Thursday, 6 January 2022

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 363 - Happy New Year

The New Year is here, so I wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2022... and it's not over yet, today is the Epiphany, so a very belated Happy Christmas too!

We have had a very quiet Christmas, which included three trips to the dentist's for my husband and a nice soft slow cooked gammon joint for Christmas dinner.  You get the general idea.  Plans for a jolly New Year at my brother's place to celebrate his birthday, which is New Year's Eve, were scotched by illness in his family, so we are planning a get together for February instead.  The weather has been monumentally dreary, so it has been a great time for staying in and getting on with a bit of sewing.

And here it is, block number 25!  The scrappy strips really work, keeping the eye busy between the large areas of plain colour, and I am delighted not to have to fiddle around with scraps again on this project.  As I hoped, I had all the blocks pieced by early January, and on Monday I had a trip out to stock up on wadding and backing fabric.  I already had a short length of dark yellow, about a quarter of the amount I need, and hoped to be able to find a matching yellow to go with it.  All the yellows I found were bad matches, so I decided to buy some dark red and dark purple so I can back the blocks in different colours and put together a bold design on the back.  That should make the prospect of making 25 sandwiches a little less daunting.

Here goes for Week 363:-

Many thanks to Vivian for linking up with her Civil War Strippie 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, your plan to stitch 25 sandwiches sound like it's going to be a quilt-as-you-go. That should make it much easier to free motion quilt also. The colours are gorgeous. Best of luck and Happy 2022!

    1. Thank you Andrée. Yes, it's QAYG, the only way for me!



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