Thursday, 6 May 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 329 - A Sandwich


This is the first sandwich done for the latest batch of little quilts, and I was glad of the opportunity to use the blue gingham print for the backing.  It is the first time I have used it, and this is the perfect top to go with it.  For ages I have wanted to do a quilt with mainly spots, stripes and checks, and with this colour combination it gives a lovely fresh, clean, uncomplicated look.  I have already chosen the binding, and am looking forward to getting it all done.

Meanwhile, I am still working like a Trojan at the allotment.  We have had rain, at long last, after an exceptionally dry April, so from now on everything is going to grow really quickly.  The asparagus season has started, and I cooked the first of the crop earlier this week - too delicious for words.  It was cooked about two hours after it was cut, and the flavour was exquisite.  As for the potatoes, they have all come up, and should keep us stocked up from late summer until about Christmas.



   

Here goes for Week 329:-

Many thanks to Andrée for linking up last week with her A to Z challenge, which included her strings 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, 22 April 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 327 - London Buses



Yet another quilt top in the making, number six in the batch.  I think the fabric in the centre is a little distorted, and if so it must have happened when I gave it a wash before using it.  Everything is going uphill to the left, which I rather like.  It adds a little more life to the scene.  I enjoyed keeping to the red, white, blue and black colour scheme, the only variation being the rogue pink spots in the black and white spotty fabrics.  When I started I thought the blue with red spots on the right would be the best for the border.  This afternoon, in good daylight, the fabric on the left looks far better.  There is just about enough of it left to finish the job.

Meanwhile, the weather is still dry, far too dry for the time of year, so I have been concentrating on the outdoor jobs.  The potatoes are just beginning to peep up, and all the seeds I have planted can stay unwatered - I don't want them popping up in a hurry and getting killed off by frost in May.

If I suddenly start quilting next month, it means it's raining!  The weather forecast for the next week is more of the same.  We seem to have lost our prevailing westerlies, bringing the rain from the Atlantic, and have had weeks of winds from the East.  It doesn't bode well. It will probably pour down all summer to make up for lost time.

On that cheerful note, it's time for this week's linky!


Here goes for Week 327:-

Many thanks to Vivian for linking up last time with her journal covers.  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, 9 April 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 325 - Elephants Quilt Top



Brown always makes me nervous.  I am aesthetically scarred from having lived through the 1970s, when brown beige, and orange threatened to smother the world, and swirly carpets left you trembling in doorways, terrified to enter a room.  Now, some fifty years later, the elephant fabric has made me face up to my fears.  It called for shades of brown, turquoise and purple (another colour that had its glory days, was that the late 60s or early 70s?).

Now the top is finished, I love it. It has been added to my little pile of cradle quilt tops so I can start binge quilting in the next month or so.  In the meantime, all the hard work I have been putting in to the allotment is paying off.  All the potatoes are planted, the onions are doing nicely, there are some self-seeded leeks that are now in orderly rows, and the asparagus will be popping up soon.  So while the weather stays dry and I am grubbing around and staring at shades of brown and green for hours, I am looking forward to my next colour matching exercise.



 

Here goes for Week 325:-

Many thanks to Kathy for linking up last time with her green HST 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, 25 March 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 323 - Colour Matching


Dull light doesn't show these colours off to best advantage, but these fabrics have got my enthusiasm going for the next quilt top.  Poking around in the stash has been entertaining, finding pieces I had forgotten about, old favourites and others I have never used before.  The elephants are going to be the centrepiece of the next piecing project, combined with shades of brown, purple, mauve and turquoise.  After putting off making quilts for so long, I am now enjoying myself working with all the wonderful colours.  

I have calculated that I probably have enough fabric in the house to keep me going until I am 96, so I need to try and stay in the habit of keeping my projects ticking.  As usual, I am making things in batches, because one quilt top gives me an idea for the next, so I end up making four in a row.  Will it be five?  We shall see.





Here goes for Week 323 :-

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


Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Piecing Quilt Tops


Easy piecing is the name of the game at the moment.  This is the third top I have put together in the past couple of weeks, and even though it is simply a central panel framed by strips, it took me ages.  I am seriously out of practice.

I started by fishing out the scooters fabric from the stash.  I have made a quilt before in this fabric in a different colourway, and enjoyed combining all the pinks, greys and browns to make a really girly quilt.  This time I wanted to make a baby boy quilt, and the first day I rummaged around for scraps to match I managed to pull out all the wrong colours.  The solution was to leave it to the next day.  The following morning I decided to use up the very last of some fabrics I have used in the past.  The bold red spots come from a tiny piece of fabric that I cut into two and put on either side of the scooters.  Because I used lots of last scraps, making this top was a fiddly business that stretched over about four days.

Now that I have three tops made, I am tempted to make a couple more before I actually start quilting.  It is a great excuse to just carry on playing with colour before I get down to the serious business of making all the quilt sandwiches.

