F2F5: June round-up

It’s the end of the month again.

We’re halfway through this latest session of F²F, and as ever, the blocks are beautiful, colourful, and for the month’s member, a surprise (if they haven’t sneaked a peek).

It was Monike’s month, and we all made her blocks in indigo with golden yellow and accents of magenta (hot pink), with an optional white background. You can see her reference image if you go to the Members & Their Colours page on the F²F blog. The block photos are in the gallery, and they’re gorgeous!

July is Robin’s turn, with a fresh and summery palette of blues and yellows as an antidote to the chilly southern hemisphere winter where she lives. This is what she had to say:

“My colours for this year are blues and yellows with a white background if needed. All shades of blue from light to darkest navy. The yellow can be pale through to mustard and gold like sunflowers. Fabrics can have blue and yellow in the same fabric or be just blue, yellow or white.”

If you’re new to this blog and don’t know anything about F²F, do head over to the dedicated F2F blog and read all about it. The first ever session can be found on this blog, but for subsequent years I set F²F up with its own blog due to the image-heavy nature of the work. You’ll find a rich, varied and vibrant source of inspiration in all the blocks shown in the galleries for the various years. Enjoy!

July’s going to be a month of summer skies and sunflowers 🙂 …

 

F2F5: May round-up

Where is the time going? Time for our monthly round-up again.

And again, all the ladies have come in on time with their blocks. I wonder if that’ll all change once we’re allowed to venture out to eat, shop, work, visit and holiday? I won’t mind too much, as it’ll mean we’re slowly returning to the world we all know. This time out has been an interesting period of self-discovery and creativity for many of us. For others, it has been hard and stressful, and for them, I am glad we are moving towards a degree of normality.

It was Susan’s month, and as in previous F²F sessions, she is making use of her blocks to construct American Hero Quilts. It’s safe now for her to go and look in the gallery to see what she has to work with, and I think she’s going to be pleasantly surprised!

Not surprisingly, her colours were red, white and blue, in any combination except red/blue only. Three colours I suspect most of us have in our stashes most of the time!

June is Monike’s month. This is the first year she has joined us, and I hope it’s being an enjoyable experience! I’ve loved seeing the photos of her original and creative blocks coming in. She has asked for blocks in indigo prints with golden yellow and accents of magenta (hot pink), with an optional white background. You can see her reference image if you go to the Members & Their Colours page on the F2F blog.

If you’re new to this blog and don’t know anything about F²F, do head over to the dedicated F2F blog and read all about it. The first ever session can be found on this blog, but for subsequent years I set F²F up with its own blog due to the image-heavy nature of the work. You’ll find a rich, varied and vibrant source of inspiration in all the blocks shown in the galleries for the various years. Enjoy!

I like the summery colours we’ll be using this June…

 

F2F5: April round-up

Done with the third month already…

Well, all this staying safely at home business has certainly made getting our April blocks done a bit easier, if the photos are anything to go by. I had the last ones in days before the end of the month! It’s good to have a positive outcome from the coronavirus restrictions, don’t you think?

And what a lovely lot we have again. Lynn, you’re safe to go and look in the gallery if you want to, as your ‘peacock parade’ of gorgeous blocks is all there.

Lynn’s colours were jewel-toned peacock shades, and once again, there are some very interesting block choices. It’s going to make a spectacular quilt – or quilts!

May is Susan’s month. We are asked for blocks in red, white and blue, or blue and white, or red and white. Plenty of choice there, and for most of us, it will be easy for us to find what we need in our stashes.

If you’re new to this blog and don’t know anything about F²F, do head over to the dedicated F2F blog and read all about it. The first ever session can be found on this blog, but for subsequent years I set F²F up with its own blog due to the image-heavy nature of the work. You’ll find a rich, varied and vibrant source of inspiration in all the blocks shown in the galleries for the various years. Enjoy!

So, let’s show some patriotic colours in May.

 

F²F: different times, different ways

Sometimes, you have to be adaptable.

One of the fundamental ideas behind F²F is that there should be an element of surprise. Each member is assigned a month, and for the duration of that month they don’t visit the F²F gallery to see the blocks accumulating there, and the other members don’t post about their blocks until they know they’ve arrived safely at their destination. When the blocks arrive, they’re a surprise. It’s all part of the fun.

That isn’t going to work now. For safety’s sake, we’ve suspended the mailing of blocks for the time being. That being so, it’s unfair on everyone to prevent the makers from posting, and making the receivers wait for months to see what they’re going to get, whilst somehow, magically, avoiding their own blocks in the gallery. So for now, If you’ve made blocks for a member, you can post about them at the end of that month, on the last day or the first few days of the next.

And so, without further ado, here are some F²F blocks for you to enjoy.

Firstly, February’s blocks for Tracy:

And then March’s blocks for Sue:

We’re currently in the process of making April’s blocks for Lynn, so you can look forward to those at the end of this month.

Not all the F²F members are bloggers, and not everyone will want to post about their blocks. For a view of the full range, go to the gallery. You’ll see everything produced so far in this session, plus the galleries for the past two sessions. That’s a lot of colour and inspiration.

I’ll be doing the usual end of month round up on the last day of April, but this time I might post some images too!

F2F5: March round-up

And that’s our second month done and dusted..

