Category: free-motion quilting

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.

 

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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:

QuiltCon West 2016 – Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild

The Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild won an award, for free-motion quilting (machine quilting frameless category), with this stunning quilt that incorporated the design of their MQG Club Logo.

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The details are amazing and include a variety of FMQ motifs, from swirls….20160221_123938

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Logo designed by Bob Lowe
Pieced by Lois Warwick
Applique by Sally Williams & Laurie Moodie
Quilting by Renee Hoffman
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86” x 45”

Great job Albuquerque MQG. Wonderful guild logo quilt.  Absolutely wonderful.

You can find the Albuquerque MQG at:

https://abqmqg.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/abqmqg/

You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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Sneak Peek: 180 Doodle Quilting Designs

I’m thrilled to share a a sneak peek with you on a new quilting book that will be released in July:  180 Doodle Quilting Designs : Free-Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders and Beyond, compiled by Karen M. Burns and published by Martingale.

PUBLISHER’S INSIGHTS:

When you’re done piecing a quilt, do you often wonder how to finish it with free-motion quilting? Discover how to fill setting triangles, blocks, and borders with a variety of traditional and modern quilting designs, divided into chapters by style: Lines and Squiggles, Curves and Pebbles, Swirls and Feathers, and Just for Fun. This is a must-have book and lifelong reference for any quilter’s library.

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  • Gain confidence as you follow the arrows and see how to fill a confined space with continuous-line quilting motifs that are adaptable to blocks, triangles, and borders

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  • Discover which designs will work best before you sew by practicing your quilting; trace the designs with your finger or on tracing paper

 

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  • Whether you use a long-arm or home sewing machine, you’ll enjoy quilting the wide variety of designs

 

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MY PERSPECTIVE:

This book definitely looks like a “must have” for anyone interested in expanding their FMQ motif design skills.  I hope you get a chance to check this book at at your favorite quilt shop, but if you don’t see it definitely let them know you are interested in having them carry it.  As it is such a new release, they may not be aware of it.  Don’t forget you can also find it online at Martingale and Amazon.

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You can find Martingale at:

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http://www.shopmartingale.com/
http://blog.shopmartingale.com/
https://www.facebook.com/shopmartingale
https://twitter.com/ShopMartingale
https://www.youtube.com/user/martingaleandcompany78

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:

Help! How Do I Quilt It? with Angela Walters

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Today I want to share insights about another free-motion quilting class, with Angela Walters, that is available through Craftsy.  I honestly think this is an excellent class for quilters of all levels, and, if you have not yet taken it, I want to recommend that you consider signing up for it.  Great fun and value.  Here are the details:

CLASS TITLE:  Help! How do I quilt It, by Angela Walters

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CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Learn how to pair complementary quilting with six styles of pieced tops for your most beautiful results yet!

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Lesson One – Introduction (7 minutes)

Meet your instructor, quilter extraordinaire Angela Walters, as she walks you through the different types of quilt tops you’ll explore in this class. Then, learn how you can audition your designs before you quilt them.

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Lesson Two – Applique’ Quilts (22 minutes)

Learn how to use quilting to enhance appliqué, complete a pattern or add detail. Pick up professional tips for using monofilament thread and quilting through extra layers. See how echoing accentuates appliquéd designs and learn how to quilt leaves, pebbles and swirls together for dense fillers.

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Lesson Three – Quilts With Small Spaces (19 minutes)

Squeeze dramatic design into small spaces as you explore quilting that works on tops with lots of tiny piecing. Group blocks or pieces together for use on larger designs or break down quilting motifs for use on small elements. Discover the universal appeal of continuous curves and all-over wavy designs.

Lesson Four – Paper Pieced Quilts (16 minutes)

Don’t be scared away from quilting intricate paper-pieced tops that often have bulky seams and intricate designs! Angela shows you how to break them down into manageable sections and demonstrates two great designs that work well with paper-pieced tops: wishbone stitching and the back-and-forth filler.

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Lesson Five – Sampler Quilts (16 minutes)

Whether you prefer traditional, modern or art quilts, you’ll love Angela’s quilting advice for unifying your design or highlighting favorite blocks! Repeat a few favorite motifs throughout or join blocks together by unifying the spaces between them. Learn how to create perfect serpentine lines and swirl hooks.

Lesson Six – Quilts With Large Spaces (21 minutes)

Don’t become daunted by an open space on your quilt! Angela shows you how to use echo quilting to break large spaces into smaller ones. You’ll learn how to manage negative space and quilt motifs and geometric designs, too!

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Lesson Seven – Medallion Quilts (19 minutes)

Have an ocean of borders and unsure what to do? Break rows of borders into chunks, traveling from one to the next as you work your way down the quilt. Discover how to quilt borders that highlight the centerpiece, and learn how to add paisley feathers and square chains to these tight spaces.

