Saturday 18 July 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 289 - Shopping for Buttons

Expeditions to the shops these days are like journeys into a strange cinematic version of your own country.  It is all too weird.  So forgive me for getting excited about buttons.  The shop I usually go to turned itself into Maskland weeks ago, so yesterday I went further afield to a different shop and stocked up on buttons for unfinished and not-yet-started projects.

Rather than make a final decision in the shop, I came home with two options for the little cardigan I finished in May.  Do I opt for the little pale pink portholes with transparent centres...

...or the spotty ones?  I'm torn.

Either way, it looks as though it is still going to be some weeks before the sewing room is reinstated.  We need to get a new carpet now that the dining room has been redecorated after the ceiling collapse.  The local carpet fitters (very quick, very good) are doing an appointments only system for their showroom.  I would rather just wait until life returns to normal, but that's what I said weeks ago about buttons.  In the meantime, I shall carry on knitting, learning new techniques, and pining for my sewing machines while they lie idle under all the piles of stuff stacked in the sewing room.

In all the confusion - yes, I'm getting old - I have completely lost track of time and didn't realise that this was my week for the linky.  Thank you to Andrée for reminding me!  Not only have I lost track of the week, I am just coming to terms that today is Saturday and not Friday.  Oh dear.  

Many thanks to everyone who linked up last time, it was a good turn out!  This week I shall keep the linky open until Wednesday to make up for the late start.

Here goes for Week 289:-

This week's featured project is Chris's UFO transformed into a lovely mini 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, Brazil and Sweden have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


  1. I think you need to knit another little cardigan and use both sets of buttons! No wonder you were torn - they are both lovely!

    1. I probably will. That's the trouble with knitting. I just can't stop.

  2. Hi Muv, both are lovely but I'm partial to the dots! Take care.



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