F²F³: In the home stretch

It’s February, so it must be my turn to receive F²F³ blocks 🙂

We’ve had a great session this time round, and every year we do this block swap I see blocks new to me, skills improved and people falling in love with colours they’d never normally use, in the pursuit of creating three blocks each for all the participants. February concludes this third iteration of the block swap, and yes, I’ll probably be doing it again. It’s too much fun to stop! The start and end date depend on how many participants sign up; the minimum is probably 9 (including me) because that produces a useful final total of blocks, but we can do it with more. If you’re new to F²F (Footsquare Freestyle), hop over to the blogsite I set up for it and take a look at how it works as well as the galleries for this and previous sessions. And if you’d like to join in next time, either drop me an email using the details on the Contact Me page on this blog or leave a comment.

I’ve already received the first three blocks; these beauties were sent to me by Lynn of Tialys. The colour isn’t very accurate, I’m afraid; what looks red is actually a beautiful plum/burgundy, and the background of the bottom block is more lilac than pink. I’m not getting very good natural light just now with all the rain and dark clouds north Queensland is experiencing, and this colour change is an artefact of artificial light.

Below, you’ll also see my first block for myself, just to give F²F participants an idea if you’re looking for inspiration or have yet to go shopping for fabrics 🙂 It’s called Box Kite, and was designed by Angela Pingel, from her book Modern Blocks by C&T Publishing, and I really like it.

I’ll also be making myself a Circle of Geese block like Lynn’s but in a very different colour scheme. Lynn obviously knows me very well to choose that one to make for me, as it’s another one of my favourites!

I’ve decided to make blocks in both light and dark shades of the colours I’ve selected (but not real brights), because I know it can be hard to decide what someone means by a colour description when you’re trying to choose fabrics. That way, there can be a scattering of both, and no ‘wrong’ or ‘right’.

Right, on with the foundation paper piecing and never mind the rain hammering at the windows!

36 thoughts on “F²F³: In the home stretch

  1. Jocelyn Thurston says:

    Love your hat box block and also these blocks are beauties. Your cross stitch piece is amazing. Hope the move is okay and thanks for the welcome to the SAL,

  2. Sounds like so much fun and the blocks are wonderful.

  3. kathyreeves says:

    Love those blocks! I have pictures of yours, but I won’t send them until you see the real thing, hehe!

  4. Nanette says:

    I love Lyn’s unicorn, so different. And good to see a block in your colours, it always helps……is the centre square a pale grey or off white? I have your colours floating in my head, thinking about what to make, but I won’t start yet as I have a couple of other things to finish first. I hope you’re ok weatherwise, that inundation sitting over Townsville is creeping ever southward.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s pale grey, overprinted with mid grey. But white’s fine if it’s in the print you’re using. I’m trying not to be too prescriptive. I also have more plum-type purples in another block I’m working on now, as opposed to that lavender in the block I’ve shown.
      We’re getting waves of heavy rain interspersed with either drizzle or humid-dry. It’s good because it gives the water a chance to get away. So far, no major flooding here, and looking at Windy.TV, we’re still on the edge of the worst of it for the foreseeable.

  5. All so interesting. 🙂 I love most of them.

  6. They are very pretty colors and patterns. You will make the whole thing look outstanding. A fun new project for the new house.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m thinking it will make a lovely winter quilt, as a change from the fresh light green hexie quilt we currently use on our bed. Wool batting will make it cosy and give it a beautiful drape.

  7. tialys says:

    Ooh, those bits do look red don’t they. The colours in your block look very different to mine 😦 I was trying to avoid purple because you had said definitely no bright purple but the batik you’ve used looks fairly bright to me. I was concentrating on your request for a ‘vintage, dusty, faded effect’ but it will all look very good together I’m sure.
    Anyway, I’m definitely in again for next year! Better get a move on with making a quilt out of this year’s blocks.

    • katechiconi says:

      Your blocks are fab, and I’m not really that fussed; I’d really prefer a soft and dusty effect, but I’m sure that many of the blocks will have somewhat stronger colours, and I think the variety will be good for the finished quilt. That purple batik is the most I’ll be using of that particular colour which is, as you say, fairly strong! It gives a bit of sparkle to what could otherwise be a rather dull effect. Glad you’ll be along for the next one; I’d better start a list!

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    Oh my gosh, those blocks from Lynn look incredibly complicated, very impressed. Love your kites.
    I heard about the flooding in Queensland on the radio today, hoping you stay dryish.

    • katechiconi says:

      The unicorn is indeed scarily complicated, but the other two aren’t too nerve wracking once you’ve done a paper pieced block or two. Lynn’ll tell you she used to be scared of paper piecing, and now look at her go!
      So far, the flooding has been well to the north of us, but towards the end of the week it’ll be heading south towards us, and then it could get tricky, especially as we’re away for 5 days.

  9. claire93 says:

    Blocks are ready to post today but I won’t send you photos in advance, I’ll let them be a surprise, unless you really really want to have them early for the gallery ^^
    I’m tempted to sign up again as I do enjoy the challenge of making in other people’s colourways . . . I’ll have a think about it.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve been thinking about that…. Blocks take a while to get here, and if I wait for photos till they arrive, there’ll be nothing much to look at. I like to have photos up, as I think it encourages and inspires the members. So maybe you could send them, please?

  10. claire93 says:

    ok check your inbox in about 5 mins

  11. […] do it all again for 2019/2020.  If you’re interested, let Kate know in a comment on her blog here.  Not sure? Have a look at the website she has set up especially for the F2F swaps – […]

  12. magpiesue says:

    Wow, those are some impressive blocks! I was so looking forward to working in your color palette, and now I have to wait for my shoulder to heal. 😛 I’ll probably be up for another round when the time comes though.

    • katechiconi says:

      Sue, getting your shoulder better is heaps more important than three blocks for F2F. I won’t be launching straight into assembly at the end of this month, and can wait till you’re well again.

  13. Robin Murphy says:

    Mine will be in the post tomorrow. I will send the photos through tonight. I would love to be included again this time. Retirement is only three weeks away so new projects will be welcomed gladly.

  14. rutigt says:

    After spending the last weeks sewing my F2F2 together, I´m a bit surprised how big it turned out. It has been a fun journey, but I don´t think I´ll ever do it again!

  15. These are always so much fun, Kate. I love that you bring this together time after time. I’ve just seen your crazy weather on our local news. I hope you are out of the flood zone. Thinking of you.

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re currently sitting here being deafened by rain thundering against the windows and the steel roof of our house; the noise is incredible. We’re further south than the worst of the weather in Townsville, but the system is moving down towards us. However, it’s losing intensity as it travels, so I doubt we’ll have the same level of damage. Either way, we’ll be elsewhere; we’re flying to Melbourne for 5 days tomorrow to catch up with friends!
      I’m glad you like the F2F output, it’s always fun to see what other people make in response to your colour choices 🙂

      • Kate, your weather is really something. I’m glad you’ll be getting away for a few days to higher, dryer ground. I can only imagine the noise with a tin roof. Oh my.

        I love looking at all the handiwork and find it inspiring that so many people want to join in each time. It’s really quite remarkable.

      • katechiconi says:

        It is rather Too Much just now, so I’m very happy to be sitting in Brisbane airport, two thirds of the way through our journey and with the sun definitely Out!
        F2F is fun because it’s not too demanding of time or fabric, and you end up with the makings of a decent sized quilt at the end of it. Plus, the galleries for each session make an amazing visual source of inspiration.

      • katechiconi says:

        Thank you! It was tiring but we arrived safely and without delay.

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