Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SewCalGal - FMQ Challenge - January

Directions for January

January tutorial

January Recap
Frances Moore

My interpretation of January Leaves:

SewCalGal - Francis Moore Leaves - Front

SewCalGal - Francis Moore Leaves - Back

I thought when I signed up that this monthly challenge was targeted for beginners, but the Facebook entries that are coming in are beautiful, and done by experts!

This pattern is not really easy, but even though I am out of my league, I still went ahead and drew the pattern several times, practiced, and then put the design in this block so it will become part of a quilt.

Take a peek at the Facebook entries to see some really lovely interpretations.  It's so enjoyable to see the details added to this design, and the additional photos of other projects people are sharing.

It's good to add this design to my notebook - I will refer to it and no doubt use it in a quilt (when I have more experience!).

I have been doing most of my FMQ learning from Leah Day and thought it would be good to expose myself to different teachers.  I'm glad I had the support of Leah so I was able to do this design!

Once I submit my entry (I'm number 172 this month), I am entered in a drawing - this month it's for:

  • Sampler Pack of 5 threads
  • Silk Stars Thread kit, with 12 spools of 40 wt threads

Aurifil Silk Stars Thread Collection-
Sewline: Trio Three Color Fabric Marking Pens

All would be nice to receive.  I'm using Aurifil thread for the first time this month - I can see why people prefer it over other thread.  I'm not sure what weight of Aurifil I'm using, I got it at the sewing machine repair shop the last time I was there.  I was saving it to use this thread with the green/blue/brown material that I'm using for the frame of the blocks.

This event will have a new designer and design each month - it will be open all year - so go to the site now to see the updates!

To enter the drawing: 
1.  Write blog entry or post a photo on Flicker.  Copy and save the URL.  Then go to
2.  Click on the January link  - you'll go to the screen with information about the challenge for January.  The direct link is:
3.  Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and add the link to your site.  I'm #160 on this list!

I'm coding all my entries about this project with SewCalGalFMQ2012 so clicking on that will show the most recent post on top.


  1. Hello June,
    Your leaf stitches look really good. There are no eyelashes on the backside, as well the stitches are consistently small. You did a fantastic job covering your quilting space. The leaf shape is coming along nicely, as your leaves do look like leaves. You are well on your way to being an excellent free motion quilter. Bravo... well done!

    1. Tammy - thank you so much for you nice comments! Really made my day.

      : )


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