Thursday 26 May 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 95 - How to Quilt Oak Leaves

Dilemma solved!  I was wondering how to work on a secret project, showing as little as possible on the blog, yet still finish little items (to keep myself interested) and make the blog interesting at the same time.

So here is this week's discreet preview of the mega project, oak leaves quilted on a striped shot cotton...

...and here is this week's finish, a little mat which might just end up as page 1 of a sample book...

...and here is the video, so that anyone who wants to try quilting oak leaves can see how easy they are - provided your thread doesn't break, as mine did.  Twice.  I plead special circumstances.  The camera was in the way.

I must confess that I am really looking forward to seeing if anyone quilts oak leaves and then links up with Free Motion Mavericks in the near future.

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Here goes for week 95...

The project in Week 94 that caught my eye was Bernie's interpretation of some of
Lori Kennedy's designs.  The little yachts are just too sweet for words!  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over nowand also see some gorgeous photos taken on a day out.


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 and Russia 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 Nina-Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.


  1. Oh, the oak leaves are perfect. We have tons of oak trees which means an abundance of oak leaves and acorns. I will practice some of these leaves soon as I get a chance.

    Thank you for the kind words about my little boats. They were a lot of fun to quilt! :-)

  2. I love those leaves! Must be fun to sew a wood full with these!!

  3. Your oak leaves look great!

  4. Love your oak leaves, and your video is so helpful. Thank you.

    1. Hope you have some nice leaves coming up!



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