There were over 2,000 quilters participated in the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ Challenge where 15 FMQ Experts provided 16 tutorials and sponsors donated amazing prizes. While SewCalGal did not plan to host more challenges in 2013, enthusiastic participants wanted to continue to learn and have more FMQ Challenges, inspiring SewCalGal to host 6 FMQ Challenges in 2013 that were primarily based on tutorials released during the 2012 FMQ Challenge. Sadly, there were relatively a small number of participants in the FMQ Challenges this year!
SewCalGal continues to encourage quilters to continue take classes, read books, watch DVDs, follow blogs that share insights on FMQ and practice! And, for those that did not complete all of the tutorials released in the 2012 FMQ Challenge, or 2013 FMQ Challenge, the majority of the tutorials are still available for you to use and master. And, I encourage you to take advantage of them all. You’ll be amazed how much you can learn in a year of FMQ!
As SewCalGal continues to be passionate about free-motion quilting, insights and periodic challenges will continued to be shared on this blog. But I will no longer have time to support the Facebook group created for the 2012 FMQ Challenge, nor send out emails to the email list created specifically for this challenge. So, I do encourage those that are members of the FMQ Challenge Facebook group and/or signed up for the FMQ Challenge email updates, to follow this blog, as well as my Facebook page.
Thank you to the sponsors for the 2013 FMQ Challenges:
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 FMQ Challenges:
2013 FMQ Challenge #1 – Threadplay with Libby Lehman
Winner: #5 Tina. Congratulations to Tina.
2013 FMQ Challenge #2 – AAQI Piece
Winner #8 Janet O (Rogue Quilter). Congratulations to Janet.
2013 FMQ Challenge #3 – Feathers, by Joanne of Thread Head
Raewyn (Love to Stitch). Congratulations to Raewyn
2013 FMQ Challenge #5 – It’s All About Borders, with Patsy Thompson
Winner: Janet (Jansmusingsagain). Congratulations to Janet.
2013 FMQ Challenge #6 – 2012 FMQ Challenge 2nd Chance.
Winner: Rebecca Grace (Cheeky Cognoscenti). Congratulations to Rebecca Grace.
Other winners in the 2013 FMQ Challenge include:
- Patty (A Stitch In Time)
- Wendy Garrison
- TinaG. Quilting for Enjoyment.
- Jacqueline Bahi
After winners for each challenge were randomly selected, those names were randomly awarded prizes. And, as we had more prizes than challengers all of the names of everyone that entered any of the 2013 FMQ Challenges were added into the drawing for the remaining prizes. SewCalGal will send an email to the lucky winners where they have 3 days to claim their prize. If they do not wish to claim their prize, or do not respond within 3 days a different name will be drawn. Sadly, winners will need to decline a prize if the prize is tagged to be shipped to a country that the winner does not reside in. But, on a positive side they will be given first priority for winning any unclaimed prizes and I’m a strong believer those that decline a prize, especially for things they are not interested in winning, receive good kharma that helps them win future giveaways and prizes in blogland in general. Good kharma is also given to those that may have one more than one prize and wish to pass on claiming more than one, so that another person may win one.
Ultimately, I hope everyone agrees the FMQ Challenges were more about learning/improving our FMQ skills than winning prizes. And, I hope you will congratulate the winners as well as remember to thank the sponsors.
|Four quilting books, one each for four lucky winners. SewCalGal will be shipping these prizes to winners and they will be open to winners living any place in the world.
#4. Patty (A Stitch In Time)
#5 Wendy Garrison
#6 Tina G. Quilting for Enjoyment.
Marble-T Design, LLC
Hand-Marbled Fine Art Fabrics
|Two Fat Quarters of hand-marbled fabrics, one each for two winners. The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside either in the US or Canada.
#7 Martha (Quilting to the Edge)
#8 Rebecca Grace (Cheeky Cognoscenti)
|Two $25 Gift Certificates, one each for two lucky winners any where in the world.
#10 Jacqueline Bahi
The Quilt Show
|One lucky winner will receive a one year membership to The Quilt Show. This prize is open to one lucky winner any where in the world.
#11 Janet O (Rogue Quilter)
| Clever Craft Tools
||Three Lucky winners will receive one pair of Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks. The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside in the US.
#13 Patty (A Stitch In Time)
Again, congratulations to all of the lucky winners. And thank you to the wonderful sponsors of the 2013 Free Motion Quilting Challenges.
January, Frances Moore
February, Diane Gaudynski
March, Ann Fahl (post is visible, but tutorial was removed, as requested by Ann)
April, Don Linn
May, Leah Day
June, Cindy Needham
July, Angela Walters
August, Wendy Sheppard
September, Paula Reid
October, Teri Lucas
November, Sarah Vedeler
December, Patsy Thompson
May Bonus Tutorial #1, Linda Moran
August Bonus Tutorial #2, Susan Brubaker Knapp
October Bonus Tutorial #3, Diane Loomis
December Bonus Tutorial #4, Teri Lucas
- Suggested Supplies for free-motion quilting. FMQ Experts may also share insights on their personal preferences when their tutorial is released. You are also encouraged to refer to supplies that you find in your books and DVDs on FMQ, and to try a variety of supplies to form your own opinion on “your” favorites.
- Practice Quilt Sandwiches
- Optional Sampler quilt designs
- FMQ Q&A
- DVDs on Free-Motion Quilting
- Books on Free-Motion Quilting
- FMQ Videos on YouTube
Again, SewCalGal encourages quilters to continue to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills. I’ll continue to share insights on FMQ with followers of my blog, as well as those that “like” SewCalGal on Facebook.
Thanks for reading to the end of this long post. I do want to let you know I have a couple of Challenges planned for 2013 that are not necessarily targeted for FMQ quilting, but one will certainly allow you to show off your FMQ skills if you enjoy learning/improving your FMQ. These Challenges will be announced in early 2014 on SewCalGal and I’ll also be sending out an email with info to those that sign up for my General email list.