Peacock Colours

Even though, due to the current worldwide situation, our international block swap – Footstyle Freestyle (F2F) – has had to adapt this time round, we are still determined to go ahead with it.

Instead of mailing out 3 blocks to the participant due to receive them that month, we are now making them, photographing them, putting them up in the gallery and waiting until we’re out the other side of this to post them.  Better safe than sorry and the post is doing strange things at the moment so we don’t want to risk all that hard work getting lost.

It was my turn to receive blocks from the others this month but I’ll just have to wait to see them ‘in the flesh’.  However, we each also make three blocks in our chosen colours for ourselves so there was nothing stopping me from making mine in the peacock colours that I’d chosen.

You’ve seen this churn dash one before but my eye kept catching on the ‘too different’ ombré effect on the left which made it hard to focus on the design properly so I took it out and replaced it with a piece of the same fabric that toned in a little better.



This is a foundation paper pieced block by Carol Doak called May Flower

Spot the peacock in the centre

Lastly, one I made up based on the spikes in a hedgehog block I sometimes make but without the hedgehog face.

I haven’t seen the blocks the others have made for me yet – and I’ll only be able to see photos of them anyway until things are back to ‘normal’ – but I think these colours will make for a pretty dramatic quilt eventually.

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  1. #1 by kathyreeves on April 11, 2020 - 14:37

    It’s going to be quite amazing I think Lynn! I love your blocks, too. ❤️

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on April 11, 2020 - 14:48


    • #4 by tialys on April 11, 2020 - 19:07

      One of my favourite words (and shops 😉).

  3. #5 by katechiconi on April 11, 2020 - 15:05

    Lovely! Will you send me photos for the gallery?
    I’m also relieved to see that the blocks I’ve made should work OK! I’m really loving your colours …

    • #6 by tialys on April 11, 2020 - 19:06

      Have done.
      I’m sure your blocks are gorgeous – I’m trying to hold off looking in the gallery until the end of the month.

      • #7 by katechiconi on April 12, 2020 - 00:20

        Thanks, safely received and uploaded!

  4. #8 by Laurie Graves on April 11, 2020 - 15:21

    Dramatic quilt is right! And it sounds as though you’ve come up with the perfect solution for these hard times. Yes, better safe than sorry.

    • #9 by tialys on April 11, 2020 - 19:05

      I usually go for more subtle colours so this will make a nice change for me.

  5. #11 by Kim on April 11, 2020 - 15:47

    Beautiful colours – and what a treat it will be to get all those lovely blocks when this is all over 😊

    • #12 by tialys on April 11, 2020 - 19:04

      Yes! Something to look forward to.

  6. #13 by thecontentedcrafter on April 11, 2020 - 20:07

    I’m a fan of strong colour mixes and this is a wonderful choice! We will all have to learn extreme patience to see the finished quilts now 🙂

    • #14 by tialys on April 12, 2020 - 09:25

      I’ll probably make two smaller ones this time to use as throws although, by the time I recieve them all, I could have completely changed my mind again.

  7. #15 by magpiesue on April 12, 2020 - 00:13

    I’ve had blocks made up for you for a couple of weeks now. The trick will be to get them in the mail – finally – without them getting lost here in my nest!

    • #16 by tialys on April 12, 2020 - 09:27

      I’m going to try to simulate the excitement by not looking in the gallery until Kate tells me they’re all there.

  8. #17 by nanacathy2 on April 12, 2020 - 09:39

    Wow, what a colour palate. Love the blocks.

    • #18 by tialys on April 13, 2020 - 10:48

      Thanks Cathy – I’m really pleased with my colours.

  9. #19 by DawnGillDesigns on April 12, 2020 - 09:54

    what beautiful fabrics, and quilting. I love watching these pop up. Thank you

    • #20 by tialys on April 13, 2020 - 10:47

      Making these blocks is good for reducing my fabric stash at the moment as the only local fabric shops are closed of course and the post is unreliable and slow for online shopping. I am digging deep and finding forgotten gems.

  10. #21 by CurlsnSkirls on April 12, 2020 - 16:09

    This is going to be gorgeous, Lynn! Good for you for going ahead this month, and we all hope more normality returns quickly. Hoep you & Mr. T have a lovely Easter. xx

    • #22 by CurlsnSkirls on April 12, 2020 - 16:11

      “Hope” not “hoep” 🤪
      the 🐇 made me do it

      • #23 by tialys on April 13, 2020 - 10:44


    • #24 by tialys on April 13, 2020 - 10:45

      I think I’m going to have a rather dramatic quilt or two by the end of it. xx

  11. #26 by claire93 on April 12, 2020 - 20:32

    stunning blocks, Lynn !

    • #27 by tialys on April 13, 2020 - 10:43

      Thanks Claire – I’m really happy with those colours.

  12. #28 by lifebyacompassnotaclock on April 15, 2020 - 00:06

    Love the colours

    • #29 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 12:37

      Thank you, I’m really pleased with my choices which sort of came to me without really thinking too much about it.

  13. #31 by Born To Organize on April 15, 2020 - 02:04

    I love these colors! Beautifully done, Lynn. I’m glad you’ll hang on to them for now. It would be sad to see them lost in the post as you’ve said.

    • #32 by tialys on April 15, 2020 - 12:36

      Well, these ones are for me so they don’t have to take their chances in the post. I’m glad you like the colours Alys – they’re a bit different from my usual more subtle choices but a change is as good as a rest.

      • #33 by Born To Organize on April 20, 2020 - 19:38

        Change is good! I’m glad these sqaures will remain safely in your home.

  14. #34 by Susan Nixon on April 16, 2020 - 02:46

    Your blocks are pretty. I like every one of them. I was finished about a day before Kate said no mailing, and I toyed with mailing anyway, but then I followed the rules instead. I hope you like them when you finally get them!

    • #35 by tialys on April 16, 2020 - 10:46

      Thanks Susan. I’m going to wait until the end of April – or until Kate tells me all my blocks are in the gallery – until I sneak a peak.
      I’ve done yours too actually but have squirrelled them away until the proper time.

  15. #36 by Moira on April 16, 2020 - 18:55

    Wonderful blocks! My blocks for you should be in the mail somewhere on the way to you. it was about 2 weeks ago (just before the change in plans) that I sent them.

    • #37 by tialys on April 17, 2020 - 09:40

      Thank you Moira. I am still waiting for something to arrive that I ordered from the U.K. over two weeks ago now, things have definitely slowed down. The French postal deliveries have been down to three days a week but have just gone back up to five days so, hopefully, things will move more quickly now.
      I will let you know as soon as they arrive.

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