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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Free Motion Quilt Challenge 2012

All FMQ pieces for the whole 12 Months Challenge

As a lot of you may know,  SewCalGal has been hosting expert Free Motion Quilter's for the last 12 months.
Its been a wonderful experience and has helped in so many ways!  

THANK YOU SewCalGal for this fantastic year you have made possible, and to the wonderful friends we  have made here.

January Our first Challenge was from Francis Moore.
Francis has a great video up for us to see how she worked on her leaf shapes.
There is also some wonderful advice to be found on her blog here. I particularly loved the one about chocolate being on hand :)

My January piece can be found here
Thank you Francis

February brought us to Dianne Gaudynski Her page of the tutorials she gave can be found here on SewCalGal's Blog.I have long been a fan of Diane's and it was so special to have her give so much of her wonderful teachings.
I have all her books and have always followed her blog - which is also so informative. 
Her blog can be found  here

Here is one of my February pieces, on my blog they can be found here  ..  and here

Thank you so very much Diane.. so special!

You can find here what inspired me during Dianes tutorisl too.

March Tutorial came to us by Ann Fahl.
Her tutorialrecap can be found here
Thank you so much to Ann.
My tutorial piece can be found here

APRIL tutorial was by Don Linn

His Tutorial recap can be found here

My post for this excersise can be found at this web page

May Tutorial in our Challenge was with Leah Day
Such a tallented young lady.

Leah's recap tutorial can be found on SewCalGal's web page
 My Tutorial piece can be found here

JUNE Tutorial was by Cindy Needham - WOW did I have fun!

This post can be found here

here, here
and here too
 So very inspirational! Thank you so much Cindy!!

JULY Tutorial found us with Angela Waters and we were off and running with tiles.

My sample can be found here

AUGUST Tutorial we were so fortunate to have Wendy Shepherd teaching us how to sew Jesters hats.
This tested the concentration, and her tutorial re-cap on SewCalGal's blog, can be found here

The page with  sample can be found  on  this web page.

SEPTEMBER  we had Paula Reid teaching us to learn how to "Fluff and Stuff"by using a stencil that Paula provided us with..

Here is my sample for this month, which can be found on my blog

OCTOBER  We had Teri Lucas teaching us a multitude of background designs and this was really fun.
Here is the recap of her lessons, found on SewCalGals blog

My sample for this month are here
I even made a video of how I make my snail shells.

OK - the year is almost gone...how time flies when we are having fun.

NOVEMBER we had Sarah Vedeler teaching us how to do spirals ...and this was not as easy as it sounds

My sample was stitched on Satin, and is here on my blog
Not my strongest exercise to do.

DECEMBER and there we all were with Patsy Thompson. WOW
This one I loved too, and it found me experimenting with some threads..

I have lots more photos on my blog

So there are all the pieces I have done and the pages to find them...that I have done throughout this year.

In between some of these - I have manages to get 2 Bonus Tutorials done.

#2 Bonus Tutorial was with  Susuan Brubaker Knapp 

 Here I must admit to only just finishing this last night.  It was really interesting ...and time flies when we have fun..  I really need to get some more done for this one...but time has slipped away from me!

A little more of this one can be found Here

#3 Bonus Tutorial was with Diane Loomis.
I had never done this before and it is always something I hoped to do.

This is my completed piece... the rest of which, with more detail, can be found on  my blog here
 I could do it.

Well that is my journey this year.

What a journey this has been, and how much I have learnt.  I have found all the tutorials to be very informative and helpful.  I have kept with the 'faith' and Practised Practised Practised..
I have managed to incorporate some of most things in my work and will continue to look back and see how to improve.  I do like the more traditional type of quilting, and there was such a lot here that is so worth while.

A HUGE thank you to all the teachers ... I have learned so much.
AND especially for SewCalGal for hosting this wonderful Challenge and for letting us enjoy the knowledge of so many wonderfully experienced teachers!
They have all shared with us so generously.

It has also been a learning curve for me getting all these pages linked up - something I have never understood before.  
I apologize if this post is way too long, but its the only way


Carol J said...

Wow! Your work is amazing - and you got it all done before the end of the month! I'm going to try but it isn't looking good, being on the road so much really cuts into any sewing time that I used to have :-(

Quilting Babcia said...

Great post Joan. I loved seeing all your challenge pieces again. Each one is beautiful and so meticulously done! I always look forward to seeing your quilted pieces.

Lynette said...

Wow!! What a great post - all your pieces to drool over again, as well as all the links. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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Joanne said...

Good for you Joan!! They all look amazing! The hibiscus turned out lovely.

Jacquelin said...

Vaya trabajo hemos hecho a lo largo de todo el año y lo que hemos aprendido. Tus fotografías y explicaciones también me han ayudado.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge! Great job! Your pieces are wonderful! ~Jeanne

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

You have some great work going on here...congratulations!!

Barbara Sindlinger said...

I agree with the above posters - your pieces are wonderful.

CaroleM said...

Wow, amazing work!

sherry said...

amazing work as always

OT Quilter said...

Your samples are amazing, especially the December one with the borders! Congratulations!