I mentioned my tentative foray into block swapping in an earlier post. It has been organised by Kate over at Tall Tales From Chiconia and Sue From The Magpies Nest and involves twelve people from all over the World. It’s called Foot²Freestyle because each block will have a finished size of 12 inches or a foot, clever eh? Every month it is the turn of one of the twelve participants to receive three blocks from each of the other eleven participants so there will be eleven parcels to open. It’s my turn in October – I’m excited! I also have to make three blocks of my own, making 36 big blocks with which to make a 72 inch square quilt.
Bearing in mind the year long fabric fast I have just started, it is lucky that everybody chose their colours right at the beginning of the swap so I think I have enough fabric to make all the remaining blocks between now June 2016.
I have made the blocks for Miss September which is Sue, one of the organisers, she’s asked for black and white with a ‘hot’ colour of our choice, but I can’t show photographs of them yet as it will spoil the surprise when she opens her package.
I’ve made the three for my own quilt so I’ll show the photos of those instead. The colours I chose were dark grey, with light grey, white, turquoise and touches of coral or orange. Rabbits not obligatory!
I said earlier that I made a ‘tentative foray’ into the world of block swaps and that is because, although I’ve been doing patchwork on and off for years, some of the others have made it into an art form and seem to make a quilt a week. Therefore, I decided to concentrate on colours and fabrics and keep the designs simple. Mind you, even then, I seem to cut off points and go ‘wonky’ from time to time. I’ll never win any prizes but I’m enjoying it. The bug jar above is a fun design, I think and bottling rabbits is a little different to the usual spiders, etc.
Some years ago I made a faux ‘crazy’ quilt using this block. It’s supposed to look as if it’s been randomly pieced but actually there are three pieces cut with a template and the rest by measurement and they are then joined together to make a block. In this way, you can achieve a random looking quilt by mixing up the fabrics used for each piece and turning the block around so that the total effect looks ‘crazy’.
I like the anvil block because it has points, but not too many, and I’ve been making a few of these so I’m managing to keep more of the points in the actual design now! The grey patterned fabric in the background will be featuring quite heavily in the near future and the reason for that will be revealed in a future post. However, the words ‘I’m never bothering to make a dress again’ might give you a clue what the subject matter will be.
Do you like the colours I’ve chosen? I was inspired partly by the Riley Blake fabric below from Sew Scrumptious Fabrics where I am always tempted by the beautiful range. Note the coral coloured feet and eyes – a contrast I have made more of in my colour scheme. I meant to buy this fabric to incorporate into my blocks but didn’t get round to it and now, because of my fabric fast, I can’t😦
Actually, now I’m looking again, I think those little feet are pink but you get my drift.