Category: Gotcha Covered Quilting

Gotcha Covered Quilting – Inspirational Free-Motion Quilting

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You may already be familiar with Carrie of Gotcha Covered Quilting.  She is a professional  longarm quilter.   While trying hard to not embarrass her, I admire her thoroughly on the personal basis, as well as professional basis.  Thus, as I’ve known her for a several years, today I want to share a few insights with you which I hope to also inspire you.

To start with, there are times when life throws us a challenge.  Examples of those that can knock us off our feet, to name a few, are:  divorces, challenges with raising children, loss of a loved one, as well as medical issues.   Yet for professional quilters, those that earn their income completely based from their talent and hard work carry an extra burden when life throws them a challenge, as when they can’t work due to emotional or physical challenges, their ability to earn an income is clearly impacted during such life challenges.

When I first met Carrie my impression was not just a talented quilter, but a person who was so enthusiastic with what life had to offer that it just rubbed off on those around her.  I certainly felt that way even after any email chat.  Then I learned she was dealing with breast cancer, which she fought and won that battle heroically!  She was (is) an inspiration for anyone dealing with breast cancer, as well as reconstructive surgery.  She has had a lot of life’s challenges thrown at her, yet bounces back eager for the next bike ride, as eager as stitching the next quilt.  Yes, she is definitely one of my role models and I hope that you find inspiration in her story.  I also hope to remind you and encourage you of the importance of staying current with your mammograms.

When it clicked to me that Carrie’s walk thru the road of breast cancer impacted her income, as she was unable to work, she had also lost many customers went to other longarmers during her treatment, thus, it clicked to me that “I have tops that need to be quilted and this could be a win-win to reduce down my UFO collection”.  While I do love to do my own free-motion quilting (even though I’m not very good), I sent off a stack to Carrie for quilting and left it completely open as to how she wanted to quilt them.   Although I did clarify, before she saw them, none were going to be award winning quilts. They were my stash burning quilts

Needless to say, I was very pleased with how she quilted each of my projects, as well as her pricing.  It was definitely a win-win as it helped me reduce down my UFO’s.

Want to see some of her quilting?

Ages ago, I went thru my Halloween stash and created scrappy tumbler quilts and table runners.  I gave a quilt and a table runner to Carrie to quilt and was thrilled with how she quilted them both:

 

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Also, many years ago I eliminated all the spring colored fabrics in my stash, making a variety of quilts in different sizes (many with the same basic style). But the tops and backing had just sat in my closet, never reaching high priority for me to finish the quilting.  Again, I was thrilled to have Carrie quilt these for me:

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I also loved her free form swirls that she incorporated on one of these quilts.

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There was also some open feathers that really worked well with the swirls.

 

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And one had sweet flower motifs that went super well on this quilt for a little girl.20160524_120507

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I’m definitely thrilled with Carrie’s work and that I was able to get rid of quite a few UFOs that had been taking up space in my sewing room for ages.  While I do love free-motion quilting my own projects, I now realize I can’t keep up with every project and will definitely be sending more to Carrie to quilt in the future.

Whether you are a past customer of Carrie, or someone who has .more UFOs and could use the help of a talented longarm quilter, I wanted to heighten awareness Carrie is back in business and does a great job at a reasonable price.  In addition to free-motion quilting she also now has the ability to do computerized designs.  And, for those living outside of Southern California, the price to ship is definitely worth it!  She does quilting for people all over the US, thanks to the USP and US Postal Service.  She also has a special 10% off quilting if booked and postmarked by July 15th.

 

 


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Carry is also closing down her online fabric shop.  GCQ-Logo-Ad-MediumWhile supplies are available, they are ALL 40% off, when you use code “QCQSALE” at checkout.  This includes some yummy fabric by the yard, pre-cuts, and notions.  You’ll even find an amazing deal on some yummy Aurifil thread in a neutral buttercup color!  Be sure to check it out soon, as these items are going to go quickly!

 

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You can find Gotcha Covered Quilting at:

http://www.gotchacoveredquilting.com/

http://www.gotchacoveredquilting.com/blog/

https://www.facebook.com/GotchaCoveredQuilting/?fref=ts

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!
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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

PUMPKIN TUTORIAL, BY LORI KENNEDY (THE INBOX JAUNT)

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

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

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

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Begin by downloading the Basic Pumpkin.

