Category: Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks

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.

 

email address for quiltshopgal

Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – February Challenge with Leah Day

Welcome to the 2nd Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  During the February Challenge this month, we have several ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills, have fun, share, inspire, as well as enter to win prizes that will be awarded at the end of this monthly challenge.

While the challenge this year does focus on learning/improving your FMQ skills, where you are asked to create a FMQ pillow, you can also use this challenge to build your skills by stitching on practice quilt sandwiches, table toppers, quilts or your other projects.  There is also a Flickr group that has been created for participants to share any FMQ project that they wish to share with others and inspire.  Of course, you can also share your FMQ in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.  Lots of opportunities to share and inspire, but this challenge is really all about learning/improving our FMQ skills.

Each of the  FMQ Experts that I showcase each month in 2015 are professionals.  By purchasing their patterns, books, dvds and/or classes you are helping them earn an income that they need to support their families.  While every monthly challenge will have at least one free option to enter to win prizes, there will also be several options to enter for those that may purchase a book, DVD, pattern and/or take an online class by the respective expert.  There is also a good chance that you have already made such a purchase. but ultimately it is up to you to decide to make such an “investment” in your skills.  As QuiltShopGal, I will always encourage you to take classes, purchase books, DVDs or patterns to learn and improve your skills, as well as to create inspirational projects.

I personally, continue to take as many FMQ classes and purchase as many FMQ books and DVDs, as I can.  And I find that each class, book, as well as DVD continues to help me learn/improve my skills.

2015 fmq challenge badge

 

CHALLENGE OVERVIEW:

Open to quilters of all levels that want to learn/improve their FMQ skills, regardless if you are using a domestic, mid-arm, or long machine, everyone is welcome. There will be a big emphasis, throughout the year, to ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #FreeMotionQuiltingGoodness, aka #FMQGoodness.

Each month there will be a linky party where bloggers and non-bloggers can share the FMQ pillow (or pillows) that they created, following the respective monthly challenge.  They’ll need to finish that challenge and share via the linky, but the lst day of the month to enter to win prizes.  But everyone is invited to share any FMQ project any time through a Flickr group that has been created:  https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

SPONSORS:

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

Prizes will be awarded monthly, where specific prizes will be showcased, as well as recognition of the monthly sponsors.  To clarify, prizes will vary every month.  Also, many will be shipped directly to the winner from Sponsors, but QuiltShopGal will be shipping some of the prizes using funds earned from Affiliate programs, thanks to Postage Angels who kindly click thru links on this blog when they sign up for an online class, or make a purchase.  Your price remains the same, as if you had purchased elsewhere, but I receive a few pennies from some sales and those funds are used to supplement my shipping expenses.  Some prizes will be identified as only being eligible to participants in the US or US/Canada, but many will be open to WW participants.  Either way, I hope participants join this challenge to learn and have fun and not just to win a prize.

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR FEBRUARY:

Our expert this month is Leah Day, a Master Free-Motion Quilt Designer and Teacher, who has also published many FMQ books, teaches several online classes at Craftsy, and has create amazing FMQ DVDs, and more Youtube videos on FMQ than anyone else I know.  She has also been published in magazines and currently writes for Quiltmaker Magazine.

Leah Day

 

 

 

 

Leah is well known for her Free Motion Quilting Project blog, where she shares tips, techniques, designs and inspiration.  And through Leah’s 365 Days of Free-Motion Quilting Project,  she taught many of us how to quilt beautiful designs, while watching her make a stunning FMQ Sampler Quilt.  To my delight, this quilt was recently exhibited at the Road to California Quilt Show.   And, it received a First Place Ribbon too!  It was a special treat to see this quilt up close, as well as to chat with fellow quilters that have learned from Leah, as well as other quilters who enjoyed seeing this quilt on exhibit, but were new to FMQ and to Leah as a teacher, author, designer.  My take away is “If you have learned from Leah, we can all help increase awareness with other quilters and encourage them to purchase Leah’s books, DVDs, patterns and/or online classes, so that they can learn/improve their FMQ skills and have fun while doing so!

