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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Winners of the 2013 Free Motion Quilting Challenges

There were over 2,000 quilters participated in the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting (FMQ Challenge where 15 FMQ Experts provided 16 tutorials and sponsors donated amazing prizes.    While SewCalGal did not plan to host more challenges in 2013, enthusiastic participants wanted to continue to learn and have more FMQ Challenges, inspiring SewCalGal to host 6 FMQ Challenges in 2013 that were primarily  based on tutorials released during the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  Sadly, there were relatively a small number of participants in the FMQ Challenges this year!  

SewCalGal continues to encourage quilters to continue take classes, read books, watch DVDs, follow blogs that share insights on FMQ and practice! And, for those that did not complete all of the tutorials released in the 2012 FMQ Challenge, or 2013 FMQ Challenge, the majority of the tutorials are still available for you to use and master.   And, I encourage you to take advantage of them all.  You'll be amazed how much you can learn in a year of FMQ!

As SewCalGal continues to be passionate about free-motion quilting, insights and periodic challenges will continued to be shared on this blog.  But I will no longer have time to support the Facebook group created for the 2012 FMQ Challenge, nor send out emails to the email list created specifically for this challenge.  So, I do encourage those that are members of the FMQ Challenge Facebook group and/or signed up for the FMQ Challenge email updates, to follow this blog, as well as my Facebook page.   

Thank you to the sponsors for the 2013 FMQ Challenges:

Clever Craft ToolsFabrics N QuiltsFat Quarter ShopMartingaleMarble-T Design, LLC, The Quilt Show

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 FMQ Challenges:

2013 FMQ Challenge #1 - Threadplay with Libby Lehman

Winner:  #5 Tina.  Congratulations to Tina.

2013 FMQ Challenge - 1

2013 FMQ Challenge #2 - AAQI Piece  

Winner #8 Janet O (Rogue Quilter).   Congratulations to Janet.

2013 FMQ Challenge #3 - Feathers, by Joanne of Thread Head 

Raewyn (Love to Stitch).  Congratulations to Raewyn

2013 FMQ Challenge #4 - FMQ Postcard Swap

Winner:  Martha (Quilting to the Edge).  Congratulations to Martha.

2013 FMQ Challenge #5 - It's All About Borders, with Patsy Thompson

 Winner:  Janet (Jansmusingsagain).  Congratulations to Janet.

2013 FMQ Challenge #6 - 2012 FMQ Challenge 2nd Chance.  

Winner:  Rebecca Grace (Cheeky Cognoscenti).  Congratulations to Rebecca Grace.


Other winners in the 2013 FMQ Challenge include:

After winners for each challenge were randomly selected, those names were randomly awarded prizes.  And, as we had more prizes than challengers all of the names of everyone that entered any of the 2013 FMQ Challenges were added into the drawing for the remaining prizes.   SewCalGal will send an email to the lucky winners where they have 3 days to claim their prize.  If they do not wish to claim their prize, or do not respond within 3 days a different name will be drawn.  Sadly, winners will need to decline a prize if the prize is tagged to be shipped to a country that the winner does not reside in.  But, on a positive side they will be given first priority for winning any unclaimed prizes and I'm a strong believer those that decline a prize, especially for things they are not interested in winning, receive good kharma that helps them win future giveaways and prizes in blogland in general.  Good kharma is also given to those that may have one more than one prize and wish to pass on claiming more than one, so that another person may win one.

Ultimately, I hope everyone agrees the FMQ Challenges were more about learning/improving our FMQ skills than winning prizes.  And, I hope you will congratulate the winners as well as remember to thank the sponsors.

Two $25 Gift Certificates, one each for two winners anywhere in the world.


#1 Janet (Jansmusingsagain)

Raewyn (Love to Stitch)
 photo martingalelogo_zpsbf8704e3.pngFour quilting books, one each for four lucky winners.  SewCalGal will be shipping these prizes to winners and they will be open to winners living any place in the world.


#3 Tina

#4.        Patty (A Stitch In Time   
#5 Wendy Garrison 
#6  Tina G. Quilting for Enjoyment.

Marble-T Design, LLC
Hand-Marbled Fine Art Fabrics
Two Fat Quarters of hand-marbled fabrics, one each for two winners.  The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside either in the US or Canada.


#7  Martha (Quilting to the Edge)
#8   Rebecca Grace (Cheeky Cognoscenti)

Fabrics N Quilts
Two $25 Gift Certificates, one each for two lucky winners any where in the world.


#9 Tina
#10 Jacqueline Bahi 
Quilt show
The Quilt Show
One lucky winner will receive a one year membership to The Quilt Show.  This prize is open to one lucky winner any where in the world.


#11 Janet O (Rogue Quilter)
 Clever Craft Tools
Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks
Three Lucky winners will receive one pair of Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks.  The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside in the US.


#12  KearstieGrenier
 #13  Patty (A Stitch In Time   
 #14  TinaG. 

Again, congratulations to all of the lucky winners. And thank you to the wonderful sponsors of the 2013 Free Motion Quilting Challenges.

