2015 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

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Everyone is invited to join any/all of the Monthly challenges for the 2015 Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ) Challenge, which will be released on the lst of each month.  Participants will have three, or more,  options to enter.  They can compete one or all  of the options, to get one or more entries to win monthly prizes.  But I hope participants join for to learn/improve their FMQ skills and have fun vs just to win a prize!

Each month will showcase a different FMQ Expert, have at least one free tutorial, but will also have challenge options based on specific FMQ books, DVDs, and/or classes that you can use to learn/improve your FMQ skills.

This page will be updated throughout the year and share links to the monthly challenges hosted by Quilt Shop Gal.

SPONSORS:

Aurifil

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Clever Craft Tools/Grip & Stitch Disks,

Craftsy

CT Publishing

Electric Quilt

Fabrics N Quilts

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 Fat Quarter Shop

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Moda

Molly Hanson

Landauer Publishing

Martingale

The Quilt Show

Robert Kaufman Fabrics

The Stencil Company

Udderly Smooth/Redex

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PRIZES:

Prizes will be awarded monthly, where specific prizes will be showcased, as well as recognition of the monthly sponsors.    While many prizes will be shipped directly to the winner from Sponsors,  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.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!

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. a 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.

If you have questions, please first read the FAQ list.  If you still have questions, email me at email address for quiltshopgal

 

HERE ARE THE LISTS of official released posts for this challenge (this list will be updated automatically as new posts are released):
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Here is a matrix that I will update throughout this challenge, to show monthly sponsors and prizes:

 

 note:  This is not a judged contest, as winners are randomly selected using a random number generator.  This table, as well as the post for the monthly challenge will be updated to reflect respective winners.
 
Month /FMQ Expert Sponsor(s) Prize
January
Molly Hanson
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Prize #1 Aurifl collection of 12 threads will be shipped by Aurifil to one lucky winner, any place in the world and has a retail value of $130.aurifil perfectly suited for every projectwinner: Bente of I Like to QuiltPrize #2 A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25. Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.

Winner: Dena of Living Water Quilter

Prize #3 – $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. This prize is open to participants, anywhere in the world.Winner – If I Can, Sew Can You

Prize #4 a copy of “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can’t”, by Molly Hanson.
This prize is open to participants living in the US.
Estimated retail value of this book is $26.99

Winner: Connie of Free Motion by the River passed – Elizabeth H.

Prize #5 a copy of “Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and those who think they can’t”, by Molly Hanson.

Prize # 6 Jean O. (non-blogger)Prize is open to participants living in the US.  Estimated retail value of this book is $26.99

February
Leah Day
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nMartingale Grip & StitchGrip & Stitch Quilting Disks Prize #1 A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  This prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.winner: Can’t Stop Stitching

Prize #2 – – book Sew Practical

Winner: Ray and Jeanne – Loving Retirement

Prize #3 – Think Big

winner: (wordpress ate code and I need to update)

March
Patsy Thompson
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nLandauer PublishingFabrics N Quiltssquare.bmp Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.winner: – Dizzy Dog

Prize #2 – a copy of Threads – The Basics & Beyond, by Debbie Bates and Liz Kettle and published by Landauer. QuiltShopGal will ship this prize to a winner, anywhere in the world.winner: Raewyn

Prize #3 – One Lucky winner will receive a $35 Gift Certificate to Fabrics N Quilts. This prize is open to WW participants.

winner: LC’s Cottage

Winner: Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Prize #4 – book Vintage Vibe
Winner:  Geri Richardson

Prize #5 – one pair of Grip and Stitch Quilting Disks (US only)winner: Cheryl Ann

April
Christina Cameli
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n CCT/Grip N StitchFat Quarter Shop
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Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – – one pair of Grip and Stitch Quilting Disks (US only)Prize #3 $25 Gift Certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop (WW participants)Prize #4 – Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting, by Christina Cameli
This prize will be shipped directly by the sponsor and will be given to a US Only Winner.
May
Cindy Needham
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nUdderly Smooth / RedexCraftsy Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – Class of your choice with CraftsyPrize #3 – tbaPrize #4 – tbaPrize #5 – tba
June
Diane Gaudynski
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_ntba  Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – tbaPrize #3 – tbaPrize #4 – tba

Prize #5 – tba

July
Paula Reid
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_n Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – tbaPrize #3 – tbaPrize #4 – tbaPrize #5 – tba
August
Angela Walters
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nRobert Kaufman FabricsCT Publishing Prize # 1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – – one pair of Grip and Stitch Quilting Disks (US only)Prize #3 – tba, from Robert Kaufman FabricsPrize #4 – Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela WaltersThis prize will be shipped directly by the sponsor and will be given to a US Only Winner.
September
Kaleidoscope Kreator,
Jeannie
Teri Lucas
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Prize # 1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – tbaPrize #3 – tbaPrize #4 – tbaPrize #5 – tba
October
Lori Kennedy – The Inbox Jaunt
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_nMartingale  Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – tbaPrize #3 – tbaPrize #4 – tbaPrize #5 – tba
November
Sarah Vedeler
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_ntba Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – ModaPrize #3 – tbaPrize #4 – tbaPrize #5 – tba
December
Wendy Sheppard
Udderly Smooth/Redex65668_10151884614025894_331473606_ntba Prize #1 – A gift package of Udderly Smooth. Estimated Retail value $25.  Prize is open to participants living in US/Canada.Prize #2 – tbaPrize #3 – tbaPrize #4 – tbaPrize #5 – tba

GRAND PRIZES

Sponsor Prize
Aurifil

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One very lucky winner will receive an Aurifil collection of 48 large spools of cotton thread. This prize has a retail value over $400.

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Aurifil will kindly ship this prize to the winner, any place in the world.

Udderly Smooth, by RedEx

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Three luck winners will each receive  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.
Fat Quarter Shop One Lucky winner, any where in the world, will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop
Martingale Five Lucky winners will receive a book, published by Martingale.

book titles to be announced shortly.

QuiltShopGal will ship these books to lucky winners, but due to my limited budget, international winners will need to pay a  $20 postage US, if they wish to claim a prize. QuiltShopGal will pay the extra postage, if required and any unused postage funds will be allocated towards cost of shipping other prizes.

The Stencil Company Three lucky winners will receive a prize from The Stencil Company.US Only
The Quilt Show One Lucky Winner will receive a year Star Membership to The Quilt Show (TQS)This is open to WW participants.
CT Publishing Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting, by Christina Cameli

Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters

This prize is open to WW winners.  If the winner is in the US they may receive a physical book, all other winners will receive an e:book.

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7 thoughts on “2015 Free Motion Quilting Challenge”

    1. Lynn,
      This is the main page for this event, which will automatically be updated with links to new challenges, as soon as they are released. If you scroll down you’ll see in red links under the header HERE ARE THE LIST……., which is also above the table with prizes (which I need to update).

      The 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge – February is now open, but you may also want to check out the January challenge for inspiration and a great exercise to learn/improve your FMQ skills. Please let me know if you still have problems.

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  1. I started learning FMG from Lori, Angelia, Christina Cameli, and Leah just last April. I absolutely love it and have studied hard. I have two sketch books that I use for doodling and working on Muscle Memory. Sometimes I think I will never get it, however, I trust my Mentors (listed above) and keep practicing each day. I love The Inbox Jaunt. The first thing I do each day is read a doodle whatever Lori offers for that day.

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