What A Lot Of Blocks!

The 2018/2019 Footsquare Freestyle (hereafter known as F2F3) has come to end with organiser Kate’s blocks for February being sent, received or in production.

I haven’t been showing you the three 12 inch patchwork  blocks I made each month to send to the nine far flung participants in the colours they chose so I’ve picked my favourite one from each month to show you.

June 2018

I was drawn out of the hat to receive blocks first and made one of my foundation paper pieced (or FPP) Hedgehogs as one of my own three blocks towards the quilt I will eventually make from all the blocks in my chosen colours.

July 2018

Sue wanted blue and white and I made her an FPP banded star.

August 2018

A Nell’s Star (or Charleston) block for Claire

September 2018

A special request from Nanette for a hedgehog.

October 2018

A Nova for Moira.

(A pattern designed by one of our participants, Esther.)

November 2018

A Circle of Geese for Robin.

December 2018

The only traditionally pieced block in this selection was for Esther.

January 2019

Everyone, after the first couple of months, got a Zeppelin and this one was for Kathy.

February 2019

Finally, Kate’s turn came and I stretched my paper piecing skills with this unicorn just for something a bit different.

I can’t tell you how much this block swap has once more challenged and encouraged me to do more patchwork.  Working with colours I perhaps wouldn’t normally have thought of using and indulging in my new found love of FPP – it’s been a blast!

It looks like we might be going to do it all again for 2019/2020.  If you’re interested, let Kate know in a comment on her blog here.  Not sure? Have a look at the website she has set up especially for the F2F swaps – Footsquare Freestyle – 3 x 12 inch square finished blocks in whatever design you want just as long as it’s in the participant’s chosen colours.  We need a minimum of 9 people  – Kate and I are definitely in so another 7 and we’re off.

p.s. I’ve just realised my title sounds slightly ‘off colour’ but only if you say it slowly and, why would you?

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  1. #1 by katechiconi on February 4, 2019 - 12:25

    There’s time for people to have a think and make up their minds. I’m not likely to be able to launch the next session till May: house move, finishing the ITAA quilt, finishing the Hatbox quilt, etc, etc. I reckon we’ll get our 9 members in time for that 🙂 Besides, don’t you have a quilt or two of your own to work on…?

    • #2 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 12:41

      No harm in getting the idea out there though is there?
      I have started laying out the zeppelins and realise I need two more – I haven’t done one in either Sue or Kathy’s colours, probably because they were quite similar to Nanette’s. I might have to cheat a little and throw in a slightly different colour.
      I’m still pondering the sashing for the F2F quilt but am quite taken with the charcoal I showed you.

      • #3 by katechiconi on February 4, 2019 - 15:11

        No harm at all!
        With the Sue-colour zeppelin, you could use a strong dark blue and white with a mid blue and it’d be true to the theme, and then it would contrast with Kathy’s better.
        And I still think the charcoal would work really well with your blocks.

      • #4 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 16:07

        Yes, Mr. T. liked it to so it will probably come to pass. If I could only get some decisions made about the bathroom sink/bath/shower and get off this bloody computer, I might actually get something done about it.

  2. #5 by M. L. Kappa on February 4, 2019 - 12:41

    I absolutely love those blocks! Sadly I’m super busy and know nothing about quilting or I’d be sure to join in!

    • #6 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 12:47

      Well, you could probably fit a block here and there in even if super busy but knowing nothing about patchwork and quilting might be a little bit of an obstacle 😂 Still, if you like looking at them you can remain an ‘interested bystander’.

  3. #7 by Nanette on February 4, 2019 - 12:59

    Already mentioned on Kate’s blog that I love the unicorn, but it bears saying again…..inspired! And the background fabric is so pretty too. I should probably do something with my lot of blocks before I launch into another round.

    • #8 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 13:15

      So should I – but, if I don’t, it won’t stop me 🙄
      No rush anyway – Kate’s just putting out feelers at the moment.
      The unicorn was quite tricky but choosing the colours was worse because the original pattern was all done in ‘magical rainbow’ colours but you know I’ve met some elves who know a dusky lilacy, amethyst, slatey coloured unicorn so it’s O.K.

      • #9 by Nanette on February 4, 2019 - 13:18

        I’m sure Kate wouldn’t have minded ‘magical rainbow’ colours 🤤

  4. #10 by claire93 on February 4, 2019 - 13:28

    Am I alone in having gone to read your title very slowly, after you last remark lol?
    Lynn, really!
    How lovely to see a sample of blocks made each month. It’s been another fun year, and I am pondering whether or not to say yes for the next swap.

    • #11 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 16:03

      Well, nobody else has mentioned it 🙈
      I hope you give it some serious pondering – your blocks are always so neat and precise, I would miss them.

  5. #12 by mlmcspadden on February 4, 2019 - 13:39

    I know I should actually do something with my blocks since I have a plan for them……too bad other things are taking precedence at the present. However, I’m considering the next round even knowing how much postage is for me. If I look at it as the cost for one of the BOM’s the shops do here then the price becomes reasonable…….

    • #13 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 16:02

      I know – there were only two of us in France this time – everybody else in the U.S. and Australia. Still, I wouldn’t miss it and use the cheapest letter post with my fingers crossed.

      • #14 by claire93 on February 4, 2019 - 16:45

        don’t know if you’ve seen new postage rates for 2019, Lynn? There’s no longer a different pricing scale for EU or Overseas mail, making it much cheaper to send to Australia, NZ & US but more expensive just to post to EU countries.