By now, the whole world is watching the spread of coronavirus, so it won’t have come as much surprise to hear that mailing our F²F blocks has been suspended indefinitely to protect those of us for whom a trip to the post office is not a good idea. Sadly, this means that for most of us, receiving our squishies will just have to wait until it’s safe to venture out again. However, all the photos will go up in the gallery for each month; those for March are all up in the gallery, and they’re a lovely lot

Sue went with shades of brown from ecru to milk chocolate and true blue from palest to indigo, and there are some very interesting block choices there. It seems that a lot of us have picked up on her current interest in flying geese!

April is Lynn’s month. She is going for colours out of her normal comfort zone, rich peacock shades: royal blue or purple, plus emerald green and gold. Personally, I think this is going to be fun! Get over to the F²F blog to look at her colour references – I’ll be amazed if you don’t find inspiration in those images.

If you’re new to this blog and don’t know anything about F²F, do head over to the dedicated F2F blog and read all about it. The first ever session can be found on this blog, but for subsequent years I set F²F up with its own blog due to the image-heavy nature of the work. You’ll find a rich, varied and vibrant source of inspiration in all the blocks shown in the galleries for the various years. Enjoy!

And now, let the peacocks of April commence.

 

F2F5: February round-up

We’ve successfully completed our first month.

All of February’s blocks are on their way to Tracy, and all the photos are up in the gallery barring one set, which is delayed by a sad life-event and will follow in due course.

Tracy went with the Christmas colours of red and green with a cream background, and judging from the results, she’s going to have a memorable Christmas quilt from the results.

March is Sue’s month. She’s chosen shades of true blue from palest to indigo, paired with browns from ecru to milk chocolate. A really pretty combination, and as of today, there are already two sets of blocks in the gallery, so Sue, time to start avoiding it!

If you’re new to this block and don’t know anything about F2F, do head over to the F2F blog and read all about it. The first session can be found on this block, but for subsequent years I set up F2F with its own blog due to the image-heavy nature of the work. You’ll find a rich, varied and vibrant source of inspiration in all the blocks shown in the galleries for the various years. Enjoy!

Now, on with March!

 

FootSquareFreestyle: F2F5 is go!

And we have liftoff.

Entries to the 2020 FootSquare Freestyle block swap are now closed. We have a group of 10 ready to start work on 1st February, creating the latest round of beautiful blocks. For an idea of what you might be seeing, head over to the F²F blog and check out the 2020 Members and their Colours page and then have a browse around the galleries for the previous sessions to see the variety of blocks made and some of the finished quilts that emerged from them. From this session, each member will end up with 30 x foot-square (12 inch) blocks, enough to make a quilt 60 x 72 inches.

As usual, I’ll be doing an end-of-monthly ’roundup’ post for F²F on this blog, featuring a link to the currently-empty 2020 Gallery page on the F²F blog to make it easy for you to see what’s been made. Some of the members have been with F²F since its inception 5 years ago. Some are new to it this year. I hope everyone carries away great memories and beautiful quilts from the 2020 session.

In the meantime, here’s a list of members and their months:

February: Tracy Pursley, https://itsatsweetsday.blog

March: Sue Brown, http://sewingmagpie.blogspot.com

April: Lynn Hutton, https://thetialys.wordpress.com/

May: Susan Nixon, https://desertskyquilts.com/

June: Monike Hawkes-Frost

July: Robin Murphy

August: Kate Chiconi, https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/

September: Edith Csokmay, http://ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com/

October: Margaret Creek, https://thecraftycreek.com/

November: Moira McSpadden, https://quiltedsnail.blogspot.com/

If you’re in the group and still have to get me some information, please try to do so before 1st February, to give the other members time to assemble the right fabrics.

And if you had to miss out on it this year for whatever reason, don’t worry. I’m willing to bet we’ll be doing it again!

F²F³: nearly over for another year

And now for something completely different.

February is a short month, and with only one day of it left, I’m doing the final round-up of F²F³, the third round of F²F, a little early. Once again, it’s been a fun block swap with some really beautiful work from everyone. My ‘amethyst and slate’ blocks are destined to become a winter quilt for my own bed (well, OK, as much winter as we ever get here in the tropics). I have a few more still to come in, and I’ll show them as they arrive.

We’ll certainly do this again, and if you’d like to join in next time, be sure and let me know. I’ll be giving advance notice, so all you have to do is drop me an email or comment on the post when it comes out. If you want to know what it’s all about, have a look here.

Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you are already tired of my home renovations and ready for more quilty loveliness. So without further ado, here are Esther’s blocks, which arrived in the mail yesterday. Aren’t they gorgeous? She’s made 4 because she was worried that one of them wasn’t quite right. Thing is, I can’t tell which one that might have been, they’re all so lovely!

I’ll head over and add these to the F2F 2018/19 Gallery, so if you haven’t seen all the blocks before, click on the link and take a look, there’s some impressive work there.

We’ll be back with another session later in the year 🙂

 

 

 

Squishy 3

This morning, the postie brought me another one 🙂

One of the chief charms of the F²F block swap is that when it’s your month, the exciting envelopes and packages just keep coming.  These beauties are from Claire in France, and I really love the fabrics she’s chosen, and the soft colours. I’m the last one on the list, and after 8 months of sending blocks out to other people, it’s just lovely receiving them.

This quilt is going to be lovely. The soft shades of grey and lilac are going to make for a very tranquil and soothing effect. I’ve already started thinking about how it might be quilted.

I really must get on and make a few more blocks for myself!

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!