Thursday 21 January 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 77 - Tea with Wally

Solutions can present themselves to you when you least expect it.
This is the predictable picture for this week - yet another tea cosy, still using up the colourful prints.  The black with white spots makes this one look a bit heavy.  I was toying with the idea of using one of the spotty fabrics for the binding, but took the lazy way out because I had a length of navy blue floral print binding left over from an earlier project.  I think all the different fabrics are fighting a bit, but teamed up with my daughter's Where's Wally mug there is scope for a very bright and cheerful and slightly riotous tea break.
While I have been making tea cosies I have been mulling over landscapes, and the other day I had a flash of inspiration.  One of the irritating problems when quilting closely packed lines is that the edges end up frilly.  Worse still, you can end up with tiny little pleats appearing in the fabric, and you just have to quilt over them.  It was while sorting out the lining for this tea cosy that the obvious hit me.  Why don't I use the same stuff for landscapes? 
So here is today's experiment.  Instead of sewing on calico, I have started a test piece using thermal curtain lining for both the front and back.  There is no need to add wadding, because this curtain lining has a fused fluffy backing, so the wadding is inbuilt.  It is stiff, so I am hoping that frills might be a thing of the past.  


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Here goes for week 77...

The project in Week 76 that really caught my eye was Bernie's baby quilt, made using orphan blocks she had found in a shop, with sweet little FMQ birds in the centre.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.



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.

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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 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
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.


  1. What a great experiment. I wonder how it will compare to fusing the top and backing to the batting. I tried that for the first time this week, and I am loving the results. Barely a hint undulation and zero pleating. This despite doing my usual intense quilting and even some more intense thread-painting.

    1. Hello Gwyned, It seems promising so far, after about six lines of stitching. I am going to have a serious go at it next week. Frills and pleats are such a nuisance.

  2. I think it's a cute cozy! Fun and bright! Now I need to go make myself a pot of tea.

    1. Thanks Cheryl! I think I might join you.

  3. Thank you for featuring my baby birds quilt Muv!

  4. really looking forward to see how you like the curtain lining goes for FMQ

  5. Interesting experiment! I'm curious to see how it turns out. An end to frillys would be great!



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