Thursday 17 March 2022

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 373 - Just Enough Wadding


Ever think you lead a charmed life?  

As regular readers might remember hearing before, my maths is total rubbish.  When shopping for fabric my brain reaches a strange state of numerical stasis, like a digital clock frozen inside a block of ice, because fabric is sold in metres and I work in imperial measurements.  After spending at least half an hour in the shop scribbling on several sheets of paper to work out how much backing fabric and wadding I would need, it turned out that there was just enough of the type of wadding I wanted left on the roll, and no more in stock.  So I had all they had in the shop.  Over the past few weeks while I have been making the quilt sandwiches and seeing the vast piece of wadding gradually reduce in size, I have been wondering whether there would be enough after all.  This week I found out.  The last three sandwiches just fitted neatly before the wadding ran out, and I was able to avoid having to use the folded and crinkly bits at the edges and end of the roll.  Such a relief! 

Now I have made all the sandwiches, and done the straight line quilting on 24 of the total of 25.  Hooray!  It is nearly time to start the free motion quilting!  From now on the photographs should get a bit more interesting.


Here goes for Week 373:-

Many thanks to Rebecca Grace for linking up last time with the lone star quilt she has quilted for a client.  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, I totally understand! When I bought backing fabric for our king size bed, I forgot that I needed two strips of the fabric...thank goodness they still had more in the shop! Then, for the Version 2.0, I needed more fabric for the back because I had used some for another project...and then I bought a different colour of Kona. Maybe all quilters lead a charmed life?!

    1. Confusing business, isn't it? Some people have minds that work like computers, others use computers, and then there are the rest of us for whom it is one big game of hit and miss.

  2. Yay for having just enough batting!!! I have been know to press those wrinkly bits of batting at the end, when needed.

    1. Pressing sounds scary. I'd end up melting it with the iron. Those wrinkly bits will probably end up in tea cosies.

  3. Thanks for the feature, Muv! :-). And HOORAY for not running out of your wadding!

    1. My pleasure, Rebecca Grace. That quilt is a real beauty.
      Yes, hooray, and phew!



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