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Friday, August 24, 2012

Fun Friday Giveaway - Free-Motion Quilting Simplified, by Don Linn, aka Mr. Quilt

Happy Fun Friday.  Thank you to Don Linn for sponsoring our giveaway today.  Don is also one of the FMQ Experts that volunteered to help with the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  He provided an excellent video tutorial, which also shared many wonderful tips!

You may recall that I wrote a review, earlier this summer, about a new DVD Don had just created. If you are not familiar with this review, I hope you will take time to read my review to learn more about his DVD.   "Free-Motion Quilting Simplified" is a great DVD, for quilters of all levels and very reasonable priced.  It is loaded with tips and shows you how to design and stitch  beautiful ropes and feathers on your quilts.




Don Linn is a quilter, designer, teacher, author and very talented and fun guy.  



His published books include: "Free-Motion Machine Quilting"




"Sophisticated Stitches"






Take time to visit Mr. Quilt's website, to learn more about Don, as well as enjoy his online gallery:
http://www.mrquilt.com/

Don has generously donated two copies of his new DVD, "Free-Motion Quilting Simplified", one copy each, for two lucky winners.  


Thank you Don!


To enter to win a copy of his new DVD, public followers simply need to leave a comment on this post.  Two winners will be randomly selected and announced next Friday.  This giveaway is also open to non-US residents.  UPDATE:  This giveaway has been extended thru 9/6 due to schedule conflicts with the FMQ Challenge.  I'll announce a winner on the 7th of September.

I want to thank a "Postage Angel" for helping with the giveaway this week, by donating funds for postage.  Thank you Danielle Hudson, you are a wonderful postage Angel.



I'm also happy to announce the winners of last weeks' Fun Friday, sponsored by Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio.  The winners are:
 Becky Greene won a copy of Feathered Christmas pattern
Diane won a copy of Feather Fancy pattern

I'm on Etsy! 


Both the Feathered Christmas and Feather Fancy patterns can be purchased  from Cherry Blossoms Shop.

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Barbie Mills said...

This DVD really looks helpful.

B Greene said...

I have just ventured in to FMQ and need all the help I can get - thanks for the chance to win!

What Comes Next? said...

this looks like an excellent DVD to add to the library - thank you both!

DuAnne said...

I have a couple of Don's books already but I don't have the free motion book and this DVD would be great to have. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
duaneowiley@gmailcom

Anonymous said...

Now this is something I could use! Thanks!

Agnes B Bullock said...

Great dvds ! They will be helpful for newbies and more advanced quilters alike!

Bridget B said...

Need all the help I can get with FMQ. Please enter me. Thanks

Suzanne Neuhaus said...

I'm sort of stymied with my FMQ. Thanks for opportunity to win This DVD to help me move on. Sneuhaus@hot.rr.com

Janet O. said...

I can use all the help I can get with my FMQ. I would love to win a copy of this DVD. Thanks for the opportunity!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

congratulations to last weeks winners. I NEED this DVD lol. Seriously; would love to win this..thanks to Darlene and Don

Танюшка said...



Familiar with his work only on the internet, would love to have a drive.

FarmNana said...

Wow, Don Linn! What a great give-away! Thanks.

Brenda said...

I'd love to win a copy. thanks for the chance!

sherry said...

would love a copy of this dvd...

Regina said...

ooh.... I just bought a quilt frame -this would be an awesome resource as I venture into this new arena.

Mommarock said...

Wow if there was a real way to make FMQ easy.. I would love to learn. It still scares me, and I have yet to learn.. so I'd love to win.

Andrea R said...

I really really could use more feather practise. :-/

Laura said...

Don Linn! You bet I'd love a dvd! Thank you for the fun give-away!

Diane Wild said...

Don Linn is an awesome quilter. Love his techniques. I got excited because I saw my name as last week's winner but, alas, it wasn't me. Maybe this time. Thank you Darlene and Don.

Kathryn said...

