Friday, 31 October 2014

This is a Halloween-Free Zone

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But just in case anyone is disappointed, here is a spider.  Screaming optional.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 19 - Beginning a Picture



Having enjoyed making my last 12 x 12 landscape so much, I have decided to start another.  This is as far as I have got.  Can you tell what it is yet?


To make it easier, here are the colours I have got ready.  I have to make sure I do the sewing in the daylight because under the electric light all the subtleties of the colours are lost.  

So as you can see, I'm not one for practising my FMQ every day, and I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been doing this week.  Rather more than me, probably.

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So here goes for week 19...

Firstly, many thanks to  ZeniaHilaryGwyned, Cynthia, Connie and Rita for linking up last time  - a great collection of 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.
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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, Australia, Canada, Germany and Holland have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Colourful Appliqué Leaves


Having finished the stems on the central panel of the big quilt that I am making, I have started work on the leaves.  I am using up small scraps left over from old projects, many of them not wide enough to make an entire leaf, so I am making the most of the colours and using different shades for each side.




This photo shows the method I use to get the shape of the appliqué with a stencil made with the sewing machine to give a perforated line, as shown here.  Once the paper has been removed (see here)...




... then it is time to do the blanket stitch edging by hand, trimming away the excess as I go.

PS. To Sharp-Eyed Viewers.
Yes, I know the tension in the machine stitching on the last photo is rubbish.  I have adjusted it since applying that leaf.  It doesn't matter too much anyway - that stitching is taking no real strain, and it is covered and reinforced by the blanket stitch.

Linking up with Connie's blog Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday
and Esther's Blog for WOW = WIPs on Wednesday

Sunday, 26 October 2014

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - A Castle in Spain



The castle at Loarre in Aragon.  When we arrived there the castle was enveloped in cloud. By the time we had climbed to the top the clouds had cleared.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

A Sewing Box from Poland



A moment of mad self indulgence came over me when we were in the market hall in Krakow this summer.  One of the stalls had a mesmerising selection of sewing boxes.  Because I already have sewing boxes with a light stain I went straight for the high gloss dark varnish. 




Then I had to examine the lids and decide which design I liked best.  These flowers and leaves seem to rotate, and they are outlined with an embedded metal inlay.



The curved sides to the compartments and the cream stripes are all so gloriously unnecessary. There is nothing quite like decoration for its own sake - reminiscent of many of the buildings nearby.  
The box is now filled with all my stranded cotton embroidery threads.  With a bit of luck keeping them in separate compartments will prevent them ending up in one great almighty tangle.  They can become five smaller tangles instead.

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


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 18 - Gone to Germany


No, not me.  The tea cosy and mat have gone to Germany.  

We have had a friend staying with us who now lives in Germany, and he wanted to take home a present for his friend Birgit. She enjoys tea, so a matching cosy and mat in bright pink English tweed seemed like the ideal present for her.  She does felt making and is a dab hand at making slippers and hats, so all this colourful woolliness should be just up her street.

The tea cosy was finished some time ago and has already appeared in pictures.  This time the light was better and I have managed to capture the colour more accurately.  The mat was the cut off piece of the free motion quilted panel left over after making the cosy.  All I had to do was put the binding on and the job was done.



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So here goes for week 18...

Firstly, many thanks to  MaartjeHilary and Gwyned for linking up last time  - a great collection of 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.
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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, Australia, Canada, Germany and Holland 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 Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sewing Stems


Finally I have started work on the big quilt that has been lurking in my head for some time. The first step in sewing the central panel has been sewing some stems, using my favourite method - some lying parallel to each other and branching away...



and other stems actually branching out.  There isn't much colour yet, that will come later, but I find this shade of pale brown strangely relaxing.  I could never work out why until the day I suddenly realised that this the shade I like my tea, with just the right amount of milk.

Linking up with Esther's blog for WOW = WIPs on Wednesdays

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