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The 2018/2019 Footsquare Freestyle (hereafter known as F2F3) has come to end with organiser Kate’s blocks for February being sent, received or in production.
I haven’t been showing you the three 12 inch patchwork blocks I made each month to send to the nine far flung participants in the colours they chose so I’ve picked my favourite one from each month to show you.
I was drawn out of the hat to receive blocks first and made one of my foundation paper pieced (or FPP) Hedgehogs as one of my own three blocks towards the quilt I will eventually make from all the blocks in my chosen colours.
Sue wanted blue and white and I made her an FPP banded star.
A Nell’s Star (or Charleston) block for Claire
A special request from Nanette for a hedgehog.
A Nova for Moira.
(A pattern designed by one of our participants, Esther.)
A Circle of Geese for Robin.
The only traditionally pieced block in this selection was for Esther.
Everyone, after the first couple of months, got a Zeppelin and this one was for Kathy.
Finally, Kate’s turn came and I stretched my paper piecing skills with this unicorn just for something a bit different.
I can’t tell you how much this block swap has once more challenged and encouraged me to do more patchwork. Working with colours I perhaps wouldn’t normally have thought of using and indulging in my new found love of FPP – it’s been a blast!
It looks like we might be going to do it all again for 2019/2020. If you’re interested, let Kate know in a comment on her blog here. Not sure? Have a look at the website she has set up especially for the F2F swaps – Footsquare Freestyle – 3 x 12 inch square finished blocks in whatever design you want just as long as it’s in the participant’s chosen colours. We need a minimum of 9 people – Kate and I are definitely in so another 7 and we’re off.
p.s. I’ve just realised my title sounds slightly ‘off colour’ but only if you say it slowly and, why would you?
When the new session of the F2F block swap started (details here), I decided to make a scrappy block every month in the colours each participant had chosen – partly so I’d have something to show on Scraphappy day if I’m honest – which I always try to be with you dear readers. I made a couple of blocks with random scraps then changed my mind and decided to make the same paper pieced block for each person plus one for myself using the remains of the fabric used for them or similar colours from my scrap bin. I confess the scraps are quite big scraps (more like small remnants ) as anything too small wouldn’t work for the design I’m using. I’m still putting it forward for ScrapHappy day this month though because the fabric was all leftovers and because I haven’t had time to make anything with smaller scraps as I’ve been in a bit of a dressmaking frenzy which will be the subject of a future post. I hope Kate and Gun will forgive me for using biggish scraps instead of littleish scraps. (‘Littleish’ – now there’s a word you can really get your tongue around. Is it even a word? If not, it should be.)
On a side note, if you think paper piecing is wasteful of fabric – what about dressmaking? I can’t believe how much goes in the bin and most of it’s no good for scrappy stuff being too thick or thin or whatever.
Anyway, I have adopted a paper piecing pattern called Zeppelin which you can find on Craftsy here as a free downloadable PDF. It doesn’t have too many pieces which is good when you have to make quite a few of them and I like the clean lines and contemporary look of it.
I started in July with Claire’s colours of turquoise, grey, black and white.
Then, in September, Nanette’s colour choices were blue and blush pink.
I parted with some of my precious ombre fabric for this one.
Moira chose browns and creams with duck egg blue as a highlight in October.
Earlier on in the swap, I was ‘Miss June’ and later made one in my own neutral(ish) palette of greys, creams, and vintage pink.
I still need to make one in Sue’s colours – I missed making a ‘Sue Zeppelin’ in July. Her choices were similar to Nanette’s but with white instead of blush pink to go with the blues but, eventually, once I have a Zeppelin in all nine participants’ colours, they will make a small quilt or throw which will be quite a nice souvenir of the 2018/2019 block swap.
The four scrappyish Zeppelin blocks so far flung against my design wall. I say, ‘design wall’ though it is just a flannelette sheet held in place by books on my bookshelf – but you get my drift.
Wondering what ScrapHappy is? Have a look on Kate’s blog here and join us once a month – or less if you can’t come up with a duplicitous way round it like me – well, let’s call it a ‘compromise’.
