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April 21, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 135 - Lining the Jacket from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


The lining is in! 

I finished putting the lining together earlier this week, and today I stitched it into the jacket by hand.  It was one of those tasks that took at least five times as long to do than I thought it would.  All told, it has been an irritating and slippery business, and it's not a perfect job.  There again, it is thirty seven years since I last lined a jacket, so from that point of view I'm rather chuffed.

Now all I have left to do is the buttons and buttonholes.  I can't wait ...

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April 13, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 134 - The Jacket is Taking Shape from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Coming together at last...  The quilted jacket, which I sincerely hope doesn't end up looking like some sort of luxury anorak, only needs a few more things to be done; buttons and buttonholes, hems on the sleeves, and lining.  So still a few hours' work ahead of me, but I am definitely on the home stretch.





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Here goes for Week 134..

The project that caught my eye in Week 133 was Mel's mini quilt with 3D cotton reels.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.




If you love ...

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April 6, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 133 - Not Trousers from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Very easily mistaken for a pair of fancy puttees...

My husband came home from work and saw what he thought was a pair of leggings on the table.  Earlier that day I had tried out the sleeve board for the first time. 

I no longer have seven quilted panels, but the component parts of a jacket.  This is the most terrifying project I have undertaken for a very long time, so frightening in fact that I daren't tell you any more about it until it is finished.  I will own up to the fact that I am fighting the ...

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March 30, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 132 - Nearly There from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Six panels finished and the seventh almost done.  This is a project that has to be finished within the next three weeks or so.  I can't tell you how fed up I am of staring at the same colour all the time, especially when I am losing valuable gardening time.  Serves me right for setting myself the task.

Enough moaning.  Let's see what everyone else has been up to...




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Here goes for Week 132..

The project that caught my eye in Week 131 was Olena's dancing goddess in the colours of the aurora borealis.  If you haven ...

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March 24, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 131 - A Silk Cushion from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Over the past month or so it has been really difficult to take photographs because the sky is almost always cloudy.  For some reason my camera can't cope with silk, but this week I have finally managed to take some decent pictures.  I thought I was never going to get accurate colours, but these photos are fairly true to life.

This cushion cover is made up of practice pieces, my first ventures into free motion quilting on silk.  Not only did I have to find a way to actually grip the work - rubber thimbles did the trick - but I ...

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March 16, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 130 - More of the Same from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


A glimpse of my world...

I am still working on the silk panels, and have nearly finished the fifth one.  After that I will just have two left to do before I start putting the project together.

Working with silk is turning out to be a bit of a dream.  There are no struggles with the weight and bulk of the work.  The only slight problem I have had this week has been with the machine, but a bit of extra oil was all it needed.  The unsightly tissue on the right was wrapped round the needlebar and presser bar ...

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March 9, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 129 - Silk Sandwiches from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


This week I have been busy with silk again.  I have come up with a project that needs seven quilted panels.  So far I have completed three.

The silk I am using is a shot dupion.  The red warp threads show when the fabric is held at an angle, but the main colour is blue.  On this photo I have managed to capture the colours reasonably accurately.


And on this one the camera panicked and got the blue all wrong. 

I have been quilting leaves and berries in a variegated thread in dark blues.  This is the thread that works ...

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March 3, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 128 - More Experiments With Silk from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


More fun with silk...

When I first tried free motion quilting on silk my main problem was getting a grip on the material because my gloves kept slipping.  I asked for suggestions, and Dagmar very kindly emailed me to say that thin rubber shelf lining works for her.  She cuts two pieces, one to fit under each hand, and now prefers this method to gloves for all her free motion quilting.

I had already decided that rubber was the answer, and got myself a packet of rubber thimbles in assorted sizes.  With a rubber thimble on each index finger and ...

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February 17, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 126 - Blue Meets Beige from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Now for another quick finish.  After finishing a big project that took nine months there is nothing more therapeutic than churning out a couple of cradle quilts in as many weeks.  Anyone would think I had just given birth to twins.

This quilt is made to the same pattern as the "not pink" creation I made last year, except this one is definitely blue. 


Lots of the old favourite nursery prints have made an appearance, including the trains on turquoise and the washing on the line...


... and the stars and stripes print has ended up next to stars and stripes ...

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February 10, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 125 - Stamp Collection Cradle Quilt no. 2 from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Stamps are a perfect design for a pieced quilt, giving plenty of colour at the centre.


The background colour is reminiscent of manila envelopes.


I just happened to quilt the large blue stamp on the day that the Queen celebrated the sapphire anniversary of her accession to the throne, so I spared her a thought before running across General Franco and his Scottish postmark, which gave me great mirth last time I used this fabric.


In true scrappy fashion, I used up every shred I had left of the red and white fabric that frames the central panel, and had ...

