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.


  1. Hi Muv, that is looking great. Isn't it fun to use your creativity to figure out what to use as a hoop? Well done :-) I'm sure that you're looking forward to playing with colour soon. Good luck with the veil. Take care.

    1. Thanks Andrée! I started on the veil yesterday. It took ages to cut to shape - I'm not used to dealing with such flimsy stuff. It's making me look forward to quilting!

  2. It's going to be a lovely whoosh dress. Those 2 months will now romp by so fast!
    :D xx

    1. Can't wait for the fitting this week. Yes, time is flying!

  3. The slip looks great. I'm sure the curtain wire will work great.

    1. Thanks Cheryl. In the end we found it didn't need the curtain wire. I had managed to put in enough netting to give the dress the right amount of flare. That was lucky!



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