Thursday, 14 November 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 255 - Fat Needles

New needles, and I'm back in action.  After making short work of two needles within 20 minutes last time I tried to make headway on this project, I ordered some needles online.  They are size 120/19, the thickest I could get, and so far the first needle is still in one piece.  I can't believe I have never tried this size needle before.  After a very hesitant start today, I think I can finally get to grips with this project, which has been the biggest creative headache I have ever given myself.

Talking of headaches... the virus I had last month, which left me feeling like a lump of rubbish for weeks after the main symptoms cleared up, finally seems to have left me.  After a five day stay in Spain, in a warm dry climate, all the cobwebs have been blown away, and coming home to damp, rainy, muddy, windy England hasn't knocked me backwards.  Hooray!

Here goes for week 255:-

Many thanks to Vasudha for linking up with her Diwali 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 five days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Tuesday.

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. Hi Muv, I'm so glad that the needles are cooperating and that you're back to your healthy self, even if it's in damp, rainy, muddy, windy England! We have a few inches of snow already - amazing that it's stayed this long since it usually melts this early. Could be a very long winter!

    1. Thanks Andrée!

      So far there has been snow on high ground in some parts of Britain, and lots of flooding. It looks set to be a dismal winter.

  2. Hope those needles take care of the breaking problem. Happy Stitching!



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