Thursday, 12 May 2022

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 381 - Olives and Cherries


Every time I take photographs of this fabric I wonder whether the quilting will show up.  Hiding among all those stripes are my first FMQ olives.  I looked online for photos so I could see the shape of the leaves and how the olives hang from the branch, but didn't find many that were particularly helpful: then I found the ideal picture in the kitchen on the label of the olive oil bottle.  Then I started quilting and enjoying myself, took a few botanical liberties, and was quite pleased with the result, especially as my brain blended the grey and yellow into a shade of olive green.  I thought it was just my imagination, but when I showed it to my husband he said the fabric was just the right colour for olives.  Greatly encouraged, I sent a photo to my daughter, who said they looked like cherries.

So of course, the next design to try out was cherries.  This time I didn't need to search for photos, but just take a stroll around the corner to the nearest cherry tree and bring home a leaf.  Now I'm wondering whether my daughter will see this piece of quilting as olives.

At least she won't have any difficulty recognising holly.


Here goes for Week 381:-

Many thanks to Andrée for linking up last week with her Pink Love table mat.  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 love your olives, cherries and holly. Your olives do look like olives - I recognize those skinny leaves :-) Hope you're doing well. I love your FMQ. It's really looking great!

    1. Thanks Andrée! It's been fun coming up with a few new designs for this quilt.



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