Wednesday, February 13, 2019

I Heart Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to Free Motion Mavericks (Week 216) link-up. As a tribute to Valentine's day, I have a  💗 themed project and some Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) designs.

Planting Seeds Mini

Planting Seeds is a foundation paper pieced pattern that came into my inbox from Stephanie of Patch + Dot. Since I knew that I would be hosting Free Motion Mavericks on Valentine`s day,  it seemed like the perfect opportunity to make something quick to FMQ.
Planting Seeds top
Foundation paper pieced

Both halves of the heart

The fabric for the background is not typical but I think it works.

Some FMQ hearts inside the heart

Planted Seeds Mini - pattern by Patch + Dot
Free Motion Mavericks and FMQ Heart Designs
This week I went through the book, FMQ 180 Doodle Quilting Designs that was compiled by Karen M. Burns. The pattern that I played with was Spiral Heart designed by Lori Kennedy.

Here are some of my doodles. The hardest part was making the designs connect.

Here are some of the results.

This is a variation of Spiral Heart but with an echoed heart in the middle.
Spiral Heart with echoed hearts

More Spiral Hearts and LOVE right from the 70's
Hearts are one of the shapes that I can draw fairly well. These are clusters of them. They tend to be easier to link together.
Clusters of hearts
 This is my favourite heart cluster with a couple of curls
Heart cluster with curls
 Another Spiral Heart with an echoed heart and to the left, a heart flower.
Spiral Heart and a small heart flower
What I learned

  • As I mentioned, the hardest part was making the designs connect. The second hardest part was getting both sides of the spiral to match!
  • I really should have chosen thread that didn't quite match so well. The truth is that I'm a chicken....I don't want all of my mistakes to be too noticeable. 
  • However, when I ran out of the matching thread, I used a light gray thread that was a little more visible. I'll keep working on my courage - maybe a thread that is just a little too dark to match?
  • To the right is an image of Patch + Dot's pattern since her mini is so different from mine 😊 
  • As I was sewing on the binding, I remembered that I could have used my extended-border binding technique. It would have been perfect for this situation, but of course, I would have had to plan it!
Related links
Linking parties

A big thank you to Muv for linking up her River Thames lap quilt. It's really lovely. You can see her finished quilt here. I just love her coffee mug background (even if they drink tea, but it could be for hot chocolate or even better, a hot toddy!
Thames River lap quilt - quilted by Muv

Inlinkz Link Party


  1. This is a lovely block. I think the background fabric is perfect :)

    1. Thanks Janine. I'm giving it to a colleague and I'm happy to say that she loves it - so it all worked out :-)

  2. Love all of your little heart designs!

    1. Thanks Susan - and thanks so much for linking up your post. :-)

  3. Your mini reminded me of a candy lollipop. Thanks for linking up your cute finish to TGIFF.

    1. Hi Lisa, yes, it does look like a wonderful cinnamon lollipop! Thanks for hosting TGIFF!

  4. I also favour matching thread for my FMQ, also to hide the wobbles and uneven stitches :) I can't get away with it when stiching a motif that spans different fabrics though, so I'm learning to live with it. Each piece is a little less wobbly than the previous one...

  5. I am a thread chicken too. I know the mistakes disappear in the bigger picture, but while I'm stitching they are so LOUD. Gotta get me a reminder to get to your linky before it closes.... had my head down last week and clearly did not come up for air early enough.

  6. Hello Andrée,

    What a great collection of hearts, especially combined with all those lovely feminine pinks. Linking the idea of Valentine's Day with springtime and planting seeds is very cheering. I hope you get the opportunity to enjoy Spring soon...

    Love, Muv


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