      • #15 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 17:06

        Aah. So it will now cost me the same to post one of my dog collars over the channel to the U.K. as it will cost to post one to Australia. Madness!!

      • #16 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 17:09

        Luckily, they don’t appear to have extended the insanity to parcels – unless they just haven’t got round to it yet.

  6. #17 by Lynda on February 4, 2019 - 14:03

    These blocks are amazing! I had to laugh when Kate said you were not initially fond of paper piecing. I’m still not. And yet, if I want a complex and crisp looking design, the paper piecing gets me there. I especially like the flying geese block you have made.

    • #18 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 16:00

      It’s my only hope for accuracy on points!

  7. #19 by craftycreeky on February 4, 2019 - 14:09

    Beautiful blocks, I think my favourites are the star and the geese. I’ve got to admit I’m a little tempted, just don’t want to over commit myself, I’ll think about it 🙂

    • #20 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 15:59

      Yes, your BOM will take some working on for one thing. There’s plenty of time to think about it.

  8. #21 by nanacathy2 on February 4, 2019 - 14:57

    I can really see it is a unicorn on your blog, very clever. My favourite has to be the hedgehog.

    • #22 by tialys on February 4, 2019 - 15:58

      Mine too, that’s why three of us ended up with one 😂

  9. #23 by thecontentedcrafter on February 4, 2019 - 18:01

    Gosh, beautiful work Lynn! I had to go read the title slowly after you mentioned it and saw what I hadn’t before – first giggle of the day! I love your hedge hog blocks, though everything is so eye catching – it all looks very complex to me. Kate clearly has some excellent ideas for community/global participation.

    • #24 by tialys on February 5, 2019 - 09:29

      Thanks Pauline. Kate does have lots of ideas and I somehow can’t resist being drawn in. I don’t do a lot of patchwork when I’m not doing the block swap or contributing a couple of blocks to her charity quilts so it really helps me to keep my hand in and try new things – I’ve certainly got enough fabric. Having said that, I have another pregnant niece and, this time, we know in advance it’s to be a girl. Woohoo! A pretty, girly baby quilt to make. Aargh, I hope she doesn’t want grey. Although I don’t mind some lightish grey as a neutral. I just won’t bother to ask and make what I want.

      • #25 by thecontentedcrafter on February 5, 2019 - 09:35

        That’s the way, give them something you love and they will love it too 🙂 I hope this fad for gray for babies passes soon.

  10. #26 by kathyreeves on February 4, 2019 - 20:49

    Lynn, your blocks are just wonderful. The paper piecing is quit fantastic, and you outdid yourself with that unicorn! The color selection would have been my undoing!

    • #27 by tialys on February 5, 2019 - 09:25

      Well, it was tricky as the pattern showed it in rainbow colours and that’s not what Kate asked for. I thought the magic mushrooms and tipsy game birds would help give it an ‘enchanted forest’ type of feel though.

  11. #28 by Dartmoor Yarns on February 4, 2019 - 22:00

    These are all so beautiful. You talented old stick! Love the hedgehog best though.
    As for the title, I’ve come to expect this sort of think from you.

  12. #31 by nottaholiday on February 4, 2019 - 22:47

    fantastic work….and I recognize some of the fabrics I own in that lot 🙂

    • #32 by tialys on February 5, 2019 - 09:22

      The quilting fabric world is quite small isn’t it?

  13. #33 by KerryCan on February 5, 2019 - 12:17

    I love the variety here! Of course some color combos appeal to me more that others but the recipients must all be thrilled!

    • #34 by tialys on February 5, 2019 - 19:46

      I know I’m always very excited when I receive blocks from the others – I hope it’s the same for them.

  14. #35 by Kim on February 5, 2019 - 19:33

    I had to go back and read the title slowly since you’d mentioned it 😂.
    Your blocks are lovely. I haven’t tried fpp, although you did show a Doctor Who inspired block ages ago that I really want to make for my daughter – but only once I forget about making her fathers quilt!

    • #36 by tialys on February 5, 2019 - 19:50

      When I visit my daughter in the U.K. – sadly, not often enough 😦 – she usually has the Tardis cushion on the sofa and I love it. It’s one of those things you look at ages afterwards and, feeling proud, think ‘did I really make that’? It will be much simpler than that huge undertaking I assure you.

      • #37 by sew2pro on February 7, 2019 - 00:02

        I know what you mean: these moments of spotting your work that make you realise yes, the effort in the making was definitely a good investment.
        Nice set of blocks! I like the contrasts in the nova with browns, and the unicorn is mindboggling. Even if it was the size of a duvet cover, it would still look so intricate and precise.

      • #38 by tialys on February 7, 2019 - 10:43

        Funny you should like the Nova block with the browns – Moira’s colour choices were the most difficult for me because they were very different from those I usually work with. However, I was pleased with the way the colours work together in that block in particular and it just goes to show that working outside your comfort zone is a good thing now and again.

  15. #39 by magpiesue on February 6, 2019 - 19:32

    That circle of geese is stunning! I so admire those of you who do paper piecing successfully. My first efforts put me off the technique for good. Hopefully there will always be a place for traditionally pieced blocks!

    • #40 by tialys on February 7, 2019 - 10:38

      It looks really good in Robyn’s colours doesn’t it? I’m sure traditionally pieced blocks will remain the most popular – I think FPP is something that definitely doesn’t appeal to everybody. I’m not even sure why I like it so much, apart from it helps me to be more accurate and I need all the help I can get in that department.

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