Monday, December 3, 2012

2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge Overview

 I loved the 2012 FMQ Challenge.  Here are my 12 completed practise sandwiches.  I had lots of trouble photographing this.  Click on the photo to get a better view.
 This is only half.  You get a better picture.
This is the other half.  Click on each of the photos to get a better picture of what I have done.
 
Now for what I have learned.  It is so much that I don't really think I can express it all. Let me try to make a list.
 
1.  I got to take class from some of the top quilting professionals in the business.  I never could have afforded to do that on my own.  Just getting to know them and getting their feedback was awesome.  Some of them even wrote messages just for "me."  They were such giving people. 
 
2.  I learned that I am better at small curving quilting than I am at long straight lines.
 
3.  I learned to not care so much about being "perfect" and just have a good time.  If it isn't perfect, no one really cares but me.  Look at some of those blocks I made, some are awesome and some are not so awesome.
 
4.  I have learned to take what I have learned and actually make several quilts with those skills and patterns.
 
5.  I set a goal a while back to learn to quilt my own quilts.  I am there.  I am ready.  I have actually been doing pretty good, and I don't mean to sound braggy. 
 
Last, but not least, thanks to SewCalGal for all the work this challenge took.  Thanks for your time, your insight and your knowledge.  You were one of the first blogs I started following and I will never regret having become your blogging friend.
Happy quilting to all!!!! 
 
 

9 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

Colleen, It's been a great adventure for all of us, and I for one hope the Facebook group stays active long after the challenge ends! Your December piece looks great, and isn't it wonderful to have a sampler to look back on and see how much progress was made in one short year!
Happy Holidays to you!

Mary Ann said...

Congratulations! I agree completely that being a part of this challenge was worth its weight in gold!!

Joanne said...

Your quilting is stunning, especially the December one.
I don't think it sounds at all "braggy" - you should "toot your own horn" - you have worked hard and it shows. Congratulations!!

SewCalGal said...

Wow, does this piece look beautiful. What a great sampler to show all the FMQ designs you've mastered. Great job! Love it. Absolutely love it!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

tizart said...

Beautiful Work!!!!!

Ray and Jeanne said...

Gorgeous! I love seeing the wrap-up posts! Congratulations on completing the challenge! Wonderful job! ~Jeanne

Barbara Sindlinger said...

It's great to know that so many of us learned so much this year Love your sampler.

CaroleM said...

Great work!!

OT Quilter said...

Your quilting is lovely! I was sorry to come to the end of the Challenge, weren't you?

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