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MY REVIEW:

This class taught many tips and tricks, as well as beautiful free-motion quilting motifs.  But what I found the most beneficial is Angela’s insights for deciding how to quilt various quilt designs (e.g. applique, paper pieced, pieced, medallion, etc.), including borders. Of course the many designs that she taught in this class are also beautiful and will certainly come in handy.

I feel this class is perfect for domestic, as well as longarm quilters of all levels.  An excellent value when you consider the Craftsy platform allows you to take their classes at your liesure, as well as repeat it as often as you wish.  Plus, it is helpful to interact with the teacher and other students, as well as find inspiration in the classroom sharing.

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Definitely a fun class and a great way to learn/improve your free-motion quilting skills.

If you have taken this class with Angela, I hope you’ll leave a comment to share your perspective.

 

You can find Angela at:

http://www.quiltingismytherapy.com/
https://twitter.com/AngelaFMQ
https://www.instagram.com/angelafmq/
https://www.facebook.com/angela.walters.714

Full Disclosure:  QuiltShopGal has enjoyed Craftsy, for many years.  I share my own opinion when I write reviews on classes offered by Craftsy.  I became an Affiliate as I believe in the value of Craftsy.    If you click through  to Craftsy, from QuiltShopGal, to make a purchase, I “may” receive a small payment from Craftsy (but your price is not any different than if you purchased it elsewhere).  I pursued signing up for the Affiliate program to help supplement expense costs for QuiltShopGal (e.g. shipping prizes).  But, even though I am an Affiliate I will only share my honest opinion when sharing such insights.  

Here is a list of my reviews of various classes at Craftsy:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Simple Flowers

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=hI7i5KDCh_o&list=PLAv_1YBO6AmlgrVm-BAX1vx35J4SIqFU-

 

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:

The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – BackGrounds – Triangles/Diamonds

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=c7PwY83Lo5M

 

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:

QuiltCon West 2016 – Free-Motion Quilting

While attending QuiltCon West, this past February, I enjoyed many Modern Quilts, but also the stunning free-motion quilting.  Today I want to share a quilt made by Beth Shutty, of Summerfield, Florida.

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“Cut Diamonds” is the name of her quilt, which she designed using EQ7 software.  She started with a one block triangle grid, changing block colors and placement until she settled on a diamond shape.  I found her over design brilliant.  P1140588

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And her free-motion quilting, stitched on a domestic machine, added complementary texture and design to her quilt.P1140590

You can find the Las Vegas MQG at:

http://lasvegasmqg.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LasVegasModernQuiltGuild
https://www.instagram.com/lasvegasmqg/

You can find the QuiltCon at:

http://www.quiltconeast.com/

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www.quiltconwest.com

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The Ultimate Quilting Challenge – How To Tips with Cindy Needham – Everything You Need To Know

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=chIs63r5sPk

 

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:

Coming Soon – The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Summer 2016

ultimate quilt challenge badgeThis summer, everyone is invited to participate in The Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  Quilters of all levels, from those new to free-motion quilting, those confident but want to practice and learn, those that are comfortable, as well as award winning quilters are invited to participate.  We’ll have plenty of sharing, tips and tutorials shared along the way, as well as our generous sponsors will create some added fun, as everyone that participate will have chances to win prizes.

Sponsors (preliminary list):

There will be several phases of this challenge, with different ways you can enter to win prizes:

  • VIRTUAL QUILT SHOW – PREVIOUSLY MADE QUILT: Kicks off June 15th, when a Linky Party is released, for those that have previously made a project, of any size/style, which incorporates free-motion quilting using any of the of the Ultimate Stencil Collections, by Cindy Needham. Share and inspire others.

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{above} This quilt was made by Jacqueline and incorporates a variety of stencils from the Ultimate Background Stencil Collection.

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{above} Block made by Lori Lucille Nanson Korell using the Ultimate Stencil Collection.

  • SKETCH/DOODLE Challenge: Kicks of July 15th, with a Linky Party,  where you can use the templates for the Ultimate Stencil Collection to sketch out your design ideas, share and inspire others.  Sharing is open to any design possibility with the Ultimate Stencil, regardless if you stitch it out or not.  Of course, if you stitch it out, we hope you’ll share that too!
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

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To clarify all entries must incorporate The Ultimate Stencil Collection and/ or The Ultimate Background Stencil Collection, by Cindy Needham.  The design possibilities with these stencils are endless, but if you feel stumped with what to create, throughout the summer, you’ll find tips, some tutorials, as well as many inspirational projects to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.

The design possibilities are endless with these stencils.

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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 page. If 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 🙂

 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.
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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.
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.  You also have my permission to use the artwork for this event, which is at the top of this post.

Here is a list of previous posts #UltimateQuiltingChallenge:

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