Thursday, 30 July 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 55 - Last Chance to Link Up for the Give Away - and a Finish!

 
This month, because it is July, it is time to celebrate a few birthdays (mine, my husband's today, a brand new great nephew), and a couple I missed in June (the blog's third, the linky's first). Everyone who links up during July will be entered into the give away.  The more times you link up, the more entries you will get.
 
Everyone who joins in this linky qualifies for entry.
 
What are the rules?  Just link up, following the usual rules for the linky.  There is just one thing I have to mention - any links that don't have anything to do with free motion quilting don't qualify.
 
The prize?  It is either one of the two landscape quilts that I have been making over the past few weeks, shown here and here.
 
The draw will take place next week after this linky closes, and the winner will be announced in next Thursday's post.
 
I have to confess I am getting a bit excited about the draw...
 
 
In the meantime, I have made an all-boy cot quilt.
 
 
Easily the most boyish fabrics I have ever quilted, with lots of cars and a few planes.  The cars worried me a bit because they were so big.  It would have ruined all the fun to cut them up too much, but it was tempting to give them the ugly fabric treatment and cut them up small.
 

The answer was to put them around the edge as the border, and keep the centre fairly sober and restrained.
 
 
By the time I had finished I was beginning to enjoy the cars.  This one even has right hand drive, tempting me to jump in, crunch the gears and scream off doing handbrake turns.
 

In the centre I went for colours that complemented the cars.  This deep rust probably matches the sills and inside the wheel arches.  I'm not taken in by all those speed stripes.



 
The shades of grey and blue are not colours I often use, but tiny grey check and blue starry fabrics worked really well.
 
 
Although I had forbidden myself from using flowers, I stretched a point here because I needed more shades of rust.
 
 
And just to remind the little bloke in the cot that he really is a baby and can't even say driving licence, let alone spell it, I chucked in a bit of my all time favourite nursery print.
 
Now I'm revving up to make the next one...

 
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Here goes for week 55...

Many thanks to Yvonne, Maartje, Gina, Nina Marie, Alison, Gwyned, Angie, Carie, Rita and Dena for linking up last week to show their free motion quilting projects.

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 Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Fri
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday
and Michelle's Romantic Tangle for Let's Make Baby Quilts.


Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A Bit of Haberdashery


Two interesting items that live inside my tin of bias binding, in amongst all the stuff that I actually use.



This glamorous lady wearing the New Look seems to be cocking a snook at post-war austerity, twirling her skirt and showing off her long gloves.



The binding inside is good enough to use, but I am not sure I will have any use for the colour, which is distinctly khaki.  Much as the label may claim that the colour is mustard, with "mustard" cunningly stamped over the word "England", this looks suspiciously like army surplus dressed up as fashion.  Alternatively, they might have meant French mustard, but I doubt it.



Far more luxurious is the 1920s binding, which is possibly silk, and disintegrating.  The picture on the label suggests that it might be suitable for trimming underwear, yet to me chocolate brown suggests sensible hats with cardigans and straight tweed skirts.. 



Sunday, 26 July 2015

A Picture for Sunday - St. James


The statue of St. James above the high altar in the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 54 - Link Up for the July Give Away

This month, because it is July, it is time to celebrate a few birthdays (mine, my husband's, a brand new great nephew), and a couple I missed in June (the blog's third, the linky's first). Everyone who links up during July will be entered into the give away.  The more times you link up, the more entries you will get.

What are the rules?  Just link up, following the usual rules for the linky.  There is just one thing I have to mention - any links that don't have anything to do with free motion quilting don't qualify.

The prize?  It is either one of the two landscape quilts that I have been making over the past few weeks...


... so the winner chooses between this one or the one I showed last week.

The wonders of ever changing light.  The two little quilts were photographed on different days, so the colours look different, but in real life they are exactly the same.

Any suggestions for a title for this quilt, anyone?  Whoever ends up winning the give away can decide what title to give the quilt they choose, but in the meantime suggestions are welcome!



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Here goes for week 54...

Many thanks to Gina, Super Mom, Julie, Gwyned, Angie, Maartje, Beth and Dena for linking up last week to show their free motion quilting projects.

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 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, 21 July 2015

Cars and Planes


Having acquired a brand new great nephew this month,  I decided to buy some boyish material and steer myself away from all the pretty stuff.  These fat little aeroplanes are quite sweet.



The same can't be said of these rather brash cars, complete with speed stripes, some of which are flying past upside down.

I can feel a new series coming on - cot quilts just for boys!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

A Picture for Sunday - Art Nouveau Door


The entrance to the Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in Salamanca, a great place to spend a couple of hours on a hot afternoon.  It has an immense collection of dolls, but I was totally transfixed by the glass.

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