Curtain down: Foot²Freestyle draws to a close

For the past 21 months, an unusual swap bee has been quietly unfolding.

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmIt hasn’t been well known or publicised at all, but it has produced some extraordinary creativity, exciting use of colour, and inspiration to try our hands at something a bit different. Foot²Freestyle, or F²F as it has been familiarly known, required its members to produce three foot² (12×12 inch) blocks each month, in the recipient’s designated colours, but in any design, hence the Freestyle. Each member took it in turn to receive the month’s blocks, and while the rest of us could see and enjoy the blocks we were making in the F²F and then the F²F² galleries, the recipient stayed away, to enjoy the surprise when opening her envelopes. After the first 12 months, there was sufficient interest in the process to go again, with some new and some existing members from the first round.

The result is a pair of block galleries of great beauty and variety, a source of inspiration and ideas for future quilts for all of us. If you haven’t been following F²F up to this point, I encourage you to go and take a look, using the links in the previous paragraph and scrolling down month by month to see what everyone made. The galleries also show some finished quilts, demonstrating the amazing results a collaboration of creativity can produce. I also hope that members who complete their quilts at some future stage will let me have photos so that they can be added to the roll of honour.

To all those who have participated in either or both sessions, Sue and I as the originators of this block swap would like to extend our thanks and very best wishes for the future. We have greatly enjoyed working with you all, and hope that we will have an opportunity to renew that pleasure at some future stage.

Until we meet again around the F²F campfire, happy sewing, may your creative juices never run low, and see you on the other side of several fun new projects!


Please note that I am on the road most of 2 and 3 March, and may not be able to respond promptly to your comments or messages. I will do my best to catch up quickly!

10 thoughts on “Curtain down: Foot²Freestyle draws to a close

  1. anne54 says:

    It’s a lovely idea, but sometimes things just have a natural conclusion. And each of you has colourful reminders of friendship.

  2. I’ve just had a glance through #2 gallery (will return later when have more time), but was struck by the big fat dots – Kate’s, I think. Very inspirational for a certain someone…..

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, twas I. The main thing to remember if you’re going to appliqué all those circles is to use tear-away stabiliser underneath to stop them warping and the stitch creating a ‘channel’ of thread…

  3. knitnkwilt says:

    It was fun indeed. And one day I WILL finish the top/s.

    • katechiconi says:

      No rush! The galleries will always be there… In a way, I hope we do get to go again, because it really does push some participants to expand their skills and discover the delights of techniques and processes they haven’t used before, without the demands of a ‘big name’ project.

  4. tialys says:

    Boohoo! 😦
    I am one of those who had the patchwork passion re-ignited by this swap, discovered new techniques, improved my skills and finished two full size quilts over those 21 months (a record for me!). So thank you Kate and Sue for the F2F and maybe one day we can go round again.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m willing to bet we’ll do it again, sometime. We’ve had a blast, haven’t we? And your blocks for others and your own quilts were sensational, so it’s been great to have you on the team.

  5. rutigt says:

    I was a bit scared in the beginning. Could I do this or not? But I did!!!!!!!!!!! This has really been an exciting adventure and I´ve learned so much, making blocks to my new friends all over the world! Thank you so much all of you!

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