.  At the time of this post, only 35 of the 2,000+ participants in this challenge have entered to win a Grand Prize.  {click here to enter}
  • Bonus Tutorials – Many of the bonus tutorials also have giveaways which those that complete the respective tutorial anytime in 2012 can enter to win a prize.  The exception is the December Bonus Tutorial, by Teri Lucas, has a deadline of January 15th.
Bonus Month
FMQ Expert
Tutorial Topic
FMQ Challenge: Hand marbled fabrics
FMQ Challenge: Finding fabulous motifs
FMQ Challenge: Machine Trapunto
Teri Lucas
FMQ Challenge:  Print on Fabric with Kaleidoscope Creator software and Feathers!
 



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2012 Free-Motion Quilting – Grand Prize Entries

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For those that are participating in the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge (FMQ) this is the post for those that want to enter to win a Grand Prize.

First, I want to recognize and thank all of our FMQ Experts as without their help this challenge would never have happened:   Leah Day,   Ann FahlDiane Gaudynski,   Susan Brubaker Knapp, Don Linn,  Diane Loomis, Teri LucasFrances MooreCindy Needham,  Paula ReidWendy Sheppard,   Patsy Thompson,  Angela Walters and Sarah Vedeler.

I also want to recognize and thank all of our sponsors who generously donated prizes for this challenge:
AurifilDon Linn, The Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Shop, Kaleidoscope Kreator Diane Loomis, Martingale, Cindy NeedhamQuilters TouchPaula ReidSewline:SewSlipWendy SheppardThe Stencil Company,  Dream World Northwest (Sew Steady Tables), June Tailor, and Patsy Thompson.

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
 for this challenge:
Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop

Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:
1 – $250 GC
1 – $150 GC
1 – $100 GC
3 – $50 GCs
logo One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to The Stencil Company where they can pick out their favorite continuous line stencil designs that are perfect for quilting
Dream World
One lucky winner will receive a Pieceful Holiday Quilting Package, which includes:
a Steady portable tables, a Travel/Storage Bag, Sew Straight Guide, Spinner Tray and Polish Kit
Pieceful Quilting Holiday Package w/ Drawer Tray
estimated value: $149.99
The Electric Quilt Company One lucky winner will receive a copy of EQ7

Retail price:  $189.95
June Tailor A bundle of June Tailor products, perfect for free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
A bundle of books, perfect for those interested in free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100

There are many ways you participants in the 2012 FMQ Challenge can enter to win a Grand Prize, but ultimately you need to complete 12 of any of the FMQ tutorials (monthly or bonus) tutorials, anytime in 2012 and show evidence via the single entry link that you use to enter in this post on or before December 31st, 2012.

To clarify, you need not have completed a monthly tutorial during the month it was released, as you are still eligible to enter if you complete 12 tutorials anytime in 2012.  For example, you could complete the

 
 
What you will need to do is show evidence on which of the 12 tutorials you completed AND describe what you learned during this challenge.  Did you just do the samples?  Did you apply any of what you learned to other projects?  Did you learn about threads, batting, other new techniques?  Did you enjoy learning about FMQ Experts?  Please feel free to describe what you learned as you feel appropriate, thinking back on this past year and what these FMQ Experts offered and how you might look forward to using FMQ in your projects in the future.
For participants that created the optional FMQ Sampler they simply need to show evidence of their completed sampler, sharing insights on which 12 FMQ tutorials they applied to their sampler.
For participants that completed 12, or more, FMQ tutorials, they can share photos showing the 12 Tutorials they completed.   Or a single picture that shows 12 practice sandwiches.

For bloggers, this is probably easier than non-bloggers as everyone is limited to one “link” entry.  And certainly a blog allows you the flexibility of sharing one or many photos in a post.

Non-bloggers can upload one image to Flickr, with one link back to this Grand Prize linky.   As such, non-bloggers may want to take a picture of their FMQ sampler quilt, or a single picture of all of their practice sandwiches, or consider using a software program that allows them to create an single image that shows a collection of photographs.


