Thursday 21 May 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 45 - Making Another Cradle Quilt

This is the start of a new cradle quilt, similar to the pink one I finished last month.  I have done a strip of squares again, with straight lines of quilting down each side to keep the squares smooth.

Each square has a leaf coming from a wavy stem.

The squares are in rich shades of yellow, blue, pink, purple and red, all cut from the same fabric.  I bought some fat quarters of Japanese prints at the Malvern Quilt Show in 2012, and this is the first time I have used them.  

In the spaces between the strips of square I am doing rudbeckias.

Meanwhile, on the back I am doing pleats.  I thought that if I used a lighter material for the backing I might end up with a more lightweight quilt.  Instead I am getting that rumpled home-made look.  No self respecting baby is going to care, so I'm not going to either.

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Here goes for week 45...

Many thanks to LeeAnna, Claire, MarlyJudy, Julie and Stitchin at Home for linking up last week to show their free motion quilting projects.  

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 and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up to Angie's blog A Quilting Reader's Garden for WIPs Be Gone
and 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. Love the look of free motion quilting. You always do such a nice job. Can't wait to see what it looks like when your done.

    1. Thanks Joe! I might not show pictures of the back, though.

  2. It is vonderful,ellerinize sağlık,and homemade look is soo cute :)) I always make trick like this.

    1. Thank you Sevda! From now on mistakes are tricks... I needed a new word for them.

  3. I love the free motion designs overlapping the little print pieces. Makes me think of 'ghost quilting' in reverse! Your last paragraph gave me a good laugh and a great lesson as well.


  4. Excellent job on the pleat.



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