Thursday, 15 November 2018

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 207 - My First Mobile Phone

Even the most stubborn of Luddites have been known to cave in.  Here it is, my very first mobile phone.  I've held out all these years saying I didn't need one, too much technology, how did the world function before they were invented etc etc, and now I have had the pleasure of sending both my children into a state of shock by whatsapping them out of the blue.

The first thing I had to do when we bought it was turn a deaf ear to all my husband's well intentioned instructions about which button to press and start rummaging around for the bits and pieces to make it a cosy.  Out came the multi-purpose practice piece, which I have already used to make a cover for the coffee pot and a pouch for my camera.  All I needed was a strip of 10 x 4 inches to fit the phone.

There was a horizonal line in the quilting which seemed the best place to fold the strip for the bottom of the pouch.  It also coincided with a change of colour, so the back is all blue. 

Probably the trickiest bit of work was sewing the buttons on.  Then once I put the phone in and fastened the buttons I found that I was pressing the on-off button on the phone, so I quickly learnt to slide it in top first.  It fits very snugly in my bag, alongside purse, biro, spare hankies, passport, boarding pass...  On Monday evening last week I was all packed and ready to go.

The following day I flew to Spain to meet my brother, who had arrived there the previous day.  The idea was that with my brand new mobile telephone we should be able to find each other easily.  The only snag was that my phone kept telling me I was in the wrong country, when my brother rang me I couldn't hear him, and I couldn't get wifi.  I saw a girl using her phone and decided to ask her for help.  It turned out that she was Russian and everything on her phone was in Cyrillic.  She very kindly took my brother's number and tried ringing him on her phone, but for some reason he doesn't answer calls from ladies he doesn't know.  I should have asked her to text him instead.  A bit of fancy script would have woken him up.  Then he texted me saying he was by the exit nearest the bus stop.  This is an airport I have travelled to twice before, so this should have been straightforward.  I followed signs to bus stops on the ground floor, went outside, and they were the wrong buses and the wrong stops.  Then I looked at his message again.  "Am by door to bus stop second floor..."  For goodness' sake, how can bus stops be upstairs?  So only another five minutes flapping around like a cross old hen and I found him.

Moral of the story:-

1.  Make prior arrangements.  They work better than mobile phones.
2.  Don't expect Spanish buses to run on the ground.

Here goes for week 207:-

Many thanks to Andrée for linking up last time with her dolphins quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.

If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

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.
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.


  1. Ahh Lizzie my very first project on a vintage machine (Vesta) was a phone case. i loved the juxtaposition of old and new technology.

  2. I love this post! I totally agree about making prior arrangements. I have had a mobile for about 9 years but use it as little as I can. I still have the same one and can't now read it without my glasses on, which makes the whole process of using it even more of a nuisance than it was when I first got it. My husband has got a smart phone and loves it and is very firmly attached to it. I I refuse to have one as I know that then I would feel even more electronically tagged than I do now! (husband likes me to have it switched on when I'm out shopping/cycling/walking so he can contact me.....). I can't think of anything worse! Your case is very nice by the way!

  3. Hi Muv, that was such a funny story...and could have happened to me, even if I've had a cell phone for ages. Thanks for the feature. Glad you had a good trip to Spain.

  4. Mobile phones can be very helpful, once you learn how to use them.



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