Sunday, October 12, 2014

Free Motion Quilting Fun - A Tutorial and Giveaway!

Hi all -- Happy Sunday!  I'm excited to be guest posting a new Free Motion Quilting tutorial on the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog today!

When I saw this sweet panel "Undersea Adventures", by Linda Ludovico for the Northcott Stonehenge Kids Collection, I couldn't wait to stitch it.  

The panel provides ample background area and objects to practice free motion quilting.  You can find the panel on sale at the Bear Creek Quilting Company  
** Update: This panel is SOLD OUT but there are other great panels available ** 
Panels are an inexpensive way to improve your FMQ skills, the bonus being you're not practicing on a quilt that you spent months piecing.  If you make a few mistakes -- it's no big deal!

 In the tutorial I share a bit about choosing the right threads and quilting motifs, and I give you a few tips to stitch it all up on your domestic machine.  

I had fun digging through my #Aurifil Mako Cotton thread stash to try out the heavier weight threads (28Wt and 12Wt) to accent objects while relying on the trusty 50Wt thread for dense free motion quilting.   
I'm thinking it's time to increase my 12Wt and 28Wt Aurifil thread collection - I just love how they machine stitch! 

Here are a few images to highlight how the different weight threads look when quilted.
Around many of the objects I free motion quilted with Aurifil Mako Cotton 28 Wt thread -- It put the prettiest accent on the undersea creatures!

In the background I stitched some dense free motion quilting using Aurifil Mako Cotton 50Wt thread.  The 50 Wt thread is fine enough that backtracking goes unnoticed and pretty background motifs can be stitched with out thread buildup. 
 In this image the 50Wt thread in Color #2250 (Red) blends perfectly.
You can see that I used a 12Wt thread to put a bead of white down the outside border (with my walking foot) and the yellow/green coral was done in a 28Wt thread -- Love how the 28Wt looks when machine quilted. 
 Please hop on over to Bear Creek Quilting Company Blog to read all the details and peruse the full tutorial.

*** The Giveaway is Closed *** 

To celebrate the tutorial, Bear Creek Quilting Company is sponsoring a giveaway on this post for a $20 gift certificate from their shop!  Woot - Woot! 

 With $20 you can buy the panel and backing fabric to finish the piece -- OR -- you can buy some awesome spools of Aurifil thread!  Oh Yeah!  -- OR -- you can buy anything else you find on their great online shop.  
 
*** The Giveaway is Closed *** 

Chances to Win:

The giveaway is open to domestic and international participants.

Gain one chance to win by signing up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter (old or new). Did you know that all folks that sign up for Shari's Newsletter are eligible for a monthly Bear Creek Quilting Company $25 Gift Certificate drawing?  
Click here to sign up and then come back and let me know you did!

Gain one chance if you "Like" Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.  Click here to see and "Like" their page, leave a comment and be sure to come back and let me know you did.

Gain another chance when you click over to the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog and peruse the "Free Motion Quilting Fun" tutorial.  Leave a comment there letting Shari know what you like about the tutorial and then come on back here and let me know you did.

Gain one chance each for "Liking" Aurifil Threads or Northcott Fabrics on Facebook!!

As always, if you follow Redbird Quilt Co. on Facebook, Pinterest, Craftsy, Twitter, Instagram, or the blog - leave a comment letting me know all that you follow for another chance.

Also -- share, share, share and get the word out about the Tutorial and Giveaway !  Think about the great karma if one of your friends win!!   Leave me a comment if you shared.

The giveaway is open until 8:00 pm EST Sunday, October 19th  *** Giveaway Closed ***
 Thanks for stopping by all -- and please let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial
Enjoy!

Karen  

250 comments:

  1. Wow! That was quite a tutorial. I follow you, of course, and definitely signed up to follow Bear Creek. Thank you for all the info on thread usage. Being new, I appreciate learning all I can. I love the finished product. It never dawned on me to practice on a panel! How clever.

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  2. Ok, first one! :) I signed up the newsletter of Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter.

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  3. And I like the Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook. :)

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  4. I've read this amazing tutorial. It is so great done! Thank you so much!!! :)
    Greetings, Rike

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  5. I "liked" Aurifil for a long time ago. ;)

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  6. And I take the last chance to win this amazing giveaway: I follow your site at Facebook.
    Thanks again for this chance!
    Greetings, Rike

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  7. What a great tutorial! I get the Bear Creek Newsletter! thank you!

