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.  


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 146 - Distraction Tactics


Really tiny drawers are what my husband has been working on - this is a model of a table he is making as a belated wedding present for our son and daughter in law.  My contribution to the project was to pack the model in a plastic box and send it in the post to them for their approval.  Now he is working on the real thing.

Now that I have distracted you from the fact that I have done zero sewing again (it's not my fault the weather is so good - I'm not used to it) I shall just launch straight into this week's linky.  If anyone wants to use the comments box for some creative nagging to get me sewing again, please feel free.  I need it.


Here goes for Week 146.

The project that caught my eye in Week 145 was Margarita's stained glass panel. 
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, 2 July 2017

A Picture for Sunday - Peacock


At last!  I have been trying for years to get a picture of a peacock, but they are very skittish butterflies and fly off too readily.  This one settled on the path in front of me when I was out walking, so I zoomed in on him.  Now I have to aim for a photo of a peacock showing all four eyes.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 145 - Summer Sabbatical


When the choice is between staying in and sewing or being out making the most of my allotment, you can see why sewing is losing out at the moment.  It is glorious at this time of year when the hollyhocks are out.  Even on a grey damp evening there is an air of magic about it.  I still have plenty of fruit to pick, and am making jam and stocking up the freezer. 

Now that life has returned to normal and we are having cool rainy days I thought I might have some sewing time ahead of me.  Photobucket have scotched my plans somewhat by pulling the plug on me today and disabling my blog button.  I can restore it if I pay an annual subscription of $399.99.  Such comedians.  I expect I shall be fooling around on the computer this week to work out how to make another.


Here goes for Week 145.

The project that caught my eye in Week 144 was Alison's marigold mini 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.


Friday, 23 June 2017

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 144 - Cropping Redcurrants


The fruits of my labours this week are redcurrants.  The bush on my allotment is absolutely laden. 

Yet again, outdoor pursuits have come before everything else, especially as it has been far too hot to sew.  Flaming June has given us a proper heatwave this year, with temperatures around 85°F for days on end.  I'm not used to it.  Midsummer's Day is usually marked by wind and rain and lots of wet Druids at Stonehenge.

So yet again, a week without sewing.  And somehow I think I might be making jam soon.

If you haven't been sewing, have you been doing any interesting cooking?





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Here goes for Week 144.

The project that caught my eye in Week 143 was Margarita's House of Lilies 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.



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