Sunday, 7 February 2016

A Picture for Sunday - Czestochowa


Roofscapes are fascinating.  This wonderful structure is on a roof of the monastery of Jasna Gora at Czestochowa in Poland.

Welcome to Stephanie Hanson, the latest follower - thank you for joining!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 79 - Smokescape


Unusual choice of subject, I admit, but this piece was an experiment to see whether two layers of thermal curtain lining would be suitable for stitched landscapes, instead of a calico and wadding sandwich.

Last week I had just a small section quilted, but the curtain lining was so resistant to folding and frilling that I was able to take the safety pins out from the corners and carry on working without them.


The material held so firm that I was able to quilt right up to the edges.  Here is a photo taken before I had straightened off the edges.

Another great advantage was that the work is easy to grip, so no need for gloves, and I shall be able to quilt landscapes in the summer without getting hot and bothered.


Binding was out of the question - it was far too thick - so I cut along the edges to get a clean line all around, and then attached the zigzagger to the treadle.  This was the first time for ages that I had used the Singer 15K for anything other than free motion quilting.


There was still about a quarter of an inch all round outside the zigzagging, so I then sliced off the surplus as close as possible to the grey zigzag stitching.

All I needed to do then was the hand stitched birds in the sky, and the job was finished.

I am not going to fret about the few stray threads at the edges.  I am going to convince myself it looks arty.  Otherwise I might resort to clear nail varnish, unless anyone has any better ideas.  Suggestions please!


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Here goes for week 79...


The post in Week 78 that really caught my eye was Carole's fabulous quilting of a gorgeous blue top based on Haida art.  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 and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


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

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Pictures for Sunday - The White Hart

 
One of the most striking and realistic pub signs I have ever seen.
 


And probably the most surreal.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 78 - A Hundred Squares


Deceptively simple, but arranging the colours took ages.  I have decided to make some cradle quilts with 100 squares and piece the tops with my 100 year old Singer 99K to celebrate its centenary.  I have had to put images of 100 year old babies out of my mind and content myself with the fact that a baby could celebrate 100 days at a little over three months.


I have had these lovely pinks and greens for a while and have been waiting for the right project to use them.


The pink binding with the neutral shaded roses works really well...


...especially on the back with the rabbits.

Meanwhile, on the experimental front...


... look, no frills!  Not much progress since last week, but enough to know that trying thermal curtain lining for landscapes was indeed a good idea.


Not that I am in the landscape frame of mind.  The weather has been such rubbish that I was considering doing a study in grey, but today I thought I would have a go at an industrial scene, complete with jerry-built chimneys.  Definitely a sketch and not the real thing.


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Here goes for week 78...


The post in Week 77 that really caught my eye was Maartje's experiments with thread, especially this feather quilted in metallic thread.  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 and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Linking up to Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts
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
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Sewing Lessons


Now here's a sight to gladden the heart!  

This is Miss H having her first go on the 1918 Singer 99K that I passed on to my friend Elizabeth before Christmas.  Her lesson included some serious sewing...



...winding a bobbin...



... concentrating on keeping a straight line of stitching and not coming off the edge...
 

... and finally a bit of fun, with the emphasis on speed rather than direction.  Will she be a free motion quilter or a cartographer?  Looks like the coast of Cyprus to me.

I am told that Miss H means business and her first project is going to be a bag.

Many thanks to Elizabeth for the wonderful photos!

Linking up to Connie's blog Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 77 - Tea with Wally

 
Solutions can present themselves to you when you least expect it.
 
This is the predictable picture for this week - yet another tea cosy, still using up the colourful prints.  The black with white spots makes this one look a bit heavy.  I was toying with the idea of using one of the spotty fabrics for the binding, but took the lazy way out because I had a length of navy blue floral print binding left over from an earlier project.  I think all the different fabrics are fighting a bit, but teamed up with my daughter's Where's Wally mug there is scope for a very bright and cheerful and slightly riotous tea break.
 
While I have been making tea cosies I have been mulling over landscapes, and the other day I had a flash of inspiration.  One of the irritating problems when quilting closely packed lines is that the edges end up frilly.  Worse still, you can end up with tiny little pleats appearing in the fabric, and you just have to quilt over them.  It was while sorting out the lining for this tea cosy that the obvious hit me.  Why don't I use the same stuff for landscapes? 
 
 
So here is today's experiment.  Instead of sewing on calico, I have started a test piece using thermal curtain lining for both the front and back.  There is no need to add wadding, because this curtain lining has a fused fluffy backing, so the wadding is inbuilt.  It is stiff, so I am hoping that frills might be a thing of the past.  
 
 

 

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Here goes for week 77...

The project in Week 76 that really caught my eye was Bernie's baby quilt, made using orphan blocks she had found in a shop, with sweet little FMQ birds in the centre.  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 and Macau have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


Linking up with 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
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.
 

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