 

I am definitely fond of Leah’s books, DVDs, online classes at Craftsy and happily recommend them to anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills.

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

BASIC SUPPLIES – FOR FREE-MOTION QUILTING PILLOWS

  1.  a sketchbook, which is a great place to start whether you are brand new to FMQ, or wanting to plan FMQ on a pillow, quilt or other project.  Sketching a FMQ motif on paper is a great way to embed a design in your muscle memory.
  2. practice quilt  sandwiches are really important.  Even FMQ Experts using practice sandwiches before they stitch any design on a project, even if they have stitched that design previously.  Practice helps you master a design, as well as ensure your machine is stitching properly.
  3. pillow form that is purchased or handmade, of any size, but I personally prefer a 18″x18″ or 16″x16″ pillow for these challenges.
  4. fabric marking pen that will wash out
  5. Quilting Gloves or Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
  6. Supreme Slider
  7. Free-Motion Quilting foot for your sewing machine (aka open toe foot)
  8.  40 or 50wt cotton thread that compliments your fabric.  Aurifil is an excellent choice!
  9. Fabric for your quilt sandwich:
    • Pillow front: minimum of 20″ x 20″ (or larger) of neutral fabric that will show your stitching, but it is up to you to pick your fabric.
    • Pillow front backing: 20″ x 20″  (or larger) of any fabric.   As this fabric will be on the inside of your pillow and not visible, this is a great time to pick a fabric from your stash that is your least favorite.
    • Pillow backing: 20″ x 20″ (or larger) of a fabric that compliments the front of your pillow. Note, the size of your pillow backing should align with the size of the quilt sandwich for your front if you wish to do any FMQ on your back, which is totally optional.
    • Pillow back side – backing: totally optional, if you wish to add FMQ to the back side of your pillow.  Size should match your pillow backing sandwich (see above).

BASIC PILLOW MAKING INFORMATION: 

You can use any Pillow Pattern or tutorial that you wish to use to make your own pillow form and/or pillow, but I have also written a couple of free patterns that will be released shortly.  In the meantime, if you have questions on how to create a pillow form or pillow and don’t want to wait for me to release my free pattern, email me with your questions and I will try to help you.  My email is Darlene AT  quilt shop gal  DOT com

But while you can make a FMQ pillow for this challenge, of any size, I recommend you start with a quilt sandwich that is at least 20″x20″.  You can mark a square in the center of your sandwich to reflect your ultimate pillow size (eg. 16″x16″, 18″x18″, etc), and use the extra size for room for your hand placement when stitching near the edge of your pillow shape.

FEBRUARY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Use the free FMQ tutorial provided by Leah, from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, to create a FMQ Pillow using her Double Stippling design, called Railroad Tracks, available  in her video tutorial which can be found at: http://quiltshopgal.com/may-2012-fmq-challenge-tutorial-by-leah-day/   This is a fun FMQ design that can be used as an overall design, a background design, or in some cases, a filler design. To clarify, the possibilities are endless for how you use this design.  To use this option for this challenge, it is up to you to decide how you want to apply it to create a FMQ Pillow,  but your pillow must contain some percentage of Leah’s Railroad Track design.

 

OPTION #2

Leah has created a fun quilt pattern called the Dancing Butterfly.  When you purchase this design it also gives you comprehensive 60 page pattern you will learn step-by-step how to piece, applique, and free motion quilt each block of the Dancing Butterfly Quilt.  Plus you get access to 49 videos created for this quilt and quilt-along.  Truly an excellent value, which Leah is also offering at 50% off during the month of this challenge!

