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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.

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

 

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

http://quiltshopgal.com/2015-

SPONSORS:

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

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

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – July Challenge with Paula Reid

Today we kick off the  July Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  And this month we showcase Paula Reid, an amazing quilter and free-motion quilting experts who has a special talent for applying FMQ on large quilts using a domestic sewing machine, as well as stitching stunning FMQ designs.  

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 (FMQ) 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 and then click FREE-MOTION QUILTING – 2015 FMQ CHALLENGE.

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SPONSORS:

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

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).   

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR JULY:

As mentioned, our expert this month is Paula Reid,   an Expert Free-Motion Quilter, Designer, Teacher and very creative person.

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Paula has professional quilted many quilts from famous quilters including Alex Anderson.  She has taught quilters, the art of free-motion quilting, all over the world, and is willing to travel and teach in your area.  If you are interested in taking a class with her, just let your Guild Event Coordinator and/or local Quilt Shop owner know and maybe they can schedule a workshop with her in your area.  

You can also take an online class with Paula through Craftsy, which I can honestly recommend at Craftsy “Start Machine Quilting”.

She has also published several DVDs, which I think are excellent and provide a great way for people to learn/improve their FMQ skills:

 “Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto

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 “Fluff and Stuff which teaches FMQ while focusing on teaching you how to quilt large quilts on a domestic machine!

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Paula also designed some super cute and helpful “Batt Scooters” to help you move a quilt around, on your domestic sewing machine, while doing free-motion quilting.  And she has a Youtube video about these scooters on her site, as well as you’ll find more insights about other products by Paula too!

I hope you’ll participate in this challenge and take advantage of learning and/or improving your free-motion quilting skills, by learning from Paula, while having fun too!

You can find Paul at:

http://www.battsintheattic.com/
http://battsintheattic.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/battsintheattic

 

JULY CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Create a pillow using the free-motion quilting tutorial, by Paula Reid, shared in the  during the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  This tutorial teach you about using stencils, actually using a stencil design that is one of Paula’s favorites.  You may wish to enlarge this design to cover the complete area of your pillow, shrink it and incorporate multiple areas with this shape, or use as size provided and add your own background.   Feel free to push yourself and make changes to this design, as you feel appropriate (fillers, design changes to create your own stencil design, etc).  You can download this design from the 2012 FMQ tutorial, or purchase an 11″ or 13″ stencil from The Stencil Company.  

The Stencil Company has many wonderful stencil designs, all at a reasonable price.  I continue to add new stencils to my collection all of the time and have found The Stencil Company to be a wonderful source of beautiful stencil designs.

OPTION #2

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered in Paula’s class “Start Machine Quilting”, on Craftsy.   

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Possibly you have already taken this class and this option encourages you to utilize what you learned, or maybe you haven’t taken it and it inspires you to sign up for this excellent FMQ class on Craftsy.

OPTION #3

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered Paula’s DVD “Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto“.  While there is more to this DVD than Trapunto, if you have not yet tried Trapunto with your FMQ, I highly encourage you to give this a try as I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy it.  Paula does a fantastic job teaching and her DVDs are a great learning and inspiration resource.

OPTION #4

Create a pillow with FMQ using any of the designs and techniques covered Paula’s DVD “Fluff and Stuff“.  While this DVD does teach Paula’s technique for managing large quilts, there is still plenty that you is taught on this DVD that you can apply to a pillow too!  But I think many will be eager to apply what they learn from this DVD to their large quilts.  Information covered in this DVD truly does make it easy to apply FMQ to large quilts on a domestic machine!

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!

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.

Here is the link to the linky party for the July Challenge (which will remain open thru mid-September)

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 THE JUlY 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 – Elizabeth H
The Stencil Company Five lucky winners will receive a prize from The Stencil Company.US Only
 Prize #2

Geri R

#3

Elizabeth H

#4 carried over to Grand Prize

 

#5 carried over to Grand Prize

#6 carried over to Grand Prize

The Quilt Show One Lucky Winner will receive a year Star Membership to The Quilt Show (TQS)This is open to WW participants.  Prize #7 winner – Karin, Quilt Yarn
Paula One Lucky Winner will receive a bundle from Paula Reid that includes:FullSizeRendera pair of Batt Scooters, three DVDs (Beyond the Basics: Free Motion & Trapunto”,   “Fluff and Stuff” and “Borders and Bindings“), as well as a pair of Batt Snips!This prize bundle will be shipped directly to one lucky winner of this monthly challenge, anywhere in the world (open to WW participants).And, Paula has also generously donated another such bundle to be given out as one of the Grand Prizes, at the end of the 2015 FMQ Challenges!  Prize #8 winner – ratamaa
FAQ

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

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

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

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Here is a list of previous posts 2015 FMQ Challenge:

 

For those wanting more information on the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge, you can click the menu tabs underneath the header image of this blog EVENTS and then click FREE-MOTION QUILTING and then click 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-free-motion-quilting-challenge/

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – March Challenge with Patsy Thompson

UPDATE:

This post has been updated to announce the winners.  This is the first time in WordPress that I’ve saved a published post to draft mode (while I was selecting winners) and then updating/publishing.  If you receive this update via email/RSS feeds, please let me know.

