Are you looking for a fun and quilty way to start the new year

Just for you, I have done an internet search and found a great Free Motion Machine Quilting Challenge  being run on the SewCal Gal blog.

It is a twelve month challenge, with a different quilting theme, and a prize from Aurifil, each month. There are also some fabulous prizes from other sponsors at the end of 2012. 

The prize for the January Challenge is a great Cotton Mako’ 50 KitArt box from Sarah Vedeler

Kit Art Collection of Cotton Mako' 50 threads used by Sarah Vedeler to embroider her Silk Hearts Quilt

On her blog, SewCal Gal says:

 “Although I still have a lot to learn, I’m thoroughly in love with doing FMQ on  my quilts, on my home sewing machine.  And, I want others to also have a fun year of quilting and to love doing FMQ too.  Thus, I’m hosting the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.”

She has collaborated with a lot of expert machine quilters to provide tutorials and handy hints each month and says:

“I want to clarify that this is a challenge. It is not an online class.  While 12 FMQ tutorials will be shared, participants are encouraged to utilize opportunities to learn by way of taking classes, DVDs, books, youtube videos, Sew-alongs, and simply practicing FMQ on their own. “

The free motion quilting tutorial for January has been provided by Frances Moore.

If you are looking for additional “help” to get started Leah, of “Free Motion Quilting”  has a great introduction to free motion quilting  for beginners, on her blog.

To be eligible to win prizes in the Challenge you will need to register (sign the pledge) and read SewCal Gal’s  instructions about how to enter your quilting each month,  but what a great way to build your free motion quilting skills on your domestic machine in 12 easy steps.

To see all the back posts about the  Challenge, including the “pattern” and the suggested quilting requirements, simply click on the image below.

SewCal Gal started planning the Challenge in November 2011 so be sure to scroll back through her posts to find all the information.

Good Luck!

Be sure to have fun as you complete (compete) in this challenge.


3 Responses

  1. I would love to be able to print this calendar – but I’ve tried 3 times to download the flash widget – and always get 10 pages of what is on this page – not the calendar pages. What am I doing wrong?

    • Hi Laurie, I have sent a copy of the calender directly to you by email as I do not know what caused the problem when you tried to download it from the blog. Regards Jenny

  2. Guess what, I forgot to say that of course the perfect threads to start your free motion quilting challenge will be Cotton Mako’ 40 or 28. check out the colour range in our online store:


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