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

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

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

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Trace a square around the pumpkin.

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

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

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

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

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

Using the darker thread, outline stitch the Basic Pumpkin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Create a ½ inch Rick Rack border.

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

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

 

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

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

Happy Halloween Stitching!
Lori Kennedy
The Inbox Jaunt

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

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

 

OCTOBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

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

 

OPTION #2

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

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

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

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

 

OPTION #3

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

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

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

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


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS OCTOBER CHALLENGE:

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

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

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

Gotcha Covered Quilting

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

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

Easy Weekend Quilts

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

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

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

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

4,  Strip Savvy winner –Brandy of Pampered Petit

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

6 Quick Change Quilts winner:

Annette of In Stitches & Seams

& 7 Simple Circles winner:  Elizabeth H.

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

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

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

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

email address for quiltshopgal

Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

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

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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Here is a super quick example:

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

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

 

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

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

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR SEPTEMBER:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1  

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

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

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

 

OPTION #2

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

 

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

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

 

OPTION #3

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

8″ blocks with sashing and borders

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6″ blocks on point

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ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

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


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THIS AUGUST CHALLENGE:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

email address for quiltshopgal

Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

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

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SPONSORS:

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

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

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR MAY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Design It, Quilt It

Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts

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

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 Here is a message from Cindy:

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

 

MAY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

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

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

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

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

OPTION #2

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

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

 

OPTION #3

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

 

 

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY

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


RULES TO ENTER THIS CHALLENGE:

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

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

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

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

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

 

This linky party will be open thru the last day of the month.  You need to have your project completed and linked to enter to win prizes.  Those that may complete this challenge at a different time, as well as those that want to share any FMQ related project, are encouraged to share photos in the Flickr group created for this challenge: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

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

 

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

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE MAY CHALLENGE:

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

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

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

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

 

Sponsor Prize Winners
Udderly Smooth, by RedEx 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n  A gift pack of Udderly Smooth products.  Product bundle shipped may not be exactly like what QuiltShopGal is showing.Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.  Prize #1  winner – #15  LC’s Cottage
Craftsycraftsy-logo One Class of your choice at Craftsy  Prize #2  winner – #3 Geri Richardson
Gotcha Covered Quiltinggotcha covered quilting $25 Gift Certificate to Gotcha Covered Quilting. This prize is open to WW participants, but it is a gift certificate to purchase and ultimately winners will need to pay postage, just as if they had purchased any item online.  Prize #3 winner – #9 Dena @ Living Water Quilter

 

 

 

FAQ

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

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

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

 

email address for quiltshopgal

Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Looking Back, Current and Another Sneak Peek on the Future

NOTE:  This is two-post day.  If you are looking for the #CreativeGoodness Linky Party this week, click here (hopefully you’ll still read this post too!).

The first part of this post is for everyone, not just those  participating in the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge:

You are probably aware that I am an Affiliate with Craftsy and Amazon.  When you click thru my site to purchase something on these sites, you pay the same price as you would have if you had gone directly to them, but I may get a few pennies per purchase back. When you do I think of you as Postage Angels!

 What little funds I have earned goes toward “supplementing” post costs for when I ship prizes and giveaways.  And, you are probably aware postage costs have skyrocketed in the US, and it gets worse shipping international.  Thus, while I will ship all prizes/giveaways promised for this challenge (and other giveaways), I can’t afford to ship outside the US right now.  There have been quite a few non-US winners and combined with shipping costs to US winners, my  portion of the expense is way too high.

Prizes for the FMQ Challenge will not be impacted, but I’ll be hosting fewer giveaways this Spring and Summer, where I ship prizes.  I’ll revisit my budget this Fall and hopefully be able to increase prizes I ship for giveaways and “surprise prizes”.  In the meantime, I do hope if you are purchasing something on Craftsy or Almazon that you kindly click thru from my site.  Lastly, Craftsy is having a 50% off sale on ALL of their classes this weekend.

The 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to learn/improve their FMQ skills.  In each monthly challenge there are 3-4 ways to enter, with at least one free opportunity.  The other opportunities are based on online classes, DVDs, or books where the FMQ Expert teaches (and also earns money for their family lives off of).  

