Friday, 13 June 2014

Free Motion Mavericks Link Up

First and foremost, a very big thank you to everyone who linked up last week for the inaugural Free Motion Mavericks link up!

Sue Daurio jumped in first with an impressive collection of recent finishes.  Also she was asking straightaway for a button...  

I am delighted to have the button installed.  Please help yourselves from the sidebar!

Afton provided us with a great laugh with the sweetest and funniest picture ever of her four year old son acting as her pacman quilt holder.

Hilary Florence was the first to link up from England - we are practically neighbours, as she lives in the next county.  She has been doing daring things and creasing her cotton before she quilts it.

HoffiCoffi was the first visitor from Wales - another neighbour, as we can see Wales from our upstairs windows.  She showed a gorgeous quilt that she has given to a friend.  She also has the best ever solution for curry stains on clothes...

Gwyned showed an interesting FMQ motif called escargot flambe, which combines swirls and spikes, plus a wonderful drawing of a stag.

Ann showed the stunning quilt that she has been using on her bed, which incorporates blocks from a swap and lovely baptist fans FMQ.

Pam linked up from Australia.  She has only recently started free motion work, has plainly caught the bug, and showed two beautiful little doll quilts.

Indigo is working on a mammoth 368 block quilt, trying out lots of different techniques, and showed letters worked in FMQ.

I was delighted at being able to visit all your blogs and enjoy your pictures - especially as I wasn't able to post any pictures myself.

Despite the fact that our computer is still in computer hospital, I have managed to sort out a couple of photos this week.  These photos were taken by my son on his mobile phone:-

Finally, bound and hanging on the wall, Flooded Fields 2014, commemorating a winter that many people would rather forget.  For the binding I used a muted green shot cotton, a soft mid green cross woven with light brown, which toned in well with the shades of the variegated threads used for the quilting.  The shot cotton was from a little bit left over from the first batch of Oakshott cottons I ever bought - they are now doing a slightly different range of colours.

It measures approximately 13 and a half by twelve inches and fits nicely on the wall just above where I keep the 1949 Singer 15K hand machine.  This is the machine I used to sew on the binding. It even has the seam guide still attached.  The machine that did the quilting, the 1945 15K treadle, is just round the corner in the next room.  It is too big and hefty to get in on the picture, and doesn't mind its younger smaller twin standing in for both of them.

So here goes for the second link up, and the rules are easy:-
1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project.
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 four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.
So far bloggers from USA, England, Wales and Australia have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week!

Welcome to the latest followers, Cynthia Woodham, Indigo Kennedy and Wendy Bradley - thank you for joining!

I am a complete techno duffer and have yet to work out how to set up this week's link up without last week's entries popping up again.  Oh well, way past my bedtime.  It's beyond me tonight.  Link up anyway and I can sort it out tomorrow.  Or next week.

Linking up with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Richard and Tanya Quilts for Link a Finish Friday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday 
and Marelize's blog Stitch by Stitch for Anything Goes Monday


  1. Hi, Muv. I did link up. (Also following you on Bloglovin!)

    1. Thank you Dora! Lovely to see you here!

  2. Your Flooded Fields 2014 is so beautiful! I have been following your progress on this piece and I'm glad to have been able to see the finish quilt. I had not seen the stone wall before now and it looks quite realistic. This quilt is a piece of art.

    1. Thank you France! I started it at the end of February when the there was still plenty of flooding about, and have finished it this week during gloriously hot summer weather. Perhaps if I stared a new one now it would have to be a summer landscape.

  3. Your wall hanging does look great on your wall!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation



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