Thursday 23 April 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 277 - More Laundry Bags

Every bag is different...

After making an initial batch of 17 laundry bags, which have been now sent with a consignment to a hospital in the Midlands, I found out that a neighbour who works in a local hospital was looking for laundry bags for her colleagues.  Another neighbour had been busy making some for her, and I rustled up six more, three in pale lilac and three in deep mauve.

Since then I have made three more.  The pretty yellow floral striped one is for my sister in law, who works in a nursing home for the elderly, and the red stripey one is for my niece, who is a midwife.  I shall be posting them tomorrow.

So in about three weeks I have made 26 laundry bags.  It has been quite an epic!  Apart from the cord, which I ordered online, everything was in my stash.  I have used lots of pieces of material that I have had for years and never quite knew what to do with.  When I started all my bobbins were full with different coloured threads.  Now I have emptied about 19 bobbins, much of the thread being used for the buttonholes.  I have enjoyed using the buttonholer on my Singer 201K treadle, and I have been quite sobered by the thought that, apart from the buttonholes, these laundry bags were made on a machine that pre-dates the Spanish Flu epidemic, namely my 1916 Singer 99K.

Here goes for week 277:-

This week's featured project is Cindy's beautiful feather 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. Oh dear I'm rubbish with the linky tool! Arghhhh!

    1. Don't fret Kerry! I'm a bit of a technophobe too.
      Wow, so many tiny squares! It is going to look great when it is all put together.

    2. Thank you - I'm on the kisses now and they are being added to those 16 patches. Placing them on the spare bed as I go and it is beginning to look more like a quilt. Only 36 big blocks to go and then a border or two!

  2. Hi Muv, those are great bags! If you sewing machine survived the Spanish Flu epidemic, then you and it will surely survive this one :-) Take care.

    1. Thanks Andrée! I enjoyed making the bags, and my sister in law was quite taken with the yellow floral fabric I chose for hers.

      Years ago I came to terms with the fact that my sewing machines will outlive me. We're all doing fine, thanks!



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