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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Winners of the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge - June

I hope everyone participating in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge is having fun learning and improving their FMQ skills. For those that may be reading this post and not participating, I want to share that everyone is welcome to join this challenge anytime.  It is all about free-motion quilting on a home/domestic sewing machine, getting introduced to a number of FMQ Experts, FMQ designs, as well as learning about products appropriate for those interested in FMQ.

Before I announce the winners of the June FMQ Challenge, where Cindy Needham shared an amazing free-motion quilting tutorial, along with many wonderful  tips too, I want to recognize our sponsors for this challenge. 

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge



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
for the June  Challenge.

Each month, one lucky winner will receive a special bundle of prizes.  For the June  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
Quilters Touch LLC

Machinge 1 (Medium)

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.  Information for all past winners has been given to Quilters Touch and their portion of the prizes to-date have been shipped.  In the future, I promise to stay on top of this and notify Quilters Touch as soon as a winner is announced.     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.

The winners of the June FMQ Challenge were randomly selected based on those that completed the challenge in the month the tutorial was released.   There were 154 entries for this challenge.  The winner of the bundle prize is:

Quilting Babcia (Amnity Quilting)

Congratulations to Quilting Babcia!

Cindy Needham also generously sponsored a prize bundle for two lucky winners.  They will receive  a copy of  every one of her e:books and handouts in a collection that also includes items that can be purchased online, or participate in her workshops to get a copy of her wonderful free-motion quilting ebooks:
  • Needles & Threads: Mastering Tension ($20 value)
  • Beginners Guide to Feathers  and Backgrounds ($20 value)
  • Beginning Machine Quilting 'Collection" ($40 value)
  • Learning to Design Collection ($40 value)
  • Linen Wholecloth Quilts Collection ($20 value)

And, this wonderful prize will include annual updates, as appropriate ($10 value).

The two lucky winners are:

Congratulations to Liz (Tizart)!
Congratulations to Martha Briese (Quilting to the Edge)!

Don't forget that the main page for this event is http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/free-motion-quilt-challenge.html and it will be updated throughout this event, to provide a summary of current info and links.

Quilters of all levels can enter this challenge anytime. Take the Pledge by signing up.

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Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations to all the ladies, thank you to all the sponsors and thank you for hosting.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

congrats ladies!! Isn't this great fun. Our host and teacher are very busy and generous.

Barb said...

You certainly have some wonderful sponors.... wonderful challenge, I started out doing it but got sidetracked with the move, maybe I will get back on track soon. Thanks so much for such fun inspiring things for us.

Joanna said...

Kudos to all of the winners who did such beautiful fmq. Thank you to the sponsors and SewCalGal.

Carrie P. said...

congrats to the winners! some really nice quilting done by each person. Love how you framed the work.

Janet O. said...

Congrats to the winners!
And thanks to you for sponsoring this challenge. When it began I was a wet behind the ears, barely starting out machine quilter who didn't believe I could ever catch on. Though I have more often than not been THE VERY LAST ONE TO LINK on the monthly challenge, I have stuck with it--and enjoyed it. As I came out of my sewing room the other day after practicing I actually said out loud to myself "I can do this!" I reflected on how I got to this point and I believe it is in large part because of this challenge. I have taken on things I might otherwise never have tried, but because I had made a commitment to do this I had to follow through. It has stretched me and taught me and I have definitely grown in my skills and confidence.
So I say again, thank you, SewCalGal, for all of the effort you have put into coordinating this. I'm sure there are many, like me, who have benefitted greatly through your efforts!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to those who won prizes for June! When I began this challenge, I really couldn't FMQ, but set learning it (and improving) as a goal for this year. At the beginning of the year I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to keep up or do the tutorials, but I realized after completing June & July's assignments that I can now FMQ! No expert, for certain, but I couldn't believe the difference these past 6 1/2 months have made in my skills! Now THAT's the REAL prize!! Thanks!!