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Free Motion Quilt Challenge Summary

Thank you so much to SewCalGal and her talented and generous free motion quilting teachers!  I have enjoyed a year’s worth of practice and growth since joining the Free Motion Quilt Challenge.  Each month, in 2012, a new challenge was presented.

In summary:


FMQ January Spiral Leaves

Frances Moore  gave us a fun leaf design to practice free motion quilting.  She also gave us a video to view.  You can see this post here.


 First Feather Front

One of my favorite experts, Diane Gaudynski, taught feathers this month.  What a treat!  You can see this post here.


Flower Meandering

Ann Fahl,  suggested keeping a binder/journal of free motion quilting ideas.  She also suggested learning meandering patterns other than stippling.  You can see this post here.


Front Quilted

Don Linn created a video tutorial for April.  He showed a great transfer method for quilt designs!  He also described an easy way to come up with quilting designs.  You can see this post here.



This month’s free motion quilt expert was the generous Leah Day.  Leah gave two assignments…a Double Stipple and Railroad Tracks.  You can see this post here.



The June Free Motion Quilting Challenge was a tutorial by Cindy Needham.  Cindy gave us so much useful information and lots of practice!  I loved this month!  Cindy suggested the ‘divide and conquer’ method.  You can see this post here.



Angela Walters,  Quilting Is My Therapy, taught how to section off the work and then fill in the sections.  She calls this quilting design Tiles.  You can see this post here.



The August Free Motion Quilt Challenge was a tutorial from Wendy Sheppard.   You can find her blog at Ivory SpringWendy shared her “Jester” free motion quilting design for this challenge.  You can see this post here.



The September Free Motion Quilt Challenge was a tutorial Paula Reid.   Paula’s tutorial had us practice with a stencil.  You can see this post here.



Teri Lucas had us begin this month’s tutorial by drawing our names and designs on paper.  We branched out from there.  You can see this post here.


Trapunto added for Texture

Trapunto added for Texture

Sarah Vedeler had us practicing spiral variations; lots of fun!  You can see that post here.



Patsy Thompson shared border design and quilting tips.  She created a terrific video to demonstrate her tips.  I loved this month!  You can see that post here.

Linda Moran, Susan Brubaker Knapp, Diane Loomis and Teri Lucas all provided  bonus challenges.  I look forward to doing those after the holidays.  What a wonderful year of quilting!

Free Motion Quilting Challenge – April

I am participating in the 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge over at SewCalGal.  The multitalented quilter, Don Linn, has created a video tutorial for April.

I decided to use a design that I drew in EQ7.

Don Linn has a great transfer method for quilt designs!  All I need are simple tools…a Sharpie, an embroidery hoop, and a piece of tulle.  Put the tulle in the hoop, lay it over my design (tulle pressed flat over the design), and carefully trace with the Sharpie.

After heat setting the traced design, place it back into the hoop and lay it over my fabric (again, tulle pressed flat to the fabric).  Now here is where I screwed up…don’t be like me.  I used my favorite chalk marker, but my marks were gone before I could actually free motion stitch.  So I faked it, and my stitching is not as accurate as it should be.  Perhaps with a less complicated design, the chalk would have lasted longer.  With the right marker, the transferring works great!

I used a purple rayon in the top, and a purple 50 wt. Aurifil in the bobbin.  I also used a 90/14 denim Schmetz needle and loosened my top tension. 

The fabric is my own hand-dyed fabric.

Don Linn also describes an easy way to come up with quilting designs.  I chose a simple design from one of my favorite, well-used books.  The copyright is 1994.  I got mine several years ago (maybe in 1994) from Dover books, but in doing a quick Google search, I see it is still available in several places. 

This is so simple!  I cut out the teardrop shape.

And I tried it rounded side up (top left of photo) and rounded side down (top right of photo).  I like it rounded side down, but tucked under the heart (lower half of photo).  Ta-da!  New design!