2012 Free-Motion Quilting – Grand Prize Entries

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For those that are participating in the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge (FMQ) this is the post for those that want to enter to win a Grand Prize.

First, I want to recognize and thank all of our FMQ Experts as without their help this challenge would never have happened:   Leah Day,   Ann FahlDiane Gaudynski,   Susan Brubaker Knapp, Don Linn,  Diane Loomis, Teri LucasFrances MooreCindy Needham,  Paula ReidWendy Sheppard,   Patsy Thompson,  Angela Walters and Sarah Vedeler.

I also want to recognize and thank all of our sponsors who generously donated prizes for this challenge:
AurifilDon Linn, The Electric Quilt CompanyThe Fat Quarter Shop, Kaleidoscope Kreator Diane Loomis, Martingale, Cindy NeedhamQuilters TouchPaula ReidSewline:SewSlipWendy SheppardThe Stencil Company,  Dream World Northwest (Sew Steady Tables), June Tailor, and Patsy Thompson.

SewCalGal is proud to recognize our
 for this challenge:
Sponsor(s) Prize(s)
The Fat Quarter Shop

Six prizes for Grand Prize Winners:
1 – $250 GC
1 – $150 GC
1 – $100 GC
3 – $50 GCs
logo One lucky winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to The Stencil Company where they can pick out their favorite continuous line stencil designs that are perfect for quilting
Dream World
One lucky winner will receive a Pieceful Holiday Quilting Package, which includes:
a Steady portable tables, a Travel/Storage Bag, Sew Straight Guide, Spinner Tray and Polish Kit
Pieceful Quilting Holiday Package w/ Drawer Tray
estimated value: $149.99
The Electric Quilt Company One lucky winner will receive a copy of EQ7

Retail price:  $189.95
June Tailor A bundle of June Tailor products, perfect for free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100
A bundle of books, perfect for those interested in free motion quilting, with an estimated value over $100

There are many ways you participants in the 2012 FMQ Challenge can enter to win a Grand Prize, but ultimately you need to complete 12 of any of the FMQ tutorials (monthly or bonus) tutorials, anytime in 2012 and show evidence via the single entry link that you use to enter in this post on or before December 31st, 2012.

To clarify, you need not have completed a monthly tutorial during the month it was released, as you are still eligible to enter if you complete 12 tutorials anytime in 2012.  For example, you could complete the

What you will need to do is show evidence on which of the 12 tutorials you completed AND describe what you learned during this challenge.  Did you just do the samples?  Did you apply any of what you learned to other projects?  Did you learn about threads, batting, other new techniques?  Did you enjoy learning about FMQ Experts?  Please feel free to describe what you learned as you feel appropriate, thinking back on this past year and what these FMQ Experts offered and how you might look forward to using FMQ in your projects in the future.
For participants that created the optional FMQ Sampler they simply need to show evidence of their completed sampler, sharing insights on which 12 FMQ tutorials they applied to their sampler.
For participants that completed 12, or more, FMQ tutorials, they can share photos showing the 12 Tutorials they completed.   Or a single picture that shows 12 practice sandwiches.

For bloggers, this is probably easier than non-bloggers as everyone is limited to one “link” entry.  And certainly a blog allows you the flexibility of sharing one or many photos in a post.

Non-bloggers can upload one image to Flickr, with one link back to this Grand Prize linky.   As such, non-bloggers may want to take a picture of their FMQ sampler quilt, or a single picture of all of their practice sandwiches, or consider using a software program that allows them to create an single image that shows a collection of photographs.

1) You will need to have a Flickr account (www.flickr.com). 
2) Upload your photos for this month’s challenge to Flickr, batch organize, send your photos to groups, select “2012 FMQ Challenge“. While Flickr, limits the amount of text you can share in your description, feel free to share your perspective on this exercise and/or your past FMQ experience, if you wish.
3) After your photos have successfully been loaded to the “2012 FMQ Challenge” group, click on your best photo in that group, ideally one that shows the stencil and how you quilted using that stencil. Copy the URL link to your particular photo entry. Add that link to the linky tool below, to officially enter.

note: While there was a unique group for each monthlychallenge, based on feedback the generic 2012 FMQ Challenge  group was been created that will hold all your photos for the remaining monthly challenges, so you will not need to rejoin a group on Flickr every month.