Making Collages to Avoid Visual Overload – F2F Blocks


Several packages arrived on the same day last week – more fabulosity from my F2F block swap partners.  For those of you who are regular readers but not participants, I appreciate that you might not want to see numerous posts on this so I’ve done some collages of the blocks that arrived last week and hope you can still see the hard work that went into them and the beauteous results.

I used a programme called ‘Shape Collage’ for the first two but, after that, it stamps its watermark right across the middle of the image unless you pay to upgrade so I made the last one myself. Any corners, points or other details cut off are purely my doing in the editing process – they are actually all perfect.   I do like the programme though so, if it’s not to expensive to upgrade, I might do so.

The first blocks are from Claire in the U.S. and I love the little orange birds and the unusual teal colour she’s used with the grey spotted fabric.


Patchwork Block Collage

The second collage contains blocks from Sue at the Magpie’s Nest.  Sue is the co-organiser of the F2F Block Swap along with Kate.

Patchwork Block Collage

Sue must have been reading my blog and seen my dog habit as the block that is a little hidden has a central text that says ‘My Alarm Clock Wakes Me Up By Licking My Face’ which is definitely what would happen if my dogs were allowed upstairs in our bedroom.

Patchwork Block Collage

These four are from Nanette.  There are four because she called the one in the bottom right hand corner her ‘stuff up’ block as she thought the colours were wrong.  Not at all!  I love those geckos and that block will blend in fine with all the blocks I’ve received as a whole.

Nearly there now.  I have a few more to photograph and a couple more to arrive – which have been held up due to having the wrong postcode on the envelopes due to an earlier administration error but I am holding on to my confidence in the postal services and have everything crossed they will arrive.


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  1. #1 by poshbirdy on November 17, 2015 - 19:18

    Great visual impact. And love the colours too

  2. #3 by on November 17, 2015 - 20:08

    Love the collages

    • #4 by tialys on November 18, 2015 - 16:17

      I spent far too much time faffing around with them. There’s ironing and vacuuming to be done you know 😉

  3. #6 by Thimberlina on November 17, 2015 - 20:39

    Your quilt is going to look amazing! Have you tried Picasso – it’s googles free editing suite. It’s a free download and is great for collages 😃

    • #7 by tialys on November 18, 2015 - 16:18

      I’ve downloaded it thanks. More hours spent faffing when I should be doing something more useful!

  4. #8 by katechiconi on November 17, 2015 - 22:53

    Lovely to see the blocks together like that. If you don’t get on with Picasso, you can also try PicMonkey, very basic but also foolproof, and it doesn’t impose a watermark on you, although you can add your own if you want one.

    • #9 by tialys on November 18, 2015 - 16:19

      I’ve downloaded Picasa 3 (which I think is what everyone means!! ;)) Haven’t had much time to play with it yet but it looks useful.

      • #10 by katechiconi on November 18, 2015 - 16:34

        I rarely want to do much more than straighten things up, adjust the colour and exposure slightly, crop and then add a watermark. I’m happy with what PicMonkey offers in its free version, and if I were doing more, there’s a paying version too with loads of stuff you can do like retouching, filters, etc.

  5. #11 by Dartmoor Yarns on November 18, 2015 - 00:57

    The blocks are lovely. Your quilt is going to be gorgeous

    • #12 by sew2pro on November 18, 2015 - 15:36

      I often want to make collages and have tinkered with Picassa but will give the PicMonkey a go too. ‘Very basic’ sounds fine!

      • #13 by tialys on November 18, 2015 - 16:23

        I’ve downloaded it now and it was a bit scary at first because I pressed a button somewhere and it started to upload all of my pictures from my usual folders (of which there are many) before I could say knife. I haven’t had time to play with it much yet but I will do and I noticed that you can put a watermark on your photos which I wouldn’t mind doing on some of my kitten photos. The ones that have turned out well that is.

    • #14 by tialys on November 18, 2015 - 16:19


  6. #15 by sewchet on November 18, 2015 - 11:10

    So many different block patterns and that turquoise really pulls them all together. Gorgeous!

    • #16 by tialys on November 18, 2015 - 16:19

      I know – I don’t know how they keep coming up with new patterns, but they do.

  7. #17 by sew2pro on November 18, 2015 - 15:34

    Gorgeous colours and the geckoes are so sweet.

    • #18 by tialys on November 18, 2015 - 16:20

      It’s going to be lovely when I finally manage to sew it all together and quilt it. I might be some time…..

  8. #19 by nettyg on November 19, 2015 - 07:21

    All your blocks are coming together awesomely! I still think the too-much orange and light grey are wrong but if you like it, that’s the main thing:) Your collages look really good too, editing software is fun to play with.

    • #20 by tialys on November 19, 2015 - 09:25

      I just think that, once they are all together, if I place it right, it will work. If it doesn’t, I will use it somewhere else – it’s too good not to!

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