Thursday 10 September 2020

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 297 - A Note From The Past

Sewing the weighted blanket is taking a little longer than I thought it would.  Too many things have been happening at once.  The most interesting distraction has been cleaning up an old sewing machine, and all my good intentions to devote a day to this project this week have fallen flat.

So far, I have joined three pieces of fabric to form the back, which measures 4 feet 6 inches by 6 feet 6 inches.  For the front, which will be made up of rows of pockets into which the weighted pads will be inserted, I have cut out a series of strips to run across the width - two strips of 15 inches, one of 13, one of 11, one of 9 and one of 7.  Soon I shall have 35 buttonholes to do.  The idea is that the pads should be removable to make washing and drying easier.

Most of the fabric belonged to my sister in law's mother, and all the pale blue fabric belonged to my mum.  I remember making a nightdress in the early 1970s with this fabric.  There was plenty left, and my mum obviously had plans for it.  This tiny note was attached to it with a rusty pin.  She died 27 years ago.  I am sure she would be pleased to see it is finally being used.'

Here goes for Week 297:-

Many thanks to Gail for linking up last time with her Carpenter's Star 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. No quilting - top not quite finished, but not much to go now. I seem to have overdone the 16 patch blocks, but I can always frog them to make a border!

  2. Hi Muv, good luck with your blanket - that's huge! Isn't it great to see your Mom's messages to herself from many moons ago? Take care.



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