Thursday, 2 April 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 38 - Slow Progress

Better than no progress at all, I suppose.  Since last week I have done eight more leaves (well I can boast that averages more than one a day) and a few berries.

When I quilted the red and cream crib quilt I managed to repeat the pattern at regular intervals.  This time I have slightly lost the plot, and am approaching spaces wondering how I am going to fill them. I had also forgotten my tried and tested rule, that it is easier to travel down a stem than up.  I should write these thing down, in a blog post for instance.

This week's startling discovery is that I do better at FMQ when there isn't so much going on. Like turning the house upside down to have windows fitted, and then having a visitor.  My brother in law is with us for a stay.  He turned up last Sunday evening having driven here from Southern Poland. We were expecting him, but had no idea what day or what time.  He doesn't believe in phoning ahead - too middle class for him. Somehow I must have anticipated his arrival on the ether, because there was an extra portion of chicken left over from lunchtime ready for his supper.

I'm not complaining.  The sewing never stops, and I have made great progress on the latest 1940s blouse.  The men in the family quite happily supped beer and watched the trials of pattern drafting on the dining room table.  It's more sociable than free motion quilting.

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Here goes for week 38...

Many thanks to Maartje, Hilary, Sophie, JanineMarie, Teresa, Irene, Dora and Andree 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 to Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.


  1. Your quilting looks wonderful! Hopefully today or tomorrow I will have something to post that is FMQ related.

    1. Thanks! Looking forward to seeing what you have to show...

  2. slow progress is better than no progress! Very impressed with the pattern designing. I wouldn't know where to begin.

  3. Looking just beautiful, Muv! Hoping to have something to share soon.

  4. You do such beautiful quilting! Every time I see those leaves, I want to try them myself. I can't boast any recent FMQ, alas, but I have a project that's just begging for some FMQ feathers. :)

  5. Family, food, drink and pattern drafting - I love the sound of your house!

    1. Hello Gavin! Great to see you resurface.

      It was really pleasant having the blokes as interested spectators. They are both fairly avid woodworkers, well clued in to planning and measuring, so they were quite intrigued by the whole process.

      Happy Easter!

      Love, Muv

  6. Lovely FMQ going on everywhere! I try to practise a little everyday but not always successful. Your leaves are very ambitious - hope to try something like that one of these days. Thanks for sharing

    1. Join in, Mari! It doesn't matter what stage you are at. It would be lovely to see you here.

      Happy Easter,
      Love, Muv



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