Welcome to the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge.

I want to introduce you to Frances Moore, our first FMQ Expert in the 2011 FMQ Challenge.  You could essentially think of Frances as “Miss January”.  Frances loves teaching FMQ designs and how to plan FMQ for various quilt designs & sizes, to quilters of all skill levels. She also teaches a variety of quilt classes, not just FMQ.

Frances has been teaching quilting for 8+ years.  I met her during my FMQ research, in 2011, when I attended a FMQ Workshop with Two Wacky Woman.  I found Frances to be an excellent teacher, a wonderful person, and be blessed with a nice senses of humor too!  I enjoyed her class and was delighted when she agreed to be one of the 12 FMQ experts for this challenge.  What sets her apart from other FMQ teachers is her “No frame, stitch regulator, marking or gloves” approach.

While I want to encourage everyone to take as many FMQ classes as they can possibly take, I also want to heighten awareness that Frances is willing to travel to teach a variety of workshops, and all levels of free-motion quilting.  But, for those living in Southern California, or willing to visit sunny Southern California, Frances will be teaching at an upcoming FMQ Quilt Retreat, by Two Wacky Woman, March 23-25 in Mission Viejo, CA.

If you are interested in having Frances give a presentation/workshop at your quilt guild, please have your guild program coordinator contact Frances directly.  Likewise, if you want her to teach at  your local quilt shop, talk with the store owner to recommend they contact Frances.

Frances Moore
email:  frantasticquilts@sbcglobal.net
blog: http://frantastic-stitchwitchery.blogspot.com/

During the 2012 FMQ Challenge, each month a tutorial will be released.  Some experts may provide a tutorial with text & photos, whereas some may provide theirs via video.  Frances created a special video tutorial for us that I think is excellent!  I hope you enjoy it too!

January FMQ Tutorial

If you have a MAC and/or problems viewing this video please try watching it directly from youtube via this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=A9GiSm7iHDI.  You may also want to try different Mac browsers (e.g. Mac Firefox vs Mac ?).  If you still have problems viewing the HD FMQ tutorial, please email me and I’ll see what I can do to help you.

To clarify, the January challenge will be to learn and/or improve your FMQ skills by practicing the design that Frances has shared in her video tutorial.  Pull out your practice quilt sandwiches have fun.  For those that are new to FMQ, remember to drop your feeddogs.  And, if you have problems with the leaf motif, think of creating heart shapes.  The goal is  to not finish this tutorial in one day, but to practice until you feel you have this FMQ design embedded in your muscle memory and can do it on your quilts.  At that point, if you are doing the optional FMQ Sampler Quilt, pick an 8×8″ block in the lst row and sew out this design in that block.  Before the end of the month, besure to photograph your favorite stitch outs of this design and follow the instructions to this months challenge, via the linky below.

For those using Facebook, you may also want to post photos in the group “2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge” to share with others.  To clarify, these are not official entries, but this forum is a great way to network with others participating in this challenge.  We also encourage members of this group to help each other when questions are asked.  As this isn’t a class, our FMQ experts provide a tutorial, we don’t want to impose on our experts to be available to answer all of our questions, so lets try to help each other where we can.

Frances has generously offered to try to answer questions for those participating in this January FMQ challenge.  So, this month, you also have the option of emailing her your questions and if you follow her blog, you may see your question get addressed in one of her blog posts. Plus, following her blog is a great way to learn more about Frances and get inspired by her beautiful quilting.

Our sponsor for the challenge this month is Aurifil.  One lucky winner will receive a sampler pack of 5 Aurifil threads and another lucky winner will receive a Silk Stars Thread kit, with 12 spools of 40 wt threads.

