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April 5, 2020
Stitch Challenge and Free Motion Mavericks Link-up from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Week 274 of the Free Motion Mavericks linking party - where you don't have to be free motion quilting (FMQ) to link up. We're here to share, connect and encourage each other, no matter what techniques we use.

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March 25, 2020
An Exit Strategy Finish at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks' link up for week 272. I'm thrilled to be celebrating a finish!

Presenting Exit Strategy 1 

Exit Strategy 1
Can you believe that all of these blocks started life as creations for the One Week Improv Challenge with Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side, and grew up to be this? (If you haven't been following along, see Related links below.)
Improv block
Improv block with added
embellishment













I shared with you most of my progress in last week's post. This week, the big change was adding quilting in the sashing, some ...

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March 9, 2020
Mixing it all up at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks' linkup (week 270). I finally have some free motion quilting (FMQ) to show you

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February 25, 2020
Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 268 of Free Motion Mavericks.

Free Motion Mavericks

I've been pretty quiet on-line and off, just getting through these winter days. I can feel daylight lasting slightly longer, which is wonderful.

I did some meditation stitching. Here are my last three blocks.

This was an old t-shirt that was used as a cleaning rag. The last time that I dyed fabric, I still had dye left over, so I threw in a few extras. This one one of them. You can see the image of dried flowers from the original t-shirt design.

Impressions of dried flowers ...

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February 11, 2020
Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi! Welcome to week 266 of the Free Motion Mavericks linking party!

A production of quilted journal covers

A lovely neutral cover
If birds can have their own special words for groups, then I choose a "production" for a group of quilted journal covers.

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January 28, 2020
Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Hi! I'm glad that you dropped by for week 264 of Free Motion Mavericks.

It's been an incredibly busy week with my post for The Winter Blues Blog Hop on Tuesday and a finish required by Sunday morning with Project Quilting. I would love to say that I FMQ something just for today....but that didn't happen. Instead, I'm just going to show you my Cold and Sunny quilt and get on with the link up for the Free Motion Mavericks.

Cold and Sunny

Free Motion Quilted using Leah Day's designs

Cold and Sunny
Here ...

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January 15, 2020
Sacred Geometry for Project Quilting at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

It's that time of the year again - Project Quilting! Since it's the first Challenge of the 11th season (11.1), this week's challenge is Notably Numeric - celebrating all things numerical including geometry.

Project Quilting Challenge 11.1 - Notably Numbers

Flower of Life
Sacred Geometry
To be honest, my first reaction was oh... but then as I was reading, the word geometry leaped off the page. Not that I'm into geometry but I love hexagons (hexies) and recently learned about Shri Yantra, that intriguing pattern made of triangles. Like the proverbial rabbit hole that is the internet ...

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December 23, 2019
8 strategies for surviving the holidays with Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Do you want to know the secret to surviving the holidays? These are my suggestions. BTW I can’t be held responsible if others in your family don’t approve of these great innovative ideas!

8 strategies for surviving the holidays

1. HIBERNATE! 

This is my favourite idea! Hide out in your quilting studio and don’t come out till the holidays are over – or better yet, when spring is in the air. If you just can’t swing this, try asking for at least one day to yourself, in your quilting studio during the holidays. Hopefully that will be ...

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December 13, 2019
More practice at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (week 258). I'm doing double duty today, so here's the link to December's Throwback Thursday.

Practicing my free motion quilting (FMQ)

Free Motion Framework
by Jen Eskridge
After finishing up a big project (the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt) and a DrEAMi! (the fabric basket) last week, it's now time to play. Of course, I couldn't resist the Black Friday sale at C&T Publishing last week and bought myself the digital copy of Free Motion Framework by Jen Eskridge.

This book is essentially about making whole cloth quilts to ...

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November 25, 2019
Chevy on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 256 of Free Motion Mavericks. Thanks for dropping by.

Chevy on Free Motion Mavericks

I'm shamelessly using Chevy's picture to attract you to the post

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November 12, 2019
FMQ a neutral quilt on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 254 of Free Motion Mavericks. I'm very glad that you dropped by.

FMQ the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt

You've seen this quilt a few times over the last year and the end is in sight. I'm just going to show you the free motion quilting (FMQ) that I've done so far. The final reveal will be before the end of the month since this is my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for November and I'm determined that it will be finished.

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October 28, 2019
Nifty Novelties Blog Hop at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 252 of Free Motion Mavericks and the opening day of Nifty Novelties Blog Hop, hosted by Marian of Seams to be Sewn. Marian has obtained some great giveaways, so please read below.

Paddington Bear visits Nifty Novelties Blog Hop 

Last fall on Throwback Thursday for October, my daughter reminded me of my promise to make her a Paddington Bear quilt. I promptly bought the fabrics, and then all kinds of art quilting deadlines happened! I've got a good idea of the quilt's design but I have a couple more quilts to do before I can ...

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October 15, 2019
Fantastical book block on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome back to Free Motion Mavericks. This is Week 250! Isn't that amazing? Most of those weeks were hosted by Muv of Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing. Congrats!

Creating a fantastical book block

Since the last Free Motion Mavericks that I hosted, I worked on the appliqué book block. It started off as this, and had morphed into this (so far) →

The original foundation
paper pieced block
Adding some appliqué















Here's a look at the process.

I went through my stash of fun fabrics and came up with this layout.
Laying out the pieces


The next part was to ...

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