Category: free-motion quilting

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day – January 16th

I’ve had a great week watching video tutorials by Leah Day, for her Heart and Feather Workshop and working on my project.  I’ve also enjoyed hearing from some that have completed this project previously, as well as others that may have signed up for this workshop, but not completed the project.  I’m excited that many have expressed interest in this Stitch Along and sharing photos along the way, as well as sharing pictures of their finished inspirational projects.  

I’ve also heard from some that completed this project with Leah, back in 2012.  I want to clarify that this new “workshop” adds many more steps that enhance this Heart and Feather quilt design. To clarify, this workshop includes additional tutorials and steps Trapunto and quilting with multiple designs.  Thus, those that may have created a quilt with this basic design back in 2012 may want to take this workshop now and make a much more interesting version of this design, as well as build on your FMQ skills.

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

RECAP:

This #StitchAlong is for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, while using the pattern and watching the video tutorials that are part of the Heart & Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day.  And, if you have already completed this workshop I’d be thrilled to have you share photos of what you created with us, in our Linky Party during this event.  And, those that have already started, but may not have finished, are also invited to join and stitch along.

If you join me in this #StitchAlong, Leah Day will teach how to create trapunto, marking fabric, dense filler quilting, and so much more that will “ramp up” your quilting with a small quilt and just a little bit of time.  I’ve also made arrangements for sponsored prizes that will be awarded mid-February, to those that participate.

 

 

PROGRESS UPDATE

 

As mentioned last week, I’m planning on working on this project weekly, with the goal of finishing it for Valentine’s Day.  As such, I do a little each week and have time for other projects (e.g. Leah’s Machine Quilting Block Party).  But you can certainly attend Leah’s virtual workshop and stitch at your own pace, but I hope you’ll still share photos of your progress.  Much more fun stitching with others.

 I watched the following videos:

1 – Introduction

2 – Fabric Prepping and Marking

3 – Basting for Trapunto

4 – Free Motion Quilting Basics

5 – Quilting the Outline

6 – Clipping the Batting

I decided to try using Terial Magic on my quilt top fabric vs regular Starch.  I’ll share my perspective once I finish this project, but so far I REALLY like it.  I also used water soluble fabric markers to mark my fabric for the beautiful design that Leah created for this Wholecloth quilt.

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I used water soluble thread from YLI to stitch out the area to be filled with Trapunto and carefully cut away the excess batting.  As I misplaced my small scissors for this project (later found in my husband’s office), I did loose some time.  All my other small scissors were not appropriate for Trapunto (e.g. not the right point, creating risks in cutting thru the top fabric, too dull and not able to cut the batting, etc).. Needless to say, I was happy with DH found my scissors in his office.  Maybe the cat left them their?

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PLANS FOR THIS WEEK:

I’m planning on watching the following video tutorials:

7 – Pin and Machine Basting

8 – Quilting Dense Filler Designs

9 – Quilting and Filling the Quilt

10 – Quilting and Filling the Quilt – Part 2  

 

For stitching, I’m a bit nervous on free-motion quilting with white thread on a red quilt.  Personally, I’m more confident with FMQ with thread that blends with the fabric.  But this workshop is also intended to help me learn and improve my FMQ skills, so I’m going to jump in and do it this week.  But first, I’ll stitch on a practice sandwich this week.  I then will move to our workshop quilt sandwich and outline stitch the Trapunto and begin quilting dense filler designs, following Leah’s tutorials.  

For those that have already finished, I’m curious how you felt at this step in the project?  Likewise, for others stitching along with me, how do you feel?  Challenged or very confident?  I just keep reminding myself “use a practice sandwich first and remember this workshop is all about learning and improving our skills.”

DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  Currently, many of the blogs in this list were added, as they participated in events I hosted in 2015.  But I will be refreshing this list shortly, to reflect creative blogs that participate in events I host in 2016.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:

Want A Stunning Project For A Superbowl Party?

We are weeks away from the Superbowl. You may not be a football fan, but maybe you know one, and would like to make them a gift.   But doesn’t every quilter in the world want to have a table runner, wallhanging or quilt that captures the spirit of the Superbowl.

Ok, I’ll confess I’m looking for simple project ideas to create something to share with friends who invite us over for a SuperBowl Party every year.

You may have previously seen a fun football free-motion quilting tutorial by Lori Kennedy, of the Inbox Jaunt.  I think her tutorial would work on a simple dish towel, table runner, wallhanging, quilt, sweatshirt, etc..  Yeap the possibilities are endless and I’m hoping to see many create fun projects using her free FMQ tutorial.

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Of course, her tutorial  (as all of her tutorials) will help anyone learn/improve your FMQ skills and also create handmade projects perfect to decorate your home throughout the football season, as well as for gifts.

As you may not yet be aware of Lori Kennedy, of the Inbox Jaunt, I want to take time to share a few insights. She is an amazing quilter, master free-motion quilter, teacher and blogger.  If you do not yet follow her blog, I want to encourage you to do so. While I personally follow her blog thru a variety of tools, I’ve found that following her via “My Creative Blog Listis actually the easiest for me.

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Lori is also a Bernina Ambassador. where you can also find her as a guest blogger periodically at We All Sew.

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I also want to increase awareness that Lori also teaches an excellent free-motion quilting class on Craftsy, called “Divide & Conquer: Creative Quilting For Any Space”.

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You can find Lori Kennedy at:

http://theinboxjaunt.com/

https://instagram.com/theinboxjaunt/

I also want to heighten awareness that I am an Affiliate with Craftsy. Should you click thru a link I’ve shared and make a purchase, your price remains the same as what you would find if you went directly to their site, but I “may” receive a small commission. What funds I do receive are 100% allocated towards “supplementing” shipping of prizes and giveaways, for events I host on QuiltShopGal.  
And, as an
Affiliate, I only share insights on companies, classes and products that I can honestly recommend.
What ever you do, I hope you find time to enjoy and create.

