Friday 14 August 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 293 - Another Knitted Blanket


This is the latest baby blanket, in the woven effect stitch I showed last time.  It has been a great way to use up all the odds and ends I have left over from previous projects.  Joining one strip to the next is done as you knit, knitting the last stitch of each wrong side row into the edge of the adjacent strip.  The random baby yarns add to the stripy effect and make the texture a little more snuggly, and the big bold blocks of maroon and yellow are left overs from cardigans I made for myself.  When I was about a quarter of the way through I thought the effect was all too loud and busy.  Now that I am three quarters of the way through, it has grown on me.  I hope the baby who eventually has it will find the colours interesting.  I always love imagining the the little fingers of the future owner pointing at the colours in quiet moments.

This week I had a request from my niece for a weighted blanket for her husband.  This meant a bit of research on my part, as I had only vaguely heard of them before, and half a day of thinking how I would make one and with what.  A quick check of the stash confirmed that I should be able to make one without buying any new fabric, so I should soon be back to sewing in a big way!  Now that we have the new carpet in the dining room we are gradually putting the room back together, and then I will be able to get the sewing machines out again.  After weeks of chaos (don't ask me where my cheque book is) it might come as a bit of a shock.  

Here goes for Week 293:-

Many thanks to Rebecca Grace for linking up last time with her Spirit Song quilt, now finished and looking beautiful.  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. Hi Muv, I'm glad that your sewing machines will soon be back in their places. You've done some great knitting though. I just think of a baby playing with the texture of the blanket while sucking their thumb :-)
    I also want to know what is a weighted blanket. Looking forward to finding out.
    Hugs, take care.

    1. Hello Andrée, the idea of a weighted blanket is that it envelops the body, weighs down gently, and helps you sleep. It is also recommended for some medical conditions. So it's much like a quilt, but with added weight. Let's hope it helps my niece's husband, who has trouble sleeping.
      Love, Muv

  2. All your knitting is lovely! I can imagine how exciting it will be to sew again! Having a break from something, I think, whether forced upon you or voluntary, can mean you come back to it refreshed.

    1. Thanks Lizzie! I'm not quite sewing yet, but I've worked out measurements and scribbled out a plan...



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