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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Free-Motion Quilting Challenge - Winners August Challenge

My apologies for taking so long to announce the winners of the August FMQ Challenge.  While you don't want to hear my excuses (PC/Network issues, travel, email overload, etc.) it all boils down to where I've dropped quite a few balls and trying to pick them up.  I do appreciate your patience.  I should be able to get the September winners (11?) announced  this week, as well as get caught up on shipping prizes.  With respect to getting caught up on email, with over 1,600 emails I'm hoping that is taken care of sometime in October.

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.  You'll have a chance to get introduced to a number of FMQ Experts, FMQ designs, FMQ techniques, as well as learning about products appropriate for free-motion quilting.

The August FMQ Challenge, where Wendy Sheppard showed us how to create a beautiful background design called "Jester's Hat" was a fun tutorial, but challenging for some.  The sharp points and curves of this design created a movement that looks great, but may not be as easy to pick up.  Still, with practice, I'm confident you can master it and I hope you will continue to practice (doodling and on your machine).  This is a great design to be able to apply to your projects.

Before I announce the winners of the August Challenge, I want to take time to recognize all of our sponsors:

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 August  Challenge.

Each month, one lucky winner will receive a special bundle of prizes.  For the August 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

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.   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.

I also want to recognize and thank several Postage Angels who have recently donated to help with postage expenses.  This has helped to cover the shipping cost for prizes for this challenge and the September challenge too!   If you have a chance, I hope you visit their blogs and let them know that you too appreciate their help as Postage Angels for the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  They are wonderful people and have delightful blogs!
Patricia D. (Quilting Babcia)

Ok, time to announce the winners.  The two winners of the August FMQ Challenge were randomly selected based on those that completed the challenge in the month the tutorial was released.   There were 144 entries for this challenge.  

The winner of the monthly bundle prize is:

Barbara (Cat Patches)

Congratulations to Barbara!

Big thank you to Wendy Sheppard for helping to provide a 2nd prize sponsored by Hobbs. And, thank you  to Hobbs for donating a  60"x60" Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting as a prize!    For those that have not had a chance to try this batting, I hope you'll give it a try.  It is an excellent batting for those that enjoy doing free-motion quilting!

The winner of the Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting is Mary Jerz (Seamless Expressions)

Congratulations to Mary Jenz (Seamless Expressions)

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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Quilting Babcia said...

Congratulations to both winners of the August Challenge, and a huge thank you to SewCalGal and to Wendy Sheppard!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Congratulations ladies!!!

Joanne Lendaro said...

congrats to the winners, and thanks to the sponsors!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations to bothe winners and thank you to the sponsors and you for hosting.

Mary Jerz said...

OMG! I've never won anything! So excited to try the Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting. Thanks Hobbs and a big THANK YOU to SewCalGal for these great FMQ Challenges.

Barbara said...

I'm a winner! Totally cool!!

jan said...

Well done to both winners, well deserved, enjoy your prizes.

Joan said...

Congrations to both winners - well done!!

Carrie P. said...

congrats to the winners. their pieces are great.

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Mary Ann said...

I agree! Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to both winners!! That was probably the most challenging tutorial so far this year for me, but I intend to eventually master it because I really like how it looks.