I'm a new fan of DVDs, and this one looks great. Thanks.

Quilter said...

Looks like a great video.

Anne-Marie B. said...

I would love to win! Thanks for this giveaway!

dorothy v said...

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Don's new DVD.

Cecilia said...

I have been collecting DVDs and books on FMQ, as well as practicing. I would love to have this DVD as part of my reference collection. Thank you for the chance to win.

Donna~~ said...

Just picked up one of his books! Would love to see the DVD (seeing helps--and I need the help on FMQ)

Teresa in Music City said...

I've seen his books and think they look really interesting! I'm always ready to learn new techniques and ideas for FMQ. Thanks for the chance to win!

Dee said...

I sew need this cd to get over my fear of free motion. I can do the ditch business, but free motion terrifies me. They say just do it, but.....

Colleen said...

Thanks to Don for the generous give away. Thank you SewCalGal for having the giveaway. He's a great teacher.

Stella Nemeth said...

I would love to have this DVD. I need the help.

Martha said...

This FMQ Challenge has been such an inspiration. It has given me more confidence that I can quilt my quilts. More inspiration and instruction from Don's CD is just what I need.

Bouts Choisis said...

I have used Don's method for marking quilts many times since his tutorial appeared as part of the FMQ Challenge and would love to see more of his advice, hints and tips! What a great gieaway!

Mallorie Anderson said...

Great giveaway! Looks like an interesting and inspiring DVD :)

quilt 'n piece said...

Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this DVD. I so enjoyed Don's tutorial and bought his "Sophisticated Stitches" which I looove!

Lisa Cox said...

I've never tried free motion quilting. I would love to have this dvd to help me get started.

Laura McGrath said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this DVD. Don's method of marking a quilt has come in handy many times after learning it through this challenge.

Rosemary said...

Thanks for the chance to win these wonderful FMQ aids. I hope it would help me in my quest to improve my own methods!

Diane Mitchell said...

Hi Darlene! Thanks so much for doing all this. I am still working on my August FMQ homewrok, but I think I am ready to try it with thread today!

Lyndsey said...

I really need to win one of Don's dvd's. I've been practising and I am slowly getting better but need all the help I can get.

Marla Nelson said...

That would be a beautiful gift to win.

Janet said...

I would really like to win this DVD. Thank you Don for sharing your talents!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Great giveaway - this would certainly be helpful to me as I am just dipping my toe in to fmq'ing and need to learn so much!!

Casi en el Paraiso... said...

I really need help with my FMQ... But, If I don´t win, there´s no problem... I learn with you, here...

Joanna said...

I liked Don's tutorial for the FMQ Challenge and would be happy to win his DVD.

Anonymous said...

Love the machine quilting DVDs. Thnx

Cathy said...

I really enjoyed Don's tutorial and would love to win this book!

Gene Black said...

i am all for anything that helps me make a better looking quilt. Sign me up - I am a follower.

freespirit said...

I love seeing free-motion quilting and would love to be able to do it for myself. So I am looking for some helpful instructions on how to be successful at free-motion quilting! This looks like it would very helfpul!

ritainalaska said...

my fmq needs a boost to get off the ground ... would love to win this! thanx for the opportunity.

Jacquelin said...

Es un gran regalo el que sortea esta semana. Gracias por la oportunidad.

Kathy MacKie said...

Another great giveaway, thanks once again, you rock!

Queenie Believe said...

Wow this is an awesome giveaway! I'm on the verge of entering more into FMQ and this would be an excellent help to my steep learning curve :o)
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

GeeMa said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter. This looks like a great DVD.

Laura said...

Looks great - thanks for the chance to win.

Marcia W. said...

I've wanted one of Don's books for a while, but a DVD would be a great way for me to learn FMQ (which intimidates me). I'm a follower of your blog. Thanks for this giveaway (and to the postage angel).

Barbara Woods said...

sounds good put my name in thanks for the giveaway

Hazel said...