Welcome to the March Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.

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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 what they created, for one or more of the options set for the respective month.  This challenge is actually more flexible than many realize, but it does ask that you turn your FMQ Sandwich into a pillow of any size.  Those that view they are not pillow people may want to make FMQ pillows for gives, or make a larger “pillow bed” for a pet, or donation to an animal shelter.  But the intent is to be proud of your FMQ and turn it into a finished project.  It is up to you to decide if you complete stitch out on a practice sandwich and later stitch out on your quilt sandwich that you will turn into a pillow.  Still, as the options to enter will be flexible, you are encouraged to sketch out your design on paper before you attempt to stitch it out using your machine.

While “Sneak Peaks” were shared in late 2014, as well as throughout the 2015 FMQ Challenge, participants will need to finish their project and enter (link up) in the month that the respective challenge is released.  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/

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 MARCH:

Our expert this month is Patsy Thompson, a Master Free-Motion Quilter, Designer, Author, Teacher and also a machine embroidery digitizer!

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As you get to know Patsy you quickly realize what a wonderful woman she is and how compassionate and kind she is, which is perfect given she is also an MD.  But, she also has an amazing creative side, loves to continually learn, as well as to teach and share her expertise with others.

Patsy has created a number of excellent DVDs on free-motion quilting, which I highly recommend to anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ skills.  If you are longtime follower of QuiltShopGal, you probably already know I have learned so much from these DVDs.  While I frequently watch them, they are also one of the first things I pack whenever I go on a trip.  Like many of us, I’d like to take my sewing machine with me when I travel, but that isn’t always practical.  So, I always take Patsy’s FMQ DVDs and my sketch pad and I continue to learn while traveling!   They are reasonably priced, packed with tips, gorgeous designs and easy to follow instructions that will help you master the techniques of free-motion quilting and many stunning designs!

 

Patsy has two FMQ techniques that are uniquely her style of quilting and I love.  Both she has shared in two books that she has written:

Hyperquilting“,

Feather Adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

Patsy can also be found on Craftsy now, where you can take her amazing class “Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting with Patsy Thompson

I am definitely fond of Patsy Thompson and would eagerly sign up for any class, as well as purchase any book or DVD that she ever offers.  I’m continually amazed how she pushes the envelope on free-motion quilting and what an amazing teacher she is.

 Patsy is also generously offering 30% off all of her Free-Motion Quilting DVDs, created by  Patsy, during March, when purchased from her online store.  QuiltShopGal recommends all of Patsy’s FMQ DVDs, at their regular price. And to get them at 30% off to be an amazing deal.  Just use code “FMQChall30” at checkout.  I honestly can’t recommend one of Patsy’s DVDs over the other, as much as truly recommend her entire collection for those that are seriously interested in in learning/improving your FMQ skills.  Maybe for beginners, any of her “Fast and Free” DVDs could be a good place to start, where as others may be more interested in some of her “Free Motion Fun with Feathers”.  If you search my blog, you’ll find where I’ve written honest reviews, for many of her DVDs.  And, I truly can recommend ALL of her DVDs for anyone interested in learning/improving their FMQ Skills. This special of 30% off certainly makes it a deal, which I hope will encourage you to purchase one, or more, of Patsy’s FMQ dvds.

 

For this particular challenge, while I did not ask FMQ experts to provide tutorials, Patsy has been working on stitching some FMQ Pillow samples. I hope you’ll click thru to check out Patsy’s samples for this challenge, as well as other inspirational FMQ samples and more, which you can find on her blog 

You can find Patsy at:’

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/blog/
https://www.youtube.com/user/patsern
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patsy-Thompson-Designs-LTD/139685489440973

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.

MARCH CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

Use the free FMQ tutorial provided by Patsy, from the 2012 FMQ Challenge, to create a FMQ Pillow adapting her border approach to your pillow design.  To clarify, you get to decide the number size of your pillow, the number of borders you wish to use, as well as which of the designs Patsy shared in this free tutorial, as you feel appropriate.  Sketch out your design on paper before you attempt it on fabric.  This was a fun FMQ tutorial and will certainly create a fun project to show off your FMQ skills.

 

OPTION #2

Show off FMQ designs and techniques taught in the “Ultimate Free-Motion Quilting with Patsy Thompson” on Craftsy.  You can use one or more designs taught in this class, creating your own unique Pillow that shows off your FMQ skills.

