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Sunday, September 30, 2012

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge - RE-CAP - September Challenge, with Paula Reid

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First, I want to recognize and formally thank Paula Reid, our September FMQ Expert for her wonderful tutorial.

Paula shared insights on her technique to "Fluff N Stuff" large quilts through a domestic sewing machine, along with insights on her favorite FMQ stencil, for circular feathers.

Everyone had fun learning and/or improving their FMQ skills using Paula's tutorial.

At the point of writing this post, there are ~110 quilters that have completed this tutorial and entered to win a monthly prize.  (note: there are over 2,000 participants that have registered to complete this challenge, but only a small percentage enter the monthly challenges).  And many enjoy the ability to "master" these tutorials at their leisure vs rushing  to complete an exercise in the month it was released.

 It is fun to look at all of they entries, as each of them are truly beautiful.  SewCalGal hopes everyone will be able to view all of the entries too!  There are also more photos, from those that have shared on our optional Facebook Group and/or the Flickr group.

Some have created beautiful projects already, from insights learned in this tutorial.

Quilters of all levels, from all over the world, are participating in this challenge.  While some have experience doing FMQ, many are quite new.  But, we all enjoyed Paula's tutorial very much!  And many participants are already applying Paula's insights, and designs shared in this tutorial to their projects.

On behalf of all the participants, SewCalGal and all of the participants want to extend a special thank you to Paula for providing us such a wonderful tutorial and inspiring us to learn and improve our free-motion quilting skills. 


The objective of the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge is to encourage quilters to learn and improve their FMQ skills, as well as gain more awareness to various FMQ Experts, opportunities to learn, tools that are helpful for those doing FMQ, all on a home sewing machine. While the focus is on learning, and SewCalGal does not want the focus to become all about winning prizes, but I'm also delighted that many generous sponsors have donated wonderful Grand Prizes and Monthly prizes, that will be awarded to participants randomly. It doesn't matter how good you are at FMQ, what matters is you take time to learn and improve.

Participants that do complete the monthly tutorial, in the month that it was released, and choose to enter per the rules on the original tutorial post, will be eligible to win a monthly prize.  For the September tutorial, there are eleven (11) prizes and the winners will be announced ~ mid-October.

I do want to recognize and thank our sponsors for this challenge:

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
for this challenge.

Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop
Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:
1 - $250 GC
1 - $150 GC
1 - $100 GC
3 - $50 GCs
logo One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to The Stencil Company where they can pick out their favorite continuous line stencil designs that are perfect for quilting
Dream World
One lucky winner will receive a Pieceful Holiday Quilting Package, which includes:
a Steady portable tables, a Travel/Storage Bag, Sew Straight Guide, Spinner Tray and Polish Kit
Pieceful Quilting Holiday Package w/ Drawer Tray
estimated value: $149.99
The Electric Quilt Company One lucky winner will receive a copy of EQ7

Retail price: $189.95
June Tailor A bundle of June Tailor products, perfect for free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
A bundle of books, perfect for those interested in free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
for this challenge.


sampler pack of 5 threads (12) which will be used in the monthly "bundle" prizes, every month.

Silk Stars Thread kit, with 12 spools of 40 wt threads, that was awarded to a winner in the January Challenge:

Aurifil Silk Stars Thread Collection-

note:  This prize was awarded during the January challenge.


SewSlip has donated 12 SewSlips, to be awarded to the winner of each monthly "bundle".
Revolving Sewslip images
Sewline: Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils with an extra refill package to be given to winners of monthly prize bundles.
Sewline Products
Quilters TouchQuilters Touch has donated 12 bundles, each with a value of $27.95, which will be given to the winners of the monthly "prize bundles":
Machinge 1 (Medium)

  • Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95),

note:  As machingers are sized for the winner, they will be shipped directly to the respective winners of the monthly prize bundles, from Quilters Touch.  The other part of the monthly prize bundle will be shipped to the monthly prize bundle winners from SewCalGal.
Electric Quilt winners' choice of Quiltmaker Quilting Designs software
from Volume 1-8.  This prize will be awarded during one of the monthly challenges, in a month where there will be two winners.

The monthly Prize Bundle for this Challenge includes:
  • a sampler pack of 5 Aurifil threads, donated by Aurifil.
  • a SewSlip, donated by SewSlip
Revolving Sewslip images

Quilters Touch has donated a pair of  Machingers quilting gloves value $8 each
Machinge 1 (Medium)

And, Quilters Touch donated a Sew Precise Sew Fast Machine Binding DVD (retail $19.95),


Sewline has donated a Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pencils, with an extra refill package.
Sewline Products

There is still time to enter to win a prize, simply visit the September tutorial for more information. But all entries for this monthly challenge need to be submitted in September, so this is the last day you can enter to win one of  eleven (11) prizes to be randomly awarded to winners of the September Challenge.  To clarify, this is not a judged challenge.  Just simply complete the tutorial and follow the instructions to enter, that are posted on the respective tutorial.  

The main page for this challenge, which has a tab under the header of my blog labeled "Free-Motion Quilting Challenge", will be updated mid-October, to announce the winners of the September Challenge. 

And, don't forget you can find Paula at:

Be sure to check out her online schedule, to see if she is teaching a workshop in your area.   You can also speak with your local Quilt Guild Program Chairperson and your local quilt shops to have them schedule a workshop with Paula in your area.  Paula loves to travel and teach workshops, as well as give presentations.  She has a variety of topics too, which inspire many quilt guilds and shop to have her come on a regular basis.  Check out her workshop & lecture description page, for a complete list.

For those attending Quilt Market, be sure to stop by the Brother International Booth where Paula will be demonstrating.


Lastly, The October tutorial will be released tomorrow, October lst. An email announcement, with additional information, will also be sent to those that signed up for optional emails for this event. If you didn't sign up for such emails and are interested, click here to sign up. 

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Joanna said...

Paula, thank you for your tutorial. I picked up some tips that are helping me in my fmq practices. Your work is truly lovely.

teachpany said...

Paula, thanks again for the information and inspiration. It was interesting to learn more about you. And SewCal Gal, thanks again for another wonderful chance to improve FMQ. This is an outstanding opportunity.

Martha said...

Thank-you Paula!!! I enjoyed the lessons you gave us. I really enjoy using stencils and this one is beautiful!!!! I did have plans to have this completely done by now, but two weeks ago I broke my little toe running through the house with the grandson!!! No more running in the house!!! :-) I am looking forward to finishing my little quilt and I will post it when done!!! Thanks also SewCalGal-love all these fabulous teachers!!! We are so very fortunate to have you!!! Martha

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Can't believe we are getting so close to the end of the year!! Thank you Darlene and Paula for a great month...loved the tutorial!!!

Unknown said...

Thank you Paula for the great tutorial. Enjoyed this month's challenge. I actually did this one four times. Love your work thanks for sharing with us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Paula! It was a fun tutorial!