This CD would so help me ,please enter my name .Thanks to both you and Don for your generosity .

Pat V. said...

Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. I had never seen "Design Art Deco Quilts" before. That looks like a good one, too!

Mary said...

What a great prize! Thanks go to both of you. I love to machine quilt and am always eager to learn more.

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JustPam said...

I have been trying to work on my free motion quilting and can use any help I can get.

Sandy D said...

I have a Bed Runner that I am going to attempt to FMQ and a DVD like Don's would be a BIG help in boosting my self confidence.

Kristin said...

I would love to give that DVD a look over. Thanks for the chance.

Sandi said...

Having a chance to win the DVD is great, you can stop and go back and check out techniques over and over.

thanks for the chance!

Gramma Quilter said...

I love Mr. Quilt's quilting. Would really love to win!

Marls said...

Thanks for the opportunity. I have two of Donn's books and to have the DVD would be the icing on the cake.

Karen said...

Thanks for the giveaway Darlene...

Love Mr. Quilt -- have a few of his books now...

Cheers !

Karen

Bonnie58 said...

The DVD looks great. I first heard of Mr. Quilt during your monthly FMQ challenge where he gave one of the monthly tutorials. Great tutorial. I have since picked up a couple of his books and would love to grab one of these DVD's. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jeanne said...

I have one of Don Linn's books already Free Motion Quuiting buying it after hearing about him on your FMQ Challenge. It would be great to win the DVD of his too.

Deb said...

I would really like to win a copy of this DVD - it looks great!

Thanks - Deb
dr392809@gmail.com

Karen M said...

Wow. Thanks for the chance to win Don's DVD. I am a follower.

Julia said...

I struggle so much with my FMQ..It would be lovely to win his DVD..
Thank you

TexPat said...

What a great giveaway! I struggle with my FMQ so it would be wonderful to win Mr. Linn's DVD. He's an amazing talent! Thanks for the chance to win.

J.J. said...

Looks interesting.

Wivi said...

That DVD seems to be exactly what I need to skip the stitch in the ditch. I keep my fingers crossed.

Joan M said...

I've followed your blog via RSS feed for a looooooong time. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know whether that makes me a public follower or not. If not, what steps do I need to take to become one?

I like Don Linn's designs, and would enjoy his DVD!

Christine M said...

FMQ simplified. That's what I need. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Kay Muraoka said...

This DVD looks truly inspirational. I would love.to win this. It would help me improve my FMQ skills.

Quilter Kathy said...

Would love to learn more...you can never have too many FMQ tips!

Joan said...

I'd love to win the DVD. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

Patti said...

I'd be over the moon if I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this fabulous DVD! Thanks for the giveaway!

scottylover said...

Would love to win this! I have been having trouble learning FMQ so maybe this would help!

Thanks for the great give away!
Sandy A

lesizmo said...

It's time to put my fear aside and try this!

teachpany said...

I'm so excited about this. His tutorial was so smart, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of Don's designs. Thanks!

Marlene said...

Thanks for a chance to win, I really enjoyed his FMQ tutorial.

Lyn said...

Wow thanks for the chance to win the DVD. Bet it will be so helpful!

Colleen said...

When it comes to Free Motion Quilting, I need all the help I can get. Thanks for the giveaway!

Terry said...

Don is an awesome teacher! I sure enjoyed his project for the FM challenge. He even let me know that it was okay to donate my piece to AAQI! I'd love to win his CD!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I am much more visual and the DVD would be a great tool for free motion quilting.

Raewyn said...

The DVDs do sound great - thank you for the opportunity to win one!!

ledamewood said...

Oh, I'd love to win this DVD. My sewing area is getting a makeover (nothing fancy) so while I have downtime, what better way to spend it than watching a Don Linn DVD. One way to still get my quilty on..

Sewgirl said...

I would love to win a copy of Don's DVD! Always up for learning something new...

