Loyal Union Sampler Block 16/121

Good afternoon everyone,

Not a lot of progress to share on the sampler this week. I made the nine square in a square blocks the other day and then just looked at the pieces on my mat and walked away several times. Sometimes I just know it isn’t going to be successful so I go off and do something else. Today, the bits went together like a dream. It was worth waiting until I could give it my best shot.

Anyway, this one is called Chambersburg from the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini. It’s got forty five dinky pieces and finishes at six inches square. I’ll definitely make this block again in a larger format. There’s so much that could be done with colour placement to make secondary patterns.

Chambersburg Here’s where I’m at now.

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It’s back to Y-seams for the next two blocks. I promise not to whinge!

F2F Parcel 11

Good evening everyone,

You may remember that I’ve been taking part in the Foot Square Freestyle block Swap organised by Kate and Sue.

block swap logo When one of the ladies participating in the swap became very poorly, and subsequently unable to sew, my lovely friend Claire wrote to Kate and asked if it would be OK for her to step in and make three blocks for me. Here are the blocks she made.

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The exploded disappearing nine patch with a touch of Kaffe Fassett gorgeousness.

IMG_20151120_102522629_HDR A traditional log cabin with lots of lovely thin strips.

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The rail fence block.

Claire’s fabric choices are really lovely and I love the block designs that she made, especially the log cabin. She knows what I like 🙂 I’d asked for bright blue and purple blocks and they certainly meet my expectations. I have to say that the back of these blocks is as tidy as the front. She’s so clever! Not only is she very kind and thoughtful for doing this but she also proved she can keep a secret. I did think it rather strange when she asked how I packaged my blocks to send to others because she wasn’t taking part in the swap. Then, a few days later, a parcel dropped through my letterbox, parcelled up just as I’d described. Claire didn’t even hint that she was toiling in her sewing room on my behalf. I’m so thrilled that she made these for me. Thank you Caire 🙂

Finally, I have a secret of my own to share with you today. My F2F quilt is finished and it’s gorgeous BUT I can’t show it to you yet. It’s a monster! I stood on a dining chair holding it up for photos but I can’t hold it wide enough to show it all. My daughter will be around at the weekend so I should get proper photos then. All will be revealed as soon as I have photos, I promise.

Please pop back in a few days to see the 36 blocks in all their glory.

F2F parcels 6, 7, 8 and 9

Hi everyone,

I have more quilt blocks eye candy to share with you today. Three parcels arrived together a couple of days ago. Can you imagine the scene? It was like Christmas in here! Then another parcel arrived this morning.

If you have read my previous F2F posts you’ll know that I’m taking part in a block swap organised by Kate and Sue. Please visit their blogs for more information or scroll down and read some more.

In no particular order, the first three are from Christina who doesn’t have a blog so I can’t link to her here. The purple fabric in the final block is totally scrumptious and I will definitely buy some if I can find out its name. Aren’t they wonderful?

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 IMG_20151209_113512260_HDR Next up are my fabulous blocks from Emmely. The pink is more lilac in real life and it fits perfectly with the others. I’m still drooling over the third one in particular.IMG_20151209_113529681_HDR

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IMG_20151209_113624259The following set is from Susan. The first two blocks are the same design which I didn’t spot when I first looked at them. The colour placement makes all the difference. This is a block I want to try myself as I think it will challenge my accuracy.

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IMG_20151209_113414303_HDR The final three are from Nanette and they arrived this morning. The colours are rich and vibrant which I love. The first one is another one of my all time favourite designs so Nanette has really made me smile today 🙂

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IMG_20151209_115729044_HDR So, that’s it so far. Thank you to everyone for sending parcels of beauty through my letter box. I’ve now got a really good idea of how I want my final project(s) to look 🙂 If you want to see more photos of previous swapper’s blocks, pop along to Kate’s or Sue’s blog (links above) and you will see the complete gallery. I’ll let you see the rest of the blocks as they arrive. Watch this space.

Avis x

F2F Parcels 3, 4 and 5

Hi everyone,

My letterbox has been very busy over the last few days. I’ve received another three parcels, each containing three lovely blocks.

