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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Winner of the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge - July




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 July  FMQ Challenge, where Angela Walters shared an how to create beautiful "tiles" using  free-motion quilting tutorial, I want to recognize our sponsors for this challenge. 

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

GRAND PRIZE SPONSORS


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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
MONTHLY PRIZE SPONSORS
for the July  Challenge.



Each month, one lucky winner will receive a special bundle of prizes.  For the July  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
by 
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 July FMQ Challenge were randomly selected based on those that completed the challenge in the month the tutorial was released.   There were 157 entries for this challenge.  The winner of the monthly prize bundle  is:

Michelle (Quilty Stuff)

When Michelle signed the Pledge to participate in the 2012 FMQ Challenge she shared:

  1. Why are you interested in taking the pledge for the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge?   "I love to quilt and can't finish my quilts fast enough with hand quilting. Also I love the look of the feathers and fillers."  Rate your skill with FMQ where 1 is low and 5 is high:   1
  2. Rate your quilting skills in general, where 1 is low and 5 is high: 3
  3. What type of a sewing machine will you use in this challenge?  Bernina 1080
  4. What type of quilting thread (brand and weight) do you currently use when you quilt?  n/a
  5. What type of batting (brand/type) do you currently use? Warm and Natural
  6. Please share anything in particular that you would like to learn and/or achieve during this challenge?  "Anything I can."



Congratulations Michelle! 










Angela Walters also generously sponsored a prize for two lucky winners.  They will each receive a copy of "Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters", published by CT Publishing.




The two lucky winners are:
 Annette (In Stitches & Seams)


When Annette signed the Pledge to participate in the 2012 FMQ Challenge she shared:

  1. Why are you interested in taking the pledge for the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge?  "to motivate myself to go outside the box,and try more of ideas out there  to improve my quilting, and pass on what I know to others in my area. as well as to keep on track with getting my projects done"    
  2. Rate your skill with FMQ where 1 is low and 5 is high:   3
  3. Rate your quilting skills in general, where 1 is low and 5 is high: 3
  4. What type of a sewing machine will you use in this challenge?  pfaff quilt expressions 4.0
  5. What type of quilting thread (brand and weight) do you currently use when you quilt?  I use a variety of threads  100% cotton, poly cotton, rayon, isacord and aurifil
  6. What type of batting (brand/type) do you currently use? warm and natural 87.5 % cotton,12.5% poly blend
  7. Please share anything in particular that you would like to learn and/or achieve during this challenge?  "to be able to create smooth and flowing desings that fill your quilt , as well as  designing borders, as I seem to fill them with a plain meander fill."



Congratulations Annette!



 Ruth (Country Log Cabin)


When Ruth signed the Pledge to participate in the 2012 FMQ Challenge she shared:

  1. Why are you interested in taking the pledge for the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge?  "I did the FMQ challenge that JoAnn (Thread Heads) held and it really helped.  Now I want to continue to improve so I can quilt my own quilts."  
  2. Rate your skill with FMQ where 1 is low and 5 is high:   3
  3. Rate your quilting skills in general, where 1 is low and 5 is high: n/a
  4. What type of a sewing machine will you use in this challenge? Baby Lock Espire
  5. What type of quilting thread (brand and weight) do you currently use when you quilt?  "Various ones.  I have some from Connecting Threads that I like, Also Isacord and Aurifil." 
  6. What type of batting (brand/type) do you currently use? "Usually Warm and Natural Cotton or Mountain Mist Cream Rose"
  7. Please share anything in particular that you would like to learn and/or achieve during this challenge?  "Ideas for what to quilt where. "

Congratulations Ruth! 



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.

The Free-Motion Quilting Challenge is all about learning/improving your FMQ skills, as well as getting introduced to some amazing FMQ Experts and products that are perfect for FMQ quilters working on a domestic sewing machine.  This challenge is not intended to be focused on winning prizes, but we are all certainly happy to have such wonderful sponsors that have generously donated prizes!



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14 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all the sponsors.

Joanna said...

What nice prize packages. Thanks to the sponsors and congrats to the lucky and talented winners.

Quilting Babcia said...

Congratulations to each of the winners of July's Challenge. We're all winners though, for an entire year, having these terrific tutorials to look forward to each month! Thanks to all our quilting experts, the sponsors and to SewCalGal for keeping us supplied with encouragement and insights!

Sally in WA said...

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Malini said...

Congratulations, Michelle, Annette and Ruth on the win.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks and appreciation to the generous sponsors! And congratulations to the lucky winners!

Quilter Kathy said...

Very fun post to read and see what the winners said when they were starting out the challenge... I bet they have each accomplished their goals for participation and learning!

Connie said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Michelle, Annette, and Ruth!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am truly shocked. I feel like I am already a winner by participating in this challenge. Thank you so much.

Annette said...

Thank you for hosting such a great challenge for us all and to have such grate sponsors to help us along the way with their products. I am sew looking forward to Angela's book and hope to put it to good use.
thanks again
in stitches

Carrie P. said...

congrats to all the winners.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Congratulations ladies!!! some fun stuff