Posts Tagged worldwide patchwork block swap
Firstly, please accept my apologies if I haven’t commented on your blogs for the past week or so but we drove down into Spain/Catalonia for a break while my daughters house/dog/cat sat and, as one daughter doesn’t live here permanently, we’ve also been having some family time and I’ve been keeping off the screen and sewing machine as much as possible. Mlle. Tialys the Elder is here for another week but I just dropped in quickly with an update on the F2F third block swap organised by Kate.
During the 2016/2017 swap, I discovered the pattern for Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Forest quilt and made a couple of blocks featuring her foxes and also two hedgehogs because they were easily made into the correct size for the finished blocks (12 inches) that this block swap calls for simply by adding a border. It was interesting matching the colours they had chosen for their quilts to the pieces of hedgehog and each one is unique – I can guarantee you won’t see any of these in the wild.
So, in 2016, Susan over in Texas got this one –
and Claire in France got this one
I couldn’t resist revisiting this pattern for this year’s swap and – bearing in mind the participants who have already received one and the fact that not everybody might like a hedgehog in their quilt (although I can’t imagine why not 😉 ) – I made this blue and white one for Sue over in Washington as one of her three blocks for July.
I’d never made one for myself so, not to be left out, I made one in the neutral colour palette I’d selected as my colour choice this time round.
Plus, a paper pieced favourite of mine called ‘Banded Star’ – a pattern you can find free on Craftsy here.
With the receipt of these brilliantly executed (though not brilliantly photographed) blocks from Moira …….
and these lovelies from Nanette………
I now have all my blocks here and ready to be assembled into one big beautiful quilt or, quite possibly, two smaller fabulous throws. I chose a neutral palette so that I could display them in the living areas of the house more easily so two smaller ones would make sense.
As usual, with sampler quilts, I will probably QAYG (quilt as you go) and might even have a go at hand quilting this time so you probably won’t see the finished article any time soon but it’s time I tried to improve my quilting skills and this will be an ideal project to do so. Expect minimalism!
This was the draft for my next blog post. I was looking at it and thought it would be fun to show you what passes for my thought process. Lots of blah, blahs is how my posts always start and, some might say, how they generally carry on. So now you know.
I must just put in a bit of real blah though to say that all these gorgeous blocks – going towards my neutral palette F2F quilt – were received in the last few days from (in order of photos) Robin in Australia , Esther in the Netherlands and Kate, our esteemed leader, also in Australia. Those last two were ‘spares’ sent by Esther and Kate in case I wasn’t happy with one of the other three they sent me. As if! I don’t call them ‘spares’ I call them ‘bonuses’.
Normal blahing will be resumed as soon as possible.
Several packages arrived on the same day last week – more fabulosity from my F2F block swap partners. For those of you who are regular readers but not participants, I appreciate that you might not want to see numerous posts on this so I’ve done some collages of the blocks that arrived last week and hope you can still see the hard work that went into them and the beauteous results.
I used a programme called ‘Shape Collage’ for the first two but, after that, it stamps its watermark right across the middle of the image unless you pay to upgrade so I made the last one myself. Any corners, points or other details cut off are purely my doing in the editing process – they are actually all perfect. I do like the programme though so, if it’s not to expensive to upgrade, I might do so.
The first blocks are from Claire in the U.S. and I love the little orange birds and the unusual teal colour she’s used with the grey spotted fabric.
The second collage contains blocks from Sue at the Magpie’s Nest. Sue is the co-organiser of the F2F Block Swap along with Kate.
Sue must have been reading my blog and seen my dog habit as the block that is a little hidden has a central text that says ‘My Alarm Clock Wakes Me Up By Licking My Face’ which is definitely what would happen if my dogs were allowed upstairs in our bedroom.
These four are from Nanette. There are four because she called the one in the bottom right hand corner her ‘stuff up’ block as she thought the colours were wrong. Not at all! I love those geckos and that block will blend in fine with all the blocks I’ve received as a whole.
Nearly there now. I have a few more to photograph and a couple more to arrive – which have been held up due to having the wrong postcode on the envelopes due to an earlier administration error but I am holding on to my confidence in the postal services and have everything crossed they will arrive.
Last week I received some more fabulous blocks for my forthcoming quilt which will be made from blocks sent to me from blogging friends worldwide who are participating in the F2F block swap. This package came from Christina in the U.S., who doesn’t actually have a blog, and she kindly provided me with the names of each block design. I don’t usually like to ask, in case it’s something I should already know!
I’m not 100% certain about the way the Rolling River block should be viewed but it looked good whichever way up I turned it so I settled on this one.
The more blocks I see the more pleased I am with the colours I chose and, as it so happens, Christina has chosen very similar colours for herself when her month comes up so that should be easy for me.
I received 3 packages all on one day yesterday so I’ll maybe combine those in one feast for the (patchworkers’) eyes blog in a couple of days time.