Can a person get addicted to a crochet pattern? If so, I’m on my way to rehab. Remember these two Little River Blankets? (pattern designed by Emma Varnam )
The one on the right is made with Scheepjes yarn from the original kit and, to be honest, is still my favourite due to the softer feel of the cotton/acrylic mix and the more carefully planned out colour scheme which the pattern provides. The one on the left is made with 100% cotton yarn and I made the colours up as I went along.
All the yarn came in cute little 10g balls and, in the original, only one row is crocheted with each ball. Even so, I still had some leftovers from both projects
Perfect for yet another version using the scraps and enabling me to participate in ScrapHappy day this month.
I am breaking the rules with this one due to the limitations of using scraps and am having to change colour part way through a lot of the rows. I’m just trying to keep some sort of blending going.
This is it so far, unwoven in ends and all. The blue I’m using to create the unifying ripple every 7th row and the eventual edging is the only new yarn I bought for this version. The 7th row should have been the 5th row but I forgot and didn’t want to frog it so decided to keep it at every 7th – who will know? Or care?
I think the reason I’m addicted is the pattern is easy, though not totally mindless, so perfect for getting something useful done when I’m Netflix bingeing in the evening. It also keeps me from having a glass of wine or falling asleep – the two usually go together.
A double whammy from the scrap department this month. I made these two blocks for Kate’s newest quilt project for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Their colours are teal and cream and Kate likes to indulge her love of puns when naming the quilts. We’ve had ‘Tealed With A Kiss’, ‘Signed, Tealed, Delivered’ amongst others in the past and this one will be called ‘Go Teal It On The Mountains’. So, Kate and some of her readers of the patchwork persuasion are making blocks with a mountain theme. For some time now I’ve had a stash of of teal blues (and similar) kept specially for these projects. The blocks are assembled, quilted and finished by Kate and then auctioned to raise funds. You can read a bit more about it on Kate’s blog here.
This first block of mine was just a case of joining strips really.
I found the original idea online here
My second block was foundation paper pieced, a method I have come to love.
Free pattern found on Craftsy here
Kate asks for 12 inch finished blocks and this one was only 7 inches but I found this useful guide on how to enlarge and reduce paper pieced patterns here
Here’s another little scrap
Joining in this month with Kate and Gun’s Scraphappy Day for some inventive uses of scraps and interesting blogs. If you want to use up some scraps and show what you’ve done with them – could be paper, yarn, fabric, leather, wood, whatever, just let Kate know here and she can add you to the list of participants even if you don’t want to do something every month. Find more details on Kate’s blog here
Just a quick post to show you that I really did manage to finish my ‘man quilt’ in time to give it to Mr. Tialys for Christmas. Thanks to Kate for organizing nine quilters for the F2F block swap again this year meaning that, apart from the blocks I made for myself , I also received 24 blocks from Australia, the States, Sweden, the Netherlands and France all diverse and gorgeous in my chosen colours. This swap, just as last year, helped me to improve on my existing skills and develop some new ones – foundation paper piecing is my new addiction.
Thanks also to Kate for encouraging me to finish it by blogging about the Quilt As You Go method which we were both using to finish our quilts, mine for a Christmas gift and her own for another charity auction to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Awareness which you can see here.
Here’s the back in case he gets fed up with looking at the front where you can see more clearly – though not too clearly I hope as my seaming wasn’t always spot on (or anywhere near) – how the blocks are sandwiched together, quilted and then joined with strips.
This quilt will go and live in London to keep Mr. T. warm in his ‘commuter flat’.
Some lovely blocks were sent to me and, because the full length photo doesn’t do them justice, I folded the quilt in half and photographed them separately so you can see each block more clearly. Unlike Kate I don’t live in Australia and the quilt was too long to hang on the washing line without draping on the frosty grass so I had to take the photos indoors on a larger bed than the quilt is intended for – although it is fairly large at about 65 inches wide x 78 inches long (1.6m x 1.9m).
Here’s the top half
and the bottom half
The new – and unintentional – member of the family was testing it out for comfort while I was attaching the binding and I think it passed. (More about him at a later date!)
I just need to ‘sign off’ on the quilt by making and attaching a quilt label which I will do tomorrow and I will sign off on the blog now until just after Christmas when I will hopefully be able to share the contents of my Stitching Santa parcels with you. (Update – received the knitting one today – phew!)
I hope you all have a very enjoyable festive season with lots of good food and good company. Lynn x x