Another Happy Dance

Hi everyone,

Ta-daaaaa! Here are some photos of my finished quilt which I promised to share with you the other day. I hope you like it.

f2f Finished

If you visit and read this blog regularly you will know that I’ve been participating in a block swap with eleven other ladies who live all over the world. The swap, called Foot Square Freestyle, was organised by Kate and Sue. We were asked to choose a colour scheme for the blocks we’d like to receive and I chose bright blues and purples.

My original plan was to set the blocks on point but the quilt would have been way too big. My finished quilt has turned out to be a very usable 82 inches square. I tried to achieve a stained glass window appearance by adding the thin black sashing and broad frame. I’m really happy with the overall effect.

The backing is a rich purple print and the quilting is simple, so as not to obliterate the strong lines of the blocks. I wanted this quilt to be squishy and snuggly because it is going to be used.

Backing f2f

Here are a few photos showing each quadrant.

Quadrant 1 f2f

Quadrant 2 f2f

Quadrant 3 f2f

Quadrant 4 f2f

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers, Kate and Sue, and all of the other ladies who sent me these beautiful blocks. I couldn’t have made this without you. It has been so much fun to be part of this group. I’ve already made my final blocks to send all the way to Australia, so apart from tidying up a few loose ends on my own quilt, that’s me done. I look forward to seeing all of the other F2F quilts as they appear in the gallery during the coming months.

Come on ladies, if you’ve received all of your blocks, make a run for the finish line. It feels so good to be Happy Dancing again 🙂

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  1. Sandie Keeble

     /  March 13, 2016

    That looks amazing and so useful. And what a wonderful memory of all the friends you made by exchanging blocks.

  2. Oh Avis it looks so…. gorgeous!!! Wow! All our blocks are going so very well together. Did you quilt it on your domestic machine?

  3. It looks fantastic! Great to see another quilt finished. It is also fun to spot my own blocks in it. .

  4. claire93

     /  March 13, 2016

    oh wow!!! this looks fabulous Avis! All the blocks have come together so well, with the black sashing – a great idea ot make colours pop. And I love the bright purple you used for the backing fabric. Well done on such a magnificent assembly and quilting job – you have a wonderful lush quilt to snuggle under there.

    • Thank you Claire. I really enjoyed putting the blocks together. I’m so pleased I decided on the black sashing in the end 🙂

  5. Images like this remind me just why we’re doing F2F! As only the second quilt to be completed, this is a memorable event, and your happy dance is fully justified – it’s absolutely gorgeous. Please may I have the main photo to add to the F2F gallery page?
    It’s going to be such a lovely, cosy quilt for cold evenings. I’m really looking forward to getting mine started now, even if I do have to wait for May…

    • You are welcome to the photo for use in the gallery. It must feel so good to be watching your efforts and organisation come to fruition. Only ten more quilts to go. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s as they are revealed 🙂

  6. It’s beautiful Avis. I also had fun trying to spot my blocks in there and you have spurred me on to get my own finished now. I want to do a happy dance too!

  7. witchylin

     /  March 14, 2016

    It is gorgeous Avis. The colours are fantastic and all of them so perfect together. The sashing really sets off each block. Top marks to everyone. I look forward to seeing the other completed quilts. 🙂

  8. What a gorgeous quilt; I love all the different designs and the fabrics blend well together. You made a great choice when you choose the black sashing. I know you’ll think of all those ladies who contributed to your quilt each time you use it

  9. Ahhh, it´s beautiful!!!!!! It is an Avis-quilt even though you haven´t sew all the blocks by yourself 🙂 I´m joining the next F2F and I am looking so forward to it!

    • It is very me isn’t it? I asked for bright blue and purple and then gave hints that I like solids and blenders and traditional blocks best. The rest was up to the other swappers and they did so well 🙂

  10. What a beautiful quilt! The colors, designs and patterns match perfectly. Lovely finish, great quilting.

  11. Wow, beautiful! It is hard to believe that the blocks came from all over, the colors are coordinated really well!!

  12. It looks stunning! The sashing makes those gorgeous colours really pop 🙂

  13. Great fun to see a finished quilt! You did get a stained-glass effect. I couldn’t remember all three of my blocks–had to go check. LOL.

  14. It looks terrific Avis! I see you changed out the center square in one of the blocks I made. It looks better now. ;- ) I need to get on the ball and get my blocks together. Just can’t face a project that big at the moment!

    • Yes, I emailed about changing the green centre when I received your parcel. You’d supplied the most gorgeous blue fabric and I couldn’t resist using it. The green square will be used in another project as it is equally lovely. As it was the only green in all the blocks I had to swap it. I just thought today that I could have used half the squares for the front and half for the back, making a reversible quilt that would have been easier and quicker to make. Why do I always think afterwards?

  15. denby

     /  March 17, 2016

    It looks fantastic. Well done to everyone who participated.

  16. Really great finish – as Gun said, it’s got ‘Avis’ written all over it. 😉 Amazing how the blocks from many different makers come together.

  17. Oh Sew Gorgeous! I love your colours, and the sashing gives some separation for all the different types of block. Bravo.

  18. Well done to finish while the block swap was still going. Everyone must have been very punctual.
    That is a very good size, and I agree that it is hard to beat something simple like a stipple when you want the colours to be the star.

    • I was Miss November and my blocks arrived before Christmas. I laid them all out ready to sew and then life took over. I’m pleased I’ve got it all done now 🙂

  19. I popped over from Kate’s to see the finished quilt and it’s stunning! I love the sashing and the patterns are oh so beautiful.Great colors too. 🙂

    • I did consider white sashing at an early stage but when I asked friends what they thought, they all said to use black. I’m happy I followed their advice 🙂

  20. nettyg

     /  April 4, 2016

    Hello Avis, I have been slow to come see your completed quilt and it’s beautiful. What a lovely reminder of all your virtual friends and their hugs to you from across the world. I’m also commenting here to let you know my blocks have arrived…thankyou. Such a pretty palette of gentle mauves, i can’t wait to see them with my other blocks that will start arriving soon too. For some reason a lot of sites I go to, including my email, won’t load today, hence coming here, because I wanted to let you know straight away. thanks again, and I can’t wait until I have a quilt as lovely as yours.

    • Hi Nanette, I’m pleased the parcel arrived safely and that you like what I made for you 🙂 I’m so pleased with how my quilt turned out and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s. I hope your email is sorted out now. Thanks for popping in 🙂

  21. Isabel's Needleworks

     /  June 8, 2016

    WOW Avis.. how did I miss this?… its Gorgeous …everything about it is absolutely Gorgeous


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