Thursday, March 10, 2022

All kinds of sports on Free Motion Mavericks

Welcome to week 372 of Free Motion Mavericks. Since last time, I've been very busy doing free motion quilting (FMQ). You can see the results of this in my last two posts. Since FMQ is my favourite part of making a quilt, I have been enjoying myself 😊. 

Remembering childhood sports

I spent a few hours today FMQ on a larger blue stripe near the top. Further down you'll see the map of the quilting so far. This stripe originally included many sports that Stéphane liked. I'm keeping the same motifs for Version 2.0 and have practiced drawing 8 different sports so far. 


In the first part of the blue stripe, I depicted basketball. When my son was young, my mother bought a full size basketball hoop for her yard so that the children could play. The hoop came to our home several years later and eventually moved across the lawn for our neighbours. 

Basketballs and hoop
Chez Grand-maman

Seen from the back


The next sport is soccer, which he played when we moved here to Orleans. All of the sports that I FMQ today were drawn by hand except for the soccer balls. As much as I love hexies, I'm really not good at drawing them. I traced two images of a soccer ball from my computer screen and FMQ over them. 

FMQ over tracing paper to get a nice soccer ball

Soccer balls and net from the back of the quilt

Hockey and Fencing

Next came hockey and fencing. Stéphane tried a lot of sports, including a fencing course. 

Hockey and fencing

Tennis and Golf

The last two sports on the first half of the large blue stripe are tennis and golfing. I loved being able to add a golf hole to the club and ball since there is lots of space to fill.

Tennis racket and three balls as well as a golf club,
a ball on a tee and the hole with the flag

Golf and tennis as seen from the back

Map of the quilting

Here is the image of the original quilting. I've now finished the hearts, friendship, cards, weather, and feathers. The Canadian nature and sports are about half done.

What I learned
  • I love seeing all of the different quilted bits coming together. You can see some of the other rows in the bottom of the tennis and golf image. 
  • I'm really enjoy the FMQ now that the designs are not so difficult.
  • I'm not very good at drawing but I can generally draw simple outlines of things as long as I have an image to look at. I've been using clipart as those images and it's worked really well. 
  • I usually practice drawing an image a few times until it's good enough. If I can't get the hang of it, I'll just look for another picture, maybe from a different angle.
  • Did you see the FMQ writing in the basketball image? I'm following a course on Craftsy. I'll write a post soon!
  • I bought a circle template at an office supply store - it's easier to use than lids 😊 and was a great investment.
Related links

Linking parties

Free Motion Mavericks

Thanks for linking up last time. Michelle From Bolt to Beauty joined us with two lovely FMQ minis that she made using left-over blocks from her quilt, Love Boldly. She also sells that pattern if you're interested.

Block from Love Boldly by Michelle From Bolt to Beauty

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  1. I love the way this quilt is evolving. I really like the way he embroidery shows up so well on the back :)

    1. Thanks Janine - I'm so glad that it does show up on the back or these posts would have pretty dull photos! I even FMQ more sports on that stripe today. Take care.

  2. Wowey zowey!!! This is quite the detail quilted quilt!!! You're very brave and doing a great job!!!

    1. Thanks Nancy. The good thing is that from the front, the FMQ is not that obvious. However, the back is not at all forgiving but then it will probably only be used for taking photos here :-)

  3. I love all the quilting. It never would have occurred to me to add sports themes, this was brilliant. Your son is so lucky. Thank you for the linky party.

    1. Thanks so much Denise. These are actually my mother's ideas - I'm just taking it much further since I have to fill up the space more than she originally did. Can you imagine doing all of that quilting by hand? Take care.

  4. Superbes motifs, j'aime beaucoup le ballon de foot (soccer) et les balles de tennis ! Bravo pour l'écriture ;)
    Merci pour le partage de liens !

    1. Merci bien Frédérique. C'était un plaisir de quilter ces choses, et sans trop de pratique ou recherche. Bises

  5. Your sports quilting motifs are really fun!

    1. Thanks Kate. They were fun quilting since they didn't involve too much practice or research :-) Hope you had a good week!


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