F2F – two happy dances

Happy dancing here!  With two quilts, made from the blocks I received in August 2018, for the F2F swap organised by Kate.

I had said, in July this year, that I wanted to get these blocks finished into quilts by the end of August this year, and I made it, with a day to spare – yay!

Here they are.

They’re both the same size and finished up at 55″ square.  Taking part in the F2F swap was great fun and I’d like to thank Kate for having organised things and all the ladies who took part.  You’d never think, when you look at all those gorgeous blocks, that they were made by 10 different patchworkers. They really look as if they were meant to be.

F2F Season 3 – Miss February

February is, sadly, the last month of Season 3 of F2F – a block swap organised by Kate.  This swap has been running for 9 months, with 9 participants, world wide, all making and sending three 12” (finished size) blocks to each other, in each person’s chosen colourway.  It’s been a fabulous opportunity to step out of my comfort zone, working with colour combinations I wouldn’t usually think of, and making me extra careful when piecing.

Kate’s inspiration photo was


And here are the blocks I made and sent.  My background fabric is actually white, although it doesn’t look it in the photos.

Kate 01

Kate 02

Kate 03

As with the other months, I made an “Old Fan” block for myself – a souvenir of fabrics used for Kate

Old fan feb

This way, not only do I have all the lovely blocks in my colourway (turquoise, grey, black & white) to assemble into a very large patchwork, I also have 9 “Old Fan” blocks in participants colours, to make a second memento quilt.

Please do go and check out the gallery, updated by Kate, to see the wonderful display of blocks everyone made & received for this swap: F2F.

F2F swap season 3 #Miss January

It’s January, and has been for a few weeks already.  Time to share photos with you of the 12” blocks made for the block swap, organised by Kate.

Miss January is Kathy, who gave us this photo for her colour inspiration.


I ended up making four blocks for Kathy as one turned out a bit scant.

Kathy 01

Kathy 02

Kathy 03

Kathy 04

and an “Old Fan” for myself.

Old Fan

You can admire blocks made by other members of the swap in the gallery F2F.

And please come back next month, when we’ll be sharing photos of the last batch of blocks, for Kate herself.

F2F season 3 – Miss December

We’re now into the seventh month of the F2F block swap, organised by Kate.

For December, we’re making & sending to Esther, in the Netherlands, whose colour inspiration photo was a picture of flower pots in her garden!


She asked for different shades of greens, and blues, as well as grey on a white background.

Here’s what I made and sent.

Esther 01

This one is called “Bright Morning Star”.

Esther 02

Kitty Corner”.

Esther 03

And the last one, “Old Fan”.

As with previous months, I then made up an “Old Fan” block in Esther’s colours, but to keep for myself.

Dec old fan

Only two more months of this swap to go.  For January, we’ll be working in blues and greys.

F2F season 3 – Miss November

More 12” blocks to show you this month as we move into the 6th month of the F2F block swap, organised by Kate.  Miss November is Robin (who doesn’t have a blog) and has received her parcel.  Her inspiration photo is


Blue, cerise pink and orange on a white background.

I’ll admit to having gone a little mad, as I do enjoy working with bright colours.

Robin 01

My first block turned out fairly conservative, with a lot of white background.  This block is called Jawhawks.

Robin 02

Second block is very bright and a very colourful take on Arkansas Cross Roads.

For the third block . . . I had saved pink & orange triangles from the second block, which I sewed together to make a small pinwheel.  Then tried to fathom how to incorporate that in the centre of my next block.  Which turned out to be the brightest of the three.

Robin 03

This block doesn’t have a name as I sort of made things up as I went along.  I do hope blocks meet with Robin’s approval.

Final photo . . . the “Old Fan” block I made for myself, using some of the fabrics from the above blocks.

November old fan

Stay tuned for next month when we’ll be sewing, in more sedate colours for Miss December.

And please do check out the F2F gallery that Kate keeps updated.  All members have been making some stunning blocks.

F2F season 3 – Miss October

Autumn is well and truly here, and I’ve been busy patchworking in quite autumnal colours for Miss October, aka Moira, for the F2F block swap organised by Kate.