Maybe you want to use Patsy’s techniques for hyperquilting, her stunning feathers, trapunto, plumes, or a combination.  Any design, or combination that you want to use, so long as it is a design and technique taught in this class, is appropriate to claim this entry. And, of course, all of the tips, techniques and designs that Patsy shares in this class will help you learn/improve your FMQ skills, as well as have great fun.

 

OPTION #3

Create a Pillow using techniques and designs provided in any of the DVDs created by Patsy.  Beginners may want to consider one of her Fast and Free DVDs, and confident beginners or those experienced with FMQ may want to consider using techniques and designs from any of her Feathers themed DVDs.  Of course, QuiltShopGal sincerely recommends all of Patsy’s DVDs as they truly are excellent tools to help you learn/improve your FMQ skills.

 

For inspiration, while you can certainly create a beautiful FMQ pillow with an all over design, or as shown in option #2 of using a “borders” approach to segmenting FMQ quilting space, you may also want to consider segmenting your quilting space into bars, squares, etc.  Maybe the more confident FMQ quilter may want to be creative by drawing large eggs on their sandwich and filling them with a variety of FMQ motifs taught by Patsy and filled with a background, to create a FMQ Pillow for Easter. There is no right or wrong for this challenge, as any of the 2015 FMQ Challenge.  This month, our goal is to simply get to know an amazing FMQ Expert, Patsy Thompson, and apply her teachings and designs to you pillow project, while having fun creating and inspiring others.

 

Don’t forget, you can enter the March 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 MARCH 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 – Dizzy Dog
Landauerlandauer Threads The Basics and Beyond, by Debbie Bates and Liz KettleQuiltShopGal will ship this prize to a winner, anywhere in the world. Prize #2 Winner: Raewyn
Fabrics N Quilts One lucky winner will receive a $35 Gift Certificate to Fabrics N Quilts Prize #3 winner: LC’s Cottage

UPDATE:  I want to share insights on how the winners are randomly selected.  I use a Random Number generator tool.  I try to match the first name drawn with the first prize and repeat.  If a name is drawn that is not a US resident and can’t be matched to the prize that was being drawn for, I try to match them up with another prize, as appropriate.

Here are the numbers that were drawn for prizes.

winner #1 winner #2 winner #3 winner #9 disqualified

 Number 9 was disqualified from winning as what they entered was not a pillow.  While we all appreciate sharing of any FMQ project, to clarify only FMQ Pillows that follow the quilting challenge rules should be shared in the linking.  General “sharing” is very much appreciated and enjoyed but should only be shared by way of the FMQ Flickr group https://www.flickr.com/groups/2815271@N22/, OR by leaving a comment on this post with the blog post link that you may wish to share.  (Flickr group gets more visibility and I’m looking into ways to award prizes at the end of the year for ALL participants, including those that share any FMQ project in the Flickr group).
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:

2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – April Challenge with Christina Cameli

Welcome to the April Linky Party for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  It is great fun to see all the inspirational entries, as well as hear feedback from participants on how much they are learning and/or improving their FMQ skills, as well as from those that may come and enjoy viewing the entries, or not enter the challenge, but apply the designs to other quilting projects and share in our FMQ Flickr group.

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 what they created, for one or more of the options set for the respective month.  This challenge is actually more flexible than many realize, but it does ask that you turn your FMQ Sandwich into a pillow of any size.  Those that view they are not pillow people may want to make FMQ pillows for gives, or make a larger “pillow bed” for a pet, or donation to an animal shelter.  But the intent is to be proud of your FMQ and turn it into a finished project.  It is up to you to decide if you complete stitch out on a practice sandwich and later stitch out on your quilt sandwich that you will turn into a pillow or apply to another project.  Still, as the options to enter will be flexible, you are encouraged to sketch out your design on paper before you attempt to stitch it out using your machine.

While “Sneak Peaks” were shared in late 2014, as well as throughout the 2015 FMQ Challenge, participants will need to finish their project and enter (link up) in the month that the respective challenge is released.

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.

SPONSORS:

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

For fun, while this challenge is not intended to be about winning prizes, I do realize that sometimes someone that lives in the US may be drawn to win a prize that is only open to those in the US.  Combined with those that are following along with this challenge, but may opt to create something besides a pillow (which technically disqualifies them from winning monthly prizes), I am working on a special prize that I’m not yet able to disclose.  But if all goes well, which I think it will, I will be able to give a special prize out to ALL participants that enter in the monthly challenges and/or those that share in the Flickr group, as appropriate.  This special prize will be awarded at the end of this challenge!

MONTHLY FMQ EXPERT FOR APRIL:

Our expert this month is Christina Cameli,  an author, a teacher, and an Expert Free-Motion Quilter!

headshot

Christina also has so much enthusiasm that she just makes learning to free-motion quilt super fun!  And her approach to learning FMQ is to create lovely projects to showcase your quilting.

