Thursday, 15 November 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 207 - My First Mobile Phone


Even the most stubborn of Luddites have been known to cave in.  Here it is, my very first mobile phone.  I've held out all these years saying I didn't need one, too much technology, how did the world function before they were invented etc etc, and now I have had the pleasure of sending both my children into a state of shock by whatsapping them out of the blue.

The first thing I had to do when we bought it was turn a deaf ear to all my husband's well intentioned instructions about which button to press and start rummaging around for the bits and pieces to make it a cosy.  Out came the multi-purpose practice piece, which I have already used to make a cover for the coffee pot and a pouch for my camera.  All I needed was a strip of 10 x 4 inches to fit the phone.




There was a horizonal line in the quilting which seemed the best place to fold the strip for the bottom of the pouch.  It also coincided with a change of colour, so the back is all blue. 



Probably the trickiest bit of work was sewing the buttons on.  Then once I put the phone in and fastened the buttons I found that I was pressing the on-off button on the phone, so I quickly learnt to slide it in top first.  It fits very snugly in my bag, alongside purse, biro, spare hankies, passport, boarding pass...  On Monday evening last week I was all packed and ready to go.

The following day I flew to Spain to meet my brother, who had arrived there the previous day.  The idea was that with my brand new mobile telephone we should be able to find each other easily.  The only snag was that my phone kept telling me I was in the wrong country, when my brother rang me I couldn't hear him, and I couldn't get wifi.  I saw a girl using her phone and decided to ask her for help.  It turned out that she was Russian and everything on her phone was in Cyrillic.  She very kindly took my brother's number and tried ringing him on her phone, but for some reason he doesn't answer calls from ladies he doesn't know.  I should have asked her to text him instead.  A bit of fancy script would have woken him up.  Then he texted me saying he was by the exit nearest the bus stop.  This is an airport I have travelled to twice before, so this should have been straightforward.  I followed signs to bus stops on the ground floor, went outside, and they were the wrong buses and the wrong stops.  Then I looked at his message again.  "Am by door to bus stop second floor..."  For goodness' sake, how can bus stops be upstairs?  So only another five minutes flapping around like a cross old hen and I found him.

Moral of the story:-

1.  Make prior arrangements.  They work better than mobile phones.
2.  Don't expect Spanish buses to run on the ground.



Here goes for week 207:-

Many thanks to Andr ée for linking up last time with her dolphins quilt.  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 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.



Thursday, 1 November 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 206 - Resting

Well this is embarrassing.  No linky last Thursday and nothing to show this week.  The fact that I was ill for a few days has a lot to do with it.  Plus the fact that my daughter is at home at the moment until Saturday.  And I shall be going away next week on a jaunt with my brother, so there will be no linky next week either.  All this adds up to quite a long bloggy break.  I shall have to make the most of it and come back in a couple of weeks' time reinvigorated and full of enthusiasm.  

So without further ado...

Here goes for week 206:-

Many thanks to Olena for linking up last time with her starfish quilt.  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 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.



Thursday, 18 October 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 205 - Three French Hens


This is the 12 x 12 quilt that I have made for this year's exhibition at Midsomer Quilting.  The theme was "Think of a Number", so I hit on the idea of Three French Hens.

The bold stitched outlines are chain stitched using my Willcox and Gibbs Automatic machine.  It took a while to set up the machine for use because the belt had slackened.  After cutting sections from the leg of an old pair of tights I finally cut one of the right circumference to adequately grip the wheel and give good traction. 



Each of the hens is based on photographs of French breeds of poultry.  I tried to make each hen match what it is saying, so the "oui" hen is this nice agreeable looking Ardennais cock.



By contrast, the big brute of a hen saying "non" is this rather intimidating de Pavilly cock.



And cowering down in the corner is the rather nervous looking yet conciliatory Gascony hen, which is by far my favourite.  It must be the slightly coquettish way she is showing her half-profile.
  


The "i" should have been dotted with a French knot, but I couldn't remember how to do them and was feeling far too idle to get a book down from the shelf, so it is just a little cluster of stitches, slightly lost amongst all the scattered quilting stitches in the background.

The hand quilting wasn't part of the original plan, but the light caught the surface, which was far from even, so I had to aim for some sort of texture.  I should have free-motion quilted it, but my sewing room became a temporary dumping ground while we were redecorating the front room, and I haven't got round to tidying it up yet, so my machine is surrounded with clutter.  I thought the hand stitching would be quick and simple, but I was wrong on both counts.  There, I've confessed.



"Non" is the only word I could sew in an uninterrupted line of stitching.



"Yes No Perhaps" would have been fairly straightforward to stitch, but French, being French, throws a hyphen and a circumflex accent at me just to make life difficult.  

I made sure I left this writing until last, by which time I was getting the hang of it.  The chain is the back of the stitch, so I had to work from the back.  I wrote the words backwards on the back of the fabric and stitched along the line, which was a little tricky because the foot on the Willcox and Gibbs hasn't got a groove in it, so I would lose sight of the line when it disappeared under the metal on its way to the needle.  Anyway, despite the difficulties I am immensely chuffed that I managed to stitch handwritten French backwards with a machine made in 1888.  The only bit I unpicked was the crossbar on one of the "t"s because it wasn't quite at the right angle, and that only took a moment because with chain stitch all you need to do is pull the end of the thread to undo it.



The rest of the sewing, that is the outline quilting around the hens and attaching the binding, was done with my 1916 Singer 99K.

I shall be delivering the quilt to Midsomer quilting next week and shall be kissing it goodbye because it is going into the charity auction.  Perhaps I will make another one one day.


Here goes for week 205:-


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 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

Linking up with Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Nina Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art.... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 204 - And Another Hen


Almost finished... the hens quilt is quilted and bound, but still needs a little work on it.  There is a little fullness in the background, which shows up shadows when the quilt is seen from across a room.  Rather than leave it and be irked by it, I have decided to do hand stitching to hold the layers together.  So for the moment, here is a preview.  I quite like this particular hen.  She is calm and composed, whereas one of the other hens is an absolute brute.

All shall be revealed next week.

Here goes for week 204:-

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 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, 7 October 2018

A Picture for Sunday - Sika Stag


Had this stag used the twisted branches behind him as camouflage, echoing the shape of his antlers, or was it just coincidence?  He wasn't at all timid, browsing just a matter of yards away from a very busy path at Glendalough.  Just like the grey wagtail I photographed about half an hour later, he seemed used to an endless stream of curious people with cameras.

I was really pleased to be able to identify him as a sika deer, because this is a different type to the roe deer we see at home.  The roe deer are prettier (I'm biased), but seeing this solid sika deer has made me realise how scrawny the little roebuck is.  Our local deer must have been suffering in the drought this summer.

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