Thursday 23 March 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 131 - A Silk Cushion

Over the past month or so it has been really difficult to take photographs because the sky is almost always cloudy.  For some reason my camera can't cope with silk, but this week I have finally managed to take some decent pictures.  I thought I was never going to get accurate colours, but these photos are fairly true to life.

This cushion cover is made up of practice pieces, my first ventures into free motion quilting on silk.  Not only did I have to find a way to actually grip the work - rubber thimbles did the trick - but I also had to experiment with thread colours, see how well seams went together and try out buttonholes.

I think I struck lucky when I went shopping for buttons.

If this cushion stayed in this house it would end up with tea spilt on it and being generally sat on.  It is being put aside as a present for somebody who is sensible.

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Here goes for Week 131..

The project that caught my eye in Week 130 was Yanicka's apocalyptic wall hanging.  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.

Linking up to Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.


  1. You cushion is beautiful, the colors of fabrics and threads create a beautiful effect together, and the quilting is very elegant.

  2. Beautiful pillow with wonderful quilting!

  3. That is one fine, elegant pillow! It would be squished, stained and cat furred at my house, so I'm glad to hear it will find a more graceful home than mine :)



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