Friday, 18 August 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 150 - Busy Behind The Scenes

Doing without a camera is difficult.  If it weren't for the weekly link up this would be such a boring pictureless blog!  

I haven't been idle, though.  I have four little cradle quilts quilted, one bound and the binding ready for the other three.  At least I will have something to show for myself when I get my camera back.  The problem I am having now is one of self control.  The temptation to buy more fabric isn't easy to stave off when you start making pieced tops after a few months' break.

Here goes for Week 150.

The project that caught my eye in Week 150 is Louise's Peas in a Pod. 
If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.






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 and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
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 four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 150 - Quilting Again

Normal service has resumed.  Today was the day I finally started quilting again after a gap of nearly four months.  I have started a mini production line.  Yesterday I made four sandwiches for cradle quilts, and quilted the first one this morning.  It is good to get back into the swing of things, especially after such an enjoyable break.

Still no photos, though.  In theory I could take photos with my husband's old mobile phone, but I'm far too attached to my camera.  It has the advantage of only taking one photo at a time.  I press the magic button on a mobile phone and take at least fifteen.  Too much technology.

Here goes for Week 150.

The project that caught my eye in Week 149 was Yanicka's fractured image cat, which is quilted with the three feathers pattern that she has demonstrated on a video here. 
If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.





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 and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
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 four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.



Friday, 4 August 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 149 - Hooray for Rain!

At last!  Sewing weather!  It was bound to come.  Day after day of rain, no bright sunshine to lure me outside and a cupboard full of colourful fabrics screaming at me to get sewing.  This week I have pieced two tops for cradle quilts, and I might just get cracking with a third today so I can do a little quilting next week.  As for photos, my camera is still at my brother's house.  By the time I collect it later this month I should have something to show for my efforts.

 Here goes for Week 149.

The project that caught my eye in Week 148 was Gwyned's glorious quilting on Picking Up The Pieces. 
If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.





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 and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
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 four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 148 - A Page-Turner

Suddenly life seems to be returning to normal.  It has been raining.  A lot.  So instead of gardening I have been busy in the house all day, gradually sorting out the chaos that I have grown a little too used to.  I have cropped all the blackcurrants and have a freezer packed with fruit and a stock of clean jars ready for jam making. 

Also I have been gripped by a book.  Why has it taken me so long to get round to reading Jane Eyre?  Just because I saw the series on TV in black and white in the 1960s it doesn't mean I don't need to read the book.  This morning I was quite swept up in a tete-a-tete with Mr Rochester in the orchard.  And the other day I read the perfect description of this summer in the opening lines of Chapter 23:-

" A splendid midsummer shone over England: skies so pure, suns so radiant as were then seen in long succession, seldom favour even singly, our wave-girt land.  It was as if a band of Italian days had come from the South, like a flock of glorious passenger birds, and lighted to rest them on the cliffs of Albion."

I couldn't put it better myself.  Albion is now back to its usual wave-girt self.


Here goes for Week 148.

The project that caught my eye in Week 147 was Olena's summer quilt. 
If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.



summer quilt


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 and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
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 four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Picture for Sunday - Plums


Usually I have to wait until late summer until I can go fruit picking in the hedges, when the sloes and blackberries are ripe.  This year we have a bounty of plums.  There is a cycle path near our house, and two or thee years ago young trees, including plums, hazels and roses, were planted alongside it.  This year the plum trees are laden.  I have already made a batch of jam with the lovely golden mirabelles, and I have cleared space in the freezer for the red ones so I can look forward to some colourful cooking.  

Friday, 21 July 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 147 - The Sun Keeps Shining

Summer is having an effect on me.  Just too relaxed for words.  No sewing, lots of gardening and a total unwind.  Last week we stayed for five days with my brother and his family and both my husband and I managed to leave our cameras behind, so I can't even post a totally irrelevant photo to try and deflect attention from the fact that I am enjoying a very extended holiday at home.  Like all good things, it will come to an abrupt end sooner or later and I shall be flying into the arms of my sewing machine for consolation.

Here goes for Week 147.

The project that caught my eye in Week 146 was Linda and Karen's Pueblo Rhapsody quilt. 
If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.





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 and/or grab the linky button for your blog's sidebar.
  
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 four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

A Picture for Sunday - Sissinghurst


Dazzling orange and yellow under a pale grey sky at Sissinghurst Castle Garden is strangely relaxing, far from the usual reaction I have to 1970s colour combinations.  Perhaps with a blue sky it would all have been too much.

My guest photographer this week is my husband.  We have just spent the best part of a week with my brother in Surrey, and took a trip out to Kent on Thursday.  Sissinghurst was an absolute treat as it is one of the best known gardens in England.  I have seen it countless times on television, and this was the first time I have seen it in real life.  


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