Thursday, 26 February 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 33 - Yet Another Cot Quilt

This was the week when I intended starting something interesting - a landscape, perhaps. As it turned out, I have spent far too much time slobbing around in a dressing gown beating off a virus.  I thought I had it beaten, until last night I lost my voice.  How am I going to fully enjoy instalment 4 of The Great British Sewing Bee this evening if I can't yell at the telly?

So rather than embark on anything new, I have plodded along a well-worn groove and finished another green cot quilt this week.  It is not much different from the last one, but I was able to photograph it in better light so the colours are a little truer.

The print on the binding is perhaps a bit too busy, but it will give a little baby something else to look at when playing spot the elephant.

This little rabbit dangling his teddy by the ear made me smile when I took the photos, especially as the rabbit's alarm clock was only about ten minutes out according to the kitchen clock which was right behind me.

The pink and grey-green design on cream tones in really well, and at this rate might soon be finally used up.  I've only had it 35 years or so. 

The free motion quilting is swirls - again - which went more quickly and easily than the last one. These cot quilts are all about stash busting and FMQ practice rolled into one, so a bit repetitive, but very satisfying.

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Here goes for week 33...

Many thanks to Judy, JoanieGwyned, LynTeresa, and Angie for linking up last time.

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

Linking up with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link A Finish Friday
and Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts
and Angie's blog A Quilting Reader's Garden for WIPs Be Gone


  1. I'm not sure whether to thank you or chastise you for tipping off about yet another competitive sewing show I could get addicted to, Muv. It may not show in the States, but I bet I could get it through Netflix.

    Hope your health returns soon. It is no fun slogging on with your life when weighted down with a virus. On the plus side you are blowing through the cot quilts.

    1. Oh, just thank me, Gwyned. It's only six instalments (I think). They made kilts and corsets last night. Not to be worn together, though.

  2. Oh I like those swirls. I'm just learning how to fmq so I'm going to have to give those a go.

  3. I am jealous of anyone who gets a show called The Great British Sewing Bee, but I am not jealous of the reason you can't yell at the telly. Hope you feel better very soon. Your cot quilt is lovely. You have the most wonderful vintage-looking fabrics with children's themes. Do you buy most of those locally? I realize one or two might have been in your stash for a long time (as you mentioned for the pink and gray). I never see anything like these in our JoAnn Fabric or Hancock stores.

    1. It's compulsive viewing Linda. Even my husband watches it.

      The fabrics are all dress weight cotton poplins. Many of them, including the nursery prints, are from a cheap and cheerful shop near here that sells packs of four fat quarters. They vary quite a bit. Some are ghastly, but when they have gems like the nursery prints I snaffle up loads.

      It could be a miserable week ahead - I think my husband is catching it...

  4. A sweet baby quilt. Don't forget to link it to Let's Make Baby Quilts at Michelle's Romantic Tangle and Wips Be Gone. We love to see eye candy! Those swirls look great front and back. Hope you're both back to health soon.

    1. Thank you Angie!
      I've just linked up, and now I'm thinking in terms of tea, bed and book. Just vegetating today...

  5. Proving the old adage that we are two nations divided by a common language ... I am guessing a cot quilt is what we would call a crib quilt? Love the swirls.

    1. Yes, you are right. Here a crib is for newborns, and then babies graduate to a cot so they can rise to the challenge of climbing out of it when they are toddlers.



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