#FMQStitchAlong – Heart & Feather WholeCloth Workshop with Leah Day

First, I want to apologize as I’m late releasing this post.  I had planned to release this yesterday, as I’ve scheduled all my Stitch A Longs this year for Saturdays.  But, life got in the way and yesterday I was at the Craft and Hobby (aka CHA) Mega Trade Show.  While, I’ll be sharing insights about the CHA shortly, today I’m officially kicking off our first Stitch A Long this year.

Stitch A Long Template Leah Day

This #StitchAlong is for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills, while using the pattern and watching the video tutorials that are part of the Heart & Feather Wholecloth Quilt Workshop, with Leah Day.  And, if you have already completed this workshop I’d be thrilled to have you share photos of what you created with us, in our Linky Party during this event.  And, those that have already started, but may not have finished, are also invited to join and stitch along.

If you join me in this #StitchAlong, Leah Day will teach how to create trapunto, marking fabric, dense filler quilting, and so much more that will “ramp up” your quilting with a small quilt and just a little bit of time.  I’ve also made arrangements for sponsored prizes that will be awarded mid-February, to those that participate.

Not sure, check out this video by Leah:

If you have problems viewing the above video in embedded mode, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfrP9dnOdFQ

 

WHERE TO START?

Purchase the workshop from Leah Day Designs, to get the pattern for this beautiful whole cloth quilt, including a PDF instruction sheet and codes to watched secured video tutorials.  You can pull supplies together from your stash, purchase from your favorite store, or buy a kit from Leah Day (limited supply of kits).

If you are on Facebook, join the group “Leah Day Quiltingwhere you can post photos of your progress, as well as questions.  You’ll also find inspiration from other members and fans of Leah Day, as they share their work.  And, you’ll learn about Leah’s new workshop “Machine Quilting Block Party

Just so that you know, while you can stitch your Heart and Feather Wholecloth quilt at any pace you want, I’m shooting to have mine finished before Valentine’s Day.  And, then I hope to join Leah’s new Machine Quilting Block Party, as I think I can catch up with it pretty quickly.  

I opted to purchase the kit from Leah vs pull supplies from my stash.  Certainly made it easy for me and I thought the  kit was very economical too!  Plus, she ships out super fast.

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Check out Leah’s blog post and youtube videos to kickstart this quilt-along.

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Leah has created 10 video lessons for this workshop (12 actual video tutorials).  You can also download them to your computer, i-pad, tablet or other smart device.  I really like this feature, as I can watch and learn even when I don’t have access to the internet.

 This coming week, I plan to work thru the first 3 lessons, possibly the 4th.  As mentioned previously, you can join this Stitch A Long and pursue Leah’s workshop at your own pace.  Just remember to share as you stitch with us, as it is much more fun to virtually sew with others, than on our own.

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DID I MENTION A LINKY PARTY?

For bloggers, another bonus of joining this event (and any event I host in 2016 that uses a Linky tool), you will get added to My Creative Blog List, which is a site I created to help others follow blogs, as well as promote blogging events.  Currently, many of the blogs in this list were added, as they participated in events I hosted in 2015.  But I will be refreshing this list shortly, to reflect creative blogs that participate in events I host in 2016.  To check out this blog list visit: http://mycreativebloglist.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget if you use any social media tools, please use share photos of your progress using hashtags: #quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong.  I’ll be sharing in Leah’s Facebook group, this blog (updates every Saturday) and you can also follow me at:


DID I MENTION SPONSORED PRIZES?

Thanks to Martingale for sponsoring this Stitch A Long.  The following prizes will be randomly awarded to WW participants:

Machine Quilting Made Easy, by Maurine Noble

Teach Me to Applique’ Fusible Applique’ that is Soft & Simple, by Pat Sloan

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play With Fat Quarters, Compiled by Karen M. Burns

The Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-inch Scraps, by Path Speth with Charlene Thode

RULES TO WIN A PRIZE:

  1. Join the Linky Party in any/all of the posts for this Stitch A Long, sharing your progress, a previously completed Heart and Feather Quilt, and hopefully your completed quilt during this event.  To clarify, you can share weekly and the more weeks you participate, the more entries you get to win prizes.
  2. Bloggers are encouraged to share via their blog, with a link to the most current Stitch A Long blog post on QuiltShopGal.  While not required, it is appreciated if you share the artwork for this event and encourage others to participate and/or come check out other sharing.
  3. Share in Leah Day’s facebook group and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating the date you shared.
  4. Share on any social media tool (e.g. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), using any/all of the #hashtags for this event (#quiltalong10, #StitchALong, #FMQStitchAlong) and leave a comment on any of the posts for this event, stating that you shared.
  5. While this event is open to WW participants, in 2016 QuiltShopGal will providefree shipping of prizes, that I ship directly to US Only winners.  International winners will be required to pay a flat $20 postage fee.  If the actual shipping is more, QuiltShopGal will pay the difference.  If ithe actual cost is less, the funds will go into the 2016 postage expense fund to supplement such expenses in 2016.  “Postage Angels” are also always appreciated and will be recognized in my blog posts for giveaways and/or events, where their donations are used to help offset shipping expenses of  prizes this year.  Of course, I also appreciate those that remember I’m an Affiliate of Craftsy and Amazon and when you click thru my site to make such a purchase, your price remains the same, but I “may” receive a small fee that I use to supplement postage expenses.
  6. One prize per participant.  Winners will receive an email mid-February to notify them that they are a winner. I will do my best to match each winner with their favorite book, by asking them to list their top three choices.  Based on first to respond to my email, will be matched to the available prize of their choice. Prizes that are not claimed will be used as prizes in future Stitch A Longs, or other events hosted by QuiltShopGal

You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

Don’t forget to check back weekly (on Saturdays unless I drop the ball), for  sharing our Heart and Feather Wholecloth Quilt progress in this Stitch A Long.  And, what ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful week with time to enjoy and create!