I’m taking part in a block swap organised by Kate and Sue. Twelve patchworkers from all over the globe are making three blocks for each of the other eleven participants. I’m Miss November so my blocks are now rolling in 🙂

Parcel 3 came from Esther. Aren’t they fabulous? Esther loves foundation paper piecing and she’s designed some beautiful intricate blocks for me.

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Next, I received Sue’s blocks. The purple in the first block and the blue in the last one are such gorgeous rich shades. I’m definitely going to try to make the first block myself. I love this pattern.

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Last but not least, Claire’s blocks arrived this morning. The first one is a combination of two of my favourite blocks, the pinwheel and flying geese 🙂 Lovely blocks and colours too!

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If you saw my previous post showing Parcels 1 and 2, you’ll be getting a good idea of how all the blocks are blending together. So far, so good. I’m tempted to start my own blocks even more now that a few parcels have arrived. I do have a vision of the final project(s) but I’m resisting the temptation. The next parcel may send me off into a completely different direction. Who knows? That’s the fun of this swap. Thank you very much ladies 🙂

I hope you are finding time to sew this weekend 🙂

Avis x

F2F Parcels 1 and 2

Hi everyone,

Miss November here. Yes, it’s my turn to receive blocks this month for the block swap organised by Kate and Sue.

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I had tried to put to the back of my mind, the fact that 33 patchwork blocks would be dropping through my letterbox from all over the world this month. Then a couple of days ago I received these three beauties from Lynn who lives in France. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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IMG_20151120_102712309I was just coming back to Earth again and then these treasures arrived from Kate who lives in Australia. I can tell you I’m feeling incredibly spoiled 🙂

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I chose to be sent blocks in bright blues and purples (these blocks all look a bit more purple in real life), and I dropped many hints about the style of blocks and fabrics that I love, just in case the other participants were reading my blog. Lynn and Kate have done a wonderful job of fulfilling the brief. I’ve got all the blocks laid out on the table just so I can give them a little stroke now and again. They can be my fabric eye candy until the next set of three can join them. Whose blocks will be dropping in next I wonder, and where will they be from? I’ll share them here as soon as I get them.

This is so exciting!

Avis x

Spring into Autumn

Good evening everyone,

I have been quilting! YIPPEE!

I love this Hi-De-Ho charm pack from Moda so much. It’s bright and cheerful and this quilt is making me happy every time I look at it. I added Moda Bella Solids in Amelia Lavender for the border, binding and cornerstones plus two five inch squares of each of Amelia Lavender, Sunshine (yellow) and Michael Miller’s Zillion Hearts (pink) to make up six more HST pairs.

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The quilting is simple stippling, my favourite to do and also to look at.

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These colours are great for wherever you are in the world. In the Southern Hemisphere you are stepping into Spring. Perfect! Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are just into Autumn. Although we’ve had a couple of lovely days of sunshine here, it does get a wee bit gloomy for my liking in Autumn. Finishing this quilt has brightened my autumnal day 🙂

Avis x

Foot²Freestyle 2015 Blocks for September

Good evening everyone,

Here is my update on the F2F block swap organised by Kate.

September was the month when we all sent three blocks to Sue in the USA. She has acknowledged receipt of my blocks so it is OK to show you photos here now. Sue requested black and white with any hot colour. She gave me a sneak preview of the blocks she had made for herself so I tried to fit in with the style and colour combinations of those as best I could. Even though I wouldn’t have said blue is a hot colour, Sue had used it herself and I love blue so I thought it would be OK to use it in her blocks. I really enjoyed working with the black and white, something I have never done before.

First up is a pinwheel window. The pale blue fabric is actually white in real life. I couldn’t seem to get the camera to focus on this one.

Sue's block 3 Next is a sort of churn dash.

Sue's block 2This block is square in real life, I promise! Once again, the camera (or the photographer) is playing up.

Last but not least, the tangled star. This is a nightmare never, ever to be repeated. The angles are horrific. I like the result but the effort was far too great for the reward. So Sue, if you are reading this, you have my one and only tangled star ever. Enjoy it 🙂

Sue's block 1 Sue emailed to say she is happy with the blocks so that makes me happy too. We are all sending blocks to Lynn in France this month. I’ll be making her blocks this week but first I’m off to find out what she likes by reading her blog now.