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  8. I left a comment on the Bear Creek blog!

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  9. I follow your blog also! thank you again!

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  10. What a great tutorial! I especially like the thread discussion. I recently got my hands on some Aurifil 28 and 40 wt thread - cannot wait to try it! I hesitated on the 12 as I wasn't sure it would work with machine quilting. . . Oh man, it looks amazing!! Now I need to go shopping again ;) haha

    Thank you for the giveaway and for sharing your amazing talents!

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  11. Excellent tutorial.....you covered every step and helped make the decision making process clear. I will look at panals differently now! As for Aurifil...it is the best and I may venture out to try the heavier weight. Thanks for a great tute.

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  12. I get the Bear Creek newsletter.

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  13. Read through your tutorial and left a comment. Thanks for the great information!

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  14. I am signed up already for their newsletter and for following their blog!

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  15. I signed up for their newsletter and blog. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  16. I "Like" Bear Creek on Facebook! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. I like Aurifil on facebook! Thanks again!

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  18. Fantastic tutorial!! And your tips for different thread was most helpful too! I have a panel that I can actually experiment free-motion quilting!

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  19. I already like Bear Creek on FB!

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  20. I already like Aurifil on FB!! Thanks!

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  21. I already like Northcott Fabrics on FB!

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  22. OK it looks like I get 8 chances for the giveaway!

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  23. I liked bear creek quilting onfacebook.

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  24. Oh my, the absolute best fm tut i have ever seen. Gotta get that panel and try it!

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  25. I liked auricular threads and norun cut on facebook.

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  26. I Redbird quilts on instagram and oin febook.

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  27. Thanks for pointing out this very thorough tutorial. I already receive the Bear Creek newsletter.

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  28. I follow your blog via email: wordygirl (at) earthink dot net

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  29. I left a comment on the tutorial, thanking her for the thoroughness and noting that I'd pinned it for future reference.

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  30. I've posted but don'the see them
    oh well!

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  31. I pinned the tutorial and shared it on Twitter.

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  32. Great tutorial. I follow Bear creek as well. I am an email follower. Thanks for sharing

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  33. I "Like" BCQ on facebook. Thanks for sharing

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  34. I also Like Aurifil threads on FB. Thanks for the opportunity on the draw

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  35. I Like Bear Creek Quilting on FB!

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  36. I follow the blog and newsletter with the email haileybarb at gmail dot com.

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  37. Quilt an extensive tutorial! Great panel to work on as a practice piece. Can you explain the advantage of using wool and cotton batting layers?

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  38. I tweeted over at https://twitter.com/MtnQuiltworks/status/521300419226902530 as mtnquiltworks

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  39. I signed up for the blog on Bear Creek quilting

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  40. I liked Bear Creek on facebook

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  41. I liked aurafil threads on facebook

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  42. I liked Northcott fabrics on facebook too

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  43. I also follow your site on facebook and blog

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  44. the tutorial was great I plan to give it a try.... getting brave. thanks so much

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  45. I follow you on FB, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Instagram and your blog. Yep! I think we're pretty well connected :)

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  46. Loved the tut especially SEEING the different thread weights in the quilting. Thanks

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  47. I follow your blog. Thanks for a chance.

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  48. I already get the BCQ newsletter.

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  49. Thank you for the breakdown and rundown of the different threads. I've seen bloggers writing about this but I never quite followed. You've cleared the muddy waters!
    I follow you through GFC and Bloglovin'.
    Thank you for the chance.

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  50. I have signed up for the BCQ newsletter!

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  51. I receive Bear Creek Quilting's newsletter.

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  52. I "like" Bear Creek on Facebook.

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  53. Just to let you know----fantastic tutorial.

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  54. I follow your blog via email and "like" you on Facebook

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  55. I get the Bear Creeek Quilting newsletter. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  56. I like Bear Creek quilting on Facebook.

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  57. I read the tutorial! I appreciate the comments on different thred weights. Thanks!

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  58. I like Aurifil threads on Facebook

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  59. I follow your wonderful blog via Facebook and Bloglovin. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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  60. I get the Bear Creek Newsletter! thank you! crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  61. I "Like" Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  62. The tutorial was great. I love the different weight threads she used to quilt the panel quilt. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  63. I "Like" Aurifil Threads on Facebook! crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  64. I'm a subscriber to Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter.

