Time To Get The Ironing Board Out

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-

and the second time with this one in more ‘manly’ colours as I wanted it for Mr. Tialys

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.




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  1. #1 by The Snail of Happiness on May 30, 2018 - 11:13

    I’m glad this is happening again – I don’t participate, but I love seeing all the contributions.

    • #2 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 11:25

      That’s really good to know. I sometimes wonder if the posts might be boring for anybody who isn’t actually participating in the swap. You have encouraged me now.

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on May 30, 2018 - 11:33

    I love watching you all beavering away on this project. Your colours are lovely, and that child’s bedroom, Is delicious.

    • #4 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 12:08

      I know – isn’t it gorgeous. I can’t imagine there’d be any ‘throwing your toys out of the pram’ behaviour allowed in such sumptuous surroundings though can you? Anyway, I’d want to sleep in there myself.

  3. #5 by KerryCan on May 30, 2018 - 12:48

    I don’t think I was here the last time you did this challenge so I’ll be interested to follow along! I like the soft colors . . .

    • #6 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 19:29

      It’s fun to see what everybody comes up with because, even using the same colours, there is usually a great variety in the blocks you end up with.

  4. #7 by katechiconi on May 30, 2018 - 12:57

    I have been having a delightful rootle in my fabrics this afternoon and have identified some potential goodies. One question: I have some lovely grey prints, but they’re mostly grey and white rather than cream. Will that be a problem for you? I won’t use large areas of white, only cream, but I’d like to use these prints.

    • #8 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 19:30

      Nothing like a rootle amongst the fabrics. No problem at all about small areas of white – as you can see, I’ve used a grey and white print myself in the first block. I just don’t want the white to dominate. I trust you!!

  5. #10 by claire93 on May 30, 2018 - 14:12

    good thing you posted a photo of your first block because my initial reaction on seeing your colour choice was: how to play with contrast. But I see you’ve done that very successfully with the darker greys. I’ll need to do some shopping (oh the hardship!) because I’m sorely lacking in these kinds of subtle colours. Baby room to me, cries out bright orange, green & purple lol.

    • #11 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 19:33

      I’m sorry – not sorry – to send you shopping as I’ve just spent a fortune at Les Coupons de St. Pierre after you mentioned them on your blog.

      • #12 by claire93 on May 30, 2018 - 20:32

        ooooh what did you buy, eh, eh?
        I’m going to be going back for more of their “waffle” cotton – baby bibs and all.

      • #13 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 20:44

        Quite a bit actually – mostly dressmaking stuff – and even managed to nab some flamingos like yours which I thought would make nice p.j. bottoms. Didn’t I get an email about a week ago saying they were going to be having a massive sale on the 31st or was I just fantasising?

      • #14 by claire93 on May 30, 2018 - 21:07

        I think the sale is only in the actual shop in Paris, not their on-line store. And well done on nabbings some flamingos, because the vert de gris and turquoise colourways are no longer available.

      • #15 by tialys on May 31, 2018 - 14:54

        Thank dog for that – otherwise I’d probably spend even more.

  6. #16 by magpiesue on May 30, 2018 - 17:23

    It appears you’re not the only one who will have us working in a neutral palette. I considered it myself. I’ve finally decided to do something else so I’m glad for the opportunity to play in this palette!

    • #17 by tialys on May 30, 2018 - 19:34

      That will be good then, if you like playing in it, you can make one for yourself later on with all the neutral scraps you’ll probably have left.

  7. #18 by mariannasew2pro on May 30, 2018 - 22:00

    Although I don’t participate, it’s nice to feast the eyes. I look forward to this year’s edition!

    • #19 by tialys on May 31, 2018 - 14:54

      I’m glad you enjoy seeing what we make – I sometimes wonder whether people are interested if they aren’t participating or, even, if they don’t do patchwork themselves. Having said that, I enjoy seeing and reading about crafts that I don’t do myself – I haven’t really got time to take up any new ones so I can enjoy them vicariously through other people.

  8. #20 by nettyg on May 31, 2018 - 00:52

    I really like your soft shades, especially the rosy, dusty blushy pink, which is in mine too. And as I already mentioned on Kate’s blog, it’s good to see your colours in action. I’ve begun ‘rootling’ in the stash as well, keen tp get started.

    • #21 by tialys on May 31, 2018 - 14:51

      I wanted something that I can actually use as a throw in the living areas. A lot of my previous quilts have been a bit bright for the paint colours and soft furnishings that I usually go for around the house. I’ve really missed this swap and I’m looking forward to getting into the swing of it again.

