A Neutral Notion

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 🙂


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  1. #1 by KerryCan on June 21, 2018 - 12:31

    These blocks are lovely! It’ll be so interesting watching you transform them into a coherent whole.

    • #2 by tialys on June 21, 2018 - 22:32

      ‘Interesting’ is probably what it will be – I think it would be easy to go wrong with this colour palette so I’ll have to think very carefully about what to do for the finishing touches.

  2. #3 by claire93 on June 21, 2018 - 12:53

    those 3 sets look pretty good together. We all seem to have used greys and creams that will blend in well together . . . even if we’ve gone fo slightly different shades of beige and pink.

    • #4 by tialys on June 21, 2018 - 22:30

      They do look good together don’t they? I’m glad the colours grew on you once you started working with them.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on June 21, 2018 - 15:28

    It is going to be a lovely collection of blocks, whatever you end up doing with them. I hope my dirty pinky grey batiks will fit the bill! You’ll be able to see for yourself soon, I hope.

    • #6 by tialys on June 21, 2018 - 22:29

      Looking forward to seeing those dirty pinks.

  4. #7 by Lynda on June 21, 2018 - 17:07

    These are so lovely. The superlative ‘lovely’ seems to be overused this morning, but what can I say? These are lovely blocks! I am always amazed how you all seem to pull such variety together and make it work.

    • #8 by tialys on June 21, 2018 - 22:28

      I’m really hoping I will be able to make it work – I think I’ll have to make some good decisions about sashing and binding.

  5. #9 by nettyg on June 22, 2018 - 05:31

    I’m still second guessing my choice of pinks, even though the labels said ‘dusty pink’…..but seeing the ones you’ve received so far together, I think my pinks will work quite well, fingers crossed. There’s still my offer to let the dog roll on them 🙂 Beautiful blocks too, lovely ! work everyone.

    • #10 by tialys on June 22, 2018 - 08:10

      I’m sure they’ll be fine – if they’re not, I’ll let my dogs roll on them and then, if necessary, the cats can have a go too 😉

      • #11 by nettyg on June 22, 2018 - 22:36

        🙂 Thank goodness we have animals to help out! Have a search on Spoonflower for your pinky grey marble fabric, there’s one called watercolour marble that’s pretty. Or you could design your own.

  6. #12 by magpiesue on June 22, 2018 - 18:55

    I can appreciate that you’d want to wait to make your own blocks last, to fill in any blank spots as it were. Good luck finding that pink and gray print you’ve got in mind! It’s going to be fun to see what you decide to do with your collection. 🙂

    • #13 by tialys on June 23, 2018 - 10:07

      Having already wasted lots of time trying to marry up what I have in my mind with what’s out there online, I think I’ll wait until I see how it shapes up at the end when I’ll have a clearer idea of what the blocks ‘need’ to bring them all together.
      As an aside – I still get your blog posts by email but all the comments I’ve made just disappear as soon as I press ‘enter’ – I don’t even get the message that they’ll be published after approval any more. I don’t know what’s happened. Just wanted to let you know I am reading them and at least trying to comment. x

  7. #14 by Born To Organize on June 23, 2018 - 23:21

    What a fun project to be a part of.

    • #15 by tialys on June 24, 2018 - 09:27

      I really missed it last year and couldn’t find anything similar so I’m glad Kate decided to resurrect it for 2018/2019

  8. #16 by craftycreeky on June 25, 2018 - 10:08

    It’s a very peaceful colour scheme, looking forward to seeing your quilt come together.

    • #17 by tialys on June 25, 2018 - 10:34

      I’m already panicking a bit about the sashing choice but I’m sure something will occur to me by the time it’s ready to assemble.

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