Thursday 11 February 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 80 - Pink and Green Cradle Quilt

One hundred squares again in shades of pink and green, but this time the emphasis is on the green rather than the pink.

All the little squares are made using the same fabrics as in the pink quilt I finished a fortnight ago, with the exception of the bright green, which I added in so it would tie in with the border.

The large squares at the corners are there because I didn't have enough of the brighter green to go all the way round.

The binding was the perfect match for the top of this quilt...

...but perhaps not for the backing.  These things happen when busting the stash.

Meanwhile, the experiments with curtain lining continue.  After finishing last week's smokescape, I decided I wasn't going to do another landscape until I had equipped myself with some beefier needles.  I had been using my usual size 80 quilting needles, which are usually fine with 30 weight thread, but once you need to go over the same area a few times the thread had a tendency to snap - not too often, but enough for it to be a bit irritating.  So I ordered a packet of size 100 titanium coated needles, and they arrived in the post yesterday.

I tried one out today for a quick test, just scribbling on the spot, and the thread didn't break.  So far so good.  And what's more, it's posh.  I've never used a gold coloured needle before.  It might go to my head.

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Here goes for week 80...

The post in Week 79 that really caught my eye was Heulwen's origami crane wall hanging, which she made to send to her  friend Alison In Kentucky.  Lucky Alison!   If you haven't seen Heulwen's 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.

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

Linking up to Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and 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
and Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts.



  1. It is like your blog. I love quilting. Showing their work. Only it's a little sranshe posted: 12 days ago. Noskoro will be other work. Thanks for your work.

    1. Hello Margarita! Thank you for showing your beautiful quilting on this week's linky!

  2. Great quilt. I love the cool restful greens. They're very calming. What size did you cut the squares?
    Hugs G

    1. Hello Gavin,
      The squares are made from two and a half inch strips, and the border is four and a quarter inches wide. This gives a little quilt of 27 inches square. Easy peasy. Next time you want to make a present for a baby...
      Love, Muv

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my wall hanging! It's a real honour. :)

    1. My pleasure, Heulwen! It is nice that you have been working with pink and green too, and you have come up with the longest picture that has ever appeared on this blog.

  4. That is a lovely little quilt that you have finished. Love the stitching on the front binding - haven't managed to get mine quite that neat yet!

    1. Thank you!

      Here is the secret of how to keep the stitching straight when doing binding:-

      Love, Muv

  5. Very pretty quilt, and a lovely choice of colors! Whoop whoop!!

  6. Those cranes are amazing -- I'm off to see how they were done!



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