You may remember – if not, I’m about to remind you – that I’m taking part in Kate’s Foot Square Freestyle block swap again this year.
This was one of my photos for colour inspiration and I apologise right now for causing the other participants problems with what, I suppose, is a fairly difficult colour palette to reproduce. I’ve even had trouble finding the right pinks myself so I sympathise.
My reasoning was that a neutral quilt would go with all different colour schemes and would fit in wherever I want to put it. Also, I have a few quilts for beds which I try to rotate and, this time, thought I might make a couple of smaller ones, or throws, to drape across a sofa back in an arty farty fashion.
Anyway, I was the first out of the hat to receive blocks from the other participants this year and three have been quick off the mark – probably to get my weird colours out of the way – and have sent me the three blocks each that we commit to every month for this swap.
Firstly I received these lovelies from Sue in Washington
Then these three beauties from Kathy in South Dakota
Then, from a little nearer home, this gorgeous group from Claire who is also in France
I try not to be too overawed by the excellence of everyone else’s piecing – it only makes me try harder with mine when I know the standard is this high and, although nobody is going to be the Quilt Police (at least I hope not) I don’t want to disappoint. Thank goodness it won’t be me that will be quilting their blocks – not my strong point!
I think they’ve all done a great job in interpreting my neutral vision and I’ve already started to think about the sort of thing I want to use for sashing and backing. I’m wondering about a darkish grey marbled with pink – if I can find such a beast.
I’ve only made one block for myself so far – I thought I’d wait until I see what everybody else makes first so I can go with the predominant flow at the end. I’ve been making Miss July’s blocks instead but I can’t show you those as it would spoil the surprise.
If anybody knows where I can get marbly grey and dirty pink fabric, please advise 🙂