  9. #22 by Kim on May 31, 2018 - 14:24

    This looks like a brilliant idea, and one I would love to join in with when I finish the quilt I’m doing. (Progressing nicely now – blog post when i can tear myself away from it 😉)

    • #23 by tialys on May 31, 2018 - 14:48

      I hope you’re not being sarcastic and that the Management will actually be in possession of a lovely quilt soon.

      • #24 by Kim on May 31, 2018 - 21:39

        Maybe not ‘soon’ but quicker than I might have expected!

  10. #25 by nettyg on June 1, 2018 - 03:32

    A question Lyn….your fabric with the pink roses, is the background dark cream/ dark beige, or more pink, hard to tell from the pic. I have some fabrics that look like this, with dusky pink roses/flowers on, but thought they might be too dark. And good to know your plans for the finished quilt, it helps somehow.

    • #26 by tialys on June 1, 2018 - 08:14

      It’s a sort of ‘dirty’ pink but has come out more of dark cream in the photo I see.

      • #27 by nettyg on June 1, 2018 - 09:49

        Oh well, if it’s ‘dirty’ colours you want, I can just give my pinks to the dog to roll around on lol Thanks for clarifying, the fabrics I have will be too dark I think.

      • #28 by tialys on June 1, 2018 - 10:49

        Haha! I have three dogs and this quilt will be destined for the ‘living’ areas of the house so I might as well start off with a bit of a tinge to the fabrics. Not that they’ll be allowed on it – I’m thinking of it for artistically draping across the back of a beaten up leather sofa – but, as you know, dogs don’t always do as they’re told.

      • #29 by nettyg on June 1, 2018 - 14:48

        It would be the 3 cats here who’d decide the artistically draped quilt was there for them to leave their hair and claw marks on! We love ’em though, don’t we?

  11. #30 by rrita on June 1, 2018 - 22:11

    Oh, I love the idea of this swap! I haven’t heard of it before but I can’t wait to see how your new blanket comes together at the end! Very exciting!

    • #31 by tialys on June 2, 2018 - 20:02

      It’s a really good swap – I can manage three blocks a month and the colours chosen by the others sometimes takes me out of my comfort zone. Plus, it makes me try out different patchwork blocks. I’m so glad Kate decided to organise it again.

  12. #32 by craftycreeky on June 4, 2018 - 09:30

    Love your colour scheme, very restful. One day, when life has settled down a bit (!!!) I’d love to do this swap 🙂

    • #33 by tialys on June 4, 2018 - 10:05

      I’m sure we’d love to have you too.

  13. #34 by Susan on June 4, 2018 - 16:32

    Oh, fun block and colors for this year. It looks find to me. I did the last two, but wasn’t invited in/didn’t hear anything about it this time, until Moira mentioned she was doing it. I’ve been so busy with school, it’s probably for the best anyway. Thank goodness that ends in August! I know you will wind up with some amazing blocks this year!

    • #35 by tialys on June 5, 2018 - 11:30

      Oh, that’s a shame Susan. It was mentioned back in April and then, all of a sudden, or so it seemed, our names had been drawn out of the hat and we were off. I know you have a lot on so, as you say, it will be one less thing for you to worry about – maybe next time!

  14. #36 by nettyg on June 16, 2018 - 09:47

    Hello again Lyn, sorry, more questions! Do you want any of the colours as your background or preferably cream or grey? ( I see you have grey in your block) And are you thinking greys and creams with a bit of pink, or all colours equally? Tia

    • #37 by tialys on June 16, 2018 - 10:07

      No problem. I don’t mind any of the neutrals including grey (if it’s a lighter one) as a background. Originally, I was thinking mostly creams, greys, beiges with the dusty pink as a highlight but the blocks I’ve received so far from Sue and Kathy have been more of a mixture with the pink being equally prominent and I’m happy with them. I don’t want to look in the gallery on Kate’s F2F pages because I don’t want to spoil the surprise for any that have been posted there but I haven’t received yet but, if you have a look, you’ll be able to see those from Sue and Kathy (and maybe some others I haven’t seen yet). I hope that helps.

      • #38 by nettyg on June 16, 2018 - 14:42

        Yes, thanks, it does. I just wanted to be sure I didn’t make something you wouldn’t be happy with. I’ll go check the gallery.

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