Here is a list of other posts for this #StitchALong Event:
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Free-Motion Quilting: Retrospect on 2015 and Looking Forward in 2016

FMQ RETROSPECT ON 2015:

While you may not (yet) be interested in free-motion quilting (FMQ, one of my goals this year is to continue to learn and improve my FMQ skills, as well as continue to inspire others to do so too! Personally,  I’ll confess I’m not an expert, and I don’t want anyone to ever think I’m an expert on anything.  But I do believe everyone can do free-motion quilting, with just a little practice and commitment to learn and improve.  

In 2012, 2013 and 2015 I hosted a FMQ challenge that focused on trying to increase awareness of various FMQ Experts, as well as encourage everyone to learn/improve their FMQ skills.  Unfortunately, I totally botched hosting the 2015 FMQ Challenge due to lack of time and organization on my part.  But, I appreciate patience by those who won a prize and have not yet received it.  I’m currently working on awarding December and Grand Prizes, as well as shipping what feels like a ton of prizes.  And, I will then go thru and complete an audit to ensure everyone that one, throughout this challenge has received their prizes.

My lesson learned: I will no longer going to host a challenge that runs throughout the year, with monthly challenges.  I just don’t have the time to do it properly.  

FMQ PLANS FOR 2016

For 2016, I do plan on hosting a variety of fairly small FMQ events and I hope you’ll participate in one or all.  Some will have sponsored prizes and some won’t.  But I truly hope you are committed to learning/improving your FMQ skills for you and not just to win a prize.  Events that I’m planning will include UFO FMQ Challenges, FMQ Stitch A Longs, as well as FMQ Challenges that showcase an Expert.  And, throughout the year I’m still committed to increase awareness of FMQ Experts, Books, Classes, notions and tools that are perfect for those stitching FMQ.

 

This coming Saturday, I’ll kick off my first FMQ Stitch A Long of the year, where I’ll showcase Leah Day, an amazing FMQ Expert.  Last Fall, Leah released a virtual Heart and Feather Wholecloth Workshop that includes a pattern to make a wholecloth quilt, as well as special video tutorials available to those that purchase this workshop from Leah Day Designs: http://leahday.com/collections/workshops/products/heart-wholecloth?variant=9209743749

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Everyone is welcome to join me in this event.  Of course those that have already completed this workshop are also encouraged to share what they created, as well as stitch along with us and make another one. As QuiltShopGal, I’m hosting this event to promote learning FMQ, with Leah Day’s workshop to help us learn/improve our FMQ skills, while having loads of fun.

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We’ll have a Linky Party where you can share your progress, as well as any finished project that you may have made using techniques and designs taught by Leah in this workshop.  And, those on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram will also be encouraged to share photos using hashtags #StitchAlong and/or  #FMQStitchAlong.

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In this Stitch Along, you can sew at your own pace, but my goal is to have mine completed in time to enjoy on Valentines Day.

Don’t forget you can use any fabric and supplies from your stash, but Leah does have a few kits that are available.

 

Martingale will be our sponsor for this event.  I’ll be sharing insights on prizes, as this event officially kicks off.martingale-text-logo (1)

 

Leah is also hosting a Machine Quilting Block Party that looks like loads of fun and a great way to learn/improve your FMQ skills.

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You can find Leah at:

http://www.leahday.com/
http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leah-Day-Quilting/108034899216421
https://www.youtube.com/user/lcvday

 

Don’t forget, our first FMQ Stitch Along for 2016 starts this coming Saturday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.

Happy New Year – Goals and Plans for QuiltShopGal in 2016

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There is something special about a New Year, as refreshing and fun as a clean chalkboard for you to sketch out your dreams.  You may have the same goal, the same dream, that you carry into the new year, or you may start with completely different goals.  My personal focus is to look forward, although I do spend time looking back at the year prior, as I establish my new goals.  

Today I want to share insights with you on my goals and plans for 2016.  Of course, I hope they will inspire you to follow QuiltShopGal, but I also reserve the right to change my plans throughout the year.  A little more or less of this and that, if you catch what I mean.

 

MY WORD for 2016 continues to be #CreativeGoodness.  While Quilting, Sewing and Embroidery are my favorite forms of creativity, I do want to continue to explore and encourage and admire many forms of creativity.

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GOALS FOR 2016:

  • Listen
  • Encourage
  • Speak Kind Words
  • Be More Organized
  • Spend More Time Being Creative
  • UFO Finish & NO UFO Creation
  • Skill building:  Electric Quilt, Machine Embroidery, Precision Piecing, Free-Motion Quilting

HIGHLIGHTS OF MY PLANS FOR 2016

Continue to manage three blogs:  QuiltShopGal, My Creative Blog List, and Fingertip Shopping.

Host Sponsored Giveaways  and Events throughout 2016.  While I’m currently accepting Sponsors, I want to recognize these 2016 Sponsors:

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the quilt show

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RESEARCH AND REPORTING is a core thread of QuiltShopGal and will continue to be so in 2016.  I am currently researching several topics, that have taken me months to thoroughly research, but I hope to be sharing these soon.  I also plan on getting back on track with my “Designer Showcase Series“.

