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!
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