Sunday, December 23, 2012

Free Motion Quilting Challenge 2012 Wrap Up




I can't believe the year is coming to an end. It seems we just started free motion quilting. I was so apprehensive at the beginning of the year. Anything new was rather scary. I just kept moving forward. I've become more comfortable at free motion quilting. I'm constantly trying to think of how I would quilt something as I piece my tops together. I would like to thank SewCal Gal as well as all the wonderful quilting teachers that donated their time to help us learn so much! Quilters are so generous in so many ways. The picture above just incorporates a few of the techniques I learned this year. There are swirls, pebbles and lines just in this small portion of a wall hanging I made. I'm so happy I'm able to choose from a few techniques. I was only able to stitch in the ditch and meander before I started this challenge.

Here is my year in review:

January featured Frances Moore who showed us how to quilt leaves. This pattern reminded me of ivy!


February featured Diane Gaudynski and her lovely (but difficult for me) feathers.


March featured Ann Fahl and her allover patterns of loops, flowers, stars and spirals.




April featured Don Linn who gave us a wonderful pattern with a new way of transferring patterns onto our fabric.


May featured the fabulous Leah Day who taught us railroad tracks.


June featured Cindy Needham who introduced us into using our quilt space to showcase different stitches to become a ZenTangle.



July featured Angela Walters who showed us how to quilt tiles and fill them with free motion quilting.
                        
 

August featured Wendy Sheppard with her adorable (but hard) jester's hats.


September featured Paula Reid who gave us a lovely quilting design.



October featured Teri Lucas who had us use silk fabric and really machine quilt some great designs.


 November featured Sarah Vedeler who had us try spirals. This was such great fun to quilt! Loved it!



December featured Patsy Thompson but I opted for the bonus tutorial taught by Teri Lucas. She used Kaleidoscope Kreator 3 software that I just might have to buy!






That's been my year, so far, in free motion quilting! I enjoyed it and felt I learned so much. Thank you to all who helped us out throughout the year. Hoping to keep at it and continue to finish my projects!

10 comments:

  1. Just look at all you've accomplished in one short year! Your quilting samplers are wonderful! So much fun seeing all these year-end wrapup posts from everyone in the FMQ Challenge. Merry Christmas and a peaceful new year to you and yours!

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    1. Thanks so much! I would never have made this progress without all these wonderful tutorials every month. I still plan on practicing! Thanks for visiting my blog! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  2. Congratulations on finishing the challenge for each month! I think my favorite is the December one.
    You have quite an enviable bag of tricks for finishing those quilts!

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad I tried them all. It will be nice to be able to finish up my quilts!! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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  3. Beautiful work and well done on completing the challenge. While I did not participate formally, I did follow the challenge loosely and tried a few things here and there. It's been absolutely marvelous. Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year.

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    1. Karin, thanks so much for the nice comment. I really enjoyed this challenge and felt I learned so much. It's so nice that you visited my blog! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  4. YOur samples look great. It was fun learning new techniques and different patterns to use in our quilts. Now I need to try some in some bigger quilts. Well done!

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    1. I'm hoping to use the new patterns in larger quilts too. It's so nice we were able to actually learn new techniques throughout the year. Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

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  5. Look at you!!! You did so well with the challenge!!! I can certainly see a beautiful progression through the year. Do you feel comfortable with FMQ now?

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  6. I would say more comfortable than when I started. Some patterns are still difficult and get me nervous! I'm getting there. Practice is really the key. I really should remember that!

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