1) You will need to have a Flickr account (www.flickr.com). 
2) Upload your photos for this month’s challenge to Flickr, batch organize, send your photos to groups, select “2012 FMQ Challenge“. While Flickr, limits the amount of text you can share in your description, feel free to share your perspective on this exercise and/or your past FMQ experience, if you wish.
3) After your photos have successfully been loaded to the “2012 FMQ Challenge” group, click on your best photo in that group, ideally one that shows the stencil and how you quilted using that stencil. Copy the URL link to your particular photo entry. Add that link to the linky tool below, to officially enter.

note: While there was a unique group for each monthlychallenge, based on feedback the generic 2012 FMQ Challenge  group was been created that will hold all your photos for the remaining monthly challenges, so you will not need to rejoin a group on Flickr every month.

 

 

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – November Recap – Sarah Vedeler

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First, I want to recognize and formally thank Sarah Vedeler, our November FMQ Expert for her wonderful tutorial

 

Sarah’s excellent tutorial showed us how to create different FMQ Swirls:

 

 

 



Everyone had fun with this tutorial, some adapting the technique to make swirls in a variety of shapes and sizes.

 



At the point of writing this post, there are 100+ quilters that have completed this tutorial and entered to win a monthly prize.  (note: there are over 2,000 participants that have registered to complete this challenge, but only a small percentage enter the monthly challenges).  And many enjoy the ability to “master” these tutorials at their leisure vs rushing  to complete an exercise in the month it was released. 



 Many have turned their practice sandwiches into various items including: pillows, Christmas stocking, table toppers, purses, postcards, etc.  Here are some projects that were shared using the tutorial this month:

 

 

While many shared their practice sandwiches, some shared samples of how they applied what they learned in this tutorial to their own projects:  

 

Quilters of all levels, from all over the world, are participating in this challenge.  While some have experience doing FMQ, many are quite new.  But, we all enjoyed Sarah’s tutorial very much!  And many participants are already applying Sarah’s insights, and designs shared in this tutorial to their projects.

 

 



On behalf of all the participants, SewCalGal and all of the participants want to extend a warm thank you to Sarah for providing us such a wonderful tutorial and inspiring us to learn and improve our free-motion quilting skills.  

THANK YOU SARAH!





The objective of the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge is to encourage quilters to learn and improve their FMQ skills, as well as gain more awareness to various FMQ Experts, opportunities to learn, tools that are helpful for those doing FMQ, all on a home sewing machine. While the focus is on learning, and SewCalGal does not want the focus to become all about winning prizes, but I’m also delighted that many generous sponsors have donated wonderful Grand Prizes and Monthly prizes, that will be awarded to participants randomly. It doesn’t matter how good you are at FMQ, what matters is you take time to learn and improve.

Participants that do complete the monthly tutorial, in the month that it was released, and choose to enter per the rules on the original tutorial post, will be eligible to win a monthly prize.  For the October tutorial, there are three and the winners will be announced ~ mid-December.   This includes the normal monthly prize bundle, plus two (2) Winners will get their  choice of  Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software from Volume 1-8, compliments of the Electric Quilt Company.





I do want to recognize and thank our sponsors for this challenge:


SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
for this challenge.

 

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop

Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:
1 – $250 GC
1 – $150 GC
1 – $100 GC
3 – $50 GCs
logo One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to The Stencil Company where they can pick out their favorite continuous line stencil designs that are perfect for quilting
Dream World
One lucky winner will receive a Pieceful Holiday Quilting Package, which includes:
a Steady portable tables, a Travel/Storage Bag, Sew Straight Guide, Spinner Tray and Polish Kit
Pieceful Quilting Holiday Package w/ Drawer Tray
estimated value: $149.99
The Electric Quilt Company One lucky winner will receive a copy of EQ7

Retail price: $189.95
June Tailor A bundle of June Tailor products, perfect for free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
A bundle of books, perfect for those interested in free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
MONTHLY PRIZE SPONSORS
for this challenge.
Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
Aurifil –
sampler pack of 5 threads (12) which will be used in the monthly “bundle” prizes, every month.

