Thursday, 30 September 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 349 - Pearls

 


The veil is now completely finished, attached to the comb and decorated with pearls.  The comb is metal (I don't trust plastic combs) and just 3 inches across.  To give myself a surface to sew into, I wrapped a thin strip of the veiling fabric around the top, weaving in between the teeth, and secured it with thread wrapped around in a similar fashion.  That formed a cushion over the metal, over which I then stitched a strip of the satin binding that I had used to edge the veil.

The veil is stitched to the back of the comb.  Finding the exact place to attach it was fun.  Veiling isn't the easiest fabric to handle.  I had to fold across the width of the veil a third of the way down, and then find the central point of the fold.  The veil is approximately 75 inches long, and the measurement from the top of my daughter's head is roughly 25 inches, so when the veil is hanging from the comb the top layer is half the length of the lower layer.


The decoration is made of pearls that I have had stashed away for years, waiting for the opportunity to use them.  Last Sunday night I stayed up late and started stringing the pearls onto some fine invisible thread.  By some sort of a miracle I ended up with this little confection, having started out with no real plan, and with the thread living up to its name because I could barely see the wretched stuff.  The pearl decoration is secured to the comb at each corner at the top, and when the comb is in place in my daughter's hair the pearls hang down over the top of the veil. 

Another job done!  Just as well, now that we have little more than a fortnight to go.

And now for an apology and explanation to anybody who came by last week looking for the linky and ended up disappointed.  Yes, I clean forgot, I totally lost track of time.  This time about a month ago I was tired, and kept getting worse, having a nap most afternoons, and then ending up only being able to get on with ordinary life every other day and just pottering about the next.  Then I started panicking, thinking that if I carried on like that I wouldn't be able to get through the wedding.  Fortunately, I had an eye test recently, and the optician wrote to my doctor because there was swelling around one of my eyes.  This meant I got an appointment with the doctor (no mean feat these days) and was prescribed antibiotics for a persistent sinus infection.  For the past week I have been feeling better than I have done since the beginning of the summer.  Thank goodness, I am now looking forward to the wedding again, and not dreading it because of lack of energy.  Disaster averted!



Here goes for Week 349:-

Well it was a quiet linky last time, so here is a blast from the past featuring beads from my archives:-

 



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.

Friday, 10 September 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 347 - Relaxation Time


Having a welcome break at the moment from all the organising I have been doing for the wedding.  There is now a little over a month to go, so we are catching up on a few jobs about the house, and taking advantage of the good weather when we have the chance.  This week I have absolutely no sewing news to share, so here's a picture of a squirrel enjoying a nut.  I spent a happy half hour or so trying out my new camera yesterday afternoon, which I got for my birthday a couple of months ago, and which I am still getting used to.  It's a bit high tech for me, but I'm not complaining about the quality of the photos.  I just wish I could get squirrels to pose nicely for me a little more often.


Here goes for Week 347:-

Many thanks to Nancy for linking up with her National Dog Day 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.

Friday, 27 August 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Weeks 345 - Sewing Fresh Air



Great sighs of relief now this job is done!  

Working with diaphanous and flimsy materials is not my forte.  There are several great hurdles I have to overcome.  First, grimy rough hands.  If I have been out gardening, I cannot easily change over to dealing with delicate fabrics because I am highly likely to snag threads on jagged fingernails. Having a sewing machine with a wooden base can present a similar problem, as the old veneer has a few rogue splinters waiting for the fabric to wrap itself gently round them.

Also, I was having to cope with tired old eyes.  The fabric had to be cut to size, and the corners rounded.  The job took hours, and was made all the more difficult by the fact that I was waiting for my new glasses to arrive.  At one point I was cutting through four layers, and could barely see how many layers there were.  The fact that I kept counting the shadow of the tulle as an extra layer didn't help.

My next job was to prepare the satin bias binding to go round the edge.  Ironing a central crease along eight yards or so of binding didn't take as long as I feared.