She is also a midwife and lives in Portland, Oregon.  As Christina is willing to travel, you may want to suggest to your Quilt Guild or local Quilt Shop that you’d like to have her come teach a free-motion quilting class in your area.

QuiltShopGal highly recommends both of Christina’s books.  If you do not see these books in your local quilt shops, you may want to let them know you are interested in having them make it available.  Of course you can find these books online at CT Publishing, as well as Amazon.com

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting: 24 Projects for Fearless Stitching

BTW – I’m currently using the instructions in this book to for some thread play on a skirt, to create a scissors motif.  Great fun and I’m sure this design would look great on jackets, sweatshirts, totes and more.  While this book is designed for beginners, I think quilters of all levels of experience would enjoy it.

scissor motif by Christina Cameli

 Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting

 

I also highly recommend Christina’s class with  Craftsy,  “The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting“.

secrets

 

You can find Christina Cameli at:

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.

APRIL CHALLENGE – OPTIONS:

OPTION #1

 Attendees of “The Secrets of Free-Motion Quilting”  with Christina on Craftsy can use any of the designs that Christina teaches in this class, and showcase on a pillow.

secrets

OPTION #2

 For those that have a copy of “First Steps in Free-Motion Quilting“, and follow the instructions in this book to create a beautiful pillow that shows off your free-motion quilting.

Make this beautiful pillow, following the pattern instructions and FMQ tutorial within this book, and share as an entry for this challenge!

 

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OPTION #3

Those that have a copy of the newest book by Christina, Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting, can use one or more of the beautiful designs that Christina teaches in this wonderful new book.

OPTION #4

There are many inspirational posts and great tutorials and tips on Christina’s blog (A Few Scraps).  Her free tutorial for Peas in a Pod is a great overall design, or would work well combined with other designs.  Her tutorial also includes a Youtube video showing this technique.  And here are two pillows that Christina made using this lovely design.

finished green

 Christina also shared a step-by-step tutorial to make these pillows on Sew Mama Sew.

Other than Option #2, how you apply Christina’s designs are up to you. This challenge is meant to be a personal challenge, to let yourself decide how to select FMQ designs and to combine them. So push yourself.  Here are some ideas you may want to consider:

  • Sketch out a shape such as the letter of your first or last name, a large flower or other item.  Fill the inside of your shape with one design and the outside with another design (all designs listed in the options above).
  • Partition your quilt pillow sandwich to create a sampler of your favorite designs by Christina (all designs listed in the options above).  Any shapes for partitioning areas that you want to would be great, but if you need ideas consider a 4-patch 9-patch, or pre-draw various circles, triangles, squares, rectangles and fill each shape, as appropriate.

 

Don’t forget, you can enter the April Challenge by one or all of the four of the 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 this particular monthly challenge is over, 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. 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.

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 APRIL 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 – Wendy Watts
Clever Craft ToolsGrip & Stitch one pair of Grip and Stitch Quilting Disks.  This prize will be shipped directly from the sponsor to a US only resident.Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks Prize #2 – – Elizabeth Hemming
Fat Quarter ShopFatQuarterShop-Circle-275x275 One lucky winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop open to WW participants  Prize #3 – Kearstie / KB’s Quilting Quest
CT Publishing Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting, by Christina CameliThis prize will be shipped directly by the sponsor and will be given to a US Only Prize #4 – Julie / Pink Doxies

 

 

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:

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:

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – Grand Prize Winners

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

SewCalGal says thank you to all the FMQ Experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:

1 – $250 gift certificat

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

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

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

estimated value: $149.99

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

Mary J.  (Seamless Expressions)

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

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2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – December Winners

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

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

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
logo
Dream World

Grand Prize winners will be announced later this month.

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

 

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

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


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

Congratulations to Martha.



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

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

A  few reminders:

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

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

 

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – December Recap

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

 

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

 

 

 



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


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

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

{above} Val in NZ


{above} Terry

{above} Jen (Quilter in the Closet)

 

{above} Marlene (Madame Quilter)

{above} Terry Knott

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


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

THANK YOU PATSY!





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

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



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



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

 

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

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

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

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


Aurifil Silk Stars Thread Collection-


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

Machinge 1 (Medium)

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

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

Electric Quilt winners’ choice of Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software

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

 

 

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


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


Video 

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




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

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






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







2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – October Winners

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

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

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

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge
GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS
logo
Dream World

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

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

 

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

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

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

QuiltingArtsJanuary/Feburary 2011 – Improving Machine Quilting

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

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

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

Congratulations to Billie Bee!

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

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


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



A few reminders:

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



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2012 Free-Motion Quilting – Grand Prize Entries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

 

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