Christmas in February F2F5

Organised again by Kate over at Tall Tales From Chiconia, the latest Footsquare Freestyle (F2F) patchwork block exchange kicked off in February with ten participants from different countries and Tracy was the first drawn out of the hat to receive three blocks in her chosen colours from each of the other nine participants.

Tracy picked red, green and brown as her colours using photos of cranberries and a Christmas pudding to help us and, having checked with her that she is hoping to make a Christmas themed quilt, I foraged for those rare pieces of festive fabric that I have in deep stash.

I made this Churn Dash because I wanted to feature the lovely stag and deer image in the centre.

F2F4BlocksbymeforTracey (2)

I love this foundation paper pieced banded star design and made quite a few for the participants in last year’s swap.  Tracy didn’t join us last year so I decided to make her one as there should always be stars at Christmas.

F2F4BlocksbymeforTracey (7)

Despite having a lot on this year, I decided to go ahead and join in the swap again as I think I should be able to manage three blocks a month and I like to keep my ‘patchwork hand’ in.  I did say to Kate that I’d have to keep it simple this year but I couldn’t resist this pattern for little fir trees but, as it only makes a 6 inch square, I ended up having to make four of them to make a finished block of 12 inches which is, of course, why it’s called footsquare freestyle.   So, in effect, I made six blocks for Tracy rather than three. 🙄


Also, I made lots of stupid mistakes while putting this one together, including the final join.


Still, I’ve moved on to Sue’s blocks now as she is the recipient in March and she has asked for shades of true blue and brown.  I’ve made two and will start on the third today so I can get them off to the States sharpish.

I am next to receive blocks after Sue, I am ‘Miss April’ this year and I’ve gone for a dramatic colour palette reminiscent of peacock feathers.

Rather more dramatic than my neutral(ish) palette of last year which resulted in my lovely superking size quilt.

I’ve made one block for myself but will probably use April to get ahead with the blocks for the other participants in case I don’t have time later on in the year – I can always make my own ones up at the end.

My use of an ombré effect green fabric has made the shape of the Churn Dash a little more difficult to focus on but, if you squint your eyes a bit and/or look at it from a distance, you can still make it out and it shows the sort of colour scheme I have in mind.

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  1. #1 by claire93 on March 13, 2020 - 09:23

    amazing how that last block doesn’t look like a churn dash at all, with colour choice & placement drawing eyes to the lighter green and the lovely purple print square in the centre.

    • #2 by tialys on March 13, 2020 - 10:55

      It’s weird though, sometimes I can look at it and the churn dash stands out, other times it doesn’t at all. It’s a bit like one of those weird drawings that show different things depending on how your eyes focus on it.

  2. #3 by katechiconi on March 13, 2020 - 11:32

    Ooh, lovely! Do remember to send me your photos when you’re done. I do love doggo in the centre of that purple square… I’m really looking forward to working in your colours, surprise surprise.

    • #4 by tialys on March 13, 2020 - 11:52

      I thought the doggo would appeal 😉
      I’ll take pics of Sue’s blocks in a mo for you and get them in the post today or tomorrow.

      • #5 by katechiconi on March 13, 2020 - 21:52

        That’s great! I also want the photo of your block, pour encourager les autres, please 🙂

  3. #6 by Kathy D on March 13, 2020 - 12:53

    Lurker here coming out in the open. Love the star and the trees, so Christmassy! Also love your choice of colors – that yarn is gorgeous.

    • #7 by tialys on March 13, 2020 - 13:22

      Lurkers always welcome x

  4. #8 by craftycreeky on March 13, 2020 - 13:32

    Lovely blocks, especially the star and the trees, they’re beautiful. I love your peacock feather fabric in your churndash.

    • #9 by tialys on March 13, 2020 - 14:17

      Thanks Margaret. The peacock feather fabric was a lucky local find, especially as they had 20% off all patchwork fabric at the time too. It was meant to be 😉

  5. #10 by nanacathy2 on March 13, 2020 - 13:50

    Love those Christmas blocks and reassuring to know that even seasoned quilters can make mistakes. I also love your colour palate of peacock colours- that is going to be incredible.

    • #11 by tialys on March 13, 2020 - 14:21

      Haha! I could have shown you a few more mistakes too but that one made me laugh.
      Those colours are a bit of a departure for me but that’s why I chose them – good to have a change now and then.

  6. #12 by Laurie Graves on March 13, 2020 - 15:00

    Oh, those peacock colors! Utterly gorgeous. Also, really, really like the three blocks you made. Christmas is my favorite holiday. Happy, happy Christmas.

    • #13 by tialys on March 13, 2020 - 18:53

      That came round again quickly this year didn’t it? 🤣

  7. #14 by kathyreeves on March 13, 2020 - 15:38

    Beautiful Christmas blocks Lynn, and I do love your colors this year!

    • #15 by tialys on March 13, 2020 - 18:53

      I’m quite excited about those colours – they’ll make quite a statement I think.

  8. #16 by CurlsnSkirls on March 13, 2020 - 22:39

    Love your colours, and sort of nice to think about Christmasy squares at this time of year… cheering us on until Spring arrives. 🌲 🦚

  9. #19 by magpiesue on March 14, 2020 - 03:43

    Sometimes it seems the simpler the block, the more mistakes I make. Over confidence maybe? I have two blocks made up for you already but you may end up with four from me…

    • #20 by tialys on March 15, 2020 - 09:04

      Sue, your blocks are always the perfect size and pieced beautifully. I can’t imagine you making that many mistakes.

  10. #21 by Moira on March 14, 2020 - 17:28

    Love the blocks that you made for Tracey. And your block for you is great. Love how you featured the focus prints in both of them. Your April blocks are in the mail as of today. Hopefully they will be there before too long.

    • #22 by tialys on March 15, 2020 - 09:03

      Thank you. I like Churn Dash for that reason – usually I try to avoid anything with points unless I’m foundation paper piecing.

  11. #23 by knitnkwilt on March 16, 2020 - 07:03

    Great color inspiration, peacock feathers! Can’t wait to see the blocks and the finish. Finish from last year’s blocks looks good. Funny how equally appealing neutrals can be as well as brights. My favorite colors are always the ones I am currently working with.

    • #24 by tialys on March 16, 2020 - 11:28

      Thank you. I might make a couple of smaller items with the blocks this year as I don’t want to tackle another huge quilt. Maybe a couple of lovely throws and a large pillow – I’ll look for inspiration once all the blocks are in I think.

  12. #25 by Susan Nixon on March 19, 2020 - 03:54

    Oh! We can use the teal? You didn’t say it, so I thought we couldn’t! Yay! I really wanted another color for one block.

    • #26 by tialys on March 19, 2020 - 11:13

      Well, I could only name three colours as per the rules but I’m sure there are shades of teal in a peacock’s tail and, if not, there should be.😉

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