No! Don’t be ridiculous, I’m not going to make inroads into the basket of long-forgotten shirts and rashly chosen clothes made from inconvenient fabric that has the nerve to crease. No – the Foot Square Freestyle Block Swap is back and I will be needing to press small pieces of delicious fabric on a regular basis.
Kate, over at Tall Tales from Chiconia has, once again, taken on the organisation of the third F2F worldwide block swap, bless her. I can only think she must enjoy herding cats as, whenever I have been rash enough to take on the role of an organiser, that’s what it seems to be like. Which is why I’m a team player rather than a team leader.
There are nine of us this year from all over the World and we will each make three blocks a month and send them to the person who has been drawn out of a hat to be the recipient that month. We can all choose what colours we want but the design is up to the person making the blocks so all skill levels are catered for. At the end of ‘our’ month, or shortly afterwards, we will have 27 blocks measuring 12 inches (finished size) – hence the ‘foot square’ of the title if you speak ‘imperial measurements’ – with which to make into a quilt.
If you have followed me for a while you will know that I have participated in both the previous swaps and, the first time, I ended up with all of these beauties-
I have missed the swap as I couldn’t find anything else like it when Kate took a year off from doing it last year and it was a very good exercise for improving patchwork skills, trying out some new ones (foundation paper piecing anyone?) plus working with colours you might not normally use yourself.
As last time, my name was drawn out of the hat first so I will be ‘Miss June’ (which is appropriate as it’s my birthday month) and will be receiving three blocks from all the other participants some time later in the month or early in July. Just wondering – why is it that my name never comes first out of the hat when there are big prizes to be won?
Anyway, these are some inspirations for my colour choices this time
Neutrals with shades of grey (although not as many as fifty) from pale to charcoal
some beige and cream
with vintage, faded rose pinks .
Why did my parents not provide me with such a bedroom when I was a child? Would I have appreciated it if they did? Probably not but I still feel slightly miffed.
So, I have made my first block just to get my hand in as I am severely out of practice and need to improve before I start sending out work to those who may or may not be more capable than me (but probably are).
A simple one to start but, even then, one of my points isn’t perfect. The further down the line the participant is the better off they’ll be as I probably won’t be fully up to speed again for a couple of months. Although, of course, I will be trying very hard. There’s nothing like sending off your work to others who do the same sort of work to inspire improvement.