If you are using a MAC or have problems watching this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Ja7osH1qo

To use this option to claim an entry for the February Challenge, you do need to purchase this pattern from Leah, which also gives you access to watch all the tutorial videos she created for tips, techniques and FMQ designs used to make this beautiful quilt.   Leah has provide these pillow pattern instructions, to help you turn one of your Dancing Butterfly blocks into a complimentary pillow, for your quilt:

Butterfly Pillow Pattern
Sized to fit an 18 inch pillow form

12.5” square for block center
2 – 4.5” x 12.5” strips
2 – 4.5” x 21” strips
10” square for fusible butterfly shape
2 – 9.5” x 19” back fabric
2- 12.5” x 19” back fabric
9.5” x 19” batting
12.5” x 19” batting
21” square batting

Quilt the backing pieces
On the 9.5” piece, stitch 1 inch along the bottom edge, and leave this space unquilted. Stitch 1 button hole in the center of this panel.
Overlap the 9.5” piece and 12.5” piece, pin and baste stitch along sides to hold securely together.
Quilt front to 18.5” (borders are stitched 3.5”)
Layer the front and back right sides together and stitch with a ¼” seam allowance.
Trim and turn right side out.

 

And Leah created this video especially for those participating in her Dancing Butterfly QAL and want to make this pillow and claim this challenge option:

If you are on a MAC or have problems watching this embedded video, here is a link where you can watch it directly in Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNmO_kV4OUQ

To make a companion pillow, which allows you to claim this option to enter the February Challenge, you can can create a pillow using the block design in the Dancing Butterfly Pattern, pillow design shared by Leah, as well as replicate the two FMQ designs Leah shared in the above video, which are also taught in the videos that are provided to those that purchase this pattern.  Don’t like Butterflies?  No problem, there are many that are taking advantage of this amazing QAL, with private FMQ videos, by using other applique designs.

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You can also be creative with this option and use any FMQ design that Leah shares to participants in the Dancing Butterfly QAL, as well as use your own pillow design.  Of course, I hope when you claim this entry you will also share photos of your Dancing Butterfly quilt (to-date), along with your Dancing Butterfly Pillow.  This Dancing Butterfly pattern and QAL is really a great opportunity to learn and improve your FMQ skills and Leah has made it available at a very reasonable price, so I do want to encourage you to take advantage of it.  You need not complete the quilt, nor watch all of the videos this month.  Once you purchase you’ll have plenty of time to watch them again and again, at your leisure.  But you will need to create a Dancing Butterfly Pillow this month, if you want to claim this option to enter to win a prize.

OPTION #3

Create a Pillow with FMQ incorporating designs, tips and techniques covered in the online class with Leah “Free-Motion Quilting A Sampler at Craftsy .  Consider using the designs from one of the worksheets for your pillow. They would all make great pillows, especially #11.  To clarify, you decide the layout for your FMQ Pillow Sampler and which of the designs covered in this class you want to use on your FMQ pillow.

While all of the above options will allow you to pick your own FMQ pillow design (e.g. whole cloth, pieced, nine-patch, etc.), as St Patrick’s Day is coming up, you may want to consider a four leaf clover motif.  You could design a pillow that had one, or more clovers, where each clover (or each petal) incorporated a different FMQ design, as detailed in any of the options above.

four leaf clover

 

To clarify, you can enter the February Challenge by one or all of the three options above.  With each option you complete during this monthly challenge, you can “link up” and claim the respective option for your entry.  Those that take on this challenge, after February, or opt to use this challenge on a different project than a pillow, can share photos in the Flickr Group, but those entries do not count as entries to win prizes.  But don’t overlook that while it is fun to win a prize, this challenge is really all about  learning and improving our FMQ skills, as well as sharing and inspiring others to do the same.

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY


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.

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.

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.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE FEBRUARY CHALLENGE:

(note: formatting in this table is different in WordPress vs blogger and I’m still trying to learn the tricks for WordPress.  I hope to be able to find a solution for better formatting and update this table shortly).

