January - Frances Moore taught an all over leaf design. I used this in the border of a quilt for a friend.
February - Diane Gaudynski showed us how to create feathers. Here is my sample which I used in the same friend's quilt. My feathers have certainly changed from this sample - they were long and skinny but now they are great big fat things. I'm better at turning corners as well.
March - This challenge was by Anne Fahl. Unfortunately, it had been removed by the time I started the challenge, so I have substituted the August bonus tutorial by Susan Brubaker Knapp. Susan showed us how to take photos of our environment and translate them to quilting. This was fun.
April - Don Linn showed us how to transfer a motif using a fine mesh fabric and an embroidery hoop. I've used this several times, but will pre-wash the mesh fabric in future, as the permanent marker transferred to the quilt top in a couple of places - it was a bit random where it came through. I bought the e-book version of Sophisticated Stitches by Don, but no luck in printing the motifs.
May - Leah Day - the one who started me on my FMQ, taught two versions of stippling - I did the stippling on stippling option. For my friend's quilt, I used a different design from Leah's website on almost every block - she has fantastic tutorials which I have watched and practiced many times. I've also signed up for Leah's Craftsy course.
June - Cindy Needham taught us to divide and conquer space and then use different quilting styles in the sections. While I love how this can look, I'm not sure that I want to quilt as densely as I mostly make bed or lap quilts. I've signed up for Cindy's Craftsy course as I would like to use some of her ideas, but probably quilt more loosely.
August - Wendy Sheppard taught us the fun, but often difficult Jester's hats. I seemed to quilt this one better than I could draw it. Wendy's site is fantastic and I have used her tutorials time and again. I had already marked this one to try, so having it in the challenge was great. I'll definitely be using it again.
September - Paula Reid challenged everyone to quilt a feathered stencil. I used Don Linn's method to transfer the design. I'm still not good at following the lines, but need to for my sister's quilt.
October - Teri Lucas asked us to stitch our name and then use different fillers to quilt a block. I just love the nautilus shell design she showed us and will use it in future quilts.
November - Sarah Vedeler challenged participants to practice spirals - different sizes and all in a row. I did this challenge on our first day back from overseas, and rushed it a bit. I'll do this one again next year as I need to keep practicing my spirals to get them smooth and consistent.