Thursday, 7 July 2022

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 389 - Quilted Baby Jacket

Recently I have been doing a fair bit of knitting, getting back into making baby cardigans, and only today I remembered that I have this little quilted jacket stashed away from over ten years ago.  I set myself a task, using just four different fabrics, and because it was before I had launched into the thrills of free motion quilting, I hand quilted it.  The piecing and quilting was relatively easy.  The real fun started with the seams, running underneath the arms down the side.  It wasn't a particularly happy experience, in fact I had a right old tussle, which is why I never made another.

To give an idea of the size, the back is just over ten inches square.

I remember looking at photos of Mongolian tribesmen and being fascinated by how their coats always fasten down one side, so I tried out a similar method .  There is an inside button to hold the left front in place when the three outer buttons are fastened.  If I made another jacket like this, now that I have a buttonholer, I might make it double breasted with buttonholes.

This jacket looks as though it would better suit a little girl, with floral designs and buttons on the left.  Were I to make another I would use little boy fabrics and speed up the process with free motion quilting.  However, after all the grief I had with the seams, I would have to think long and hard before even starting.

The wedding quilt is having to take second place to gardening at the moment.  Summer has well and truly arrived, so I am spending hours outside doing battle with weeds and enjoying every minute of it.

Here goes for Week 389:-

Many thanks to my co-host Andrée for linking up last time.  She has been busy exhibiting her work and giving a class.  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. You just gave me a wonderful idea for a jacket for myself with all the strips I have around here, thanks! ♥

    1. Sounds like a great project! I hope it turns out well.

  2. That is a lovely jacket! It reminds me of one I made for my daughter back in the 90s, though I bought prequilted fabric. I gave it away to a friend but wish I'd asked for it back when she'd finished with it! I still have the pattern and have been thinking about making it again, but quilting it myself, now that we have several grandchildren. You have inspired me to do it - in the winter probably as, like you, I am spending a lot of time in the garden at the moment.

    1. Thanks Lizzie! Yes, it would definitely be an autumn or winter project. How wonderful that you have several grandchildren, so you can try out different colours and sizes to suit them.

    2. Yes indeed I could! I shall add this to my list of tasks! We have six grandchildren, aged 1-6, 5 girls and then finally a boy!



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