Avis x

Making something special…

Hi everyone,

Some of you may remember that my daughter was travelling in India a while ago and she brought lots of lovely fabrics home for me to play with. If you can’t remember what they look like, or you missed that post, click here.

I have finally got around to making a start with some of them. I can’t describe how much fun we both had opening up the box where I’d stored them all safely. It brought back many happy shopping memories for my daughter. She was almost daring me to cut into a silk sari and I very nearly did. Will I ever be able to do that? Of course I will! For now, I’ve chosen all the fabrics that had a green or teal colour and teamed them up with some of my solids.

The photos don’t do the fabrics justice. I’ve tried to take the photos on different days with different levels of light but the richness of colour simply doesn’t come through.

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I think most of the cotton fabrics have been screen printed by hand but some are really special and sparkly 🙂 They have raised hand painted accents which have probably been done using wooden block stampers with a thick paint paste.

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The good thing is that the paint can withstand pressing with a hot iron. I really do wish I could show you the true colours of these fabrics. These two photos were taken in the same room at the same time but the fabrics look so different when they are exactly the same grrr!

Anyway, you are probably wondering why I chose to make New York Beauty blocks. The answer is that I really enjoyed making some for my friend Annett over at Knettycraft recently and I just had to make some more. This time, they are only one quarter the size of the last ones I made. These will finish at 6 inches when sewn together. I don’t know what’s going on with me at the moment but I’m just loving working with small blocks.

I have plans for more sewing with the Indian fabrics but not yet. There are a few more urgent tasks to complete first and then I’ll get back to work on these. This is going to be a long term project and I’m in no hury. I have a plan in my head which is constantly evolving.

What’s the longest project that you’ve had in your imagination before it came to fruition?

Back to sewing….

Avis x

Foot²Freestyle 2015 Blocks for August

Good afternoon everyone,

I’ve just popped in to give an update on the F2F block swap organised by Kate.

August is the month we are all sending three blocks to Susan in the USA. She has already acknowledged receipt of my blocks so it is OK to show you photos here now. Susan requested red and white or blue and white or some of each. Her colour choice was right up my street.

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Before I decided which patterns to make I crawled all over Susan’s blog, trying to get an idea of the type of blocks and fabrics she would like. I noticed that she makes a lot of lovely stars and mostly with small prints 🙂 So, it was an easy choice for me.

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 I hadn’t made the “star in a star” block before these ones but I know I’m going to make a lot more. I wouldn’t say it was an easy block to make but there was a lot of Happy Dancing going on in my sewing room as I made them. When they fit together well, it’s magical 🙂

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From what I could gather, Susan has a very similar taste in blocks to me. I love symmetry and coordinating fabrics too. I also prefer solids, small prints, marbles or blenders. Susan wrote to tell me she likes them and that made me very happy too 🙂 I’m sure she’ll make something rather splendid when she receives all of her packages from the other swappers.

It’s time to get on with the blocks for Miss September now. I haven’t chosen which blocks yet but I’m going to be snooping around Sue’s blog for ideas very soon! 

Avis x

The Loyal Union Sampler Block 5/121

Good afternoon everyone,

What a gorgeous day it is today. We’ve got glorious sunshine, here beside the sea. Will today be our summer, I wonder? Actually, it is too hot for me at 21 degrees C, far too hot, but it didn’t stop me going for a walk along the cliff tops. The cool breeze was lovely.

The main reason I’m writing today is to share block 5 of my Loyal Union Sampler from the book by Jennifer Chiaverini. This one is called Antietam.

IMG_20150803_124241715It has been a while since I made the last block (four months) but I hadn’t forgotten about this sampler. It was always meant to be a long term project to pick up when I felt the need for a challenge. There are 29 pieces of fabric in this one which will finish at 6 inches square. I have added this block to the image of my finished quilt on the right of this page. There’s a long way to go but I’m in no hurry.

Avis x

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