Aurifil Silk Stars Thread Collection-

To be eligible to win a monthly prize, simply complete the current months’ tutorial in the month it is released and get  your entry submitted via the linky tool, at the bottom of this page, no later than January 31st.  But do remember this challenge is more about learning and improving your FMQ skills, so don’t rush thru the exercise just to enter.  Take time to practice and embed this design to your muscle memory, before you enter.   To clarify, DO NOT just add a link to your blog, but to your post that shows that you have completed this tutorial.  You get one link, so keep practicing until you feel you are finished with this tutorial.
For bloggers, please post your entry on your blog.  To clarify, you can include as many photos of this tutorial exercise in your post, but you can only add one link to the linky tool below.  You may also want to include insights in your post about your past FMQ experience and thoughts about this tutorial.  Totally, optional, but you may also want to let everyone know that you have taken the Pledge and you did this exercise to enter the the challenge this month, where randomly selected winners will win a prize.  You may inspire others to want to join this challenge too!


For non-Bloggers:
1) You will need to have a Flickr account (www.flickr.com).
2) Upload  “one” photo to Flickr, batch organize, send to groups, select “2012 FMQ Challenge – January“.  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 photo has successfully been loaded to the “2012 FMQ Challenge – January” group, click on your photo in that group and copy the URL link to your particular photo entry. Add that link to the linky tool above, to officially enter this show.

Update:  Winners of the January challenge were announced on a separate post dated January 12th.

Should anyone wonder why they an X next to their link, it appears to be a new feature of this linky tool and no one else sees it. To clarify, the red X only appears on links that you personally add to this linky tool.

To officially be entered in the 2012 FMQ Challenge please take time to fill out the “Pledge Form” .  Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out an easy way to get the email addresses collected in the Pledge Form to automatically load to my MailChimp mailing list, as originally planned.  While I apologies, I do ask, if you want to receive email reminders when new FMQ tutorials are released each month, please also sign up via the special mailing list for this activity.

Those on Facebook, may also want to join the “2012 Free Motion Quilting” group that was created to allow networking with those participating in this challenge.

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71 comments on “Welcome to the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge – Frances Moore”

  1. What a wonderful start to the free motion challenge. Frances’s tutorial is wonderful and certainly inspires me to get started on my practice sandwich, but I think I should wait ’till later in the day when my eyes are more open. Her work is simply amazing. Thanks for hosting this challenge. A great start to the new year!

  2. Great tutorial! I have already been drawing it and have a project I could use it on. The design really flows nicely! I have all month to practice between other projects and working…I should get it down by then.

  3. Great tutorial. I am excited to try this. I am still waiting for my FMQ foot to arrive, but I will practice drawing it until it comes!

  4. I’m going to start practice with the drawing. I seem to get lost after two motifs. Practice-concentrate, practice-concentrate, practice-concentrate. Work that muscle!!

  5. Great video! This is going to be fun.

    I have an off the wall question though. I’d love to know what type of machine and batting she used in the video.

  6. The tutorial from Frances was terrific. I was afraid that I would get left behind each month so I’m loving the fact that our homework is only ONE thing & simple (as opposed to very intricate). It looks like it’s going to be slow at steady as we go along during the year. I think I will be able to keep up. Thanks for offering this challenge.

  7. oh, that was fantastic. phew. that felt totally accessible… can’t wait to go grab a pencil and a piece of paper and start sketching it!

  8. FMQ is at the top of my bucket list for this year, and this wonderful leaf looks amazing. I’m soooo looking forward to giving it a go! Thanks for the video tute Frances.

  9. I just posted my blog link and then realized you probablly want us to do that after we have posted our pieces. If that’s the case I’m sorry:-( hope that’s ok

  10. I’ve got the perfect piece to try this on … and not only will I get some FMQ practice in, but I’ll get a UFO put away, too! I’ll spend some time with pen and paper playing with this before I take needle to fabric. Thanks, Darlene — this is going to be great! 🙂

  11. I can’t wait to get started in the morning. Thank you for this challenge, what a great way to begin the new year! I’m lovin’ the leaf design.


  12. Thank you, it´s great video, I´ll practice on paper too before I´LL start FMQ. Great pattern to start with, not to difficult I think, and it looks good too!
    Liebe Grüße
    Bente – Germany
    I like to QuiltBlog

  13. Just finished my first practice piece of leaves. Some of the stitching looks like leaves, some like apples, some like a kidney, even one like a banana! It was fun and completely doable! Thanks for having this Challenge! I know I will learn lots! Must get back to my stitching…

  14. A very pretty motif and a great video. I shall start with practice on paper – drawing one leaf is fine but more tricky to get them to “flow” and fill a page! Looking forward to this challenge.

