It has been a busy week, so I shall tell it mainly in pictures... another project with the free motion quilting done on the 1945 Singer 15K treadle, and all the rest of the stitching done on the 1949 Singer 15K hand machine.
Last week's fancy leaves were such fun to do that I dived into my mini-stash of Oakshott cottons and varied the design, this time combining the leaves with berries.
Here is the back of the panel, which shall never see the light of day again, so the few tails left hanging don't matter.
Three different variegated threads were used against the different background colours.
I took the opportunity to make a test video, using a mini tripod on the table. In the past the focus has kept shifting if I move my hands in the foreground, but this time I zoomed in on the action, and I think the result is better than previous attempts.
The quilted panel was enough to make two identical tea cosies, made using the same method I have shown before, lined with thermal curtain lining. Here is the one that has stayed at home with me.
First I tried the cosy out with bold colours and everyday crockery. Peach for the tablecloth with a lime green mug isn't my usual style, but somehow the colours of the cotton lend themselves to taking risks with clashes and getting away with it. Also, don't ask me how a Canadian Coastguard sugar bowl found its way into a local charity shop. I expect someone nicked it years ago.
Next I tried it with the posh crocks, and decided it teamed up quite well with the Royal Doulton too.
I love this bird doing a plunge into the teacup.
This tea cosy's twin was specially gift-wrapped and given to its new owner last night.
|Dawn, Brenda, Bonnie, Julia and me|
There she is in the middle - Bonnie Hunter out with the girls on her last night in Bath. It was a very cosy and noisy affair, and the very sweet waitress (from North Carolina, would you believe, just about 12 miles from Bonnie) was a great sport and took photos for us.
It was such a pleasure meeting Bonnie. A few years back I would stay up till silly times of the morning studying all her wonderful piecing methods. Thank you Bonnie! Then as time went on we were acquiring some very similar vintage machines. It was a delight having such a good night out with her, hearing how much she is enjoying being in England, meeting three new friends, and giving Bonnie a souvenir to take home.
So here goes for week 10...
Firstly, many thanks to Esther, Gwyned, Cynthia, Myra and Dora for linking up last week - another wonderful collection of 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.
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 bloggers from USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany and Holland 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 Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday