Thursday 9 March 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 129 - Silk Sandwiches

This week I have been busy with silk again.  I have come up with a project that needs seven quilted panels.  So far I have completed three.

The silk I am using is a shot dupion.  The red warp threads show when the fabric is held at an angle, but the main colour is blue.  On this photo I have managed to capture the colours reasonably accurately.

And on this one the camera panicked and got the blue all wrong. 

I have been quilting leaves and berries in a variegated thread in dark blues.  This is the thread that works best on this silk.  When experimenting last week I tried three different shades of thread.  I thought that a thread that included shades of dark red would go well with the red element in the silk.  However it actually seemed to deaden the shot effect, so I have stuck with a low contrast thread.

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Here goes for Week 129...

The project that caught my eye in Week 128 was Shannon's confession quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.

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


  1. Hey, Muv - which needle do you use when you FMQ on silk? This week has been consumed with construction preparations for my next priority project, so I haven't done a stitch of actual quilting. :(

    1. Hello Lynette - just the same needle as usual. I always use a size 80 quilting needle, and I have been using the same thread that I use on cotton, which is a 30 weight cotton.



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