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Blocks From the Netherlands – F2F Block Swap

I received two packages last week – one from the U.S.A. and the other from the Esther in the Netherlands.  I said her blocks deserved a post of their own and here’s why –

Foundation Pieced Block ipatchandquiltHow stunning is that?

Foundation Pieced Blocks ipatchandquilt

I can’t imagine me executing something this perfect – sorry ladies!

Foundation Piecing ipatchandquiltPossibly my favourite – though very difficult to choose.

Esther from ipatchandquilt not only made these beautiful foundation pieced blocks but she also designed the patterns.  You can see some of them on her blog here as well as some stunning quilting designs.

I am humbled by all this gorgeousness dropping through my letterbox. I have done some foundation piecing in the past – perhaps it’s time to give it another go.

After all, having told Kate, one of the organisers of the swap, that I was never, in a million years, going to bother cutting piddling little scant 2 inch squares and faff about with interfacing, look what I did.

Postage Stamp Block

I liked the block Kate sent me using this method so much that I decided to give it a try after all.  I used very thin fusible interfacing – as it was what I had to hand in a large enough square, and although it was a pain to mark up, it makes for a block that is not at all stiff.  I think, if I am to continue in the postage stamp style, I will mark up a grid on some muslin and use it as a template underneath the interfacing as suggested in the tutorial.  Also, I might try cutting a plastic template for the scant 2 inch square you need to cut the fabric.

I’m hooked – my matching is never this good using any other method 😉

and in case you’re missing the kittens

Three Tabby Kittens

I’ve got somebody coming round to see – and maybe reserve – them later on.  I might hide the biggest one – he’s so gorgeous and bound to be the first to go.  No, No! I must be strong.

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F2F Block Swap Colour Perfection

Measure Twice Cut Once

The first ever block swap I’ve ever participated in, called F2F, is well underway and, as it is my turn this month, I have received my first package from Kate who is one of the organisers and also the farthest away – Australia!

I will receive 10 other packages – one from each of the other participants – which, together with three blocks I have made myself will give me 36 blocks in my chosen colours to join together to make a quilt.

I was going to wait until they all arrived until opening but, when Kate’s arrived on Thursday, I couldn’t possibly contain myself so I opened it.

I was chuffed to bits with the contents, three gorgeous blocks with some little extras thrown in like the little tin above which is a handy reminder and even goes with my colour scheme .

Kate's Blocks for Me F2F (3)

I am so impressed with the quality of Kate’s work.  Even the back is super neat.  I have taken photos of the backs too but I thought she might kill me if I published them for the eagle eyed to zoom in on  😉

Kate's Blocks for Me F2F (2)

It’s so exciting to receive such beautiful blocks and they make me want to up my game and be a bit more adventurous (and skilful!) with my own blocks.  I think I am good with colour but my points matching and general finishing tend to be a bit ‘under par’ so I apologise to everybody sending me their lovely work for the fact that the ones you receive from me will almost certainly not be as well executed as yours.

Kate's Blocks for Me F2F (1)

The above block is a postage stamp block and Kate has linked to a very good tutorial over on her blog.  I thought it looked a bit fiddly for my liking but now that I’ve seen how gorgeous it is I want to give it a try myself.  I know this one is a block she found hard to part with.

Kate's Blocks for Me F2F (4)

Some spare fabrics in my colours, a little zippy handmade purse and another cute one in the form of a postcard made opening this package a bit like Christmas.

The colours are perfect and I’ve hung the postage stamp block up next to one I’ve made just to show how well they go together.

Kate's Blocks for Me F2F (7)

Just to add even more ‘excitement’ and anticipation to the block swap, there has been a mix up with my post (zip) code and I am hoping that the French postal service will be clever enough to realise that – as they already have with the package from Kate – and deliver the other ten safely.  I’ll let everybody know once their blocks have arrived as I know those of you that sent them out before the 22nd will be concerned.

I love waiting for the postman!

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