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No! Don’t be ridiculous, I’m not going to make inroads into the basket of long-forgotten shirts and rashly chosen clothes made from inconvenient fabric that has the nerve to crease. No – the Foot Square Freestyle Block Swap is back and I will be needing to press small pieces of delicious fabric on a regular basis.
Kate, over at Tall Tales from Chiconia has, once again, taken on the organisation of the third F2F worldwide block swap, bless her. I can only think she must enjoy herding cats as, whenever I have been rash enough to take on the role of an organiser, that’s what it seems to be like. Which is why I’m a team player rather than a team leader.
There are nine of us this year from all over the World and we will each make three blocks a month and send them to the person who has been drawn out of a hat to be the recipient that month. We can all choose what colours we want but the design is up to the person making the blocks so all skill levels are catered for. At the end of ‘our’ month, or shortly afterwards, we will have 27 blocks measuring 12 inches (finished size) – hence the ‘foot square’ of the title if you speak ‘imperial measurements’ – with which to make into a quilt.
If you have followed me for a while you will know that I have participated in both the previous swaps and, the first time, I ended up with all of these beauties-
I have missed the swap as I couldn’t find anything else like it when Kate took a year off from doing it last year and it was a very good exercise for improving patchwork skills, trying out some new ones (foundation paper piecing anyone?) plus working with colours you might not normally use yourself.
As last time, my name was drawn out of the hat first so I will be ‘Miss June’ (which is appropriate as it’s my birthday month) and will be receiving three blocks from all the other participants some time later in the month or early in July. Just wondering – why is it that my name never comes first out of the hat when there are big prizes to be won?
Anyway, these are some inspirations for my colour choices this time
Neutrals with shades of grey (although not as many as fifty) from pale to charcoal
some beige and cream
with vintage, faded rose pinks .
Why did my parents not provide me with such a bedroom when I was a child? Would I have appreciated it if they did? Probably not but I still feel slightly miffed.
So, I have made my first block just to get my hand in as I am severely out of practice and need to improve before I start sending out work to those who may or may not be more capable than me (but probably are).
A simple one to start but, even then, one of my points isn’t perfect. The further down the line the participant is the better off they’ll be as I probably won’t be fully up to speed again for a couple of months. Although, of course, I will be trying very hard. There’s nothing like sending off your work to others who do the same sort of work to inspire improvement.
Thank you to those of you who suggested using Picasa 3 for making collages. I have been playing and messing about instead of doing the housework and folding the laundry but what’s new? I can see multiple possibilities for this game but, for now, I just wanted to concentrate some more of my F2F blocks into manageable chunks for your viewing pleasure.
These are my beautiful blocks from Emmely in the Netherlands who blogs at Infectious Stitches and managed to squeeze in making these blocks before submitting her thesis.
I think the ‘pretend’ layout with the bands between the blocks has worked well as it imitates sashing which is what I was thinking of doing with the quilt that I will eventually make from the block swap. Now I’m looking at it I definitely think it will look better with sashing as the blocks are very diverse (although all the same size in ‘real life’) and so beautiful individually it will help them stand out more.
These are the three blocks I made for Avis from Oh Sew Tempting who is the recipient of all our efforts in November. She asked for traditional blocks in bright blues and purples preferably using solids and batiks. Well, I know the postage stamp block might not count – there are unicorns for a start – but, having learnt how to make that block, I’m now a big fan and the colours in the scraps of unicorn fabric left over from a quilt I made my daughter some years ago just seemed too good not to use.
Again, these are all 12 inch sqaure blocks but I used artistic license in my collage making frenzy.
I don’t know whether Avis is planning on putting sashing in her quilt but there’s a little preview in case she needs help deciding 😉
Our temperatures here have changed overnight – it’s raining and windy and snow is forecast. The log burner has been lit for only the second time this year (the first time was when my Mum was visiting in October and she gets cold easily!) and I’m off to search for a woolly jumper to lounge about in. How’s the weather where you are?
I love the excitement of small parcels arriving from all over the world for the F2F block swap I’m participating in.
On Friday I received another package and, this time, it was from the States containing three blocks from Susan over at Desert Sky Quilting.
On Friday I received another package and, this time, it was from the States containing three blocks from Susan over at Desert Sky Quilting. A dramatic touch with the very dark grey and blue fabric in this one with the central pinwheel.
A touch of orange with the turquoise here. Apparently the orange colour was outside of Susan’s comfort zone and she included some lovely orange fabric for me to play with in the package.
I think this is my favourite one.
This package arrived, despite the fact that Susan had sent it before we realised the post (zip) code was wrong – as did Kate’s from Australia – so I’m quietly confident they will all arrive eventually. Esther’s blocks also arrived on Friday, from the Netherlands, but they are also worthy of their own post so they will be in my next one.
A kitten free zone on the blog today did I hear you say?
Yuki – still tiny but trying to build him up and am going to try goats milk when the shops open tomorrow.
Getting some cuddles from the ‘big’ sister.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
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 .
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 😉
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.
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.
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.
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!
I keep meaning to tell you about the blockfest I’m a part of which has been organised by Kate over at Tall Tales From Chiconia and Sue From The Magpies Nest and involves twelve people from all over the World. It’s called Foot²Freestyle because each block will have a finished size of 12 inches or a foot, get it?. Every month, one of the twelve participants is ‘the one’ and the other eleven participants make three blocks and send them to ‘the one’ so there will be eleven parcels to open, each holding three patchwork blocks in colours asked for at the beginning of the swap. I do love a parcel – it’s my turn in October. Then, the recipient will make three blocks of her own, making 36 big blocks with which to make a 72 inch square quilt or whatever else you would like to do with twelve patchwork blocks (no rude suggestions please).
The first month, June, belonged to Esther from the Netherlands and her colour choices were backgrounds of white/light grey/cream and main colours of mustard, jadeite/minty blueish greens, coral.
Many of the participants are habitual block swappers if their blogs are anything to go by. I am not – this is my first and I was only tempted because it is being organised by Kate who has just won first prize and a best in show rosette for her beautiful hexagon quilt called ‘Worldwide Friends’ made, in part, using fabric sent to her from her readers and adorned on the back with some Haiku poetry some of which was also contributed by some of her readers. I’m afraid, in the company of such talent, I have kept my blocks simple and concentrated on the colours and getting the finished size correct. I don’t want to disappoint too much with wonky edges and non-matching points – although I’m sure everybody will be very polite about things, it is forcing me to be much more careful and accurate than I would be if I was just making for myself. Which is a good thing, right?
Esther has now received her blocks so I can show you what I sent her.
A Daisy with a touch of French in the centre.
A Bug Jar
and, my favourite, an Anvil
They are not perfect by any means but I’ve kept well to her colour choices and hope she’ll be able to use them in the quilt or even for a coordinating cushion.
Next month is Annett’s turn from Germany and her colour scheme is a white background with orange, turquoise and green.
Easy with the postage so far but there are participants from farther afield – Australia and the U.S. for instance but the three blocks fit in a nice small package and will go letter post so not too bad.
Any suggestions for 12 inch blocks that are interesting but not too difficult (i.e. not too many points!!) would be welcome.