CHARITY FUNDRAISERS AND PAY-IT-FORWARD KINDESS  – I plan to host a couple of charity fundraisers, as well as help with acts of Pay-It-Forward Kindness.  The first Charity Fundraiser will be hosted in March, to benefit Cystic Fibrosis programs around the world, with an emphasis on an excellent program in Australia.  Sneek Peaks on this fundraiser will be shared in January.

  • Cystic Fibrosis

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  • Pets in Shelters/Homeless Animals – also need helping hands from quilting, sewing and embroidery enthusiasts WW.
  • Heaven Sent a new non-profit focused on providing quiltlets to wrap babies that have passed away cover caskets for such babies.

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FREE-MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGES AND STITCH-ALONGS 

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ENGLISH PAPER PIECING STITCH A LONG – summer 2016 – While I have a couple of different EPP designs I’ll be showcasing, this event will be open for sharing any EPP project you are making, or have made, in 2016.  Simply needs to be an EPP project.

UFO / JUST FINISH IT CHALLENGES – I’m shooting to host 2-3 UFO Challenges in 2016.  Some will be focused on FMQ and some focused on any project you wish to share, they just need to be finished in 2016.

MACHINE EMBROIDERY STITCH A LONGS 

  • Lunch Box Quilt Designs – Recipe Towel Collections
  • Kaleidoscope Kreator – Feathers Embroidery Collection
  • Sarah Vedeler – GO! BeDazzled or Stars Collections.  While I have a couple of projects I’ll be using these collections for, this #StitchAlong (like other Stitch A Longs) are open for any sharing that you create using these collections.   What do you think about these motifs for a table runner, pillow or quilt?

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SKILL BUILDING CHALLENGES AND STITCH A LONGS – in addition to Free-Motion Quilting, I plan to host a few events that will help us build our skills for:

  • Precision Piecing Stitch-A-Longs & Challenges
  • Electric Quilt Skill Builders & Challenges – we’ll also be celebrating EQ’s 25th Anniversary this year, during these events.

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS AND POSTAGE ANGELS – To better manage my personal quilting budget, which historically has been negatively impacted by shipping prizes and giveaways, in 2016 I plan to:

  • Continue utilizing Affiliate programs, for businesses and products that I can honestly recommend.  When you click thru any of my blogs to make a purchase, you pay the same as you would have if you went direct to that site, but I “may” receive a small fee back that I use to supplement postage costs.
  • Those that opt to pay-it-forward, by reimbursing me for postage, as well as those that make postage donations, will be recognized in future giveaways and announcement of prizes, where their funds are used to help with postage expenses.
  • As US postage cost has increased, International postage has skyrocketed.  The cost of shipping a book typically exceeds the price of the book, often 7-10 times the cost of what it would cost to shipping within the US.  While I could limit winners to be US only, this year I’m going to ask that International winners “donate” a flat rate of $20, as a Postage Angel, for any prize that they wish to claim.  To clarify, should postage of their prize exceed this rate, I will pay the difference and if the cost is less, the extra amount simply goes into the postage budget to pay-it-forward, with the winner being recognized as a Postage Angel.

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Again, I wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I also wish you time to enjoy and create.

When The Unexpected Happens And Life Changes In A Blink Of An Eye

When our world shatters, what do you do to get through it?  Or better yet, what are you willing to do to try to make things better?  And, how far are you willing to help someone going thru such a life changing crisis that tears and the very strings that ties everything dear, in our lives, together?

Our worldwide quilting community is a group of talented and giving people.  I’ve truly seen miracles happen in our community through the power of prayer, as well as by fundraisers to help great causes.  PR Angels help to spread the word, some come up with other ideas how to help, many send positive wishes and prayers, and there are those that help financially to make a difference, among so many other ways to help.  We each have a story, but today I want to share a story about an amazing quilter, teacher, author who has made such an amazing contribution to make our world of quilting so wonderful and she has such a giving heart, where she has helped so many.  But right now, she and her family need our help.

Angela has give so much to make our world of quilting a wonderful place, while she is so young, I believe she is already a legend.

head-shot-e1395192454843-748x1024She actually learned to quilt from her husband’s grandpa, so I guess we can say she married into a quilting family!

Here are a few examples of how you may already be aware of Angela and her contributions to make our world of quilting so wonderful:

  • You may know Angela Walters through free FMQ tutorials that she has shared through my blog, her blog,

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WHEN OUR WORLD SHATTERS…..

Angela’s brother Nate is a Kansas City Police Officer.   He is also a husband and father of three young boys.

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You may remember that Angela married into a quilting family, where she learned to quilt from her husband’s grandfather. Well, her brother-in-law Nate and his wife Jessica recently introduced a new line of quilt patterns at Fall ’15 Quilt Market, from their design house “Simply Modern Quilt Patterns“.

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{above} At Fall Market, Nate shared a quilt he made to support the Kansas City Police force.

On Thursday, December 10th, Nate an off-duty Kansas City Police Officer was found in a ditch by a passerby who called 911.  The details of the motorcycle accident are unknown but Nate has ended up in ICU and remains in serious condition.  And this accident has changes the lives of Nate’s family and friends.  It has also changed the balance of our world wide quilting community!

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For those that believe in the power of prayer, a call for such prayers are encouraged.  But there are many ways you can help.

While Nate has medical coverage through the Kansas City Police Department, we all know that in such insurance never covers all expenses. And, extra funds can also help to get the best care, the best physical therapy and help with endless unplanned and uninsured expenses.  Thus, a few grassroots efforts to help Nate and his family with such expenses has been established.

