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.

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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.

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Here are a few photos showing each quadrant.

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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 🙂

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.

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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 Blocks for Miss January

Hi everyone,

Emmely, who is Miss January in the F2F block swap, has confirmed that she has now received the blocks I made for her. That means I can share photos with you.

The swap is being organised by Kate and Sue and Emmely’s name was chosen from the hat to receive her blocks this month. Emmely wanted blocks made with green fabrics. Hurray, at last I could get away from grey for a change. It was so refreshing to work with a colour I love, even though my stash of green fabric is very limited. After looking through Emmely’s blog for inspiration it was fairly easy to decide what to make for her. She loves the improvisational modern style which isn’t my favourite to look at but I did enjoy trying some of the techniques. So thank you to Emmely for dragging me out of my traditional, symmetrical rut. I had lots of fun making these and I hope Emmely likes them. The first two are a lot brighter green in real life.

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Now, it’s time to get on with Claire’s blocks next 🙂

Happy New Year!

Good morning everyone,

I’m just popping in to share a round up of the projects that I finished during 2015. Unfortunately, work got in the way of crafting for most of the year so the number of finishes is limited. I’ve added the F2F blocks to pad it out a bit and make it look like I was really busy crafting. I suppose each month’s blocks are a finish in a way, that is if I’m allowed to stretch the definition of a finish just this once. In a nutshell, I managed to finish one cushion, two quilts and a lot of swap blocks. There are some other finishes over on my other blog Sewing Beside the Sea if you are interested. If you want to read more about the projects you see below, go to my Finished 2015 page.

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Hopefully, next year will be a super crafty year for all of us 🙂 I’m determined to sew more in 2016. Happy New Year!

F2F Blocks for October and December

Hello everyone,

I thought it would be nice to share the blocks I made for Miss October and Miss December in the F2F block swap organised by Kate and Sue. We are having a lot of fun choosing fabrics and making blocks for each other.

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Here the blocks I made for Lynn, Miss October. I was only supposed to make three but one of them turned out slightly larger than the required 12 inches square finished size so I thought Lynn would like it anyway, to do with as she pleases. Lynn requested turquoise, grey and a hint of coral pink. The puppy block was inspired by Dog Gone Cute over at Sew Fresh Quilts. Their block is rectangular but with a bit of squared paper and some jiggery pokery, I managed to make a square one. I promptly threw away my pattern (I was never going to need another puppy block) and then I was informed by Kate that my parcel to Lynn was missing!! In fact, one of the other participant’s parcels had also failed to arrive. Thankfully, they both eventually showed up back at our own addresses so we could send them on their way again. I was so sad to hear that they were missing in transit but then ELATED when they reappeared on my doormat. You really have no idea how pleased I was. I was happy dancing all around the supermarket car park!! The moral of that story is….don’t read your email while you are out shopping.

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Block 3 Named

Block 4 Named

November was my turn to receive blocks and you’ve seen those in my previous posts 🙂 Then it was Christina’s turn, Miss December. Here are her turquoise and grey blocks. Those colours are such a popular choice in this swap. Christina doesn’t have a blog but I know she has received her parcel so it’s OK to share photos here now.

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Block 3 named

 Next up is Emmely, Miss January. I’ve posted her green blocks today and I’ll show you when she confirms receipt of her parcel.

Best wishes to everyone for 2016 🙂

F2F Parcel 10

Hi everyone,

I can now share photos of parcel number 10 from my lovely blogging friend Annett. We are taking part in the Foot Square Freestyle bock swap organised by Kate and Sue and November was my turn to receive blocks from the other 11 participants.

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In no particular order and with piecing perfection, a lovely twirling leafy design.

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Secondly, this little beauty. Don’t you just love these fabrics together?

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Thirdly, this is the only Dresden plate I have. Annett has done some gorgeous hand piecing on this one and she even fussy cut the centre.

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Once again, I’m such a lucky girl. Thank you so much for taking the time to make these gorgeous blocks for me Annett. I really do love and appreciate them 🙂

I have also received parcel number 11, the final group of blocks for my project(s), but I’ve decided to show those when I know exactly what I’m doing with them all. There are a few plans brewing 😉

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

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

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