Thursday, 7 May 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 279 - Reorganising

Ramming furniture into the sewing room is nearer to the truth.  Reorganising will come later.  For the moment, we are in a state of cheerful chaos, secure in the knowledge that now the dining room ceiling has been replastered, we needn't worry about half a hundredweight of 90 year old plaster landing on our heads.

Rather than show a photo of the sewing room stacked to the gunnels with a kitchen dresser and cardboard boxes, I decided that this photo of my aunt would be far more interesting.  Here she is at some time in the 1920s, when my dad was very young, looking very calm and self-assured in one of her own creations.  My dad remembered her being very keen on sewing, and fussing about with bits of tissue paper, as he put it.

Shortly after deciding to post this photograph, I received a video from my sister in law of my great niece with her brand new sewing machine, which she received for her fourteenth birthday.  Within two days she had finished a cover for the machine, and seems to be raring to go for her second project.  It was a delight to see her so full of enthusiasm.

Here goes for week 279:-

This week's featured project is my co-host Andrée's lovely bubble quilt, which she quilted in next to no time.  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. Moving into a new (or back into an existing) sewing space is certainly daunting; I feel your pain! My husband and I have been talking about downsizing once my youngest finishes his last year of high school, and although the idea of a fresh start and new beginning as empty nesters is appealing, the one thought about moving that fills me with the most dread is that I would be starting completely from scratch with no studio... Especially since the smaller, single-story floorplans we're thinking of would likely require an addition to get me a sewing space the size of what I have now. Hopefully you'll get it all squared away and be back to sewing soon!

    1. Thanks Rebecca.
      We are gradually getting rid of junk now that the children have grown up and left. It is a very slow process. I think the ceiling episode has done us a favour. The dining room needed redecorating, and now we can't put it off.

  2. Hi Muv, that is such a lovely picture. Good luck with your ceiling and then getting everything back. That's quite the job. Thanks for featuring my quilt.

    1. Hello Andrée,
      Yes Auntie had poise, didn't she?
      All is well at this end. I think we have a few weeks of chaos ahead of us, but at this time of year with all the gardening a bit of disruption in the house doesn't matter so much.

  3. I love the sleeves on that dress. Sewing is a family trait for you.

    1. Very stylish, aren't they, but I do wonder how many times she accidentally dipped them in her tea.



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