Thursday, 2 July 2015

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 51 - Birthday Give Away Coming Soon!

First and foremost, a HUGE thank you to Linda for being the first ever guest hostess for the linky while I was away on holiday last month.

Now for a spot of excitement

This month, because it is July, it is time to celebrate a few birthdays (mine, my husband's), 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 am I giving away?  Well, I haven't quite got that organised yet.  It's all part of being a Maverick.

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.

Work resumed on the landscape today.  I haven't touched it for weeks.  Somehow going away to Spain and Portugal interfered with the English landscape department in my brain. When we came home last Friday and were hit by climate shock, shivering in long sleeves and being grumpy about grey clouds, I thought I might be starting some free motion quilting to keep myself warm with some furious treadling.

Then this week we have had ridiculous heat, hotter than we have had for years, so treadling was out of the question...

... until today.  Grey skies, a bit of rain, cool temperatures - situation normal.  Once I started treadling, with a bit of Vaughan Williams playing in the background, suddenly all the muted colours made sense again.  At the moment I am concentrating on filling in the colours.  It should look a little more interesting next week, but for the time being you can admire all the frilly bits.

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Here goes for week 51...

Many thanks to Katy, Cynthia, Sophie, Bernie and Angie for linking up for week 48, and to everyone who linked up to Linda's blog while I was away, 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.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My Daughter's New Dress

For information about the July Free Motion Give Away click here

She looks pleased with the latest creation from Salon Muv, a copy of her favourite green dress which we bought in Bath a while ago.

I decided it was time to get over my lining phobia.  The dress is lined throughout, so it shouldn't be one of those annoying cotton skirts that rides up or flies away in the wind.

The key to getting the fit was the bodice.  I drew the neckline and armholes by laying the green dress flat on the table, jotting down the measurements, and then drawing directly onto the old duvet cover that I used for the toile.

The fiddliest part of the bodice was making and attaching the bias binding around the armholes.

The joy of this dress is that there are no darts, zips, buttons, buttonholes - no real shaping or openings, just elastic around the waist.

We are both pleased with how it has turned out.  My daughter likes it so much she has already chosen the material for the next one.

Linking up with Connie's blog Freemotion by the River for Linky Tuesday
and Amanda Jean's blog Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Steely Skies over Avila

Just back from a fortnight in Spain and Portugal with my daughter - our second stop was Avila, where we were treated to some dramatic light in the evening.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Free Motion Mavericks Crosses the Atlantic

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While I am away in Spain, the link up will be hosted by 

Enjoy the linky everyone!

In the meantime I shall leave you with one of my favourite Youtube videos.  Wouldn't I love to be as skilled as Mustafa!

Sunday, 21 June 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Shop Window

A dummy in the window of a children's clothes shop in Santiago de Compostela.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Free Motion Mavericks Crosses the Atlantic

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While I am away in Spain, the link up will be hosted by 

Enjoy the linky everyone!

In the meantime I shall leave you with one of my favourite Youtube videos.  Wouldn't I love to meet an old lady like Carmen on my travels!


Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Pretty Picture for Sunday - Whitchurch Silk Mill

A fascinating place to visit if you get the chance.  The river was teeming with trout, and we watched them swimming through the fast water beside the mill wheel.  The ducks are very handsome and contented too.

The mill clock was installed to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo, which was fought on the 18th June 1815.  Anyone who feels so inclined may like to raise a glass on Thursday.  Napoleon fans are excused. 

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