Thursday 30 June 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 100 - How to Quilt Jacobean Leaves

One of my favourite designs, Jacobean style leaves, which are making a frequent appearance on the Secret Project.

Here is this week's sample, which shows three good leaves and a fourth which encompasses the whoops factor...

... and here is this week's video, which shows how straightforward this design is, so long as you don't stray too close to the edge.

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Here goes for week 100...

A big welcome this week for Olena, the first quilter to link up from Ireland!

And it just so happens that the project in Week 99 that caught my eye was Olena's seashore quilt, with appliqué sea creatures and free motion quilted pebbles and shells.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.

quilting pebbles and shells

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

Linking up to Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Nina-Marie's blog Creations... Quits, Art...  Whatever for Off The Wall Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday .


  1. Thank you Muv, for showing the Jacobean leaves. Is that Jacobean as in James I era, and was it a common design in textiles from the early 17th Century?

    1. Hello Marly, yes I do mean that epoch, when embroidery was full of fanciful flowers and leaves. I haven't seen this exact leaf, but it certainly wouldn't look out of place.

  2. I don't know what I enjoy more, checking out your FMQ project of the week or listening to your explain it. Your verbal clues/description are excellent.

    1. Thanks Gwyned! I just felt as though I was burbling this time. I'm glad it made sense to you.

  3. I enjoy reading about where you find inspiration as well as the featured motif itself. I found myself thinking of original ideas as well after reading about the Jacobean leaves. Btw, have you ever had a go through old books on Craftsman furniture? They are loaded with ideas!

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

    1. Interesting you should say that, Julie. My husband is a keen woodworker and has loads of books about furniture. He collects old Woodworker magazines and I really love the patterns for carving to be found in them.



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