Silk Stars Thread kit, with 12 spools of 40 wt threads, that was awarded to a winner in the January Challenge:


Aurifil Silk Stars Thread Collection-


note:  This prize was awarded during the January challenge.
SewSlip SewSlip has donated 12 SewSlips, to be awarded to the winner of each monthly “bundle”.
Revolving Sewslip images
Sewline: Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils with an extra refill package to be given to winners of monthly prize bundles.
Sewline Products
Quilters Touch Quilters Touch has donated 12 bundles, each with a value of $27.95, which will be given to the winners of the monthly “prize bundles”:

Machinge 1 (Medium)

  • Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95),

Video
note:  As machingers are sized for the winner, they will be shipped directly to the respective winners of the monthly prize bundles, from Quilters Touch.  The other part of the monthly prize bundle will be shipped to the monthly prize bundle winners from SewCalGal.

Electric Quilt winners’ choice of Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software

from Volume 1-8.  This prize will be awarded during one of the monthly challenges, in a month where there will be two winners.

 

 

The monthly Prize Bundle for this Challenge includes:
  • a sampler pack of 5 Aurifil threads, donated by Aurifil.
  • SewSlip, donated by SewSlip
Revolving Sewslip images




















Quilters Touch has donated a pair of  Machingers quilting gloves value $8 each 
Machinge 1 (Medium)


And, Quilters Touch donated a Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95), 


Video 

Sewline has donated a Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils, with an extra refill package.
Sewline Products




There is still time to enter to win a prize, simply visit the November tutorial for more information. But all entries for this monthly challenge need to be submitted in November, so this is the last day you can enter to win one of  eleven (11) prizes to be randomly awarded to winners of the November Challenge.  To clarify, this is not a judged challenge.  Just simply complete the tutorial and follow the instructions to enter, that are posted on the respective tutorial.   

The main page for this challenge, which has a tab under the header of my blog labeled “Free-Motion Quilting Challenge“, will be updated mid-December, to announce the winners of the November Challenge.  SewCalGal wants to be caught up and have all prizes shipped before Christmas.






And, don’t forget you can find Sarah at:
 
 








Lastly, The December tutorial will be released tomorrow, December lst. An email announcement, with additional information, will also be sent to those that signed up for optional emails for this event. If you didn’t sign up for such emails and are interested, click here to sign up.  

 

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – October Recap – Teri Lucas

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First, I want to recognize and formally thank Teri Lucas, our October FMQ Expert for her wonderful tutorial.

Teri shared insights on her technique of creating beautiful projects incorporating a variety of designs.  She also introduced us to writing our names with our free-motion quilting, creating beautiful nautilus shells, grids, feathers and more!

While this was a challenging tutorial that some are still working on, everyone had fun learning and/or improving their FMQ skills using Teri’s tutorial.

 

At the point of writing this post, there are ~100 quilters that have completed this tutorial and entered to win a monthly prize.  (note: there are over 2,000 participants that have registered to complete this challenge, but only a small percentage enter the monthly challenges).  And many enjoy the ability to “master” these tutorials at their leisure vs rushing  to complete an exercise in the month it was released.



 It is fun to look at all of they entries, as each of them are truly beautiful.  SewCalGal hopes everyone will be able to view all of the entries too!  There are also more photos, from those that have shared on our optional Facebook Group and/or the Flickr group.

Some have already created beautiful projects using their practice sandwiches or other sandwiches.  Janet McElroy turned her sample from this challenge into cute postcards and an Artist Trading Card (ATC).  She has also posted on Facebook that she is willing to coordinate an exchange of such, if others are interested in turning their practice sandwiches into postcards or ATCs and doing a trade, talk to Janet McElroy on Facebook or email her.  And, click here for a link to a tutorial that she shared on how to create these cute postcards.

 

Quilters of all levels, from all over the world, are participating in this challenge.  While some have experience doing FMQ, many are quite new.  But, we all enjoyed Teri’s tutorial very much!  And many participants are already applying Teri’s insights, and designs shared in this tutorial to their projects.

 

On behalf of all the participants, SewCalGal and all of the participants want to extend a warm thank you to Teri for providing us such a wonderful tutorial and inspiring us to learn and improve our free-motion quilting skills. 

THANK YOU Teri!

The objective of the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge is to encourage quilters to learn and improve their FMQ skills, as well as gain more awareness to various FMQ Experts, opportunities to learn, tools that are helpful for those doing FMQ, all on a home sewing machine. While the focus is on learning, and SewCalGal does not want the focus to become all about winning prizes, but I’m also delighted that many generous sponsors have donated wonderful Grand Prizes and Monthly prizes, that will be awarded to participants randomly. It doesn’t matter how good you are at FMQ, what matters is you take time to learn and improve.

