This page was last updated on: April 3rd, 2013
Over 2,000 quilters participated in the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge where 15 FMQ Experts provided 16 tutorials and sponsors donated amazing prizes. While SewCalGal did not plan to host more challenges in 2013, enthusiastic participants wanted to continue to learn and have more FMQ Challenges, inspiring SewCalGal to host 4-6 FMQ Challenges in 2013 that will primarily be based on tutorials released during the 2012 FMQ Challenge.
SewCalGal encourages quilters to take classes, read books, watch DVDs, follow blogs that share insights on FMQ and practice! And, for those that did not complete all of the tutorials released in the 2012 FMQ Challenge, or didn't have time to master a tutorial, I encourage you to take time to practice.
Like the 2012 FMQ Challenge, the 2013 FMQ Challenges will be focused more on learning and less about winning prizes. Still, we'll have sponsors and prizes will be randomly awarded to those that finish three or more of the challenges released in 2013. You'll also have more time to complete these challenges as they will all be released prior to June lst and you'll have until October 31st to complete them. Prizes will be announced sometime this summer and awarded in early November. But, it will be your responsibility to follow along these challenges, by getting updates from my blog, to learn how to enter to win prizes. To clarify, your entry in the individual challenges is only one part. The next step will be a special entry, where you show evidence of which tutorials in 2013 that you completed. A post with linky will be released in October where you'll need to enter to win prizes.
Why are prizes not listed now?
As SewCalGal, I have been focused on wrapping up the 2012 FMQ Challenge and hosting other activities that had been planned, thus not a lot of time was left for coordinating the 2013 FMQ Challenges. Plus, I'm not honestly sure how many participants there will be, so I hate to ask sponsors to donate till I have a better idea. Thus, if you are planning on participating in any of the 2013 FMQ Challenges, please take a moment to sign up for the NEW email list for this 2013 challenge at: http://eepurl.com/xurZb A limited number of emails will be shared and they primarily will be used to notify you when new challenges are released, as well as periodic updates on this challenge.
Links to the 2013 FMQ Challenges:
2013 FMQ Challenge #1 - Threadplay with Libby Lehman
2013 FMQ Challenge #2 - AAQI Piece
2013 FMQ Challenge #3 - Feathers, by Joanne of Thread Head
2013 FMQ Challenge #4 - FMQ Postcard Swap, hosted by Janet McElroy (to be announced before June lst). This challenge will be based on Janet's Postcard Swap. Those that are participating in this swap can easily enter and those that have not participated may want to join the Swap, or at least get familiar with Janet's tutorials for FMQ Postcards. While more details on this challenge will be released soon, participants will basically need to create FMQ Postcards. It will be optional if you want to swap or keep them, but SewCalGal highly encourages participants to swap. What a great way to get a special collection of beautiful FMQ postcards, with all the special memories and friendships that can go with it!
2013 FMQ Challenge #5 - Sponsored by Patsy Thompson Designs
2013 FMQ Challenge #6 - 2012 FMQ Challenge 2nd Chance. This is a great opportunity for those that didn't complete 12, or more, challenges in 2012 in time to be able to enter to win a Grand Prize. AND, an opportunity for those that did complete and enter, but have continued to practice FMQ and can show they have improved. While more info will be revealed soon, keep working on the tutorials released in 2012 and keep practicing!
For those using Facebook, our optional group that was setup for this challenge will remain open and is a good way for those interested in FMQ to share insights on this topic. The group is called "2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge"
Links to additional information participants are encouraged to read:
- Suggested Supplies for free-motion quilting. FMQ Experts may also share insights on their personal preferences when their tutorial is released. You are also encouraged to refer to supplies that you find in your books and DVDs on FMQ, and to try a variety of supplies to form your own opinion on "your" favorites.
- Practice Quilt Sandwiches
- Optional Sampler quilt designs
- FMQ Q&A
- DVDs on Free-Motion Quilting
- Books on Free-Motion Quilting
- FMQ Videos on YouTube
Sponsors of the 2013 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge are still being identified. Those interested in being a sponsor for this event can contact SewCalGal by email
|The Fat Quarter Shop|
|Five quilting books, one each for five lucky winners. SewCalGal will be shipping these prizes to winners and they will be open to winners living any place in the world. |
Marble-T Design, LLC
Hand-Marbled Fine Art Fabrics
|Two Fat Quarters of hand-marbled fabrics, one each for two winners. The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside either in the US or Canada.|
Fabrics N Quilts
|Two $25 Gift Certificates, one each for two lucky winners any where in the world.|
The Quilt Show
|One lucky winner will receive a one year membership to The Quilt Show. This prize is open to one lucky winner any where in the world.|
| Clever Craft Tools||Four lucky winners will receive one pair of Grip & Stitch Quilting Disks. The sponsor will be shipping these prizes directly to the winners who will need to reside in the US.|
Links to 2012 FMQ Challenge Tutorials
January, Frances Moore
February, Diane Gaudynski
March, Ann Fahl (post is visible, but tutorial was removed, as requested by Ann)
April, Don Linn
May, Leah Day
June, Cindy Needham
July, Angela Walters
August, Wendy Sheppard
September, Paula Reid
October, Teri Lucas
November, Sarah Vedeler
December, Patsy Thompson
May Bonus Tutorial #1, Linda Moran
August Bonus Tutorial #2, Susan Brubaker Knapp
October Bonus Tutorial #3, Diane Loomis
December Bonus Tutorial #4, Teri Lucas
Remember to check back, as this page will be updated periodically.