Thursday, 16 December 2021

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 361 - Piecing Blocks


Unsurprisingly, today has not been a good day for taking photos, so the best I can do is an ironing board shot, looking all the world like the view from a model aeroplane coming in for a crash landing.  I have a definite love-hate relationship with the scrappy strips.  They take ages to make, fiddling around with dog-eared scraps, but without them the blocks would be dull and uninspiring. The narrow blue strip in the middle of the photo was made with a strip a little less than an inch wide, a bit of irregular selvedge trimmed from a piece years ago.  I keep things for years, wondering why I bother, and then end up glad I didn't bin them.

I am now well on the way with piecing the blocks for the wedding quilt, having finished eight blocks and reached the stage where I have a system going.  Just when most people are finishing off projects in time for Christmas, I am just starting and have no deadline to worry about.  We have a quiet Christmas ahead of us, so I am glad to have a project to keep me busy.  I only wish I had more photos to show, but with weather so dull and overcast that I need the light on in the house for me to be able to sew, the camera can't capture the colours and do them justice.  

Here goes for Week 361:-

Many thanks to Gail for linking up last time with her latest finishes.  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. Those bright "pops" are just what scrappy quilting needs to wake it up! I love the idea that the leftovers from one project (in the words of Mrs. Goodneedle) "begats" another. sounds like you are going to be enjoying the perfect holiday season with no stress quilting!

    1. Thanks Vivian, it's all worked out during the holiday and I'm all ready for the next stage. Yes, those bright bursts of colour are fun!

  2. Hi Muv, I'm glad that you'll have a great project to work on during the dreary weather you're having. We are going from cold to warm, with snow coming and going :-) Hopefully we'll have a white Christmas. Merry Christmas and talk to you soon!

    1. Thanks Andrée, Hooray! I've got loads done over the holiday.



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