Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A Fluffy Sewing Machine Handle


When using a hand machine I always pad the handle with a bit of pipe lagging for comfort, but when I pulled one of my machines out of its hidey hole today and took off the cover, I wondered whether there was enough fur on the handle for me to forget the padding.  Oh the joys of living in a damp country.



It was quite interesting from a (not quite micro)biological point of view.  Once the cover had been off for a short while all the pretty downy fluff fell flat.  

Moral of the story - check your machines at least once a year to check they aren't quietly festering.  If you live in New Mexico and/or a centrally heated house, you might be able to ignore this advice.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Now All I Have to Do is Start Sewing...


I have had a little splurge recently and bought some striped Oakshott cottons.



Here is the whole selection, half a metre of each.  There were two reasons for snapping them up.  

Firstly, they are being discontinued, and there is very little left.  They are hand woven in India, and the colours are too beautiful for words.



I kept wondering what this one reminded me of, and then I realised it was the field round the corner. Shame the sun wasn't out.

Secondly, I am at the advanced planning stage for a big quilt.  Advanced planning is the grandiose term for having finished it in my head but not actually started it yet.  I know exactly what I am going to do, which colours I am going to use, and I even bought some backing material and wadding today, so things are getting serious.  

Linking up with Connie's blog Freemotion by the River For Linky Tuesday
and Barbara's blog Cat Patches for the September NewFO Linky

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Houses in Barbastro, Aragon


Plenty of colour and very few straight lines.  Spaniards' houses can be much like their conversations.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 14 - Home Again!


Somehow I always end up doing leaves if I want to fill up space quickly.These leaves were done about a fortnight ago.



I was a bit doubtful about doing the leaves over the pieced strip because I thought they wouldn't show up very well, but with the variegated thread in strongly contrasting colours, I rather enjoyed doing them and quite like the finished effect.  I like the timelessness of this leaf design.



Just to demonstrate how timeless, here is a photo of a detail of the embroidery on some old liturgical vestments that I saw on display in Spain a few days ago.


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So here goes for week 14...

Firstly, many thanks to  AlisonHilaryGwyned, P., Dona and Zenia Rene for linking up last time  - a great collection of projects.  Also, special thanks to Zenia Rene for joining as a follower!

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 Confessions of a sup.

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 with Kelly's blog My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Free Motion Holiday



No prizes for working out where I am.  As soon as we came home from Poland my brother rang asking whether my daughter and I wanted to join him on a quick trip abroad.  Well it would have been churlish to say no.


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Free Motion Mavericks will be back on the 25th September.

If you had been intending to link up today you can take a well earnt rest, or just carry on quilting and show extra posts next time.


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

Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Sunflowers in Poland


This building is in Zywiec, a town probably better known for its beer than its Art Nouveau windows.



Here is an enlarged view of the sunflowers.



And here, in another small town, are sunflowers growing out of the masonry of a church, way up high near the roof.  Birds are very daring and inventive gardeners.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Free Motion Mavericks Week 13 - Bindweed and the Rose




This week's experiment has been bindweed leaves, with a slightly exaggerated curl just to make life more interesting and to help fill in the space.  I didn't think I had done a particularly neat job because I kept changing the direction the leaves were pointing, and wasn't sure whether they should be large or small, so over the whole panel the design is inconsistent.  I like the colour of the thread though - the variegated blue shows up well against the yellow and tones in well with colours of the pieced strip on the left. 




The Jubilee Rose wall hanging is now finished and has already been delivered to its new owner.  I kept the binding narrow, in a plain mid brown reminiscent of light wood, to keep the emphasis on the rose.

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So here goes for week 13...

Firstly, many thanks to  Marly, Alison, PatGwyned and Linda for linking up last week  - 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 Confessions of a sup.

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 with Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and M-R Charbonneau's blog Quilt Matters for TGIFF




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