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February 2, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 124 - On The Home Run from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


At last, the end is in sight!  The Secret Project is no longer a tale of many parts, but of two - one big section of seven panels joined together and another smaller section of four panels. 

Here is the first job I had today, pegging sections together.  Somehow I was slightly dreading this part of the process.  This join runs the full length of the quilt, and I was convinced there was going to be a bit of shift going on, so that even though the sections might be level with each other at the top, by the time I ...

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January 19, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 122 - Joining Panels from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing



Ever been spoilt for choice when choosing batiks?  Now that I am reaching the final stages of the Secret Project, with ten of the eleven panels completed, I have started to assemble the quilt.  None of the fabrics I had at home fitted the bill, so it was a great excuse for a shopping trip to find the perfect match for the joining strips.

As it turned out, I found two perfect matches, one with a lighter background...


... and the other with a darker background. 

The end is in sight, but this project still needs to stay under wraps until ...

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January 12, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 121 - Poppy Heads from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Very quick and easy.  Why have I not stitched these before?  I have been doodling these poppy seed heads alongside Sudoku puzzles off and on for months, and have only just stitched them for the first time this week.  Originally I wanted to do poppy flowers, but decided the petals would be a bit of a fuss.  In real life they drop off so quickly you spend more time looking at the seed heads, so perhaps the autumnal look is a bit more true to life.

This photo is also interesting for another reason.  The quilting was done a couple ...

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January 5, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 120 - Back to the Sewing Machine from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


I hope everyone has had a happy Christmas and New Year!

After having my son and daughter home from Ireland, and visiting my brother and his family in Surrey, life has been busy to say the least.  Sewing has taken a back seat, and yesterday I finally did a bit of free motion quilting.  The Secret Project is back on the anvil, so here is a tiny detail.  There is a deadline, so I need to concentrate on this quilt for the next couple of months.  Let's just hope I can steer clear of viruses, now that I am ...

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December 15, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 119 - Christmas is Coming from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Time to take a break from quilting and get into gear for Christmas...  Over the past week or so I have made five quilt sandwiches - four for the Secret Project, and one for a cot quilt.  Quilting, however, will have to wait for a while.  Both my children will be home from Ireland within the next few days and somehow I suspect life will soon be a whole lot noisier.  I'm not complaining.


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This will be the last link-up before Christmas.  The next link up will be on the 5th January.


The quilt that caught my eye in Week ...

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December 9, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 118 - Creation Day One from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


It's all about capturing the essence - at least, that's what I tell myself. 

After grappling with Day Three of Creation (not for sale) for the exhibition at Midsomer Quilting, I made a second quilt to put into their charity auction.  There were only four days left until the deadline for delivering the quilts to the shop, so I had to dream up a way of representing a momentous event in bits of cloth and ribbon within a 12 inch square.  How could I depict light bursting forth from the darkness?  With gauze ribbon - how else?

The finished effect ...

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November 25, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 116 - Rain and More Rain from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Eerie timing... the day I stitched the pouring rain was the greyest and wettest for a very long time.



And I mean wet.  This is just down the hill from our house.

The project for the 12 x 12 exhibition is now complete except for a bit of hand stitched detail, so if the daylight improves I should have photos to show next week.

Meanwhile, I am working on a second, super-quick quilt for the exhibition.  It too shall remain a mystery for the time being...




... but I can tell you that there is some rudimentary free motion quilting and ...

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November 17, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 115 - A Few More Lines from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


When children leave home and both end up in Ireland, sewing has to wait its turn.  Last week I had six days away visiting my daughter in Belfast and then my son in County Wicklow, so there isn't much difference between this photo of my 12 x 12 project and the last one, except perhaps that this is a worse photo.  The weather is rubbish, and my camera can't cope with the poor light indoors.  Perhaps I shall have something rather more fascinating to show next week.

While visiting my son I was delighted to be able to ...

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November 10, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 114 - Steady Progress from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Not finished yet, perhaps about a third of the way there... It will be done by the end of the month, and I shall keep it secret from now on because I am making it for an exhibition in December.  All shall be revealed soon enough.




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Here goes for week 114...


A special welcome to Paula, the first blogger to link up from Brazil.

Paula has enjoyed a quick quilting course recently and is thrilled with the results, and I can see why!  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.




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November 4, 2016
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 113 - Not Pink from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Girl or boy?  That's the burning question when making a quilt for a baby that has not yet been born. 

I pieced all the strips of squares some months ago and stashed them away with the intention of making cradle quilts specifically for baby boys, so none of the prints are the slightest bit girly and the colours are strong and functional.





Some of my favourite nursery prints have made a reappearance - planes, trains, and toys pegged on the line...


...and there's a little bit of fun and nonsense in the binding.


The blue and grey butterfly print ...

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