PR Angels that can help increase awareness are needed.  And, those that want to help financially are also appreciated.  For those that can help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, other Social Media tools, please use the hashtags:

‪#‎PrayForNate‬
‪#‎NatePorcallaFTW‬
‪#‎WeWillSupportYouNate‬

Here are a few opportunities that have been established for financial assistance:

Angela Walters is raffling off this stunning quilt that is also the cover quilt of an upcoming book published with C&T  Publishing. The design is Nightsky, a pattern designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. For every “Stand with Nate” bracelet you purchase you are entered to win this beautiful quilt.

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Angela  created “Stand With Nate” bracelets that can be obtained with a $5 purchase (donation) via her store and 100% of the proceeds go to help Nate and his family.  I’m ordering some with plan to also drop off at my local Police department, and others, to help share his story and hopefully rally more people to support Nate and his family.  You can place your order for these bracelets, after creating an account, at: http://quilting-is-my-therapy.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/we-stand-with-nate-bracelet

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There is also a striking t-shirt that you can also receive by donating to help raise funds for Nate and his family, by placing orders orders with WonderBoy.

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{above} Show that you stand with Nate by ordering a limited edition T-shirt. All proceeds go to the Harrison family. There are three price options depending on what you would like to donate. http://www.wonderboyapparel.com/

 

A Go fund Me page has also been established where you can make donations to help Nate and his family:  https://www.gofundme.com/kcpdstrong

 

For PR Angels, you have my permission and Angela’s to share this post, as well as to copy/paste and share via your blogs, or email, as appropriate.  While my blog is copyright protected you have our permission to copy this post and help increase awareness of the “We Stand With Nate” effort, where prayers and donations to help the family are greatly appreciated by many.

You may not know Nate, but as he is a Police Officer, a husband, a father, a quilter and very much loved brother of Angela Walters, who has certainly given so much to help make our world of quilting a wonderful place, I do so hope you will find a way to help.

 

You can always find more information on Nate at:

We Stand With Nate Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1944442932447075/?pnref=story

You can find Angela at:

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

 

Lastly, while this is certainly a stressful time for Nate’s family, including Angela, please know that they appreciate your prayers and donations, very much.  And, I appreciate it too!

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

Today we kick off the  December Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This our last monthly challenge for the year.   2015 fmq challenge badge

At the end of this challenge we will be randomly awarding winners for this monthly challenge, as well as Grand Prizes for those that participated in any of the monthly challenges this year. To clarify, participants get an entry to win Grand Prizes for every month they entered, and if they completed more than one option in any monthly challenge, they also get extra entries for every option they complete.  Obviously, the more entries the more chances you get to win Grand Prizes.

This month we showcase Wendy Sheppard, an amazing quilter, quilt designer, teacher, author, Free-Motion Quilting Expert, and more.  You may already know Wendy from her award winning quilts, her stunning machine embroidery designs, taking a class with her, or from her FREE free-motion quilting tutorial which she provided during our 2012 FMQ Challenge.

Wendy is the author of  Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quiltspublished by Landauer Publishing.

And, she recently released a new book “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stash“, also published by Landauer Publishing.
Wendy is also an Aurifil designer, and has recently released a beautiful collection of threads called “Subtle Strings”
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Many know her as an FMQ Expert, as well as an FMQ Teacher.  While she has a young daughter and prefers to not travel, you can enjoy her FMQ classes  at  Annies:  Learn to Machine Quilt, as well as Machine Quilting Level 2

 

In her class “Learn to Machine Quilt“, which is perfect for beginner quilters, as well as those learning to free-motion quilt, student learn techniques and FMQ motifs for stippling, swirly vines, interchanging vines, all over swirls, jester’s hat, echoing, pebbles, and more.

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Many know her thru as a Master Free-Motion Quilting Teacher, with online classes at Annie’s  Learn to Machine Quilt and Machine Quilting Level 2123872_1

BTW – I have coupons for $5 off for the Machine Quilting Level 2 class..  Email me ASAP if you want me to send you a coupon, as they expire December 31st.  

Wendy is  well known for all of the beautiful designs that she has published in various magazines, as well as free patterns she has created for various fabric manufacturers.  Be sure to check out this gorgeous heirloom pillow that was published in Bernina’s Through the Needle #28.  Absolutely stunning.

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Also, Wendy has an excellent blog at Ivory Spring, where she shares insights on her amazing designs that have been published in most every quilt magazine, as well as free patterns for many fabric manufacturer.  She also shares many tips and tutorials on her blog, including sharing tips, techniques and FMQ motif tutorials in a series known as “Thread Talk“.

Here are a few of Wendy’s quilts that show off her beautiful free-motion quilting:

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{above} A Sample Practice Piece, by Wendy Sheppard, from her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.

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{above} Count My Blessings, is a beautiful new quilt design by Wendy Sheppard that is published in her latest book  “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stashis beautifully quilted with lush feathers and pearls, as shown below:

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You can find Wendy at:

http://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
Annie’s – Online Free-Motion Quilting Classes with Wendy Sheppard
https://www.instagram.com/ivory_spring/

 

Our December Challenge has many options, which are open for those that do not stitch machine embroidery, as well as those that do.  Please email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions about these options.

DECEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Use the FMQ tutorial, by Wendy Sheppard, for the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow.  This is a versatile option, so use your imagination and feel free to add other FMQ motifs for wholecloth, pieced or applique.

This is great tutorial to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills and make stunning swirls that you can use on your projects.

http://quiltshopgal.com/2012-free-motion-quilting-challenge-august-wendy-sheppard/

 

This is a versatile option to enter this challenge.  Apply Wendy’s tutorial to create your FMQ pillow, of any size, or style. To clarify, your FMQ pillow could be whole cloth, applique, pieced, etc., but you need to show evidence of using Wendy’s tutorial by including FMQ swirls on your pillow, even if you include additional FMQ motifs.