Links to 2012 FMQ Challenge Tutorials

January,  Frances Moore
February,  Diane Gaudynski
March,  Ann Fahl (post is visible, but tutorial was removed, as requested by Ann)
April,  Don Linn
May,  Leah Day
June,  Cindy Needham
July, Angela Walters
August, Wendy Sheppard
September, Paula Reid
October, Teri Lucas
November, Sarah Vedeler
December, Patsy Thompson
May Bonus Tutorial #1, Linda Moran
August Bonus Tutorial #2, Susan Brubaker Knapp
October Bonus Tutorial #3, Diane Loomis
December Bonus Tutorial #4, Teri Lucas

Links to additional information participants are encouraged to read:

Again, SewCalGal encourages quilters to continue to learn and improve their free-motion quilting skills.  I'll continue to share insights on FMQ with followers of my blog, as well as those that "like" SewCalGal on Facebook.

Thanks for reading to the end of this long post.  I do want to let you know I have a couple of Challenges planned for 2013 that are not necessarily targeted for FMQ quilting, but one will certainly allow you to show off your FMQ skills if you enjoy learning/improving your FMQ.  These Challenges will be announced in early 2014 on SewCalGal and I'll also be sending out an email with info to those that sign up for my General email list.

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Martha said...

Thank you SewCal Gal!!! How exiciting, cannot wait to see my marbled fat quarter!!!

Congtratulations to all the other winners!!! Well Done!!!!!

We have had two awesome quilting years because of all the hard work you did for us!!! I am grateful to you for all you have done and will be following you on Facebook and on your blog!!!

Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you :^)

Janet O. said...

I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate all I have learned from the two years of your challenges. I was a complete newbie to FMQ when you started the first challenge--had only taken a few local classes a couple of months before you began. This has stretched me and forced me out of my stippling comfort zone in a way that I am sure would have taken me years, if left to my own pace.
Thank you, thank you!
Also, as the prize I won (which is a very nice one) is available to people anywhere in the world, I would be happy to let this go to a winner who must decline for reasons of shipping.
I must add, I was very surprised that there were not more participants this year. They don't know what they missed!

Raewyn said...

A huge thank you from me as well, SewCalGal. I have learnt so much with my fmqing these past few years and that is solely because of these challenges. You have done an incredible job of pulling it altogether and inspiring and motivating us. I too am surprised more people didn't take part this year and would like to thank the sponsors who supported the challenges.
I am happy to accept my prize - and congratulate all the others who took part as well.
Have a fabulous day!!

Jacqueline Bahí said...

Gracias SewCalGal. Gracias por el premio y gracias por todos los retos propuestos. Hice los 12 y alguno más del 2012 y me hubiera gustado terminarlos todos este 2013, sin embargo, mi nivel de habilidad ha mejorado tanto que he ganado concursos y tengo más trabajo que antes. Gracias de nuevo por todo el esfuerzo y la dedicación que le has puesto y estaré pendiente para los retos del próximo año. Acepto mi premio y felicito a todas las ganadoras y las que no han ganado premio, también, se llevan un gran tesoro en forma de lecciones y práctica.
Un abrazo. ¡Guayyyy!

Marjorie said...

Congratulations to all - prize winners and all the new FMquilters out there.

Tina said...

Thank You For Continuing The FMQ Challenge I Learned So Very Much The Last Two Years And Am Continuing To Learn. My Hope Is A Lot More Have Practiced And Done These Challenges. Libby's Challenge Was The Hardest For Me And Am Thrilled That It Won. Thank You To All The Teachers For Your Lessons And To Other FMQ Quilters For Your Comments And Encouragement And To The Sponsors. I Compressed To Continue Learning And Sharing These Skills.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Congratulations to the winners and for hosting. I must admit to being one that totally forgot about these challenges, but I have used lessons learned from thr prior year to complete projects thru this year.

Patty D from NC said...

Thank you SewCalGal!!!

I found this challenge to be really helpful in keeping me focused and trying new things. (Still amazed at the ribbon challenge and how neat that turned out!)

Congrats to everyone for completing the challenge and the winnings.

Teresa in Music City said...

Congratulations all around!!! I have enjoyed watching the growth in FMQ expertise all across blogland these past two years :*) Many thanks to SewCalGal for such a positive and relevant challenge!!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Congratulations!!!!! I didn't get to take part this year..but I hope that SewCalGal can keep this up; it is a wonderful help. I learned a lot last year.

Jacqueline said...

Congrat's to the winners. I am about to tackle FMQ again this month. I have attended 2 classes and don't have the hang of it but I know it will take practice, practice, practice.

Thanks for listing the tuts I will check them out.

Jacque said...

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you sponsors and SewCalGal! There is an incredible wealth of information in those tutorials!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all the hard work you have put in for us over the past two years, to win a prize is most certainly the icing on the cake, so thank you for that as well, What an amazing two years this has been, my FMQ has gone from strength to strength because of you and the tutors. Congratulations to all the ladies on winning the wonderful prizes you secured for these challenges. Long may you reign. You are the tops.

teachpany said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and all who practiced and noticed an improvement in their stitching! I owe my improved stitching to Sew Cal Gal, and her support of this challenge. Thanks so much!! The postings on FB were inspirational!

Dana Gaffney said...

Congratulations to the winners, the FMQ they did is beautiful.

Barb said...

Congrats to the winners...a big thank you to the Sponsors and to you for such hard work

Karen said...

Congratulations everyone -- just beautiful work!