2012 FMQ Challenge: Summary

13 12 2012

This year I participated in my first-ever long-distance quilting challenge — the 2012 FMQ Challenge hosted and organised by SewCal Gal, a lady in southern California. Each month, SewCal Gal arranged for a different tutor to teach us a particular technique. All the tutors were great, and I’ve already incorporated many of their techniques in the quilts I’ve quilted this year. Some techniques I may never never use again, but I’m glad I did them. One thing about doing something you’re unfamiliar with is that it forces you to try something new — and even if you don’t like it and will never do it again, at least now you know why.

So this post highlights some of the sample pieces I did over the course of the year. Each month has a link to the blog post I wrote about my process and what I learnt from doing that month’s challenge piece, as well as a photo depicting the practice piece.

I’d like to thank SewCal Gal and all the wonderful tutors for giving up their time and sharing their knowledge so freely (yes, this challenge cost us nothing to enter except our time and dedication). I had a great time doing the challenge pieces and I learnt a LOT! I’d also like to thank all the other participants who so willingly shared their adventures on our Facebook page, and who so kindly helped everyone else, even if was just words of encouragement or ‘Likes’ for a particular piece.

January: Frances Moore: Leaves

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/2012-fmq-challenge-january/


February: Diane Gaudynski: Feathers

Blog posts (yes, there are two!): https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/2012-fmq-challenge-february/ and https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/2012-fmq-challenge-february-more-feathers/


March: Ann Fahl: Loopy fills

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/2012-fmq-challenge-march/

2012 FMQ Challenge March 01

April: Don Linn: Marked designs

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/2012-fmq-challenge-april/

Design 2 stitched out with McTavishing as the external filler

May: Leah Day: Spine designs

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/2012-fmq-challenge-may/


June: Cindy Needham: Micro fills

Blog posts(yes, there are two for this month!): https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/2012-fmq-challenge-june/ and https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/2012-fmq-challenge-june-part-2/


July: Angela Walters: Tiled fills

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/2012-fmq-challenge-july/

July 2012 FMQ Challenge piece

August: Wendy Sheppard: Jester’s hats

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/08/19/community-quilt-13-and-2012-fmq-challenge-for-august/


September: Paula Reid: Marked design

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/2012-fmq-challenge-september/


October: Teri Lucas: Name echoing and fills

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/2012-fmq-challenge-october/


November: Sarah Vedeler: Spirals

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/2012-fmq-challenge-november/


December: Patsy Thompson: Border effects

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/2012-fmq-challenge-december/


Bonus tutorial: Susan Brubaker Knapp: Photo

Blog post: https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/09/30/2012-fmq-challenge-bonus-tutorial/





11 responses

13 12 2012
Kathy Feltmate

Just a wonderful display of talent, congratulations!

13 12 2012

Beautiful work Rhonda! Congratulations on completing the entire year of challenges!

14 12 2012

An amazing collection. I’ve really enjoyed seeing these pop up during the year.

14 12 2012

Wow, I feel I’ve just been to a quilt show. Loved seeing all of your pieces for this challenge. They are absolutely beautiful. Great job.

I’m so proud of you for completing the 2012 FMQ Challenge. I know it is a big time commitment, to focus on FMQ. But your FMQ really looks fantastic!


14 12 2012

It’s so neat to see these wrap-up posts! Congratulations on completing the challenge! Wonderful job! ~Jeanne

15 12 2012
Kim B.

Rhonda – I’m so impressed you stayed with the challenge all year, photographed all your samples, AND blogged about each tutorial — congratulations!! I really like your feathers and I think your spined designs turned out really cool.

15 12 2012

You have produced some really great work this year Rhonda. Your feathers are beautifully executed. Well done!

17 12 2012
Barbara Sindlinger

Holy moly – the bonus tutorial is gorgeous. Great job on the challenge.

5 01 2013
Emily Galea

Your work is stunning and truly an inspiration. Thank you.

6 01 2013
Practice may not make perfect, but it helps! « At Random

[…] Last year (2012) I participated in the 2012 FMQ Challenge (http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com.au/p/free-motion-quilt-challenge.html) and that pushed my boundaries even more. I forced myself to make each month’s practice piece, even if I wasn’t keen on the technique or felt I’d never use it again. Some of my efforts were less than impressive (https://sandgroper14.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/2012-fmq-challenge-summary/) […]

1 09 2013
Practice may not make perfect, but it helps! | Rhonda Bracey: At Random

[…] Last year (2012) I participated in the 2012 FMQ Challenge (http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com.au/p/free-motion-quilt-challenge.html) and that pushed my boundaries even more. I forced myself to make each month’s practice piece, even if I wasn’t keen on the technique or felt I’d never use it again. Some of my efforts were less than impressive (https://rhondabracey.com/2012/12/13/2012-fmq-challenge-summary/) […]

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