  15. A nice design and good tutorial. I practiced on paper a few times, then a a scrap sandwich and finally went to a sampler I am quilting for my daughter and decided to incorporate the leaf motif in part of that project. I really learn from watching and then doing. This is fun. How do I post a pic from my phone camera? Grace

  16. Getting everyone to link up is a great way to do it. It’s really fun to see everyone else’s take on this exercise!

  17. Let’s get to work, fine and instructive video. a bit hard to find leafs at this time of year in Denmark ;)) But I’ll manage perfectly well on memomry, I think ..

  18. Well ! It’s so nice to get news from your quilting friends all around the world and to be able to read from them as soon as you wake up in the morning ! Thanks for this wonderful challenge !

  19. What a great exercise to start this challenge! I’m happy that I registered and I thank all those who are working for us. I’ll have to join Facebook! 🙂

  20. Really interesting and informative images. You’ve certainly outlined your subject with a detailed and comprehensive manner. Some of these links are amazing,love it.

  21. Great tutorial. Though I would love some more information on supplies and settings. I don’t have the specific threads she uses and had some tension issues.

  22. Thanks Frances and SewCal for a wonderful tutorial and for helping us learn FMQ..I have posted a pic of my first try for the leaves. It was allot of fun and I will keep trying,practice,practice and more practice but at least I am having fun doing it…

  23. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial !! I was seriously afraid of doing leaves – and realized it is not so hard! To be honest, I had a LOT of fun ;-)) looking forward to February !!

  24. I enjoyed watching this tutorial. I needs lots of practice though. My brain can go in one direction smoothly; lots of starts and stops with the other directions. But it will come to me. I really like the stitch too; the range of freedom with it in size and shapes. I never knew I could do leaves! I will be doing another practice run tonight.

  25. I’m so glad I took your challenge! After finishing my January project, I kept trying new things – some successful – some not so much. Just proves that it takes practice, practice, practice!!!

  26. I filled out the pledge form. I am guessing that my linked name won’t be up until I post my quilting? I’m going to work on it tonight, so hopefully soon. I set my machine up last night.

  27. Just completed my daughter’s graduation quilt using fmq on a twin size quilt for the first time! Now I’m ready to learn something besides stippling and a feather border…leaves will be a great addition – thank you for the video tutorial!

  28. This was great. I have done my January challenge and it will be a lot fun to get better in this 🙂 It is soooooo much fun. Thank you

  29. I have posted a picture of my January challenge. I so need to improve my skill level. Thanks for this opportunity to do so. I’m using a light tan thread on white fabric, but I’m trying to get my courage up to use brighter thread colors!

  30. I set up a Blog after I posted & linked the photo to my Picasa Website. Is there any way to change the linky? Or do I wait until next month and we will have another linky list to use?

    Also, I never saw an answer as to how to get the FMQ Challenge picture on a blog. I’m a total novice to blogging….TIA!!

  31. Wow, I think I’ve done it…. not just the FMQ exercise, but the Linky thing too! Great tutorial from Frances, a really good challenge to start with, looking forward to the next one.

  32. I have some experience, but I hope this new ‘discipline’ will keep me practicing more regularly. My link, unfortunately, shows ‘Page Not Found,’ but the blog entry IS there–Monday January 30th– entitled ‘What to do, what to do?’ If one just goes to the blog, it’s hard to miss!

  33. Is there a way to see if I’ve already “taken the pledge?” I think I did a month or more ago, but I may have put it off until “later.” Now I can’t remember if I did or not!

  34. Is there a way to see if I’ve already “taken the pledge?” I think I did a month or more ago, but I may have put it off until “later.” Now I can’t remember if I did or not!

  35. Am so enjoying this challenge and getting better every day and also learning about computer skills such as linking and creating a blog…so good for my brain.
    Thank you Francis.

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