When working with white I am always terrified everything will end up grubby, either from my hands, the sewing machine or the table.  I made sure that there was no oil on the machine, because I have had bad experiences in the past when I have suddenly noticed a black stain has appeared.  As for the table, because I use the dining table, I always have to check carefully for pasta sauce, gravy or other such horrors.  To avoid disaster, I covered the table with a sheet, and wrapped a large scrap of fabric around the base of the machine.  Once I had set up the machine, sewing on the binding was relatively straightforward.

And here is the result!  It still has to be attached to a comb, but I shall leave that for later because for the moment I would rather store the veil gently folded flat rather than hanging.  Next time my daughter is home I shall have to try it out on her, to see where I should make the fold so that it hangs well down her back, and then attach it to the comb.  That will be the last bit of sewing I have to do for her bridal outfit.  Hooray, no last minute rush!




Here goes for Week 345:-

Many thanks to Chris for linking up last time with her table runner.  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.

Thursday, 12 August 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 343 - An Underskirt With Flare


Underskirt almost done, just the veil to go...

The underskirt now has a little more shape to it.  I have added another layer of netting and put in a makeshift hoop, using curtain wire - the excess is trailing across the floor on the left of the picture.  I also experimented using clear plastic tubing, but that was a resounding failure because it kept curling back on itself and wouldn't form a firm circle.  I thought the curtain wire would be too heavy, but it seems to be sufficiently robust and light enough for comfort.  Next week my daughter has her appointment with the dressmaker to have the hem of her wedding dress taken up.  I expect once a professional dressmaker sees the curtain wire she will laugh and tell me what I should have used.  The curtain wire might turn out to be a temporary measure in the long run.

Tomorrow I am expecting a delivery of 2 metres of ivory tulle so I can make the veil.  There are still two months to go until the wedding, so I shouldn't have any last minute sewing to do.

After all this sewing with white, I shall be glad to get going with a nice colourful quilt as a belated wedding present.


 

Here goes for Week 343:-

Many thanks to Chris for linking up last time with her 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.

Friday, 30 July 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 341 - Underskirt Taking Shape


Over the past couple of weeks I have done very little on the underskirt, but it's very nearly there!

It has progressed from the tennis skirt stage and is now unmistakeably an underskirt.  I have added one more tier to the inner layer, with a sewn down fold just below knee level to give a second channel for a hoop.  So far I have put on just one layer of netting, but I shall be adding another tier underneath.  Once that is finished, I can leave the hem and hoops until we have a proper fitting at the dressmaker's next month for the hem of the wedding dress to be taken up.

Slowly but surely the wedding plans are coming together.  Our daughter and her young man have been staying with us for nearly a fortnight so they can do all the necessary admin - seeing the local registrar, getting paperwork filed with the diocese, visiting the venue we have lined up for the reception, sorting out the guest list... so much to do!  At the same time they have been working from home, with daughter on her computer downstairs, and fiancé in his makeshift home office up in the attic.  Between us we have sorted out so much over the past two weeks that we are beginning to really look forward to the big day.  October will soon be upon us! 



 

Here goes for Week 341:-

Many thanks to Gail for linking up with her beautiful wedding 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.


Thursday, 15 July 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 339 - Not a Tennis Skirt


How appropriate for summer - not that I ever played tennis.

The underskirt that I am making to go under my daughter's wedding dress is beginning to take shape.  I'm not following a pattern, just making it up as I go along, and hoping that it gives the right amount of fullness to the skirt.  I have yards of net to add to the outside, and still need to add about another 12 inches to the length.  

Today I added the pleated section to the fitted top part, or the pelmet, that I had already made.  It took me ages to fold the pleats, and I made sure there were more pleats at the back than the front.  The fabric I have used is sheeting, and to make sure it has extra firmness I broke the rules by having the selvedge run across the top.  When making a skirt, the warp of the fabric should run from top to bottom to ensure the skirt drapes well, because the weft is less resistant and folds softly.  For the underskirt more body is needed, and having the selvedge at the top of the pleats also meant I had no raw edge to neaten, and so less bulk at the bottom of the pelmet where the two sections are joined together.


