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Saturday, December 22, 2012

2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge - October Winners

All of the monthly tutorials and bonus tutorials are now released and I'm trying to play catch up on announcing winners of the monthly challenges.  This post is focused on the October FMQ Challenge and announcing the winner of the October Monthly Challenge.

The October FMQ Challenge, where Teri Lucas showed us how to combine a variety of designs to create an amazing project.

Before I announce the winners of the October 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 September  Challenge.

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

Teri has also worked with Quilting Arts Magazine to have ten (10) copies of the issue that contains her excellent article on Improving Machine Quilting.  To clarify, in addition to the regular Monthly Prize Bundle, ten participants in the 2012 FMQ Challenge that complete Teri's tutorial, will be randomly selected to win a copy of the issue of Quilting Arts with Teri's article on free-motion quilting.

QuiltingArtsJanuary/Feburary 2011 – Improving Machine Quilting

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!

Ok, time to announce the winners.  The eleven (11) winners of the October FMQChallenge were randomly selected based on those that completed the challenge in the month the tutorial was released.   There were 129 entries for this challenge.  

The winner of the monthly bundle prize is:

Billie Bee (Billie Bee's Blog)

Congratulations to Billie Bee!

The ten winners of the bonus prize that Teri coordinated with QuiltingArts, for a copy of the  January/Feburary 2011 – Improving Machine Quilting, issue by Quilting Arts, which includes a tutorial article by Teri are:

  1. Peggy Harty
  2. Nancy (S is for Stitch)
  3. Carol 
  4. Ramona
  5. Anne C
  6. Angelina (Quilting after Dark
  7. Marlene (Madame Quilter)
  8. Vrooman's Quilts
  9. Rebecca Grace (CheekyCognoscenti)
  10. Linda (Uniquely Yours Creations)

Congratulations to all of these lucky winners.  I'll be sending an email to all of the winners to let them know, as well as to get their mailing info.  But, if they see this message first, I hope they'll email me their info.  With the exception of the gloves & DVD, which are part of the monthly prize bundle, I'll be shipping all the other prizes.  I want to have all of these prizes shipped by the 28th.   If the winners have a chance, I sure hope you'll send a note of thanks to the sponsors of these prizes, as well as the Postage Angels who have donated to help supplement postage expenses.

A few reminders:

  • Grand Prize - For 2012 FMQ Challenge Participants that complete any 12 tutorials (any combination of monthly/bonus tutorials) in 2012 and want to enter to win a grand prize, be sure to enter by December 31st.  At the time of this post, only 35 of the 2,000+ participants in this challenge have entered to win a Grand Prize.  {click here to enter}
  • Bonus Tutorials - Many of the bonus tutorials also have giveaways which those that complete the respective tutorial anytime in 2012 can enter to win a prize.  The exception is the December Bonus Tutorial, by Teri Lucas, has a deadline of January 15th.

Bonus Month
FMQ Expert
Tutorial Topic
FMQ Challenge: Hand marbled fabrics
FMQ Challenge: Finding fabulous motifs
FMQ Challenge: Machine Trapunto
Teri Lucas
FMQ Challenge:  Print on Fabric with Kaleidoscope Creator software and Feathers!

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Cyn said...

Congrats to all the winners. This has definitely been the year to work on FMQ. Thanks SoCalGal for all the support and opportunities. It's been great.

Joanna said...

Congrats to the winners. That was an interesting exercise and fun to work on. My name was a challenge and I thought of shortening it to "Jo" - just kidding. Thanks for putting this together, SewCalGal.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Yeah Billie! And congratulations to all the winners and thank you SewCalGal and sponsors - it has been a wonderful learning experience for me.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Congratulations ladies!!!! Merry Christmas to all of you...and SewCalGal; have a wonderful holiday. Thank you and Happy Holidays to Terri Lucas; it was fantastic! Been a wonderful year of learning.

Quilting Babcia said...

Congratulations to all the winners, and a wish for a happy Holiday season to all!

Joan said...

Congratulations to all winners and a happy Christmas to all.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all of the October winners!!!