Thursday 9 July 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 52 - On Track for the Birthday Give Away

This month, because it is July, it is time to celebrate a few birthdays (mine, my husband's, a brand new great nephew who arrived today), 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.

Today's sewing has been mainly parallel lines.  When I started work on the sky this morning I was level with the top of the spire.  Slowly but surely the stitching ended up level with the top of the clouds.

The light was good enough to make a video today.  If you think stitching straight(ish) lines is boring viewing, just imagine you are on a train watching the landscape glide past.

Since taking this picture I have completely filled in the blue, grading the shades to darker tones at the top.  All I have to do now is fill in the clouds, which I don't particularly enjoy. Clouds are so light and ephemeral, and I always think my attempts to stitch them look like a load of scribble. 

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Here goes for week 52...

Many thanks to Cynthia, Gina, Andree, Ida and Dora for linking 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 with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Nina Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.


  1. I admire you for your tenaciousness. This piece will be so wonderful when it is finished, but I think I must have been born for feathers, because I don't think I could do all those lines! It's already a very remarkable piece.

    1. Thanks Dora! If you were born for feathers, then I was born for leaves. Can't get enough of them.
      Love, Muv

  2. It is really amazing how your landscape is emerging. Love it!

  3. Your landscape is beautiful- I love the subtle thread colors on the light background.

  4. Gorgeous - amazing what you can do with some straight lines!

  5. Do you use the same weight thread for your stitching on this landscape, or are some heavier than others? Just curious because I have a thread obsession...

    1. Hello Laura,
      All the thread is Gutermann's Sulky Cotton 30. It is the thread that my machine likes best, and lucky for me it comes in an amazing range of variegated colours.
      Love, Muv

    2. I'll have to look for that, I usually use 60 or 50 wt threads, but I like the look of the thicker thread for this type of work

    3. Here are the colours, Laura.



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