Moira asked for shades of browns, including dark & golden, with a hint of duck egg blue, on tonal cream.  Her inspiration photo was


This is, apparently, the backing fabric she intends to use for her patchwork blocks.  Now, I had quite a few browns in my stash, and cream, but I didn’t have any duck egg blue . . . what better excuse to buy in some fabric, eh?  And here’s what I made for Moira.

Moira 01

For the first block I made an “Album Road”, simply with different browns/golds on cream.  No blue in this one.

Moira 02

Second block is “Bright Morning Star” with a little bit of blue in the centre.

Moira 03

And third block, is Arkansas Cross Roads.

After making those for Moira, I made an “Old Fan” block for myself, in the same colourway.

Old Fan October

And, then because I really do enjoy making this particular block and was feeling very “autumny” I made another one.

Old Fan Autumn

So, lots of fun this month.  For November, we’ll all be working in some very bright colours for Robin, who has asked for blue, orange and cerise pink.  In the meantime, if you want to see blocks other members have made & sent, you can check out the F2F gallery.

F2F3 Miss September

Month four already of the patchwork block swap F2F organised by Kate.  And time to make blocks for Miss September, who is Nanette.

Nanette asked for any shades of blue, with a blush pink, for her colour inspiration and here’s what I made & sent to her.

Nanette F2F 01

First block is an “Old Fan”.

Nanette F2F 02

Second is “Album Road”.

Nanette F2F 03

And the third, which is my favourite of the three, “Dancing Shoofly”.

As with previous months, I made a fourth souvenir “Old Fan” block to keep for myself.  That’s already four blocks for a souvenir quilt I plan to make at the end of the swap.

Old Fan

You can admire blocks made by other members if you visit the F2F3 gallery which Kate keeps updated for us all.

F2F season 3 – August blocks are all in

Followers will know that I’m taking part in the F2F block swap, season 3, organised by Kate.  I am Miss August, and I have now received the last two squidgies with lovely blocks from Esther and Nanette.

First up, the blocks from Esther, in the Netherlands.


Here they are in close up.

Esther 1

Esther 2

Esther 3

Esther went for lots of modern prints, and her piecing is always superb.  All blocks are so crisp!

And the last blocks to arrive (all the way from Australia) were from Nanette.

Nanette actually made 4 blocks and even sent along the leftover fabric.


A close up of the blocks Nanette sent.

Nanette 1

Nanette 2

Nanette 4

Nanette 3

So many gorgeous fabrics and different block patterns!  And the last one, a real souvenir from Australia with the kangaroo print.  You can admire all blocks made & sent so far in this swap, in the gallery on F2F.

Thank you so much ladies.  I now have a wonderful pile of blocks just waiting for me to set to work on assembly.  It might have to wait a little while though, as I have a couple of Baby Viking gifts to finish off first. 

F2F season 3 – squidgie arrival # 3

Six lovely blocks to share with you, as I received two more parcels for the F2F swap, organised by Kate.

The first three from Robin, who doesn’t have a blog.

Robin x3

Robin 01

Robin 02

Robin 03

Three lovely blocks, with different shades of turquoise from dark to light, which are going to blend in really well with other blocks already received.

And from Moira

Moira x3

Moira 01

Moira 02

Moira 03

Again, three gorgeous blocks with some lovely fabric . . . I especially like the second block which has such a 3D effect.  Thank you ever so much ladies!  I’m now just waiting for the last two sets to arrive, and I’ll be able to start thinking about assembly.

F2F season 3 – squidgie arrival (part 2)

More gorgeous blocks to share with you, following the arrival of two squidgy parcels from the USA.  These blocks in my colour choice: turquoise, grey & black on white as I’m Miss August in season 3 of the F2F swap, organised by Kate.

The first three to show you today are from Kathy.


Kathy 01

Kathy 02

Kathy 03

Kathy rather enjoys reading about the goings on in the coop, and has a soft spot for Miss Moneypenny which explains the bird fabric in the middle block.  And I’ve been honoured because Kathy used up the last of her very special dragonfly fabric just for me.  Big hugs to you Kathy – I really do appreciate it!

Blocks from Sue


Sue also seems to have been inspired by our chooks . . .

Sue 01

Sue 02

Sue 03

With Kathy being Miss Moneypenny’s greatest fan, I’m guessing Sue thought both Miss Plumpton and Mauricette needed to be on the quilt too.

Thank you so much ladies – all blocks are really smashing.