Many may have already taken some of these online classes, or purchased the DVDs or books referenced in this challenge.  But if you have not done so, I do want to clarify such purchase is not required to participate in this challenge, but buying any or all of these tools will certainly help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.  I can honestly say every time I take another FMQ Class, purchase a book or DVD, I continue to learn and expand on the number of FMQ designs which I’m comfortable to stitch out on my projects.  And I expect you will also see growth in your FMQ skills as you expand the number of classes you take and/or purchase such learning tools (e.g. DVDs, books).

Bottom line:  If you have never tried FMQ this year is a great time to start and this challenge can help you.  Feel free to email me if you have questions on where to start.

And, regardless if you are participating in this challenge, or not, if you are doing any level of FMQ on any project, please share in our Flickr group for FMQ.  I can’t promise, but I’m working on getting a sponsor for a special gift for those that share FMQ in this Flickr group this year and I’ll periodically be showcasing some quilters that share in this group this year.  To clarify, you can be a blogger or non-blogger to share in this group!

2015 FMQ Challenge Info :

Participants in the 2015 FMQ Challenge that want to enter to win prize must share via the linky tool in the respective monthly challenge that they wish to enter.  Non-bloggers should first upload a photo of their project to the flickr group and then they can add a link from the monthly FMQ Challenge back to the flickr group.  Bloggers only need to add a link to their blog post, which was written and released in the month of the respective challenge.  It is then optional for the Bloggers to upload any of their photos to the Flickr group.  Again, the Flickr group is open to sharing entries for the monthly challenge (which is a pillow with FMQ per the rules of the monthly challenge) for any project.    Geez, that is long, but I hope it makes sense.

The benefits of participating in this challenge each month:

  • learning/improving your FMQ Skills
  • learning more about various FMQ experts
  • inspiration found in all the entries, as well as FMQ group on Flickr.
  • Opportunities to win monthly prizes
  • “Potential” of freebies at the end of the year are being worked on.  I’m hopeful that I can pull this off and all active participants in the monthly challenge (4 or more) will receive these items.  I just can’t disclose them yet. But I think recipients will be pleasantly surprised.  And they will be given out to WW participants!

 

2015 fmq challenge badge

If you are a Facebook user, you may have already come across the group “Free Motion Quilting Frenzy” started by Karen Miller.  This is a great group to find inspiration, Q&A, and share your FMQ Projects.  I’m so impressed with how talented the members are, as well as how helpful they are to newbies.

I also want to heighten awareness that Craftsy has 50% off of ALL of their classes this weekend.  While I personally enjoy taking classes at Craftsy, as they are so reasonably priced, have great teaches, and are hosted online in a format that is flexible and works fo rmy schedule, I also want to heighten awareness that there are also great classes on Craftsy for those that want to learn/improve their FMQ Skills. And, attendees of a few of the classes on Craftsy are with teachers being showcased in the 2015 FMQ Challenge and students in these classes can easily apply what they learn to create a pillow to enter this challenge!

The 2015 FMQ Challenge showcases a different FMQ Expert every month.  There are also 3-4 ways to enter the monthly challenge.  Some options are great ways to learn from online classes at Craftsy, from DVDs, or from books and every month there is at least one option to use a free tutorial.  You can complete one or all of the options to enter, but the more options you complete the more chances you get to win prizes.  And, of course, the more opportunities you get to learn/improve your FMQ Skills.

We are a couple of months into the 2015 FMQ Challenge.  You can still complete the monthly challenges that have closed and share what you create in our group on Flickr.  Here is a quick view of completed monthly challenges:

LOOKING BACKWARDS

Month (Link) FMQ Expert Showcased Sponsors Highlights

Jan Molly Hanson Redex/Udderly Smooth65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nAurifilaurifilogowebThe Fat Quarter Shop

FatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275

Molly Hanson/CT Publishing

3 options to enter; 41 participants
Feb Leah Day Redex/ Udderly Smooth65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nMartingaleCleaver Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch DisksGrip & Stitch Quilting Disks 3 options;22 participants
March Patsy Thompson Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
Landauer PublishingFabrics N Quiltssquare.bmp
3 options to enter; 21 participants

THE CURRENT CHALLENGE

The April Challenge is currently open and there are several options to enter, all using designs and techniques taught by the very talented  Christina Cameli.