OPTION #2

Create a pillow using FMQ techniques and motifs from Wendy’s her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.  In this class participants will learn a variety of techniques, tips and designs including: swirling vine variations, snaky spirals, swirly flowers, pool reflections and sushi rolls, Wendy’s variation of McTavishing, feathers and feather variations and flames.

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OPTION #3

Create a pillow using FMQ techniques and motifs from Wendy’s her Machine Quilting Level 2 class at Annies.  In this class participants will learn a variety of techniques, tips and designs including: swirling vine variations, snaky spirals, swirly flowers, pool reflections and sushi rolls, Wendy’s variation of McTavishing, feathers and feather variations and flames.

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Your entry may be a wholecloth, pieced, or applique design, but you need to incorporate one, or more, FMQ motifs taught by Wendy in this class.

OPTION #4

In the book Recreating Antique Quilts – Re-envisioning, Modifying & Simplifying Museum Quilts, by Wendy Sheppard, one of the projects is for a beautiful “Ginko” pillow, that also incorporates a special free-motion quilting motif that is absolutely lovely and very versatile.

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This option is to create a FMQ pillow using the design, techniques, tips and FMQ motif that Wendy teaches in this book to create this  stunning pillow.

OPTION #5

Wendy created beautiful “Light of Colors Pillows”, made with leftovers from Crossings Quilt, which is one of man designs in her latest book “Creative New Quilts and Projects from precuts or stash”, published by Landauer Publishing. 

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Consider using block designs from this new book, or other blocks, along with FMQ tips and motifs that Wendy shares in this book, to create a pillow.

OPTION #6

As a blogger, Wendy is always sharing inspirational insights, tips as well as tutorials on her blog.  She writes a series called “Thread Talk” where she shares tips, techniques and tutorials on various FMQ motifs.

This option is quite versatile. You can stitch take advantage of any Thread Talk tutorials, published by Wendy. But you will need to show evidence of one or more of Wendy’s Thread Talk tutorials to claim this entry.  Possibly, you’ll want to consider her Threat Talk # 45 Swirly Vine.

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Or maybe Thread talk #38 where Wendy provides a tutorial to FMQ stitch a beautiful leaf floral design that makes for a perfect all over design, or background design.

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!




RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky  for a tutorial.

 

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS DECEMBER CHALLENGE:

Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – in stitches and seams
Fat Quarter Shop

 

 

One Lucky winner, any where in the world, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop  Prize #2 winner – Karin @ Quilt Yarn
Landauer Publishing Landauer Publishing has donated copies of the following books: 

Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilts the Square-agonals Way, by Sandi Blackwell

Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking, by Jeri Simon

Hexagon Happenings, by Carolyn Forster

Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living: 9 Fresh, Fun Designs, by Joanie Holton and Melanie Greseth for TailorMade by Design

 

Quilt ShopGal will be shipping these prizes to the winners.  Due to postage expenses, I will pay shipping expenses for a maximum of one international winner.

Prize #3 Simple Blocks, Stunning Quilt:  Winner – Elizabeth H.

#4 -Beginner’s Guide to Quiltmaking: Winner -carried over to a Grand Prize

5 – Hexagon Happenings: Winner:  Missy Shay.

#6 – Easy-Sew Quilts for Urban Living:  Winner Marjorie H.

 

Alternate Option: Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Winner – LC’s Cottage

 

And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!

GRAND PRIZES

Sponsor Prize Winners
Aurifil

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One very lucky winner will receive an Aurifil collection of 48 large spools of cotton thread. This prize has a retail value over $400.

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Aurifil will ship this prize to one lucky winner, anywhere in the world.

 

winner Geri Richardson

Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n Three luck winners will each receive  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1 , 2 & 3 winner s- 

Marjorie of Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Mary Mack

Jean Overmeyer

Julie of Pink Doxies

Fat Quarter Shop

 

 

One Lucky winner, any where in the world, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop  Prize #2 winner – Soloch
Martingale Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints, by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts



Remembering the Past – Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites By Julie Hendricksen

Seems Like Scrappy – The Look You Love with Fat Quarters and Precuts By Rebecca Silbaugh

Sweet Tweets – Simple Stitches, Whimsical Birds By Erin Cox

Alternate Option: Available from the October Challenge:

Quiltmaking Essentials 2: Settings and Borders, Backings and Bindings, by Donna Lynn Thomas

Alternate prize from the November challenge:

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

QuiltShopGal will ship these prizes directly to the lucky winners.  But due to limited funds, a maximum of two prizes will be shipped to international winners.


#3 Tributes and Treasures: 12 Vintage-Inspired Quilts Made With Reproduction Prints – winner: Jean,  
#4 Remembering the Past – Reproduction Quilts Inspired by Antique Favorites  – winner: Nancy of Dizzy Dog,

Seems Like Scrappy – Winner: Elizabeth H.

#6 Sweet Tweets – Winner: Laura C

 

#7 – Alternative Prize:
– Splash of Color winner: Brandy P.

The Stencil Company  

 

 

Three lucky winners will receive a prize from The Stencil Company.US Only

 

Winners: 

Elizabeth H.

Geri R.

LC’s Cottage

CT Publishing Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting, by Christina Cameli

Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

This prize is open to WW winners.  If the winner is in the US they may receive a physical book, all other winners will receive an e:book.

 

winners: 

Step by Step winner (ebook) Karin (Quilt Yarn)

Shape by Shape (ebook) Elizabeth H.

 

FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please :  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

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

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

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

This month we showcase Sarah Vedeler, an amazing  quilter, free-motion quilter (on a domestic, as well as longarm), machine embroidery digitizer,  teacher, Bernina Ambassador,  and more.  You may already know Sarah from her award winning quilts, her stunning machine embroidery designs, taking a class with her, or from her FREE free-motion quilting tutorial which she provided during our 2012 FMQ Challenge.