Fran said...

I really enjoyed Don's FMQ tutorial and would love to win this give away! Thanks!

Janet said...

Thanks for a chance to win. This looks like a great instructional tool.

Shirley in Canada said...

Thank you for sharing!!! This would be the boost I need to get really going on the on FMQ ... but I have been practicing!!

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing what sounds like a wonderful reference... I haven't done much FMQ, and would love the opportunity to learn more, before trying again...

janieg said...

I haven't met Don before. I would be thrilled to win his DVD. Thanks for the opportunity.

Quilting Babcia said...

This looks like a wonderful addition to any FMQ library. Especially for those of us who are visual learners. Thanks to Don for this opportunity.

Carol J said...

Wow! I have one of Don's books and this would be quite the addition to that. I totally love his method of design transfer! Thanks for this opportunity!

Jennie P. said...

Wow, awesome! There's not much better than learning from someone in person or by video. I love books, but visual learning is even better!

P.S. I am a follower. :)

Rhonda D. said...

Great giveaway. I am new to trying FMQ, and would love to
win this DVD. Thanks!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

skippie said...

Wow would love to win a copy as I am just venturing into FMQ on my long arm machine, would be so helpful, many thanks for the opportunity.

skippie said...

Wow would love to win a copy as I am just venturing into FMQ on my long arm machine, would be so helpful, many thanks for the opportunity.

BizyStitches said...

I know this DVD would help me out a lot. I'm still in the learning stage and need new ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gloria said...

I'vejust changed from following this blog anonymously tp publically.
Does that count?

PS I think the Free Motion Quilting Challenge is great. I have been doing it in my own time and am up to May. I will finish- just some time after the rest of the quilting world!

Sharon said...

Wow I have learned so much from Don's class here at Sew-Cal-Gal and would love to have his DVD..Thanks for the chance

Julie said...

Would love to win this. This would be very helpful as I am just starting FMQ. Thanks

Deb said...

Anything that helps with FMQ would be fantatsic

Jazzy said...

I have been wanting to try free motion quilting and this would be a wonderful incentive, Thank you for hosting this give away.

squiggle said...

I have been learning from your insights and vast knowledge of all things 'quilting'. Thank you.

ELNM said...

I'm a brand new quilter and this would definitely help calm my FMQ "jitters". Thanks for the chance to win!
ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

Teresa said...

I would love to have this DVD as I have just started trying to learn how to fmq. Thanks for the chance

Wendy said...

I'd so love to win a copy of Don's new release. I have his "Sophisticated Stitches" and love it! Hoping to add more to my repertoire.

Belinda said...

Once again an awesome giveaway!! I could really use some professional tips for fmq.

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I'm a follower & receive posts by email too.

Katherine said...





I'd love to win this DVD.
thanks for s great blog.

look forward to reading it,

motherbuzzard said...

Looks like a great resource!

Cathy said...

Any help with FM Quilting would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for the chance to win this DVD.
CathyC in Alberta
cathyc1950@gmail.com

Diann said...

The DVD appears as if it would be very helpful.

Talin's Corner said...

Ooooh, thanks for a chance to win.

Purl Buttons said...

Pick ME!

Vivian Helena said...

Thank you for introducing me to
someone new. would love to have his book.. vivianhelena@sti.net

QuilterLynn said...

I loved Mr. Linn's presentation in your earlier column. I would love to have one of his books! I also intend to use his method in the future!

Connie said...

Don's work is awesome! This would be a wonderful DVD to have!

Kathy H said...

I hadn't seen these books and dvds before and they look really helpful. I am always trying to improve my free motion quilting so I don't have to stipple every single quilt.

M-R said...

This DVD looks great. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower. :)

Lori said...

Oh how wonderful. I have not done free motion quilting yet, but want to try.
thank you for such a wonderful give a way
quilting[dash]lady[at]comcast[dot]net

Gladys said...

