Thursday 26 November 2020

Free Motion Quilting Meets Recycling

Can you see where the original stitching ends and mine starts?  My old skirt is now well and truly unrecognisable, and well on its way to becoming a cushion cover.  I have enjoyed making it up as I go along.  The original stitching has had some stitching here and there, just a bit of outlining to batten it down, and now I am off on a frolic of my own to fill up all the blank space.  Doing all the fat fancy paisley-like leaves has been an absolute joy.  However, it has been heavy going in parts because I have had to contend with seams in the skirt fabric, and have ended up with a few rumples.  Also, because the backing fabric is a synthetic mix, it has a tendency to resist, and refuses to glide as easily as pure cotton.  Of course, as soon as I type this, I realise I have forgotten to put clingfilm on the bed of the machine, which is my tried and tested trick to help the work glide more freely.

It is ages since I did a free motion project.  What better way to start again than with an old skirt backed with offcuts of curtain lining?  Shopping isn't easy at the moment, so I am taking the opportunity to use up items that are cluttering up the house. 


  1. Wow! I'm not sure what you did and what was already on the skirt.

  2. Really pretty and your work blends in so well - if I hadn't seen the before photo a while back, I'd never have known! Great job!

  3. Wowzer Wowzer!! Beautiful!

  4. Hi Muv, what wonderful FMQ. I love those paisley leaves - it would seem that they can be adapted in many ways. It's awesome. I also didn't realise that cling film could work over the quilting area. Sometimes things are harder to quilt than others, although when I have that though, I have to check to see if my feed dogs are down! That happens way too much. Take care. Love Andrée

    1. Thanks Andrée! I swear by cling film - I hope it works for you too.
      Love, Muv



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