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  65. I "Like" Northcott Fabrics on Facebook! crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  66. I follow Redbird Quilt Co. on Facebook, Pinterest, Craftsy, Twitter. I can't get instagram. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  67. I left a comment on Bear Creek's blog.

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  68. I follow Aurifil and Northcott on facebook.

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  69. I follow you on facebook, craftsy, pinterest, instagram, and your blog!!

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  70. I shared on Facebook too. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  71. I've signed up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter.

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  72. I "Like" Bear Creek on FB and left a comment.

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  73. I checked out the tute at Bear Creek on FMQing

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  74. I liked both Aurifil and Northcott Fabrics

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  75. I follow R4edbird Quilt Co on all but Twitter.

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  76. I already get the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter.

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  77. I already like Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.

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  78. The tutorial is awesome. I left a comment.

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  79. I follow you on FB and your blog with GFC.

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  80. I signed up for the bear creek newsletter

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  81. I already get Bear Creek's Newsletter...and am a verrry Happy Customer there too! :)

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  82. I went over, left a comment for her...do loooove this Tutorial! :) Goin to be a verrrry helpful info Tutorial for me too...

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  83. So cute! Now I want all sorts of panels to work on. I signed up for Bear Creek newsletter.

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  84. And signed up for the blog. :) Already liked aurifil (great thread!!)

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  85. I am already a Follower of You, thru your Blog, Pinterest & Craftsy. ( I don't do FB, Twitter etc etc stuff tho)

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  86. Shared on Pinterest too!
    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/423619908674089123/

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  87. Very nice FMQ tut with the panel. I've resigned up for the newsletter and blog, and liked all the links on FB

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  88. What a great tutorial! So glad Bear Creek led me to you :) I left a comment letting Shari know that I appreciated her teaming up with you.

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  89. I receive Bear Creek's newsletter, which led me to you today, yay!

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  90. I like Aurifil and Northcott Fabrics on fb.

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  91. I now follow your blog on Bloglovin'

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  92. New to your site, just love the tutorial on fmq on panels. I need to go shopping! Would love to win a gift certificate to help with that :)

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  93. Signed up for your blog. Love the tutorial.

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  94. signed up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter
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  95. Likeed Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.

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  96. I left a comment on the tutorial at Bear Creek Quilting Company blog

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  97. Liked Aurifil Threads and Northcott Fabrics on Facebook

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  98. I follow Redbird Quilt Co. on Facebook, Pinterest, Craftsy, Twitter, Instagram, and blog

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  99. I subscribed to Bear Creek Quilting newsletter and blog. kthurn@bektel.com

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  100. I liked Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook. kthurn@bektel.com

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  101. I read the tutorial on Free Motion Quilting and left a comment. The tutorial was very well done and I can't wait to try out some of the techniques. I also think I want to get some of the Aurifil thread in different weights. kthurn@bektel.com

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  102. I liked Aurifil on Facebook. kthurn@bektel.com

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  103. I also liked Northcott Fabrics on Facebook. kthurn@bektel.com

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  104. I emailed my daughter your website and giveaway info. kthurn@bektel.com

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  105. I followed Redbird Quilt Co. on Facebook. kthurn@bektel.com

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  106. I already receive Bear Creek Quilting's Newsletter.

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  107. RECEIVING 'BCQC NEWSLETTER' !

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  108. I follow Bear Creek Quilting on FB.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  109. LIKE "BCQC" ON FB !
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  110. I follow Aurifil on FB.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  111. HI, REALLY LIKED THE THREAD DISCUSSION SHARI GAVE IN THE TUTORIAL! THANKS FOR SHARING!

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  112. I follow Northcott Fabrics on FB.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  113. 'LIKE' Auril on FB !
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  114. 'LIKE' Redbird Quilt Co. on FB !
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  115. I follow Redbird Quilt Co. on FB and IG.

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  116. I did go visit your tutorial over on Shari's blog and I left some comment luv. Here's what I said:
    WoW! What an A-maze-ing tutorial Karen!! So much information, tips, tricks and positivity! Love, love all the photos and notes. For me and many others, being a visual learner, this tutorial is awesome! Can't wait to get a panel and give FMQ a go. Thanks Shari for hosting Karen and Thanks again Karen for a super tutorial!

    Great giveaway and thanks for a chance to win.

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  117. I subscribe to the Bear Creek newsletter

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  118. Thanks so much for the tutorial--I use 50 wt Aurifil for a lot of my Quilting, but have never thought to use other weights.