The work of Don is amazing and beautiful! I saw your website and dreamed of his works! Thank you for giving us the chance to get a copy of his book! Good weekend! A hug!

Leslie Rose K said...

Looks interesting. I need all the help I can get with machine quilting.

Juels said...

A DVD on machine quilting is always helpful!Thanks for the giveaway!

Rebecca Grace said...

Don's quilting is so beautiful; I think the DVD sounds great. Sometimes you can read a passage in a quilting book over and over again and still not be able to figure out what you're missing, but the video tutorials in the FMQ challenge are so much easier to follow. It's like the lights coming on when you didn't even realize you were trying to work in the dark. Taking classes in person is great, especially since you can get personal feedback from the instructor about what you're doing wrong, but being able to go back to a video on DVD and watch it again and again is priceless. Each time, you pick up something different that you missed before. What a great giveaway!

jrwork said...

I'd love to win Don's book! Thanks for the giveaway.

Laceflower said...

I can use all the help I can get to FMQ; books, tuts, vids, blogs, and alas, time.

Loretta said...

Thank you for the chance to win. Looks like a great resource!

quilter99755 said...

This is a great give away. I would love a copy of this

Sally said...

I'd love to win this! I really like the Art Deco quilt book--very challenging!

CathyH said...

I really need this. First to get motivated. Second to figure out what I am doing wrong!!

CathyH said...

I really need this. First to get motivated. Second to figure out what I am doing wrong!!

ANudge said...

Would love to win one of the copies. Loved Don's lesson. Thanks for the chance!

LIANE said...

I would love to have a copy of Don's DVD.

Beth H. said...

Machine quilting is something I need to learn and practice. This DVD looks like something that would help me tremendously. Thanks for the opportunity.

Connie said...

I have Don Lin's Art Deco book....absolutely fabulous! Thanks...Connie in California

Pauline said...

I recently purchased Don's "Sophisticated Stitches."
A neat book. I'd l♥ve to win the DVD. FMQ is really a challenge for me. I need all the help I can get!Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Kd Brown said...

Don Linn's DVD looks like a wonderful tool to improve free-motion quilting skills. The quilt on the cover is amazing! Mega thanks to both Don & SewCalGal!

Cyn ;-) said...

Ooooh, would love to win the DVD. I really enjoyed the lesson he offered.
Yes, I am a happy public follower as well as an email subscriber. Thanks for op to enter the drawing.

Cheryl said...

I would love the DVD! I really want to learn.

Mom C said...

I'd sure love that book. I love to FMQ but I find I fall back into the same old, same old unless I have new designs right next to my machine. Don does incredible work. Thanks.

WoolenSails said...

This would be perfect for me, I want to start quilting the tops I made and a dvd would be a wonderful way to learn.

Debbie

D Smart said...

I need all the help with FMQ I can get.

CaroleM said...

this would be a great help!

JaneB said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much! I really need to learn more and start quilting my own quilts.

susan said...

i would really love to win this dvd. i need help with fmq. thanks so much for the great giveaway.

sb349 @ yahoo

Judy and Bob said...

What an awesome book this would be to have!

Anita said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I have Don's other books and love them! He's a great teacher, so if you haven't taken a class with him I'm sure this DVD will be awesome! Thanks for the chance to win one :)

Gloria said...

This is a test comment, I hope it works!

Rachelle said...

That would be such a useful DVD to have!

Elvis Lives said...

I would love to win a copy of this DVD. I bought an electronic copy of Don's book "sophisticated stitches" but can't figure out how to print the motifs from the kindle edition :(

Amanda said...

Thanks for the fun giveaway - the DVD sounds great!

Silvia said...

I loved Don's tutorial! It came when I was looking fir an easy way ti transfer desugns. Thank you!

Janet said...

I'd love to win one of the DVD's! I have a couple of his books and seeing him in action would be icing on the cake! Thanks for the chance.

kay said...

I would love to have this DVD for my growing collection of FMQ resources! It sounds great!