At the back I had to remove the bottom button to be able to machine stitch the lower section into place.

At the bottom I have made a one inch hem that I might run a hoop through.  I don't yet know if a hoop will be needed, but if it is, it will be easy to fit through the hem.

Most of the wedding preparations over the past fortnight have been general Mother of the Bride admin - counting up the guests and spending hours online looking for the right place for the reception.  We now have an eye on a place we have visited, and if all goes according to plan we should be booking the reception before the end of the month.  Time is flying - only three months to go!


 

Here goes for Week 339:-

Many thanks to Chris for linking up last time with her autumn 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.

Thursday, 1 July 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 337 - It's a Pelmet


The best name for the indecently short skirt that I have just made for my daughter.  I never imagined I would ever make her a pelmet, but I have.  It is fully lined and fits perfectly, and she looks pretty scandalous in it.

It is in fact stage 1 of the underskirt to go under her wedding dress.  It needs some layers of net to give fullness to the skirt of the dress, and the top section is designed to fit snugly on her hips.  At the moment it is creased and could do with a wash before I start on the main part of the underskirt, which will be attached to the hem. 



It fastens at the back.  Rather than use a zip, I decided buttons would be better, because if I got the fit slightly wrong, it is always easier to shift buttons rather than adjust a zip or darts.  The buttons are old mother of pearl buttons that I have had hidden away for years, so I was glad to have finally found a use for them, and also give her something old for the bride's traditional "something old, something new..."  


 

Here goes for Week 337:-

Many thanks to Gail for linking up last time with her animals 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.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 335 - Not The Dress

Shopping for wedding dresses can be stressful - or not.

My daughter had very fixed ideas about her wedding dress.  She knew exactly what style she wanted, and we both trawled the internet for days looking for her ideal dress.  The only way to be sure was to try a few on, so last Sunday afternoon we went to an off-the-peg shop in town to see if we could find the perfect dress.  I wasn't hugely optimistic.  The shop's policy is to start with four dresses in the dressing room, so the salesgirl took my daughter to look through everything in her size.  Once the selection had been made, we went to the changing room, where the assistant and my daughter disappeared behind a curtain, and then pulled back the curtain for me to see the future bride.

So the verdicts on each dress were:-

Number 1 - Marks, 6 out of 10, badly fitting bodice which didn't particularly suit her.

Number 2 - 7 out of 10, very classy seen from the front, nice silhouette, but too much of a plunge at the back.

Number 3 - Amazing.  My jaw dropped.  A timeless classic look.  It is now at home hanging upstairs, and is therefore Top Secret.

Number 4 - Didn't stand a chance after Number 3, so much so that in comparison it looked trashy.

A quick and painless search if ever there was one.  I had offered to make her dress if we drew a blank at the shops, but I cannot pretend that I am sorry to have been saved the trouble.  My contribution will be to make her underskirt and her veil.

When we came home we announced to my husband that he was not allowed to see it - even if he had he wouldn't have been able to visualise it on her, and would probably have forgotten what it looked like within about twenty minutes.  We want to keep it as a surprise for him on the big day.  However, he was treated to seeing her in my wedding dress, which I hauled out of the wardrobe for her to try on.  Totally not her style, but despite the messy hair, she looked pretty in it - and I was relieved that it hadn't been attacked by moths!

So now you know my sewing plans!  Underskirt, veil, perhaps a dress for Mother of the Bride, and then wedding quilt, in that order.  Provided the churches aren't locked down again, and important guests can travel to England, we shall be having an exciting Autumn!



 

Here goes for Week 335:-

Many thanks to Rebecca Grace for showing us a repair job that would fill most people with paralysing dread.  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.

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