Thursday, 11 November 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 355 - Making Binding


Seems insignificant, but this is a milestone!  I am finally on the last stage of a dress for my daughter that I started over five years ago.  It is a made to measure summer dress, so thank goodness she stays the same weight, despite the fact that she has an enormous appetite.  Having looked at my photos, I am slightly horrified by how long it has taken me.  In October 2016 I was halfway there, but then ran into frustration mode in early 2017.  The zip was the bugbear.  Then other projects intervened, and my daughter was seldom at home, especially during the academic year she spent abroad, 2017-2018.  Earlier this year I finally sorted out the zip by adding two lines of extremely irksome handstitching.  A few days ago I finished the hem, and now I am about to bind the armholes.  The end is in sight!

As for post-wedding news, I have now done all the important laundry.  Hand washing the veil wasn't too terrifying, especially when I worked out that the best way to dry it was with the hair dryer.  Once the dress is back from the dry cleaners I am going to have to work out how to store it all.  That will be fun.

Here goes for Week 355:-

Many thanks to Gail for linking up last week with her pangolin 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. I am just glad that I am not the only one that has old projects I have set aside. I'm not proud of it, but I just retired 10 years ago, so...maybe I will get to them soon?

    1. I quite understand. I've got plenty more unfinished projects, but I'm keeping quiet about them for the time being.



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