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 – Can’t Stop Stitching
Martingalemartingale logo Sew Practical

Think Big, by Amy Ellis
Vintage Vibe, by Amber Johnson
note: QuiltShopGal will be shipping these prizes, one each, to three lucky winners, any where in the world.
Prize #2
Sew Practical
Winner: Ray and Jeanne – Loving Retirement

Prize #3
Think Big
Winner: Marjorie’s Busy CornerPrize #4
Vintage Vibe
Winner: Geri Richardson

Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Quilting DisksGrip & Stitch Quilting Disks Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Estimated Retail value $29.95.
Prize is open to participants living in US.
Prize #5  One lucky winner will receive a pair of Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks.Winner: Cheryl Ann

 

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

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

 

Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – January

Welcome to the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This month we kick off our January Challenge, with several ways to learn/improve your FMQ skills, have fun, share, inspire, as well as enter to win prizes that will be awarded at the end of this monthly challenge.

2015 fmq challenge badge

 

CHALLENGE OVERVIEW:

Open to quilters of all levels that want to learn/improve their FMQ skills.  There will be a big emphasis, throughout the year, to ~Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #FreeMotionQuiltingGoodness, aka #FMQGoodness.

Each month there will be a linky party where bloggers and non-bloggers can share the FMQ pillow (or pillows) that they created, following the respective monthly challenge.  They’ll need to finish that challenge and share via the linky, but the lst day of the month to enter to win prizes.  But everyone is invited to share any FMQ project any time through a Flickr group that has been created: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/

SPONSORS:

Aurifil, Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch, Fabrics N Quilts, Fat Quarter Shop, Martingale, The Stencil Company, Udderly Smooth, Landauer Publishing and more will be announced soon.   Many FMQ Experts have also generously offered prizes too!

Prizes will be awarded monthly, where specific prizes will be showcased, as well as recognition of the monthly sponsors.  To clarify, prizes will vary every month.  Also, many will be shipped directly to the winner from Sponsors, but QuiltShopGal will be shipping some of the prizes using funds earned from Affiliate programs, thanks to Postage Angels.  Some prizes will be identified as only being eligible to participants in the US or US/Canada, but many will be open to WW participants.  Either way, I hope participants join this challenge to learn and have fun and not just to win a prize.

SPONSORS AND PRIZES FOR THE JANUARY CHALLENGE:

Update:  Winners were randomly selected using the random number generator which drew #40, #18, #21, #28, and #22.  An email has been sent to the winners to confirm they wish to claim their prize, otherwise another name will be drawn.

Sponsor Prize Winners
Aurifilaurifilogoweb Aurifil thread collection of 12 large spools.aurifil perfectly suited for every projectThis prize is open to WW participants and has a retail value of $130 US.
Prize #1 Bente of I Like to Quilt
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 #2Winner:  Dena of Living Water Quilter
Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275 Gift Certificate for $25.  Prize is open to participants WW.  Prize #3 Winner – If I Can, Sew Can You
Molly Hanson Two copies of her book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners – and those who think they can’t”Prize is open to participants living in the US.  Estimated retail value of this book is $26.99 Prize # 4 TBA Winner Connie of Free Motion by the River Prize # 5 Jean O. (non-blogger)

 

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT:

Molly Hanson enjoys free-motion quilting her own quilts, as well as quilting for fabric companies, authors, bloggers, and pattern companies. While she has been published in a magazine, had her work featured in videos from fabric manufacturers.  And she can be seen on two episodes of Sewing with Nancy. Molly is also the author of a new FMQ book that is perfect for beginners, as well as those that think they can’t do FMQ!

hanson_molly

 

You may recall I previously wrote a review about her new book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners: and those who think they can’t”.  It is an excellent book for those new to FMQ, as it will help you learn how to setup your sewing space for FMQ, understanding tools, prepping your project, sketching, as well as five important prep-steps for FMQ, along with oodles of tips, tricks and reminders.  For those that have expertise with FMQ, you may also enjoy this book and creating some fun projects that show off your FMQ too!

Molly is a very talented and I’m honored to showcase her as an FMQ Expert during this 2015 FMQ Challenge.

