Thursday 2 July 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 51 - Birthday Give Away Coming Soon!

First and foremost, a HUGE thank you to Linda for being the first ever guest hostess for the linky while I was away on holiday last month.

Now for a spot of excitement

This month, because it is July, it is time to celebrate a few birthdays (mine, my husband's), and a couple I missed in June (the blog's third, the linky's first).  Everyone who links up during July will be entered into the give away.  The more times you link up, the more entries you will get.

What am I giving away?  Well, I haven't quite got that organised yet.  It's all part of being a Maverick.

What are the rules?  Just link up, following the usual rules for the linky.  There is just one thing I have to mention - any links that don't have anything to do with free motion quilting don't qualify.

Work resumed on the landscape today.  I haven't touched it for weeks.  Somehow going away to Spain and Portugal interfered with the English landscape department in my brain. When we came home last Friday and were hit by climate shock, shivering in long sleeves and being grumpy about grey clouds, I thought I might be starting some free motion quilting to keep myself warm with some furious treadling.

Then this week we have had ridiculous heat, hotter than we have had for years, so treadling was out of the question...

... until today.  Grey skies, a bit of rain, cool temperatures - situation normal.  Once I started treadling, with a bit of Vaughan Williams playing in the background, suddenly all the muted colours made sense again.  At the moment I am concentrating on filling in the colours.  It should look a little more interesting next week, but for the time being you can admire all the frilly bits.

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Here goes for week 51...

Many thanks to Katy, Cynthia, Sophie, Bernie and Angie for linking up for week 48, and to everyone who linked up to Linda's blog while I was away, 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 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 Nina Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday.


  1. I love this landscape already! I will have to get in gear and do some FMQ. Too busy piecing lately and walking foot quilting. Doesn't count, does it? It is on a vintage machine though. : )

    1. Thanks Janine. Plenty of time to do a bit of FMQ to show us later this month.

  2. Oh goodie, you're working on a landscape again!! Oddly enough, that little clump of grasses is similar to what I'm about to do in the foreground of my thread landscape, except I'm thinking I might use a zigzag stitch. Not sure. Anyway, this is looking lovely. Not joining the linkup this week as there is no real FMQ to share, but wanted to say again how much I enjoyed minding the store while you were away. Thank goodness I didn't burn it down. :-)

  3. I'm glad you are back as well and hope you enjoyed your break. Somehow my link posted twice. Feel free to delete one of them as I can't figure out how to do that. My apologies! Your thread painting is gorgeous. I can't wait to see how it progresses.



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