Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Year of the FMQ Challenge

I can't believe that it has been almost a year since I started the Sew Cal Gal Free Motion Quilting Challenge!

I filled in a square every month, plus the border - which is the December challenge. The squares are 8", and the whole piece measures about 35" x 50".

Here are all the months in order (click on the month for the link for that particular challenge on the SewCalGal site) -


this was a nice, easy one to start the challenge
February -

Diane Gaudynski is my favourite - her books started my FMQ journey

March -

this one was fun because I tried out different threads (hard to see but there are some metallic threads in there)

April -

good to learn a new way to mark a quilt

May -

this was another fun one


this one lead me to take an online Cindy Needham class, that I absolutely loved!

July -

August -

this one came at the right time because I was looking for a different background for a quilt I was quilting at the time

September -

for this one I just added some "Hyper Quilting" that Patsy Thompson described on the December Challenge

October -

I had lots of fun trying all kinds of threads, and quilting designs for this one

November -

I had fun trying the swirls in different ways

I created a very tight, curvy centre for the feathered border, which was very different for me, and I love how it turned out

this is the back - I added "hyper quilting" which was hard to see on the front

I am pleased that I chose to make the sample quilt, because now I have a great reference that is all together.

I really enjoyed the challenge because it introduced me to new (to me) quilters, and it expanded my quilting design repertoire.

A huge thank-you to Sew Cal Gal and all the wonderful teachers! It was a really great experience!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Kathy said...

Thanks for showing this! You inspired me with your samples from the Craftsy class - I signed up last week when they had their Black Friday sale, but I haven't taken the class yet. I'm thinking I'll do it between Christmas and New Year's once all the Christmas busyness is over. After seeing your sampler, I'm going to go back and do some of those tutorials, too. Your samples really look great!

Lesley said...

I am so proud of you! I have watched your progress month by month and you have become a master at can do anything! Congrats for your true commitment! I took the pledge and didn't get the first month done...guess I will continue to rely on others to do my FMQ. Yay you!

Raewyn said...

Awesome - you truly have bee3n committed this year and you have mastered heaps. Your sampler is fantastic - well done!!

Anonymous said...

It was fun to see all of your blocks again and in one quilt! What a great idea to have each block sampling the month.

Linda and Michelle said...

Joanne you did a great job! I love how the sampler turned out - makes me wish I did something similar. Really GREAT job!!!

Ruth said...

That was such a good idea to do the sampler quilt and have them all together. I finished November on the 30th and when I saw Patsy's tutorial I realized that I had better get going on December soon as it will be a busy month. I am still lacking 2 months due to travel, and I don't see any way that I can make them up now. I have learned a lot though and am very thankful for the challenge. I will continue to check your blog for ideasm when I am trying to figure out what to quilt!

Eileen said...

Joanne, you've done a beautiful job with all of the challenges. Your sample quilt will be a great addition to your wall.

June D said...

What an inspiration! Great that you made an actual quilt with all the challenges! Very nice project! Congrats!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Stunning project!!!! I like each sample; but love what you did with Semptember...

Quiltsmiles said...

Joanne, Your quilt documents your improvements and points towards your perfecting this craft. What a nice idea and when You'll treasure for years to come.
Nicely Done. Jane

Sharon said...

Joanne, I am so glad you have shown all your blocks together. You do inspiring work.

Barb said...

Wow - you have become such a super stitcher! I'm hoping to do more machine quilting next year -

Mary Ann said...

I hope you will consider teaching classes - you've improved so much and have a lot to share with others! Congratulations!

tizart said...

Fantastic work! Looking forward to the next year following your Blog!!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work!

Ray and Jeanne said...

Wow! It's so neat to see these wrap-up posts - yours is awesome! ~Jeanne

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Nice quilt - will be great for a reference in the future.

Raewyn said...

Well done - isn't it great all the tutorials together in one piece?! Like how you jazzed up some of them with the hyperquilting.

Jacquelin said...

Ha quedado estupendo el sampler. Me gusta con tanto colorido.

CaroleM said...

great job! I love the sample quilt!

OT Quilter said...

I enjoy your blog very much. Congratulations on completing the Challenge. It was a wonderful experience, wasn't it?

SewCalGal said...

Joanne, you did a fantastic job. Looks absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful FMQ Sampler you now have.


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