Thursday, 14 July 2016

Summer Holidays

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Every machine in the house is idle - it's time for a break!  Free Motion Mavericks will be back on Thursday 28th July.  In the meantime, I am off on my travels, and look forward to seeing more of your wonderful projects at the next linky.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Pictures for Sunday - Medieval Glass


Eerily beautiful when you learn the history of this stained glass at the Bishop's Palace in Wells.  During restoration works in the 19th century fragments of medieval glass were recovered from Northern France where churches had been ruined during the Revolution.



Although we have visited Wells many times, this was our first visit to the Bishop's Palace. The weather was wonderful (a minor miracle on my birthday, last Tuesday) so we could enjoy the gardens too.

Welcome to Timothy Wahl, the latest follower - thank you for joining!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 101 - How to Quilt Berries


Here is the latest progress report on the Secret Project.  Unfortunately on this pinkish red shot cotton the quilting doesn't show up too well on a photo.  I rather enjoy combining these leaves with berries, so I chose this pattern for this week's video.


The sample turned out fairly well... 


... and filming was trouble-free.  A slight loss of focus towards the end, but that was the camera, not me.




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Here goes for week 101... a little later than usual...


The project in Week 100 that caught my eye was Vierya's animals quilt - don't you just love that splash of pink!  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.




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 and Ireland have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up with Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Nina-Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

A Picture for Sunday - Woolacombe Beach


This week's guest photographer is my daughter, who had a quick trip away with the girls last week.  She swears the cloud on the left was the shape of Pegasus.  I can't quite see it myself.

Welcome to Kathy Upton, the latest follower - thanks for joining!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 100 - How to Quilt Jacobean Leaves


One of my favourite designs, Jacobean style leaves, which are making a frequent appearance on the Secret Project.


Here is this week's sample, which shows three good leaves and a fourth which encompasses the whoops factor...



... and here is this week's video, which shows how straightforward this design is, so long as you don't stray too close to the edge.


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Here goes for week 100...


A big welcome this week for Olena, the first quilter to link up from Ireland!

And it just so happens that the project in Week 99 that caught my eye was Olena's seashore quilt, with appliqué sea creatures and free motion quilted pebbles and shells.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.


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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 and Ireland have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up to Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Nina-Marie's blog Creations... Quits, Art...  Whatever for Off The Wall Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday .

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A Picture for Sunday - White Pigeon


This pigeon might look all whiter than white, but he was being very naughty and pecking at the flower buds on the tree.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 99 - How to Quilt Shamrock Leaves


Easily adaptable, this pattern can be shamrock or clover leaves.  Shamrock leaves are featuring in the Secret Project, and I have really enjoyed stitching this design.


This is the latest sample for the pattern collection.  The stitching isn't particularly neat...


... but I managed to shoot the video in one take, complete with rather grumpy commentary.  I must try to be more gracious when I make the next video.




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Here goes for week 99...


The project in Week 98 that caught my eye was Afton's fractal quilt, which she had quilted by Trisha Cavanaugh in a combination of free motion and ruler work.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.




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 and Russia have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Linking up to Sarah's blog for Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Nina-Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art.... Whatever for Off The Wall Friday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday

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