Thursday, 2 May 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 227 - On the Drawing Board

One of the hardest parts of a project is actually beginning.  Having decided what I am going to do, now I am thinking of how to actually approach it.  Much as I love doing stitched landscapes, interpreting a scene I know well and working from a photograph takes a certain leap of faith to get started.  I have made a preliminary sketch, which will be traced onto greaseproof paper to lay over the fabric just so I can plot certain points of the composition: this way I don't need to actually need to mark the fabric.  More importantly, I have spent some time gazing at the photo deciding where to start, and how to work out from there.  Also, I have been out walking and absorbing the colours around me.  The photo was taken three years ago in May, and today the colour of the sky was the same steely grey, contrasting with bright green of young leaves.  I love a deep grey sky with sunlight, but I will never capture it in thread.

Here goes for week 227:-

Many thanks to my co-host Andrée for showing us her practice piece on week 225 of the linky.  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. Thanks Muv! Best of luck with your stitched landscape. I agree that starting is often the hardest part! That's why I usually just jump in and get soaked, for better or for worse, since I'm really good at over-thinking it.

    1. Starting... I think it's a bit like writer's block, or stage fright...

      Also at this time of year I can have seriously rough and grimy hands for days on end from gardening.



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