2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge

January lesson by Frances Moore-free motion leaves
February lesson by Diane Gaudynski, feathers

 March lesson by Ann Fahl, background stipple with loop-de-loops-"Easter Joy"

 April lesson by Don Linn, tutorial on a new way to mark quilts using tulle

 May lesson by Leah Day, double background stippling-curvy and railroad tracks

 June lesson by Cindy Needham, Divide-Conquer-fill it in!!! = FUN

July lesson by Angela Walters-Tiles-"Hai Great Dragon Fly"

August lesson by Wendy Sheppard - "Jester Hats"

September lesson by Paula Reid-using her favorite stencil in the center

October lesson by Teri Lucas-quilt our name-then add various free motion quilting to the background

November lesson by Sarah Vedeler-Spirals

December lesson by Patsy Thompson-FMQ Borders

This has been an amazing year of learning. I have used different battings that I never thought to use before, I've become much braver with free motion feathers and I actually don't have to mark them if I don't want to!! I learned about different needles to use with machine quilting, like using a top stitch needle!!! I have experimented with many different threads and designs as you can see in the photos.
I have many unfinished quilts that just need machine quilting and I am ready to tackle them. I have so many quilting "tool" now and I am excited to get started on using them. I am also excited about teaching quilters who live near me the skills I have learned from this amazing experience!!!

Thank-you first to SewCalGal for a year of quilting. And thank you to all our teachers. You have all blessed us with your knowledge and with kind hearts of sharing!!



  1. oh, you leaf FMQ is looking great. Very even leaves.

  2. Pretty darn amazing! I love how each piece is its own entity. Great job!!

  3. Did you just decide to do a different teachers technique every month? Or is that some kind of class? Very cool! You did great! Love the year in FMQ!

  4. You are incredibly skilled! I love your family photos piece. May I borrow the concept?

  5. Congratulations Martha, you have done a wonderful job with all the challenges

  6. Every one is a masterpiece in itself! Super!

  7. What a fantastic year of finishes martha! Great recap of the year and such beautiful work!

  8. every piece just keeps getting better and better! I love how you made such wonderful projects each month. Beautiful!

  9. Martha! What beautiful work! I did one or two months of the MQ challenge - I'm very impressed.
    I'm doing a barter for some work (my plumber :) and he would like a king size quilt. He had no idea what he wanted, and I told him to google quilts and get an idea of what the likes. The picture he sent me was your March challenge quilt (feathers with loop-to-loop). Of course I never expected him to select something like this - not sure if I even want to attemp it (old quilter, new longarmer). But he needs to understand there is a difference between a king size and a wall hanging. Would you mind sending me the dimensions of the quilt?
    Absolutely loved the progress pics and think I need to try a sampler.
    Did you trapunto the purple feathers?

    Thanks for your blog!!

    Gig Harbor WA

  10. Martha, I am amazed! I just finished the challenges myself, but you are so good! You have made such a beautiful piece of every challenge! Such a beautiful machine quilting! I love it! Lots of compliments!

  11. Thank you for your compliment on my blog!

  12. Martha what fabulous work here, I have only just discovered your Blog, how have I missed it? It is just full of superb quilting. I am stunned Martha, you keep so quiet about it all...WHY! You are so talented. Go for it girl.


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