Bougainville Nights #7: all but the binding

Things are about to get busy round here.

So I thought I’d round off BougieNights without getting all the way to the end. I’ll be binding it in the same dark blue as the back, effectively making the binding all but invisible, so it doesn’t really deserve a post of its own. But it’s now time to reveal the ‘secret quilt’ that’s been materialising on the back from the six blocks that didn’t get used on the front. So without further ado, tah-daaah!

That small patch at far centre right is the label. A few years ago a craft magazine had some quilt label freebies, and this was one of them. At this distance of time I can’t remember which magazine it was, but I thought the patch was pretty enough to hang onto, on the basis that one day I’d have a quilt that demanded it. And here we are.

So, credit where it’s due. These blocks are the work of Lynn Hutton, Sandra Meynet, Sue Brown, Moira McSpadden, Susan Nixon, Gun Adrian, Esther Frenzel, Claire Hupin, and me. They are the outcome of my turn in the second Footsquare Freestyle (F²F²) block swap, which was enjoyable enough for us to have gone around again for a third time. There’ll almost certainly be a fourth session starting next year, in case you’re interested.

I have some sewing to do for Bee, Myself and I on Saturday. As we’re going away, I need to prepare the post in advance, and by posting about BougieNights early, I’ve bought myself some time to do that.

And let us not forget packing for the trip. Road trip! Road trip! Not excited at all, noooooo….


BougieNights 4: half done

Somewhere in there, I found the time.

Half the blocks are now quilted, using the simple 2 inch cross-hatch I planned. It’s one of my favourite textures for a quilt that has a lot going on visually, which is certainly true of Bougainville Nights. It also has the great virtue of being quick, both to mark and to quilt! This isn’t going to be a large quilt, 48×60 inches, but it’ll look gorgeous draped over my sofa in front of the book cases, and it’s quite large enough to snuggle under for a quick snooze…

You can tell my new room is larger, because I now have space to move far enough back to take a straight-on photo of the design wall. It avoids all sort of contortions and leaning sideways over thin air to try and get as straight as possible. On the left, you’ll see the big block which is going to become a cushion cover, as well as the last Hatbox block, waiting for me to join the others in their box somewhere in a pile of three big black tubs.

I now have a lot more stuff unpacked, and have assembled another two storage units to house it. I have baskets lined up on the top of one of the units with some of the WIPs/forthcoming projects in them, just to remind me not to start anything new… Well, OK, to be strictly picky, they are new projects, but ones I’ve already planned, rather than new new projects. Slowly, slowly, patches of clear floor are emerging.

I’m still gathering my strength/waiting for the Husband to be available/ hoping for a dry spell in the weather in order to dismantle and bring over the beautiful but quite astonishingly heavy oak Cupboard of All Colours. I have its spot ready, and its contents already packed and waiting to be reinstalled, it’s just the thing itself. It’s not that I don’t know how to do it; the cupboard has been disassembled and re-assembled four times already, it’s just that it’s at least a two, and probably three person job. But once it’s here, o joy. It’s beautiful, it’s capacious and it’s lined in cedar. I miss it…

I also miss my tool board, cutting table, desk, iMac, books and bookshelves, but that’s a whole other story.

F²F² January progress report

I know, I know, I’m very late with the report this month!

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmEsther’s unusual and beautiful colour combination of hot pink/magenta, muted dark green and grey on a cream or white background is producing some really beautiful blocks, some of which are already up in the Gallery.  To see her original colour inspiration, head over to the Members & Colours page, where we’ve all shown images that have inspired our colour choices. It’s been a busy month for all of us, catching up on the backlog after Christmas, but we’re currently up to date, and looking good!

I will be travelling at the end of next month, when the final F²F² round up is due, so I’m giving you advance notice that the final report will be a few days late. It’ll give us all time to get our final blocks completed in good order as we bid a fond farewell to Foot²Freestyle.

I hope those of you in the Northern Hemisphere are staying safe and warm this winter, while those of us Down Under are sweltering in a long and tiring heatwave of 30°- 45°C (85° – 113°F).  I wonder if there’s any normal weather anywhere in the world right now!

See you at the end of the month with the January round up.


F²F² December progress report

A bit late this month, I’m sorry about that!

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmSo far, we have six of the 9 sets of blocks done, and they’re looking gorgeous! Gun’s colour choice of bright pink, blue and yellow is producing some really lovely combinations of shapes and colours, and I think her final quilt should be beautifully fresh and happy.

I’m delighted this morning myself, because my last set of blocks, which came from Esther in the Netherlands, arrived this morning to complete the set.  Making up my F²F² quilt is going to be high on the priority list for next year.

Do hop over to the gallery page and see what has been done so far 🙂

F²F² November progress report

So far so good!  F²F² for November is coming along well.

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmSusan’s lovely colour choice of aqua and lilac on cream has proved to be very popular, and the fabrics selected and blocks up in the gallery so far this month are just gorgeous – I especially like Lynn’s contribution, but you’ll have to go over there to see what I mean. Just click on the link above and scroll down right to the end for the most recent additions.

