Thursday, 27 August 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 295 - Using Up The Stash

Excellent choice of fabric for a big burly bloke, don't you think?

I have been raiding one of the boxes in my sewing room to make a weighted blanket for my niece's husband.  Rather than buy new fabric at this stage, I am using leftover pieces of brushed cotton to make a prototype.  The hope is that the weight will help ease his insomnia.  If it works, then I shall make another in more manly fabric, and this first version will come in useful when the second one is being washed.  

The plan for the blanket is scribbled on a piece of paper.  How it eventually turns out will be a gamble.  Because brushed cotton has plenty of give in the weave, it should be comfortable, but it is a devil to cut straight because it keeps shifting.  Pretty florals aren't generally what the daddy of the family should expect, but there will be both joke value and sentimental value to the blanket when it is finished because I am using up fabric left by both my niece's grandmothers.  My sister in law's mother left a great stash of fabric that she used for children's nighties and pyjamas, and I also have a length of fabric left by my mum, which was bought in the late 1960s or early 70s.  I am glad to be able to put it all to good use.

Here goes for Week 295:-

Many thanks to Carole for linking up last time with some beautifully quilted little birds.  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 hope you'll tell us all about your experiment. It might be something useful to make. If you're in your stash boxes, it must mean that the sewing room is getting back to normal! Take care.

    1. Thanks Andrée. Yes, slowly but surely I'm seeing the light. Not yet in the sewing groove, though. It must be because I have a couple of nearly-finished knitting projects.



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