Month FMQ Expert Showcased Sponsors Highlights
April Christina Cameli Redex/Udderly Smooth Moisterizers65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nthe Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275Cleaver Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch DisksGrip & Stitch Quilting DisksCT Publishing 4 options to enter this challenge

SNEAK PEEK INTO FUTURE CHALLENGES

Month FMQ Expert Showcased Sponsors – Sneak Peek (not all sponsors are listed) Challenge Highlights(Sneak Peek as more details will be provided in the respective monthly challenge)
May Cindy Needham Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
CraftsyGotcha Covered Quilting
gotcha covered quilting
– Create a pillow using Cindy’s new Ultimate Stencil– Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the Craftsy class “Design It Quilt It: Free-Form Techniques”, with Cindy Needham

– Create a pillow using the free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, by Cindy Needham

June Diane Gaudynski Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nFabrics N Quilts.square.bmpLandauer Publishinglandauer – Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the book “Guide to Machine Quilting”, by Diane Gaudynski- Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the book “Quilt Savvy”, by Diane Gaudynski

– Create a pillow using the Free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, by Diane Gaudynski

July Paula Reid Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nCleaver Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch DisksGrip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Fat Quarter Shop
FatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275
-Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the Craftsy class “Start Machine Quilting”, with Paula Reid- Create a pillow with FMQ using designs taught in the DVD “Beyond the Basics“.

– Create a pillow using the free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, provided by Paula Reid

August Angela Walters Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
Robert Kaufman FabricsCT PublishingGotcha Covered Quilting
gotcha covered quilting
– Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques from the book “Shape by Shape”, by Angela Walters to create a FMQ quilt that you turn into a pillow.- Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and techniques covered in the Craftsy class “Dot to Dot Quilting”, with Angela Walters.

– Create a pillow with FMQ using designs and technique from the free tutorial provided in the 2012 FMQ Challenge, by Angela Walters

September Kaleidoscope Kreator,JeannieTeri Lucas Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n

Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275Martingale

Create a pillow with FMQ using Kaleidoscope Software and the free FMQ tutorial provided by Teri Lucas, in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.- Machine embroidery enthusiasts can use the Kaleidoscope Collections Feathers Embroidery designs with their KK Software. Non-Machine embroiders can use the Feathers Sw and manually FMQ around.- Use a FMQ design from the EQ/Quiltmaker’s quilting designs volume 3 on a pillow.
October
Lori Kennedy – The Inbox Jaunt
Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n

MartingaleGotcha Covered Quiltinggotcha covered quilting

Use  free tutorials by Lori Kennedy (The Inbox Jaunt) to create a pillow with a pumpkin motif and beautiful background.- Use a design from EQ Quiltmaker Collection #1 to create a pillow with FMQ.- Use a free tutorial from Lori – TBA

November
Sarah Vedeler
Redex/ Udderly Smooth  65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n

Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275

MartingaleModa

-Use the free tutorial, provided by Sarah in the 2012 FMQ Challenge to create a pillow with FMQ.- Use Sarah’s Peace, Love, Joy pattern of Sarah Simplified to make a pillow with FMQ (need not be a machine embroider to create this beautiful pillow).

– Create a pillow with FMQ using any of Sarah’s Star machine embroidery design collection, or use her AccuQuilt dies to create an applique’ pillow that you incorporate free-motion quilting designs which she shared in the 2012 FMQ Challenge.

December
Wendy Sheppard
Redex/ Udderly Smooth 65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n
Aurifl
aurifilogoweb
Fat Quarter Shop
FatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275
Electric QuiltLandauer Publishing
landauer
– Wendy teaches two online classes at Annie’s. Attendees of either of these clases (Learn to Machine Quilt or Machine Quilting Level 2) can use techniques and designs to create a pillow with FMQ.- Use the new book Recreating Antique Quilts, by Wendy to create the pillow project “Ginkgos on Prince Street Pillow”

– Use the free tutorial from the 2012 FMQ Challenge where Wendy shows how to stitch the Jester’s Hat design, to create a pillow with FMQ.

 

 

Again, more info will be provided for each of these monthly challenges, in their respective month.  While every month has an option to use a free tutorial, there are also many learning opportunities for those that pursue learning thru books, DVDs, or classes.

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:

 

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