Participants that do complete the monthly tutorial, in the month that it was released, and choose to enter per the rules on the original tutorial post, will be eligible to win a monthly prize.  For the October tutorial, there are eleven (11) prizes and the winners will be announced ~ mid-October.   This includes the normal monthly prize bundle, plus ten copies of QuiltingArtsJanuary/Feburary 2011 – Improving Machine Quilting compliments of Teri and Quilting Arts.


I do want to recognize and thank our sponsors for this challenge:

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
for this challenge.

 

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop

Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:
1 – $250 GC
1 – $150 GC
1 – $100 GC
3 – $50 GCs
logo One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to The Stencil Company where they can pick out their favorite continuous line stencil designs that are perfect for quilting
Dream World
One lucky winner will receive a Pieceful Holiday Quilting Package, which includes:
a Steady portable tables, a Travel/Storage Bag, Sew Straight Guide, Spinner Tray and Polish Kit
Pieceful Quilting Holiday Package w/ Drawer Tray
estimated value: $149.99
The Electric Quilt Company One lucky winner will receive a copy of EQ7

Retail price: $189.95
June Tailor A bundle of June Tailor products, perfect for free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
A bundle of books, perfect for those interested in free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
MONTHLY PRIZE SPONSORS
for this challenge.
Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
Aurifil
sampler pack of 5 threads (12) which will be used in the monthly “bundle” prizes, every month.

Silk Stars Thread kit, with 12 spools of 40 wt threads, that was awarded to a winner in the January Challenge:


Aurifil Silk Stars Thread Collection-


note:  This prize was awarded during the January challenge.
SewSlip SewSlip has donated 12 SewSlips, to be awarded to the winner of each monthly “bundle”.
Revolving Sewslip images
Sewline: Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils with an extra refill package to be given to winners of monthly prize bundles.
Sewline Products
Quilters Touch Quilters Touch has donated 12 bundles, each with a value of $27.95, which will be given to the winners of the monthly “prize bundles”:

Machinge 1 (Medium)

  • Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95),

Video
note:  As machingers are sized for the winner, they will be shipped directly to the respective winners of the monthly prize bundles, from Quilters Touch.  The other part of the monthly prize bundle will be shipped to the monthly prize bundle winners from SewCalGal.

Electric Quilt winners’ choice of Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software

from Volume 1-8.  This prize will be awarded during one of the monthly challenges, in a month where there will be two winners.

 

The monthly Prize Bundle for this Challenge includes:
  • a sampler pack of 5 Aurifil threads, donated by Aurifil.
  • a SewSlip, donated by SewSlip
Revolving Sewslip images

Quilters Touch has donated a pair of  Machingers quilting gloves value $8 each
Machinge 1 (Medium)


And, Quilters Touch donated a Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95),

Video

Sewline has donated a Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils, with an extra refill package.
Sewline Products

There is still time to enter to win a prize, simply visit the October tutorial for more information. But all entries for this monthly challenge need to be submitted in October, so this is the last day you can enter to win one of  eleven (11) prizes to be randomly awarded to winners of the October Challenge.  To clarify, this is not a judged challenge.  Just simply complete the tutorial and follow the instructions to enter, that are posted on the respective tutorial.  

The main page for this challenge, which has a tab under the header of my blog labeled “Free-Motion Quilting Challenge“, will be updated mid-October, to announce the winners of the October Challenge. 

And, don’t forget you can find Teri at:

 

 
Be sure to check out her online schedule, to see if she is teaching a workshop in your area.   You can also speak with your local Quilt Guild Program Chairperson and your local quilt shops to have them schedule a workshop with Teri in your area.  Teri loves to travel and teach workshops, as well as give presentations.  She has a variety of topics too, which inspire many quilt guilds and shop to have her come on a regular basis.  Check out her workshop & lecture description page, for a complete list.
 

 



Lastly, The November tutorial will be released tomorrow, November lst. An email announcement, with additional information, will also be sent to those that signed up for optional emails for this event. If you didn’t sign up for such emails and are interested, click here to sign up. 

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