Also, I am aiming to plant this year's crop of potatoes next week.  My routine at the moment is sewing in the morning, and digging for the last couple of hours in the late afternoon before sunset.  Colourful piecing is ideal therapy before the hard work outside.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 321 - Piecing Again

 


Got to get going again somehow, so what better way is there? The strips of squares were sitting patiently in a box, waiting for me to pick them up and make them into something, so today I finally settled down at the machine and started sewing.  Inspiration has deserted me for months, so rather than try and think up a grand new departure, I decided to piece a top for a cradle quilt, which I can practically do on auto-pilot.  Once I have started, I am sure ideas for new projects will come flooding in.

Life has been a bit busy recently.  We have had unusually dry weather for a couple of weeks, so I have been out digging the potato patch so I can plant the spuds at the end of this month.  I am determined to do better than last year, when they went in almost a month late.  Now the wind has changed direction, and we have wild wet weather blowing in from the Atlantic, excellent for staying in and getting on with sewing. 

I had an entertaining few messages back and forth with Andrée last week.  She sent me pictures of 9ft deep snow, I replied with pictures of a green hill and sunshine, and it was several hours later that I realised she was telling me I hadn't done the linky.  Not knowing what day it is is old hat.  I didn't even know what week it was.  So, without further ado, and with apologies for being a week late, here goes for week 321...




Many thanks to Rebecca Grace for linking up last time with her February Christmas sweets quilt - made me feel a whole lot better about losing a week in a time warp.  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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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 319 - Two Projects Finished

  

A couple of finished projects to show this week, a cardigan and a little coat.  Both are knitted using the seamless method, which was my technical milestone for 2020.


Firstly, this little cardigan.  I wasn't sure about this random yarn.  Before knitting it I thought the shades of pink, turquoise and yellow didn't go particularly well with each other.  If I hadn't alternated it with a grey and white yarn I'm sure I wouldn't have liked it at all.  Somehow the purple ribbing got it all under control (just the same as the binding pulls together all the colours in a quilt)...


... and the spotty buttons put the icing on the cake.


The little coat is a reworking of the pattern I am working on, and this time I got my maths right.


The cable didn't show up particularly well with the dark blue, probably because the fleck contrasts sharply with it, and the whole effect is a little busy, but I was pleased that I found exactly the shade of red that I wanted for the buttons.  There are eight all together - the top button is tucked out of sight when the collar is folded down...  



and there is a surprise button at the back of the collar, which can be undone to turn the collar up on cold days.

As for sewing, I have made a few more lavender bags, and shall probably carry on until I have used up all the lavender I have.  As for quilting, perhaps I need you all to give me a good telling off in the comments and give me a kick to make something.  Just anything, to get me started again.



Here goes for Week 319:-

Many thanks to my co-host Andrée for linking up with her journal cover.  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, 4 February 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 317 - Lavender Bags

 

Really useful when you need to keep the moths at bay, but surprisingly time consuming to make.  

After making a load of laundry bags last spring, I thought I could run off a couple of dozen lavender bags in no time.  I had forgotten that tiny items take longer because they are fiddly, and that I needed to make a separate sachet of lavender to put into each one.  I have plenty of dried lavender that I collected from our own bushes the summer before last.  The dried flower heads have been kept firmly sealed in a plastic bag, so they have retained a powerful scent.  I used muslin for the sachets, and put a couple of tablespoons of lavender and a few dried bay leaves into each one.  The scent filled the room, and never has a sewing job made me sneeze so much.  Fortunately, it wasn't the actual scent that made me sneeze, but the dust from the loose flowers, which is no longer a problem now that they are wrapped up in two layers of cloth.

For the bags I used a piece of fine cotton lawn that I bought in Liverpool about 40 years ago.  Finally I have found the ideal use for it!  For drawstrings I used little lengths of multicoloured ribbon that  were tied round bundles of fact quarters.  It was very satisfying using up odds and ends, and also a relief to be able to ward off the moths.  I have a beautiful winter coat that I rarely wear (living in one of the warmest parts of the country has its drawbacks) and I would hate to pull it out of the wardrobe and find it had been nibbled.




Here goes for Week 317:-

Many thanks to Nancy for linking up last time with her indigo circles 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, 21 January 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 315 - Creative Block

 

Under stress I knit.  It absorbs all the frustration of the past few months.  Much as I would like to be organised and do some serious sewing again, for the moment my brain is total stew.  I have got a relaxing project lined up, making lavender bags to hang in wardrobes, so I am sure that will stir up a little creativity from the murky depths.  So, nothing to show you this week, apart from just a tiny glimpse of a little coat in the making.



Here goes for Week 315:-


Many thanks to Sew Yummy for linking up last time with her nine patch 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.


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