If you’ve been following me for a while you will know I have now participated in three block swaps organised by Kate over at Tall Tales from Chiconia. Each participant decides on the colours they want their quilt to be and is allocated a month. The participant makes three 12.5 inch square blocks for herself (or himself although we haven’t had a male quilter join us yet) and the others all make three too, in the chosen colours but in whatever design they like, and send them off to the participant of the month. F2F stands for Foot Square Freestyle (the blocks measure 12 inches when finished) and 2018/2019 was the third year we did it – hence F2F3.
Now you know!
Anyway, when the names were drawn from the hat, my name came out first so I received my blocks from the other eight participants by the end of June last year. I have only just got round to dealing with them.
This time, I am determined to make a quilt big enough to properly fit a Superking size bed – in other words I want it to go down the sides of the bed and not just cover the top. This means a very big quilt and I can tell you now that I will definitely not be quilting it myself. It will go over to the U.K. and somebody with a lovely big machine, specially designed to deal with big quilts, will do it for me. I’ll worry about getting it back over to France when the time comes.
You might remember – though why should you? – my colour scheme was sort of neutrals – greys, cream, beige and dusty pink.
Here is a provisional layout on the bed which doesn’t look that big here but, trust me, it is. Each of those blocks measures 12.5 inches at the moment and they’re laid out 5 across x 6 down.
I’m going with that layout, more or less, although I’ve already swapped out the middle one on the bottom row as it was too similar in colour to the one above. Sometimes you don’t see these things until you photograph it and look at it on a screen.
I had two potential sashing fabrics in mind and ‘auditioned’ them by laying some of the blocks on top.
This was one possibility
and this marbled charcoal grey was the other.
You can see which one I went with in this photo of the first row joined together with the vertical sashing strips.
I put a bit of a spurt on this afternoon and got the top two rows joined. I’ve cheated and just laid the horizontal strips across to give you a bit of an idea how it will look. I really like the way the charcoal grey is framing the blocks.
The reason for this sudden industry is because one of my favourite online UK fabric shops is having a free shipping weekend (including Europe) and they have some fabric in stock at the moment that I rather fancy for the border. I haven’t got anything the right colour, in the right amount in my stash. I know I could calculate how much fabric I will need for the border – although not without help – but I’d prefer to get the blocks joined up, decide whether I want a small border made from the rejected sashing fabric and then what sort of width would look right for the outer border. If I want the free shipping I need to work it out by the end of this weekend. It’s a first world problem I know.
Mr. Tialys’s shirt has had to take a back seat but I have done the plackets, the yoke and the collar stand and, because my mannequin is lady shaped, I had to go to the storeroom and put my antique male mannequin into use. It’s in my Etsy shop so this will probably be the time somebody will decide to buy it but, for now, it is standing in for Mr. T – even though it’s a lot shorter than him, not quite as broad across the shoulders and considerably older.
The other reason for the sudden rush is that I want to start a new quilt and feel too guilty to start it while this one is languishing in a box and everybody’s hard work in making all those lovely blocks for me is hidden from view.
This will be the last big quilt I make now – I really don’t need any more and I can’t afford to send them off for quilting every time (although I’ve only done that once before) – so in future I’ll be making baby quilts, lap quilts and throws – sizes I can get under my domestic machine or *shudder* hand quilt.
So, that’s my weekend sorted, what will you be getting up to?