Thursday 3 November 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 113 - Not Pink

Girl or boy?  That's the burning question when making a quilt for a baby that has not yet been born. 

I pieced all the strips of squares some months ago and stashed them away with the intention of making cradle quilts specifically for baby boys, so none of the prints are the slightest bit girly and the colours are strong and functional.

Some of my favourite nursery prints have made a reappearance - planes, trains, and toys pegged on the line...

...and there's a little bit of fun and nonsense in the binding.

The blue and grey butterfly print backing is a definite nod towards a baby blue colour scheme, whereas the quilt top has a pink look about it.  The funny thing is that there are only the minutest touches of actual pink in one or two of the squares.  It's all a matter of perception.

The fabric strips between the strips of squares are a cream colour with a grid pattern printed in dark red.  The border fabric is a tiny gingham print in rusty red and beige, averaging out to a colour I associate with too much fake tan.  But if you think girl, and look at the quilt as a whole, you see it as pink.

So, job done!  A baby quilt for a boy or a girl with a shifting colour perspective, achieved by accident.

I shall be going away visiting next week, so this quilt will find its way to its new home very soon, by which time the baby might have already arrived.  All the quilting was done on my 1945 Singer 15K treadle, and the piecing and binding on my 1916 Singer 99K.  The 100 year age gap between machine and baby should add a little entertainment value.

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Here goes for week 113...

The project in Week 112 that caught my eye was Karen's quilt made from a rescued vintage top - gorgeous!  If you haven't seen her 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, Macau, Russia and Ireland 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 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. It's a beautiful quilt. Great colors choice for boy or for girl.
    Loved the fact that was done on vintage sewing machines.
    Have a nice weekend.
    I'll come back later to link up my recent post. I'm learning FMQ and propably will learn a lot with all of you.

    1. Thanks Paula, and lovely to see you here!

  2. Baby quilts used to have to be in the colors of blue or pink, or green and yellow. I love how now we can use other colors and make baby quilts! Your quilt is so pretty. She will be much loved. I'm linking up to your blog. I'm not a great machine quilter, there is a big difference between baptise fan and feathers, but you have to start somewhere. Blessings, Gretchen And because I'm so often told I am a no-reply blogger -

    1. Thanks Gretchen, and lovely to see you here too!

  3. Your baby quilt is very sweet! Nice to know you're ready for anything :)

    All my quilting this week was with the walking foot, so I'll just browse the other entries instead of joining the linky.

  4. That baby is so lucky... and quilted on a treadle!! I know you do that, but still, wow. And thanks for featuring my vintage quilt, maybe I'll get some new viewers.



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