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

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

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{above} Better Than A Paper Plate 

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{above} Rapsody made with the Sedona Surprise collection

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

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

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

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{above} Patriotic Stars

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{above} Peace, Love and Joy Pillow Collection

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{above} Sarah’s Sassy I-pad Sleeve

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

You can find Sarah Vedeler at:

 

Our November Challenge has many options, which are open for those that do not stitch machine embroidery, as well as those that do.  Please email me, or leave a comment if you have any questions about these options.

NOVEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

Use the FMQ tutorial, by Sarah Vedeler, for the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow.  This is a versatile option, so use your imagination and feel free to add other FMQ motifs.

This is great tutorial to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills and make stunning swirls that you can use on your projects.

http://quiltshopgal.com/2012-free-motion-quilting-challenge-november-tutorial-by-sarah-vedeler/

This is a versatile option to enter this challenge.  Apply Sarah’s tutorial to create your FMQ pillow, of any size, or style. To clarify, your FMQ pillow could be whole cloth, applique, pieced, etc., but you need to show evidence of using Sarah’s tutorial by including FMQ swirls on your pillow, even if you include additional FMQ motifs.

OPTION #2

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

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

 

OPTION #3

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

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

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

OPTION #4

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

OPTION #5

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

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

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

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!


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RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.

 

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

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS OCTOBER CHALLENGE:

Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – 

This prize has been carried over to a Grand Prize

Moda Fabrics

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

 

Martingale  

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Winner #2 – Machine Quilting with Style claimed by Ratama

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

 

And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

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

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

#StitchAlong – October 3rd – #EPPSewAlong, #FMQALONG, #StitchAlong, #MachineEmbroidery

Welcome to another week for our open #StitchAlong. I’m always delighted to have you pop by to visit, but everyone is also welcome to join me for some virtual stitching time.   There will never be deadlines, but I will be available to answer project questions during the window I’m stitching them out, as well as pull in experts to help with Q&A, during that time, as appropriate.

You can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish.   I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share your progress, as well as your project whenever you finish on any social media tool you wish to use (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Flickr, etc.).  You can also link up and share in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.

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THIS PAST WEEK, I’ began free-motion quilting for my EPP Star  table topper.  This was created during the #EPPSewAlong, hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop (FQS), where sharing is on Instagram and FQS shares a new step or two every Wednesday.

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While some are just starting this #StitchAlong, by pulling fabrics and other supplies together, some are sewing their star and some have started to applique their star to the background fabric, using instructions provided this week by Kimberly of the Fat Quarter Shop. So, if you have not yet joined the fun, please know there is still plenty of time to join.  I jumped ahead last week, completing the applique and marking my top using water soluble fabric  markers and the Ultimate Background Stencils, by Cindy Needham.

Ultimate Background #StitchALong coming soon

The Ultimate Background Stencil collection consists of six background designs and each comes in three different sizes…Papa (10×11″), Mama (8×9″) and Baby (6×7″). This allows you to fill ANY size space. This special set of stencils also includes two grids in 1/2″ and 3/4″.

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Cindy has FREE downloadable 32 page handbook for this stencil collection, which walks you thru how to use the stencils, providing insights on plenty of different designs that can be stitched using each stencil.  For my EPP Star project,  I selected the Twisted Grid stencil.  And I’m free-motion quilting these grids using a curved basket weave pattern, which Cindy also shows how to stitch in her free downloadable book for this stencil collection.

ultimate background stencils twisted grid by Cindy NeedhamI love the look of a curved basket weave, as a background pattern and it also gives me a great practice piece that will look good with my EPP Star.

As mentioned previously, I used a water soluble pen to mark the grids on my quilt top.  This was an easy and quick step that builds the framework for this free-motion quilting in the background of my EPP Star.

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I sandwiched this marked top using Quilters Dream Wool, from Quilters Dream Batting.  I haven’t used wool batting very much and I’ve fallen in love with this batting.  Total dream to stitch.

I’ll confess it has been over six months since I’ve had an opportunity for free-motion quilting and I was never that great.  I definitely need more practice and work on balanced stitching.  But I’ve thoroughly enjoyed free-motion quilting this EPP Star and think I’m going to be very happy with it when I’m finished.

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My goal is to finish FMQ and bind this table toppert this weekend.  Want to join me with some FMQ this week (or whenever you have a chance)? Don’t forget to share on Instagram, or any other Social Media Tool and use the hastags #EPPSewAlong #FMQALONG #StitchAlong.  And, everyone is also welcome to share via the  weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.

You can find Cindy Needham at:

http://cindyneedham.com/
http://blog.cindyneedham.com/

 

WINTER BLISS STITCH ALONG *** Officially Starts Next Week***

Winter Bliss #StitchALong coming soon

I’ll be stitching a couple of different projects usingthe Winter Bliss design collection from Marjorie Busby/Blue Feather Quilt Studio. You can use templates from this design collection to create raw edge applique or machine embroidery wallhangings and other projects.  One project will turn blocks into a fabric book, for a child.  Another project will be to make fabric gift bags.  I’ll also be stitching out a table runner using her beautiful Sleigh with Santa design  and cute reindeer designs, which are all AccuQuilt GO! compatible.  

You can join this #StitchAlong with or without an embroidery machine using AccuQuilt dies, or manually cutting the shapes.  But the dies will make your cuts much more accurate and faster.  For those that use Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection, templates are included and easy to follow.

