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June 8, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 142 - Slow Progress from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Extremely slow, in fact.  I've pulled some scraps of material out of the cupboard, but that is far as I have got with the project I was mulling over last week.  Quilting has had to take a back seat to sorting the house out.  It's a big job catching up on several years' backlog of spring cleaning.





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Here goes for Week 142.

The project that caught my eye in Week 141 was AndrĂ©e's reversible placemat.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.


Free motion quilting on the classic side of the placemat



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June 1, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 141 - Having A Sort Out from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Fraying at the edges and with slightly dud quilting, these two panels of quilting are the rejects left over from when I put a sampler quilt together last year.  The intention is to make a couple of cushions.  At the moment I am having a bit of a rest from sewing and concentrating on gardening and generally sorting out the house.  However I am suffering from withdrawal symptoms, and need to get my teeth into a super quick project.  A couple of quick cushions could be just the therapy I need.



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Here goes for Week 141.

The project that caught ...

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May 28, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 140 - A Walk in the Woods from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Sometimes life is far too exciting to get down to any sewing - for instance, when an online quilting friend materialises from the other side of the Atlantic, and she becomes three-dimensional, talks, and even walks.

Late last year while exchanging emails with Gwyned she told me that she and her husband Dana were making plans to visit England to walk the Cotswold Way.  She hadn't realised how close she would be to where I live.  We decided that we couldn't miss the opportunity to meet up, so she emailed me her itinerary so we could make plans.  The ...

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May 18, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 139 - Using Up Offcuts from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Every project produces scraps, and my Mother of the Groom outfit has left me with a pile of quilted offcuts.  Today I started putting a few together with the intention of making a cushion cover.


It is a bit of a brain teaser, because there are so many awkward shapes and so few straight lines.  This project might take a little longer than I anticipated.


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Here goes for Week 139.

The project that caught my eye in Week 138 was Afton's Wonderland Quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer ...

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May 12, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 138 - Mother of the Groom Outfit from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Expensive isn't my usual look, but for my son's wedding I decided the time had come to enjoy wearing a posh and unique outfit without breaking the bank.  Rather than go shopping for clothes, which I find frustrating and terrifying, I opted to invent and make my own.

I knew I wanted a jacket and skirt, and did some pattern hacking.  Although the mock up jacket I made wanted to overlap and transform itself into a double breasted version, the finished item definitely needed to be single breasted.  Only three buttons were required - any more would have been ...

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May 5, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 137 - The Wedding and the Quilt from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Irish bride, English groom, married at last and looking so perfect together!  My son Alastair and lovely Leah walked down the aisle last Saturday. 



Being Mother of the Groom has to be a whole lot easier than being Mother of the Bride, but there were a few little details to help out with.  Ally could cope with the cufflinks, but he didn't have any quilt pins on him to keep his buttonhole secure.   


The wedding was at Holy Rosary Church at Greystones in County Wicklow.  Not only was this a match made in Heaven, but the colour matching was ...

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April 27, 2017
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 136 - It's A Fascinator from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


This rather startling confection of feathers, flowers and pink glass stones may not at first sight have an awful lot to do with free motion quilting.  But it has.  We are off to a Very Important Wedding this weekend.





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Here goes for Week 136..

The project that caught my eye in Week 135 was Olena's tulip quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and have a closer look.





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April 26, 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.




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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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