Sunday, 15 January 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 121 - Poppy Heads


Very quick and easy.  Why have I not stitched these before?  I have been doodling these poppy seed heads alongside Sudoku puzzles off and on for months, and have only just stitched them for the first time this week.  Originally I wanted to do poppy flowers, but decided the petals would be a bit of a fuss.  In real life they drop off so quickly you spend more time looking at the seed heads, so perhaps the autumnal look is a bit more true to life.

This photo is also interesting for another reason.  The quilting was done a couple of days ago, and the stitch is fine.  What happened in the meantime to throw the tension off?  Just slightly, nothing drastic, but enough for me notice and be dissatisfied.  I had a happy twenty minutes checking the tension and testing the stitch today.  Let's hope it will be full steam ahead tomorrow.

The Secret Project is coming on apace.  I am now on the ninth panel of eleven...


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Here goes for Week 121...

The quilt that caught my eye in Week 120 was Deana's flower quilt, beautifully quilted to complement the appliqué.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.







If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.


So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Happy New Year


Sunset in December... 2016 had some glorious moments.

Happy Belated New Year! 

Yes, I know it's a week late, but I was away, and when we came home we had to get the internet fixed.  Things that plug in are so complicated.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 120 - Back to the Sewing Machine


I hope everyone has had a happy Christmas and New Year!

After having my son and daughter home from Ireland, and visiting my brother and his family in Surrey, life has been busy to say the least.  Sewing has taken a back seat, and yesterday I finally did a bit of free motion quilting.  The Secret Project is back on the anvil, so here is a tiny detail.  There is a deadline, so I need to concentrate on this quilt for the next couple of months.  Let's just hope I can steer clear of viruses, now that I am feeling rough for the second time within a month.  I'm not moaning.  Much.

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Here goes for Week 120...

The quilt that caught my eye in Week 119 was Angie's baby quilt - so sweet!   If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.







If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.


So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Picture for Sunday - Looking Out Towards The Blaskets


Have a bit of geology... taken on the same beach and at the same time as two previous photos (a hillside and a yacht sailing by).  One of the Blasket Islands can be seen on the horizon. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 119 - Christmas is Coming


Time to take a break from quilting and get into gear for Christmas...  Over the past week or so I have made five quilt sandwiches - four for the Secret Project, and one for a cot quilt.  Quilting, however, will have to wait for a while.  Both my children will be home from Ireland within the next few days and somehow I suspect life will soon be a whole lot noisier.  I'm not complaining.


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This will be the last link-up before Christmas.  The next link up will be on the 5th January.


The quilt that caught my eye in Week 118 was Donnalee's Christmas quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.





If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.


So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


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