Jenny Larking said...

I am just starting to get some success with my stippling after many, many hours of practice and I am thrilled. I am also devouring all the info I can get online so this DVD would be great to have.

LeAnne said...

I'm getting better and better with my FMQ. This book would be great.

LJ said...

Don Linn is an amazing quilter! Would love his DVD.

Nancy in IN said...

I need all the help I can get. Thanks
for the giveaway.

June D said...

Pick me! Pick me! Thank you for organizing all this!

: ) June

Lori said...

This could really help my FMQ!

Sewbig said...

Looks like a very helpful DVD. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jeanne in Ohio said...

I'd love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway.

Debbie said...

I've never really gotten the hang of FMQ. I know I need a lot more practice! Maybe another video would help. Thanks, Darlene!

Mare said...

thanks for the chance to win the book which I have seen and would love.

Kristine said...

I'm still a newbie at free motion quilting - this would be great to have!

Cloud 9 said...

I could really use this DVD. My FM stipple is pretty good but I've been unable to get the hang of more complicated patterns. My stitches get all wonky.

free indeed said...

It is always helpful to SEE what is being taught...DVDs are great teaching tools. Would love to see one of these.

pizzaeater said...

I could use all the help I can get when it comes to FMQ.

Carla G said...

This looks like a great help for me! I'm new to FMQ! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Denise said...

I have done one free motion piece so far..a small baby quilt for a good friend and was terrified! I am wanting to learn more and be able to do some of my own quilts without high anxiety. I could sure use this DVD. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

Cjtgma4 said...

Looks like a great resource.

Lori said...

Would make a great addition to my limited FMQ knowledge base.

Marjorie Nath said...

Oh, it would be wonderful to win the free motion quilting DVD. That way i could keep going over it until it finally started sinking in. I've done almost all of my quilting by hand and machine quilting is something I need to learn. Thank you for the chance to win.
Marj in Mexico

Joyful Stitcher said...

Would love a copy of this DVD!!!!

Bev in TX said...

Please enter my name in the drawing for the free DVD -- Thanks so much!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I would love to win this DVD and improve my free motion quilting skills (or lack thereof)!!

allstontowers said...

Don's work is really good and I would be priviledged to own his DVD.

Joanna said...

I would love to win this giveaway. Just got Don's first book and am already making adjustments per his advice.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a timely giveaway. So many of us trying to learn to machine quilt.

Janet P said...

How exciting. This will be such a great tool to have. Thanks for the giveaway.

Enhance your environment with decorative expressions that enrich, uplift, and inspire. said...

Always anxious to learn new techniques.

Kaye M said...

I need a boost to help improve my free motion quilting skills and this DVD would be a tremendous help! tkmattson@hotmail.com

Unknown said...

Don is an amazing quilter and fabulous teacher. This DVD is bound to be awesome!

Laurel said...

What a thrill it would be to win this DVD! Thanks for the opportunity!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to enter :)

Fran said...

Mr. Linn has always been a generous teacher and being willing to give away one of his fabulous DVD's just proves it.
I know the winner will love it. Count me as one who would be thrilled.

Homemother said...

I've been teaching myself to FMQ. I would love to win this dvd!

Susan said...

FMQ has been on my list of goals I want to improve on for the past 3 years. I would be thrilled to win this prize!

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

What great quilting! Don's work is amazing and what a neat chance to learn more. Thanks.

Colleen said...

Thank you for the give away. What a nice prize.

Jul said...

Would love the video. I'm such a visual learner.

UcanQuilt2 said...

I would love the DVD. Don's work is so amazing Thanks for this giveaway.

Sherry said...

I would love to have the DVD. He looks like an amazing quilter and I can use anything to help. Hope I win

PJB said...

I loved Don Linn's tutorial and could really use his DVD. I still need a lot of help, but I can see that I'm gaining much more confidence and skill with all the practice the challenge is giving me.

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