You can find Molly at:

http://sewwrongsewright.blogspot.com/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273973@N03/

BASIC SUPPLIES – FOR FREE-MOTION QUILTING PILLOWS

  1.  a sketchbook, which is a great place to start whether you are brand new to FMQ, or wanting to plan FMQ on a pillow, quilt or other project.  Sketching a FMQ motif on paper is a great way to embed a design in your muscle memory.
  2. practice quilt  sandwiches are really important.  Even FMQ Experts using practice sandwiches before they stitch any design on a project, even if they have stitched that design previously.  Practice helps you master a design, as well as ensure your machine is stitching properly.
  3. pillow form that is purchased or handmade, of any size, but I personally prefer a 18″x18″ or 16″x16″ pillow for these challenges.
  4. fabric marking pen that will wash out
  5. Quilting Gloves or Grip & Stitch Gloves
  6.  40 or 50wt cotton thread that compliments your fabric.  Aurifil is an excellent choice!
  7. Fabric for your quilt sandwich:
    • Pillow front: minimum of 20″x20″ (or larger) of neutral fabric that will show your stitching, but it is up to you to pick your fabric.
    • Pillow front backing: 20″x20″  (or larger) of any fabric.   As this fabric will be on the inside of your pillow and not visible, this is a great time to pick a fabric from your stash that is your least favorite.
    • Pillow backing: 20″x20″ (or larger) of a fabric that compliments the front of your pillow. Note, the size of your pillow backing should align with the size of the quilt sandwich for your front if you wish to do any FMQ on your back, which is totally optional.
    • Pillow back side – backing: totally optional, if you wish to add FMQ to the back side of your pillow.  Size should match your pillow backing sandwich (see above).

BASIC PILLOW MAKING INFORMATION: 

Pillow Pattern will be provided shortly, as well as a pattern to make your own pillow form, I recommend you start with a quilt sandwich that is approximately 20″x20″  to make a pillow that is 16″ or 18″ square in size.

Using a fabric marker and a quilt ruler, mark a square in the center of your sandwich that measures the intended size of your pillow. For example, if you plan on using a 18″x18″ pillow a square that is 18″x18″ would be marked on the center of your quilt sandwich that is at least 20″x20″ in size.

JANUARY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Using the book “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners: and those who think they can’t “, by Molly Hanson and use the pattern in this book to create a pillow using the FMQ motif instructions in this book.  Of course, this book will teaches ten different FMQ designs and includes 15 different projects that are fun to create and show off your FMQ skills. 

Final B1278 Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners.inddEasy to follow instructions for this pillow, as well as supply requirements, to make this 16″x16″ pillow with free-motion quilting are included in this book which can be purchased in Martingale’s online store, Amazon, or your favorite quilt shop.

OPTION #2

Use the free FMQ tutorial provided by Frances Moore, from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, to create a FMQ Pillow using the heart shaped leaf motif in her tutorial video that can be found at: http://quiltshopgal.com/welcome-to-the-2012-free-motion-quilting-challenge  You can also find a photo of the swirl in heart motif, which is an adaption of the leaf design Frances shared in her free video tutorial.  This motif is also visible on Fran’s blog at: http://frantastic-stitchwitchery.blogspot.com/2012/01/elements.html.  This is a fun FMQ background filler that is easy to learn, but best to practice by sketching on paper, before stitching on a “practice” sandwich. Apply this filler design, as you wish, to create your FMQ pillow.

heart motif with swirl by frances moore

OPTION #3

Create a Pillow with FMQ which incorporates a heart motif.  Use a fabric marker (wash away) to draw out your heart on your quilt sandwich.

HEART

Fill your heart with FMQ Feathers and has a background stitched of your choosing.

LuAnn Kessi previously shared sketches of such a feathered motif, that may help to provide you inspiration.  She took step by step photos, which also provide a good visual tutorial.  Still, you are encouraged to sketch out your design on paper, before you stitch it out on your quilt sandwich.

http://quiltshopgal.com/sneak-peak-2015-free-motion-quilting-challenge-feathered-heart-design-by-luann-kessi/

LuAnn Kessi Heart FMQ Step 8

Create a FMQ Pillow with any Heart theme. Consider creating a heart shape with feathers that can be stitched free hand, sketched first, or by using a stencil, or a basic heart that is filled with feathers.  Use the free tutorial by Lu Ann Kessi (Insert a photo and link).