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As with every #StitchAlong, you can adapt the designs to make whatever you wish.  Possibly you want to make wallhangings, quilts, placemats, or other project ideas.  As always, I hope you’ll #StitchAlong with me and share what you create to help inspire others.

For those that want to get going on this #StitchAlong, you may want to start with:

  • Pull your supplies together, as shared in the #StitchAlong post last week.
  • Prepare your fabrics for cutting.  I like to use Steam-A-Seam Lite for my adhesive stabilizer, but use your favorite adhesive stabilizer and follow the manufacturers instructions.
  • Cut your shapes with your AccuQuilt GO dies, or use Marjorie’s templates.  Next week, for those using embroidery machines, I’ll also show the traditional “in the hoop” cutting method for machine applique, although my preference is using the dies.

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Marjorie’s Winter Bliss design collection includes a PDF that shows the shapes required for each block.  Depending on which project you may want to stitch, you’ll need to cut the appropriate number for each shape in the blocks she shows.  For me, I’ cutting two sets (one for the fabric book and one set for the gift bags).  And, I’m also cutting 9 extra reindeer and an extra sleigh for my table runner project.

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You can find Marjorie Busby at:

http://b-quilts.com/

http://b-quilts.com/blog/
http://shop.b-quilts.com/

https://www.facebook.com/marjorie.busby?fref=ts

I’ll also be releasing a post this Tuesday, with a free pattern to create the sleigh and reindeer table runner.  This will work using Marjories machine embroidery designs or raw edge applique and will be GO! compatible. This pattern is a freebie in October, as part of the EQ Seasonal ROW-Along, hosted by Marian Pena of Seams to be Sew. This is a fun event with oodles of free ROW patterns, tutorials, tips and giveaways.  If you haven’t yet checked it out, I want to encourage you to do so. Great fun and plenty of creative inspiration.

I’d love to have you join me in my virtual #StitchAlong projects.  You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong.  Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday.  What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.  

Lastly, based on feedback, starting next week, I’ll try to shorten these posts and only share insights on one #stitchAlong at a time..

Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PUMPKIN TUTORIAL, BY LORI KENNEDY (THE INBOX JAUNT)

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

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

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

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Begin by downloading the Basic Pumpkin.

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

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

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

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Trace a square around the pumpkin.

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

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

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

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

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

Using the darker thread, outline stitch the Basic Pumpkin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Create a ½ inch Rick Rack border.

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

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

 

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

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

Happy Halloween Stitching!
Lori Kennedy
The Inbox Jaunt

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

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

 

OCTOBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

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

 

OPTION #2

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

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

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

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

 

OPTION #3

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

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

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

Don’t overlook that you can create more than one pillow, to claim more than one entry to any of the monthly challenges.  You want to do more than one of the options, or all.  Each option you complete counts as an entry.    And the more you create, the  more opportunities you have to learn and improve your FMQ skills, as well as win more prizes!


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

1) Entries need to be completed pillows that show free-motion quilting that aligns with the options defined in this monthly challenge. Note:  Other projects that you wish to share can be added to the Flickr group, but do not share them via the link tool.

2) You can enter one completed pillow for any, or all of the options.  Bloggers can do so in one blog post, but to help with the entries, their post needs to show photos and clarify which options they are entering for this monthly challenge.  Non-bloggers need to reflect the same as bloggers, in the comments for the photo they upload to the flickr group for this challenge. Both bloggers and non-bloggers can add one link to the linky tool, for each of the options they wish to enter.  Note, to help with administration, please be sure the photo in the linky tool reflects which of the challenge options you are claiming when you enter/add the link.

Those that want to apply the challenge to projects other than pillows, or those that complete the challenge after the given month, as well as those that may wish to share other FMQ projects are encouraged to share in a Flirk group that has been created specifically for group sharing and inspiration:     https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/   To clarify, this group is open to anyone that wishes to share any FMQ project that they created.

3.   In keeping with the spirit of this challenge, I hope in you encourage others to enter this challenge as well as check out all the entries to get inspired.

4.  In the spirit of ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness, those that wish to share tips and tutorials during any of these monthly challenges will be appreciated.  And, as always, QuiltShopGal will try to do her best to help increase awareness of such.  Collectively, we can create great fun and help others learn/improve their FMQ Skills.

While most of these linky parties are open for one month, this Linky party and other challenges released during the summer will be open thru mid-September, but I encourage you to not wait till the last minute to enter.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

If you are not familiar with how to use a linky click here for a tutorial.

 

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

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS OCTOBER CHALLENGE:

Note:  Entering this monthly challenge automatically enters you to win Grand Prizes that will be awarded, once all of the monthly challenges have been completed.  The more monthly challenges you enter, as well as the more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get to win Grand Prizes.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner –  Elizabeth H.

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

Gotcha Covered Quilting

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

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

Easy Weekend Quilts

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

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

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

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

4,  Strip Savvy winner –Brandy of Pampered Petit

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

6 Quick Change Quilts winner:

Annette of In Stitches & Seams

& 7 Simple Circles winner:  Elizabeth H.

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And don’t forget when you enter this monthly challenge you are automatically entered to win prizes awarded at the end of this 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge. The more monthly challenges you enter the more chances you get to win monthly AND Grand Prizes. Many of these Grand Prizes sponsors will ship to WW participants!
FAQ

 If you have questions for this Challenge, please read the FAQ:  http://quiltshopgal.com/faq-for-challenges-and-shows/

Winners will be selected randomly and this post will be updated accordingly, after I send an email to notify the winners.

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at Darlene @ quiltshopgal dot com and I will try to respond as fast as I can.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS > FREE-MOTION QUILTING > 2015 FREE MOTION QUILTING CHALLENGE to visit the main page for this event which will always contain current links to all the monthly challenges:

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

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

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

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