The first ever block swap I’ve ever participated in, called F2F, is well underway and, as it is my turn this month, I have received my first package from Kate who is one of the organisers and also the farthest away – Australia!
I will receive 10 other packages – one from each of the other participants – which, together with three blocks I have made myself will give me 36 blocks in my chosen colours to join together to make a quilt.
I was going to wait until they all arrived until opening but, when Kate’s arrived on Thursday, I couldn’t possibly contain myself so I opened it.
I was chuffed to bits with the contents, three gorgeous blocks with some little extras thrown in like the little tin above which is a handy reminder and even goes with my colour scheme .
I am so impressed with the quality of Kate’s work. Even the back is super neat. I have taken photos of the backs too but I thought she might kill me if I published them for the eagle eyed to zoom in on ;)
It’s so exciting to receive such beautiful blocks and they make me want to up my game and be a bit more adventurous (and skilful!) with my own blocks. I think I am good with colour but my points matching and general finishing tend to be a bit ‘under par’ so I apologise to everybody sending me their lovely work for the fact that the ones you receive from me will almost certainly not be as well executed as yours.
The above block is a postage stamp block and Kate has linked to a very good tutorial over on her blog. I thought it looked a bit fiddly for my liking but now that I’ve seen how gorgeous it is I want to give it a try myself. I know this one is a block she found hard to part with.
Some spare fabrics in my colours, a little zippy handmade purse and another cute one in the form of a postcard made opening this package a bit like Christmas.
The colours are perfect and I’ve hung the postage stamp block up next to one I’ve made just to show how well they go together.
Just to add even more ‘excitement’ and anticipation to the block swap, there has been a mix up with my post (zip) code and I am hoping that the French postal service will be clever enough to realise that – as they already have with the package from Kate – and deliver the other ten safely. I’ll let everybody know once their blocks have arrived as I know those of you that sent them out before the 22nd will be concerned.
I love waiting for the postman!