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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?
You may remember – if not, I’m about to remind you – that I’m taking part in Kate’s Foot Square Freestyle block swap again this year.
This was one of my photos for colour inspiration and I apologise right now for causing the other participants problems with what, I suppose, is a fairly difficult colour palette to reproduce. I’ve even had trouble finding the right pinks myself so I sympathise.
My reasoning was that a neutral quilt would go with all different colour schemes and would fit in wherever I want to put it. Also, I have a few quilts for beds which I try to rotate and, this time, thought I might make a couple of smaller ones, or throws, to drape across a sofa back in an arty farty fashion.
Anyway, I was the first out of the hat to receive blocks from the other participants this year and three have been quick off the mark – probably to get my weird colours out of the way – and have sent me the three blocks each that we commit to every month for this swap.
Firstly I received these lovelies from Sue in Washington
Then these three beauties from Kathy in South Dakota
Then, from a little nearer home, this gorgeous group from Claire who is also in France
I try not to be too overawed by the excellence of everyone else’s piecing – it only makes me try harder with mine when I know the standard is this high and, although nobody is going to be the Quilt Police (at least I hope not) I don’t want to disappoint. Thank goodness it won’t be me that will be quilting their blocks – not my strong point!
I think they’ve all done a great job in interpreting my neutral vision and I’ve already started to think about the sort of thing I want to use for sashing and backing. I’m wondering about a darkish grey marbled with pink – if I can find such a beast.
I’ve only made one block for myself so far – I thought I’d wait until I see what everybody else makes first so I can go with the predominant flow at the end. I’ve been making Miss July’s blocks instead but I can’t show you those as it would spoil the surprise.
If anybody knows where I can get marbly grey and dirty pink fabric, please advise 🙂
I showed you the muslin for the Kwik Sew pyjamas I made from the vintage sheet last time, now the real thing is finished.
I used some plain scrap fabric for the collar, cuffs and pocket top and some buttons I’d bought for something else at one time or another now lost in the mists of time and memory.
I bought the Liberty tana lawn on Ebay – 3m for 20 quid which was a bargain – somebody was having a de-stash which I might do one of these days (yeah, right!). I’ve only used 1.5m for these so I have yet more Liberty tana lawn in my stash now. I’m sure I’ll find a use for it eventually. Maybe I could make the long bottoms for when there are visitors.
I’m sure you will be glad that I decided to let one of my old mannequins model them, rather than subject you to another view of my legs (even though it was a blurry photo). I had to faff about with the shorts because of the pole and they’re still not hanging right but you get the idea.
I suspect flat buttons are the norm for pyjama tops but these go so well with the colours I had to use them even though they might dig in me when I’m asleep. I don’t sleep on my front so I should be O.K. but, if not, I’ll change them for something more practical. I don’t know how women sleep on their fronts – don’t their lady bumps get in the way? It’s not supposed to be good for your back anyway so don’t do it although it is supposed to be good for preventing snoring so I might suggest it to Mr. T. who is a champion snorer and hasn’t got any lady bumps so there’s no excuse. Anyway, I digress – note the double top stitching. One line is just down the edge and I did that easily enough on the muslin but I chickened out of doing the second line which follows the line of the facing. I didn’t want the bobbin thread on top so you sort of have to follow the line of the facing on the inside from the outside, if you know what I mean. It’s the sort of tricksy finishing touch you do at the end that usually goes wrong for me and then I get upset because everything else went well and then I mess up at the last hurdle. However – this time it worked.
Even though, in close up, they look like I’ve already slept in them (because I didn’t iron them again before taking the photos) I haven’t so I will report on the comfort factor after several sleeps.
Just to let you know – my hand seems to have recovered quite nicely from the repetitive strain injury, arthritis, tendonitis or whatever else it was that was causing me pain. I am still wearing my craft gloves though – when I remember – and have bought some more so that I have one up in my workroom for sewing and one downstairs for when I’m wrestling with wool.
Speaking of which, here’s my progress on the Eastern Jewels blanket. I’m making the squares and triangles for each row and joining up as I go, as well as weaving in the endless ends, so it won’t be such a shock at the end.
The more I do the less I feel I will want to part with it.
Now I’ve finished the second pair of P.J.s I am tackling a quilting project I started a few years ago which I kept glimpsing, peeking at me accusingly from a corner of my workroom. I’m not even sure whether I like it any more but the fabric was too expensive to discard so I’ll press on and see what happens. I want to get quilting projects out of the way in preparation for the next block swap I’m participating in which will probably start in March/April this year.
What are you up to this weekend? Are you starting a new project or continuing with an existing one. Or are you doing nothing whatsoever to do with crafting? I’ll still be interested. Honest!!