I’m not sure where most of November got to, myself. I haven’t started sewing Susan’s blocks, although I have the fabrics picked out. Of course, we did go away a couple of times, which will probably explain the layer of dust on my work table… Anyway, I’d better get cracking, or it’ll be December before I send my blocks out. Too embarrassing!

Can’t wait to see what the others are going to make 🙂

F²F² October round up

I can’t believe it’s nearly November already!

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmIt’s been such a great F²F² month for me, with fellow members emailing me photos of their gorgeous work, followed by even more gorgeous blocks arriving in the mail.  I’m so happy I chose a bright colour scheme, it’s making a brilliant display on my design wall 🙂

Two members have found real life getting in the way of the important stuff (sewing!) this month, so the gallery is a little short of images, but I imagine that will sort itself out very soon. If any of you has mailed off blocks but not sent photos, do get them off to me, so I can put them up in the gallery with the rest.

Next month, it’s Susan’s turn, with a lovely colour scheme of aqua and lilac on cream – take a look at her colour inspiration image to see what I mean. I’m happy about this, as I have lots of choice in all those colours. Now I just have to work out what blocks I want to make…

Till next time, and Happy Halloween to you all.

F²F² October progress report

It’s October, and my month in F²F².

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmNormally, I’d wait and see what everyone else has made before I made my blocks, but I’m too excited about this colour scheme to wait! I’ve picked out some paper piecing blocks I love – I’ve made them all before, and I think they’ll work well in the gorgeous juicy colours I’ve chosen 🙂

We’re doing well so far, four sets of blocks are on their way Down Under. Do please send me your photos when you send your blocks off, as I’m quite happy to see what’s coming and post the images in the gallery. I hope some of them come before I go on holiday, to spread the joy a little…

I’ve put a couple of my blocks up in the F²F² gallery page too, so anyone who’s hesitating about colours can see what I’m using. There’s a third to come, and I may still make a fourth block, I’m loving these colours so much…

My F²F² quilt is going to be brilliant – literally!

F²F² September round up

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmIt’s been a patriotic sort of colour month this September.

Moira’s colour scheme of red, blue and gold with a white or cream background has produced a fascinating collection of designs for her American Hero Quilts. We’re all past the post in time this month, and it’s a great set of blocks for Moira’s good work on behalf of US service people.

Head over to the new F²F² gallery page to see the range, it’s really impressive. Scroll all  the way to the bottom, new images are added at the end.

October is my month, woo hoo! I’m very excited to see what everyone comes up with for my Dark Navy/Hot Pink/Bright Orange colour scheme.  For inspiration, take a look at my images on the members’ colours page – the brighter the better, as far as I’m concerned :-).  I’ll be adding the photos of everyone’s work as usual, so please send them to me as you get them done – the pleasure of seeing what’s coming will outweigh any small lack of surprise. I dearly love a squishie, and now there’s going to be a whole bunch on the way!

Till the next time…

F²F² September progress report

I’m a little late this month with the progress report, mundane stuff got in the way 🙂

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmJust over halfway through September (where did the time go?) and we are only missing three sets of blocks to complete the month! For a miracle, I’ve sent off my own completed blocks this morning, instead of leaving it embarrassingly late as usual. The F²F² colours and blocks in this second round continue to delight me, and I’m eagerly anticipating my turn!

Moira’s colour scheme is one of the all-time classics, and there are some beautiful blocks happening over in the F²F² gallery, if you want to jump over there and take a look. Moira is planning to use her blocks to create American Hero quilts, and if you click through this link, you can read more about the excellent work this organisation does.

Lynn has posted that she has sandwiched all her blocks and is ready to start quilting her F²F² quilt. She’s putting the rest of us to shame, having already completed her F2F1 quilt, and very gorgeous it is too.  This one is going to Mr Tialys, and the colour scheme and overall designs of the blocks are perfect!

F²F² August round up

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 7.32.54 pmAnother fun month with colour!

Sue’s colour combination of black with orange and yellow has been tremendous fun, and it looks as everyone has enjoyed themselves with it!  Whatever she ends up doing with her blocks is going to be spectacular.

We’re nearly all past the post in time this month; only one of us still to go (Esther has been busy with a paintbrush as she is redecorating her home), but I’m sure it won’t be long.

Head over to the new F²F² gallery page to see the range, it’s really impressive. Scroll all  the way to the bottom, new images are added at the end.

September is Moira’s turn, and she’s chosen Red, Blue and Gold as her colour choices. There’s an image on the Members and their Colours page which shows her source of inspiration. Moira makes American Hero Quilts for the US armed forces, and this is what her blocks will be used for – click on the link and see what important work this is.

Time to go and dig out all my reds, blues and golds and decide what to make with them!

UPDATE: Esther has finished her blocks and they’re up in the gallery. The August session is complete 🙂