Saturday, 5 October 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 249 - Virus Time Again



All the best laid plans can go awry... I have been away for a few days and have spent the past couple of days laid low with a shocker of a cold.   The day I had set aside for sewing I ended up in bed, sleeping for most of the day, so the machine has been idle, with not a stitch added to the landscape.  C'est la vie.






Here goes for week 249:-

Many thanks to Laura for linking up with her Triathlon Gold quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.



Red, white, and blue batik string quilt



If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

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.

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 five days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Tuesday.

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, 29 September 2019

A Picture for Sunday - The Duchess of Sutherland


Steam engines have a perennial appeal.  Whenever one is due, you can guarantee at least one or two spectators will be ready with their cameras on the railway bridge near to where I live.  It was pure coincidence that I saw the photographers at the ready, and I was able to catch this train.  To add to the delight, the Duchess of Sutherland belonged to LMS (London Midland and Scottish Railway), the company for whom my grandad worked.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Knitted Coat for a Toddler


This is the latest creation from the Muv Knitting Design Studio, also known as the settee.

I found a pack of baby yarn in chunky weight, with the price reduced because it was the end of a dye lot, and set to work on this coat.  The idea is that it will fit a toddler as a coat, and as she grows, the ribbed yoke will stretch and the sleeves can be turned down, and it will be a chunky little jacket.  By my reckoning it should last for at least three winters.

The wool is seriously thick, so it would be ideal for a hard cold winter, of the Scottish or Canadian variety.


The ribbing gives the yoke a slightly conical look, but as the child grows it should mould itself to the shape of her shoulders.


The collar turned out to be my favourite feature because it stands up at the back.  It turned out this way because I continued the raglan shaping at the front right until casting off...


...whereas at the back I stopped working the shaping once I reached the actual collar.

It is giving me ideas for a winter cardigan in grown-up size.  I quite fancy a collar like this to keep the draughts out.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

More Vegetation


So much green is needed that this picture risks ending up as a representation of a plate of vegetables dropped from a great height.  Together with the fact that some serious puckering was threatening to take hold in the middle, an hour at a time is probably the maximum length of time I can concentrate before impatience threatens to take over.

  

To highlight the top of the hedge I have laid some greenish yellow over the green mix that I stitched in last week.

I'll get there eventually.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 247 - Grass


Easy, but very boring stitching has been my job today.  I have been filling in the foundation layer for grass in the foreground.  Deciding on the shade of green was a dilemma.  I checked online, and I have all the different shades of green that are available.  None of them are the same shade as sunlit grass.  The shade that I have used has a slight bluish tinge, but it is the brightest I have.  It is the underneath layer, and other shades shall be stitched over it.  I am hoping that when I put other shades over it, they will all mix in.  It's surprising how much better colours look when blended and seen from the opposite side of the room.

All went well until I was about ten minutes from finishing.  First the bobbin ran out.  Then I managed to reload the bobbin incorrectly, so it jammed a minute later.  So I reloaded, and then the top thread broke.  Just as well it was sunny outside.  Definitely time to call it a day.








Here goes for week 247:-

Many thanks to Gretchen for linking up with her beautiful Bright Hopes quilts.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.





If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

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.

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 five days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Tuesday.

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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