The day has finally come - I can share my biggest finish with you all! That's right - my Swoon is done and dusted! I managed to bind it on the weekend, and Saturday night, got my little minions to work, using muscles they never thought they had. This baby is HEAVY! I could have waited for delightful sunshine and dry skies - but you wouldn't have seen photos of it for about a month - Melbourne's Winter is in full force at present! So, without further ado - here she is - "Swoon".....
Bella the cat appreciates a good quilt when she sees one.
Minion's muscles fading fast. I LOVE how the pieced back shines. And I LOVE the fact that you can hardly tell where I have joined the prints!
But most of all, I LOVE the beautiful quilting that Jeanette over at Gone Aussie Quilting did for me! This is the first time I have sent a quilt away to be quilted. It took me days of looking at digital designs, making a short list, and then asking my quilty friends for their votes, before I went with this vine design. It is literally PERFECT in every sense. I didn't want a dense quilting pattern, I wanted it to skim over the blocks and not take away from their brilliance. I think my choice has achieved that!
And here it is on our queen size bed. I took
a gazillion 50 photos that night, but thought I would spare you! I could sit and look at this quilt all day, but alas, I have other quilts to make now.
Through the process of making my Swoon, I've had many people ask me if it is a difficult pattern? My answer? It really is a fairly simply pattern to make. It is made up of HST's and Geese, and a bunch of squares and rectangles. The cutting for the blocks is a little tedious, but once I made the first block, I then worked on three blocks at a time, chain piecing them to make the process run smoother. The blocks then came together relatively quickly. In fact, I made all nine blocks in around four days. Yes, they were big days, but it's very do-able!
In the details: Machine pieced and machine bound. SIZE - The finished size of the pattern is 80" x 80", I made my sashing 5" wide, which brought the finished size up to 90" x 90". As you can see, that is plenty big for a queen size bed! It will shrink up a few inches on its first wash, and will still be big enough. FABRIC - I used Notting Hill by Joel Dewberry. I bought the entire fat quarter collection - which you can still get HERE, HERE and HERE (just to name a few!). This pattern is perfect for fat quarters - you only need 18 in total. QUILTING - Jeanette from Gone Aussie Quilting is situated in New South Wales. I posted the front and back to her, and she supplied the batting. She has a TONNE of digital designs to choose from for her edge to edge service. And she has a fabulous special price for quilting Swoon quilts. And she's also super quick! If you're in the USA, there is a special quilting offer for edge to edge quilting from a lady in New York. If you join the Swooning on a Hop Along Flickr group HERE you will find that offer too. And if you want to buy the pattern for yourself, you can find it HERE.
So. Where to now? More quilting I guess!
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