swoon

A somewhat delayed "finished" post for the Swoon.

You may remember this was finished and gifted in time for Christmas but with no time for photos.

So, here we go..!

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Pattern: Swoon by Camille Roskelley

Size: 82" x 82" (I made the final border slightly wider than stated in the pattern)

Fabrics: Background is Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in Honey.  Other fabrics were selected around a gardening theme and include a selection of quilting cottons produced by Liberty for the V & A quilt exhibition ( back in 2010!), several prints from Denyse Schmidt Greenfield Hill collection, Sewing seeds botanical print and Lakehouse Dry Goods Annie's Farm Stand seed catalogue print.  The backing fabric is Joel Dewberry- Modern Meadow- Flower Fields in Lake, and the binding is a plain navy (Blue Coal)  Marcus Brothers Centennial Solids which was surplus fabric from the AWAT II.

Quilting: the quilting was done for me by Jeanette of J-Quilts using a lovely pantograph design called "grapevine". The thread chosen was a greenish gold colour, to tone with the background colour and the flowers on the backing fabric.


Oh dear... over four months since I last posted (hangs head in shame).

And I don't even have that much to show for it!

Here's a little update:

Swoon Quilt.

My lovely backing fabric arrived (Joel Dewberry- Modern Meadow- Flower Fields in Lake) and I got busy basting and marking out my quilting design.  I happily began quilting a baptist fan pattern, but did not get all that far before realising I would not be able to reach all the way across the quilt and have the fan pattern the same way up across the entire quilt (which was what I had envisaged originally). It was at this point I decided to get a professional in!  I went to see Jeanette of J-Quilts who did a beautiful job of quilting it for me with a lovely pantograph design called "grapevine".  Unfortunately, I did not get time to go and collect it until the monday before Christmas, which meant that I spent all my free time on Christmas eve attaching the binding, washing and tumble drying the finished quilt ready to give to my parents the next day.  By the time I had finished it was totally dark, so no pictures!  I had intended to snap a few shots of it at mum and dads house, but time got away from me and it was too dark again.  I am really happy with the way it turned out and will take some decent pics another time!

Amish with a twist II.

Hmm... it was as I had feared... 32 log cabin blocks to make as the August installment!  I think this is what threw the blog off the rails!  They did not get done until September. I had to psych myself up a bit to tackle the cutting, but once that was done they went together quickly.

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I assembled the blocks for the centre of the quilt in October, there was quite a bit of easing, trimming and fudging as the first months blocks were a little bit undersize as I had followed the method in the instructions, which was clearly not "my way"!

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I then pondered for a while about the borders.  I knew that 105" square would swamp my bed, the quilt that is on there at the moment is 90" x 100" so I decide to work towards 100" square.  The centre of my quilt had finished up 1" smaller than it should have done, I added a 1.5" (finished) border, then a border made up of 2" squares, I just used the medium value colours here rather than a mix of everything. I then resized the final navy border to 7".

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I have to confess that I did not even contemplate quilting this myself! I left it with Jeanette when I collected the Swoon on monday.

We went on holiday in October and had a lovely relaxing week, walking and picnicing and playing monopoly when it rained. 

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I "thought" it would be nice to take some knitting, but unfortunately when I stopped to actually look at what I had produced it was more the size of a ten-year-old than a womans' size ten! I am beginning to think I should just stick to knitting small stuff!

 I will try not to leave it so long until my next post!


Still Swooning...

This summer seems to be flying by. I have managed to fit in a bit of sewing since I posted here last, plugging away on the swoon blocks ...

 

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I love the way it's looking so far! I have backing fabric and wadding on order and just need to decide how to quilt it. I am thinking of either vertical straight lines or having a go at machine quilting a baptist fan pattern similar to Camille's original swoon.

FairyFace Designs

Linking up with the slow bloggers linky for July-August over at Celtic Thistle Stitches :)

Knotted Cotton

Swooning

l have been intending to make the Swoon quilt by Camille Roskelley since l first saw it mentioned here. I eventually got around to buying the pattern and pulled a stack of fabrics that l thought would appeal to my intended recipients (Mum & Dad).

SAM_0172Then I could not decide on a background colour and the whole thing got pushed to one side. A few weeks ago, whilst washing the dog's bedding, I stumbled upon the perfect colour. The sashing on Daisy's quilt, definitely the right colour to complement my little stack of Swoon fabrics! So I picked out the nearest Kona colour and ordered it from Justine at Simply Solids.

SAM_0174I got to cutting straight away and am now three blocks in. Mum helped me to pair up some fabrics for the remaining six blocks when she and Dad were visiting a few days ago. I am looking forward to getting stuck in!

SAM_0176Linking up with the swoon-along which I joined with good intentions back in the day:

and also swoon 2013 organised by Sarah,which has given me the kick-up-the-bum needed to get stitching!

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I am hoping to complete at least a block a week, and will post again on my progress!