ENTER THIS CHALLENGE – JOIN THIS LINKY PARTY



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.

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.

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, I’m working on creating and hope to have this post updated with such code shortly.
FAQ

 

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

email QuiltShopGal if you still have questions at info @ 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:

Thank you to sponsors for the 2013 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

SewCalGal wants to recognize and thank the sponsors for the 2013 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  This challenge is open to any quilter that wants to learn/improve their Free-Motion Quilting skills.  It does build on the 2012 FMQ Challenge, but you need not have participated in the 2012 Challenge to enter.  To clarify, there are six ways to enter to win prizes in the 2013 Challenge!  For more info visit the page on this blog labeled “Free-Motion Quilting Challenge

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
FatQuarterShop-Gift-Certificate-25
Two $25 Gift Certificates, one each for two winners anywhere in the world.
 photo martingalelogo_zpsbf8704e3.png Five quilting books, one each for five lucky winners.  SewCalGal will be shipping these prizes to winners and they will be open to winners living any place in the world.
Marble-T Design, LLC
Hand-Marbled Fine Art Fabrics
Two Fat Quarters of hand-marbled fabrics, one each for two winners.  The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside either in the US or Canada.

Fabrics N Quilts

Two $25 Gift Certificates, one each for two lucky winners any where in the world.
Quilt show
The Quilt Show
One lucky winner will receive a one year membership to The Quilt Show.  This prize is open to one lucky winner any where in the world.
 Clever Craft Tools
Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Four lucky winners will receive one pair of Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks.  The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside in the US.

 

 

Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks & Giveaway

 For those that do free-motion quilting on a home sewing machine, our hands can get sore while trying to move our project around the needle.  Today I want to share insights with you on the “Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks”.

Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks

The Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks come in a pair of disks where the larger disk goes in your left hand, and the smaller disk in your right hand.  

You simply place them onto your quilt and “rest” your hands on top of them, with the black side facing your quilt.  Lightly pressing these disks you move your project under the presser foot to stitch out your free-motion quilting design.

Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks

These disks do a great job gripping your quilt, yet allowing your hands to relax. And, during hot weather, those concerned about wearing gloves will most likely enjoy the benefits of using these disks.

I’ve used a variety of tools that are designed to help you do free-motion quilting.  SewCalGal can honestly say the Grip & Stitch disks are easy to use and allow your hands to relax, as well as stay cool on a hot summer day!



You can find this product online at Clever Craft Tools,  the Fat Quarter Shop and there is a good chance you can find them at your local quilt shop too.  If not, just let your local quilt shop know you’d like to see them in stock and they can order wholesale from Clever Craft Tools or from Brewer Sewing.


The retail price for Grip & Stitch is $29.95

You may also be interested in knowing that Clever Craft Tools donates a portion of proceeds, from the sale of Grip & Stitch, to a WA charitable non-profit organization that makes quilts for  American Heroes and Camp Korey.

SewCalGal wants to disclose that she was contacted to evaluate the Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks and they  also offered to donate a set of these disks as a giveaway.  At the same time, SewCalGal reserved the right to voice her own opinion, as shared in this review.  This product was used for over a month, extensively, while doing free-motion quilting on a couple of projects, on a domestic sewing machine.  The experience was quite positive!

Did I mention a giveaway?


Thanks to Clever Craft Tools for sponsoring the giveaway this week, for followers of SewCalGal. One lucky winner will win their own pair of Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks.  To enter to win, simply be a Public Follower of SewCalGal and leave a comment to let me know you are interested in winning a package of Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks.  

One lucky winner will be randomly selected and announced next Friday.  

I’m also happy to announce the winner of the Fun Friday Giveaway, from last week, sponsored by Hoffman Fabrics, for a yummy Sushi Fabric Bundle.  Congratulations to Wendy (Ivory Spring).

 

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