The F2F3 Quilt Finally Makes Its Appearance In Time For Christmas

Long, long ago, in July 2018 I made three 12 inch (finished) blocks in neutral(ish) colours and received three blocks in my chosen colour palette from each of the other participants of the collaborative quilting swap organised by Kate known as F2F  (which stands for Foot Square Freestyle) and this was the third one we’ve done.

Some time passed – well, let’s call it a year -and I decided that I wasn’t going to quilt it myself – not even as a ‘quilt as you go’ project as I have done before – because I wanted it to be enormous, big enough to fit my superking size bed and drape down the sides a bit too.

So I just (eventually) joined the blocks with ordinary sashing, added a couple of borders to get it to the right size and sent it off to Yorkshire for quilting by Fiona at Quilt Sandwich.

An indulgence but I’m never going to make a quilt as big as this again so it was a present to myself.

Sashed blocks laid on a different quilt in case this photo confuses.

I was so pleased with the quilting pattern I chose – ‘Hearts On A String’- as it has some interest but isn’t too dense and doesn’t overwhelm the blocks.  I also asked Fiona to supply the Henry Glass ‘Breezy’ extra wide fabric for the backing – she has a great choice of hard to find patterns in the extra width needed to back quilts without a join.

I asked Fiona to trim the quilt  so that it was all neat and ready for me to attach the binding by machine and hand sew it down on the back which I did in stages between cats taking residence on the ‘quilt in progress’ and my own fading resilience in the face of so much binding.

I had some Liberty of London fabric left from my Hatbox Quilt which hangs above our bed and, luckily, there was enough to make the binding which was perfect because the neutral(ish) colours went very well with the rest of the quilt and was also available in my stash.

The finished quilt is too big to be held up by my 6’4″ husband or even to be photographed on the washing line so here it is, in situ, just in time for Christmas.

Now at least Kate can put one finished quilt in her F2F3 gallery which is only fitting as I was the first one drawn to receive blocks so should also be the first one to finish.

Now, bring on the next one!

My girls are arriving today for the Christmas break so this is how I’ll end my blogging year – with a triumphant finish.

I hope you all have a wonderful time this festive season and thank you for following my posts.  I really value your input (I know I ask lots of questions) but, even if you don’t always comment, I sort of know you are out there and it’s great to think I am not just talking to myself which, I have to confess, seems to be happening more and more ‘in real life’.

So, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Bonnes Fêtes à tous.




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  1. #1 by katechiconi on December 21, 2019 - 08:29

    Just…. FABULOUS! I’m now a little ashamed that I haven’t done anything at all with my blocks. I really love your finished quilt and have ‘stolen’ that first shot to put into the F2F3 gallery. I promise we’ll go round again with F2F – I can’t believe it’ll be the 4th time. Maybe we’ll get some new faces in the lineup, maybe it’ll all be the faithful ones. Time will tell. Happy Christmas, my dear, and may the day be merry and bright for you. See you on the other side of the turkey-fest!

  2. #2 by Pat on December 21, 2019 - 09:09

    The finished quilt is fabulous! Have a great time with the family, x

  3. #3 by claire93 on December 21, 2019 - 09:47

    what a lovely way to finish the year – a gorgeous quilt and family on their way to visit!
    Thanks ever so much for the lovely card & bookmark!

  4. #4 by nanacathy2 on December 21, 2019 - 09:50

    Wow , it’s just lovely, and I bet super cosy. Have a Happy Christmas, and I hope the family arrive as expected having heard of floods causing travel chaos.

  5. #5 by craftycreeky on December 21, 2019 - 09:58

    Beautiful! Have a great Christmas x

  6. #6 by Kim on December 21, 2019 - 12:23

    A magnificent quilt! Well done you 😁

  7. #7 by thecontentedcrafter on December 21, 2019 - 18:45

    It’s lovely – well done you! Happy Christmas from soggy Dunedin xo

  8. #8 by Mary now in PA on December 21, 2019 - 19:16

    Lovely quilts, good job and Merry Christmas with your family.

  9. #9 by Laurie Graves on December 21, 2019 - 19:56

    Utterly, utterly beautiful!!!

  10. #10 by anne54 on December 21, 2019 - 23:23

    Oh wow! It is stunning, an international collaboration.Thanks for your posts over the year ~ they are a delight to read. I hope all your days with your family are merry and bright.

  11. #11 by onecreativefamily on December 22, 2019 - 03:26

    That is so pretty and such wonderful memories.

  12. #12 by Lynda on December 22, 2019 - 17:48

    I find it a nice effect in your photograph, that as your eye travels from the hatbox quilt to the bed quilt… it gives the impression that the colors (peaches and pinks) are glowing onto the bed quilt. It is certainly a trick of the lighting, but I love that inviting, warm glow!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, and best wishes for 2020!

  13. #13 by magpiesue on December 22, 2019 - 21:50

    It’s wonderful! And pairs beautifully with your hat box wall hanging. What a great way to end the year. 🙂 Enjoy your holidays. Time with family is a treasure any more, isn’t it?

  14. #14 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on December 26, 2019 - 10:45


  15. #15 by PendleStitches on December 28, 2019 - 16:02

    That is totally stunning! I think a quilt like that deserves the investment in professional quilting. It’s an heirloom piece after all. Gorgeous.
    Happy New Year to your home from ours. xx

  16. #16 by DawnGillDesigns on December 29, 2019 - 10:45

    that’s lovely.

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