F2F5: October round-up

Hello! Hope you all had a suitably spooky Halloween, mwahaha!

I’ve been doing some online research about the safest way to mail things. Once I’ve finished and can summarise what I’ve discovered, I’ll contact each of the F2F ladies to let them know how and when to proceed with mailing out everyone’s blocks. So far, it’s looking pretty hopeful. Creativity will not be defeated!

We have an almost full house for October in the gallery. As always, once I have the outstanding images, I’ll add them to the gallery as they come in.

October was Margaret’s month. Her colours were soft blues and creams with a touch of sand or taupe. If you’re interested, you can see her colour references on the Members & Their Colours page on the F²F blog, together with the block photos received to date in the gallery – they’re gorgeous, such lovely soft and gentle colours! In the end, I didn’t need to go shopping, which was probably a good thing…

And now for November, Moira’s month. Her colours are red, white and blue, idea for the patriotic quilts she makes from her F2F blocks. Again, her colours are referenced on the Members  & Their Colours Page (link above). I’m pretty sure we’ll all have those colours in our stashes from previous months.

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 🙂

Time to go and look through my selected blocks for F2F and see what will work best.

F2F5: September round-up

That’s September done, only 2 more months to go!

One of these days, it will be safe once again to venture to the Post Office, and on that day, there will be a great rejoicing and mailing of F2F blocks! Meanwhile, let’s err on the side of caution just a little longer.

In the gallery, we have an almost full house for September, with two sets still to come. As always, once I have them, I’ll add them to the gallery as they come in.

August was Edith’s month. Her colours were tonals and prints in black & white, with primary and jewel colours, no pastels. If you’re interested, you can see her colour references on the Members & Their Colours page on the F²F blog, together with the block photos received to date in the gallery – they’re gorgeous! I had a lot of fun with those combinations, and it looks as if everyone else did too!

And now for October, Margaret’s month. Her colours are soft blues and creams with a touch of sand or taupe. Again, her colours are referenced on the Members  & Their Colours Page (link above). I’m not sure what I have in the sand/taupe department, so shopping may be required…

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 🙂

Let’s see what October has in store for us. I need to hustle, I’m away for most of the month!

F2F5: August round-up

And here we are, it’s September again.

Down Under, tomorrow is the first day of Spring. For the northern hemisphere, the days are getting shorter, the nights longer and winter is once again on the horizon.

In the gallery, we have most of this month’s blocks on show, with two sets still to come. As always, once I have them, I’ll add them to the gallery as they come in.

August was my month! I asked for blocks pale to mid grey, white, and a bright or mixture of a free choice brights except not yellow. If you’re interested, you can see my colour references if you go to the Members & Their Colours page on the F²F blog, together with the block photos received to date in the gallery – they’re gorgeous!

September is Edith’s month. Again, you can see her colour references on the Members & Their Colours page (link above). She’s asked for tonals and prints in black and white, with primary and jewel colours, no pastels. I’m pretty sure I still have plenty of colour to work with from my own month, but I’ll need to shop for black & white, I think…

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!

If you follow this blog, you’ll know that I am potentially facing some health challenges in the coming months. I trust and hope these will not interfere with the smooth running of F²F, but in the event that I need a time out, I may ask one of the F²F members to take over monitoring progress and rounding up the month’s work. Either way, I do not propose that my issues should be allowed interfere with anyone else’s enjoyment of this block swap.

I’m looking forward to seeing the vivid blocks that Edith’s choices will produce.

Verité #3

Last one, I think.

I felt that a quieter block was also needed, and that I already had sufficient hot bright colours. This pale green, white and grey with just a bit of orange and blue seemed to fit the bill, and incidentally, the colours all came from scraps. I don’t know the ‘proper’ name for the block, as I drew it up from something I saw somewhere a while ago. If anyone knows, do let me know.

That’s six blocks for my F2F collection, and if they don’t provide enough direction for what I’m hoping for from the other F2F participants, I don’t know what will!

I’ll be putting all of them up in the gallery now. Today has been a bit trying and I’m going to give myself a day off sewing tomorrow. Time to have a mental health day, give the dog a long walk, read a new book, eat some more chocolate and encourage the hours to pass a little faster than they have just recently.

What do you to do make time pass quickly?

F2F5: July round-up

How did the end of July come round so quickly?

I guess being away on a trip for 10 days made a hole in my time to get sewing projects done.

Most of us managed to get our blocks finished on time, but I only just squeaked in under the wire, and a couple of other people have faced problems and delays and will need a few more days to complete. I’ll add them to the gallery as they come in.

July was Robin’s month. She asked for blocks in all shades of blue and yellow, with an optional white background. You can see her colour references if you go to the Members & Their Colours page on the F²F blog. The block photos I’ve already received are in the gallery, and they’re gorgeous!

August is my month!  I’m very excited to see what everyone will make for me. My colours are pale to mid grey, white, and a bright or mixture of brights of your choice except not yellow. Use your brightest fabrics – scraps are welcome! Again, I have colour references in the gallery (link above). You can also see what I made for myself in this post about a pair of pillowcases I made to go with my future quilt.

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!

August is going to be like a shower of brilliant colour on a rainy day.

 

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.