In December, before Christmas, I made this small wallhanging (about 20" square), which contains both the December tutorial assignment and the December Bonus tutorial assignment all rolled into one quilt. This was officially the end of my year-long commitment to participate in the 2012 FMQ Challenge put on by SewCalGal (her blog is on blogger), which included tutorials from more than a dozen amazing FMQ experts, who were generously providing them so that we could either learn or improve our FMQ skills. What an incredible year! While I'd hoped to learn FMQ enough to do the basics so that I could finish off my 50 UFO's, I never imagined that I would be able to do something like the quilt shown above! (And yes....50 UFO's plus 20 USO's, and that's after finishing some in 2012!)
My heart will always be filled with gratitude to those wonderful FMQ experts and to SewCalGal for the gift that they've given to me in 2012, which opened a door that will change my quilts forever. Part of me was sad at the ending of 2012 and both the camaraderie of my fellow participants as well as this opportunity to learn. But I'm mostly excited because it's just the beginning of the adventures with my newly found skills, and the opportunities out there to learn more from them as I find other FMQ things that I can learn from them in the future. Thank you to every one of them to the new beginning that I have!!