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  119. I left a comment on the bear creek blog- what a fantastic tutorial!

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  120. following your blog..thanks for the giveaway.

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  121. I looked at your tutorial on Bear Creek. It was wonderful. I certainly loved the finished panel. Your quilting brought it alive! I hadn't thought of using panels to practice. I am new to Free Motion quilting and appreciate your help.

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  122. Already subscribe to Bear Creek Quilting newsletter and recently ordered the Moda "Native Sun" FQ Bundle from them.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    bluestarof2@yahoo.com

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  123. Love Aurifil Threads, its so smooth and runs thru my machine like melted butter, and I'm only using Aurifil henceforth! And I liked on FB.
    bluestarof2@yahoo.com

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  124. Like Redbird QUilts on FB and left a nice comment.

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  125. I shared by email w/all my quilt buddies..to include my "Longarm" lady:)
    bluestarof2@yahoo.com

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  126. I love their newsletter! They always share something interesting.

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  128. Just signed up for your blog. Looking forward to following you!

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  129. You had some great FMQ tips and I left a comment on their blog.

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  130. I am sooo interested in learning FMQ and your tutorial is great! I signed up for the newsletter. If I win, I want to get my hands on some Aurifil thread.

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  131. I already receive the Bear Creek Quilting newsletter.

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  132. I already like Aurifil Threads on Facebook.

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  133. I left a message with Bear Creek about this phenomenal tutorial - basting to binding.

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  134. I follow your blog via Facebook.

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  135. I already get the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter. I am going to be practicing free motion quilting on some panels that I have in my stash. Thanks for the giveaway and for the inspiration.

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  136. I read through the tutorial. I really like how you explained using the different thread weights.

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  137. I like Bear Creek Quilting on FB as Kathy Newsom Davis.
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  138. I like the Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook.

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  139. I receive Bear Creek newsletter.

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  140. Great Tutorial and yes I follow you. You need Rafflecopter for these complicated entries.

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  141. I signed up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  142. I "Liked" Bear Creek Quilting Company on Facebook (Paula Lemos)
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  143. I "Liked" both Aurifil Threads and Northcott Fabrics on Facebook (Paula Lemos)
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  144. I follow Redbird Quilt Co. on Twitter, Facebook and Bloglovin'
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

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  145. I get the newsletter from Bear Creek.

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  146. A fabulous tutorial. Great job on it.

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  147. I receive their newsletter and that's how I learned about your tut! Great idea to practice on panel. Thanks for sharing.

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  148. that is it the best tutorial I have seen and I already get the newsletter to Bear Creek Quilting.

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  149. AWESOME tutorial Karen---thank you! I subscribed to Bear Creek FB, blog and newsletter! :)

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  150. Wow - very neat tutorial!! I signed up for Bear Creek and FB - great blog!!!
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  151. I'm subscribed to their newsletter.

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  152. I left a comment on Bear Creek Quilting blog about the tutorial.

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  153. Hi Karen! I was happily surprised to see a tutorial by you when I clicked on the newsletter from Bear Creak this morning! Of course, I read it and I must say you must have worked quite hard on that lengthy tutorial. I left a message on their blog saying how I like your detailed instructions.

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  154. I am Quilting Companyfan on Facebook.

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  155. I follow Redbird on pinterest. sarah@forrussia.org

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  156. I already get the Bear Creek newsletter. sarah@forrussia.org

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  157. the Bear Creek Quilting Company blog and peruse the "Free Motion Quilting Fun" tutorial. completed

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  158. I didnt know about all the different wt I always just bought 80 wt for quilting and I need to order some yellow..

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  159. I already receive Bear Creek's newsletter.

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  160. I commented on Bear Creek website about the tutorial and how great of an idea to practice FMQ on a panel.

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  161. I enjoyed reading your tutorial on free motion quilting on the beautiful panel. Excellent info on the thread you used.
    I signed up for the blog and newsletter.
    Thanks.
    Fairlee in San Antonio

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  162. Hi there,
    I really enjoyed your FMQ tutorial!
    I get the Bear Creek newsletter!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows
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  163. So wonderful. I signed up for their newsletter.

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  164. follow Northcott Fabrics on FB

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  165. follow Red Bird Quilt Co on FB

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  166. I signed up for the Bear Creek Quilting Company Newsletter

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  167. I follow Red bird Quilt on FB.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
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  168. I follow Aurifil on FB.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
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  169. I have liked Bear Creek Quilting on FB.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
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