Saturday, July 6, 2013

Swoon Along 2013

Quilty people on the internets are still Swooning Along, and so am I. I joined up with FairyFace Designs and her Swoon 2013 Quiltalong to make my second Swoon quilt. (If you haven't seen this very popular pattern yet, it can be found here at the designer's own site.)

Last year there was a very successful quilt-along led by the very persuasive Katy Jones of I'm a Ginger Monkey. I added in my Swoon which had been completed the year before, now in the possession of my father-in-law, but I was still itching to make one in a fresh, modern palette. And I wanted to try scaling down the blocks.

So I started another one in March of this year, and put it on hold when all the shops ran out of the Essex Yarn Dyed Linen I was using for the background! I finally was able to get some from Mad About Patchwork (which I see is sold out again!) and start up again late this Spring when this new Swoon-Along began. Here are my blocks so far:

Swoon Block
 

Swoon Block


Swoon Block


Swoon Block


Swoon Block


I decided to make mine king size, gulp! (Ask me how that is going in a few months... lap size quilts are nice too!) And since I have scaled down the blocks to 16" that means I can get away with 25 total with a border and all. I have all the fabrics cut out too!  I decided to use up all my Denyse Schmidt fabrics I have from a variety for her lines: Flea Market Fancy (old and new release), Katy Jump Rope, Shelburne Falls, and Hope Valley.

The only issue I find is that if I let too long of a time elapse between putting the blocks together, I'm all kinds of mixed up and sewing things together all kinds of crazy ways. I just can't get my head wrapped around the block unless I sit and do a few at a time. I did 2 last night, the first took me about an hour and the second about 15 minutes. I need a whole day with nothing else to do to get this one whipped without frustration, I think. Oh well. We will see if that happens!!

 Don't get me wrong, it's really not a hard block, I just don't concentrate very well, I guess!! Oh, and you need to go take a look at all the lovelies that the Swoon 2013 participants are making at the Flickr Group! And join us, won't you?

Swoon Blocks So Far (8 out of 25)
My blocks so far, and my son's feet :)
 (Edited 07/07/2013) ... PS.  OK, 15 minutes might have been an exaggeration... I didn't time it, but it felt fast!  I don't want to discourage anyone :)

10 comments:

  1. These are beautiful, I love denyse Schmidt prints

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  2. I miss my swoon!i sold it : ( loving your fabrics in this. King size will be beautiful!

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  3. Love your 16" and choice of fabric! I have also made a 12" for a pillow and two 8"-one became a mug rug.

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  4. Your blocks are beautiful. You are doing a great job! I have my swoon kit sitting in one of my fabric drawers. I didn't put it on my list of 10 things to do this summer as I'm not sure I would realistically get it done. But I could try getting at least one block done. :)It's such a great looking pattern.

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  5. I have had this pattern since it came out but it keeps falling down my to do list...maybe because it will be a king size :). Your blocks are gorgeous, I love the fabric combinations you have chosen!! 15 min to do a block?!? I am afraid mine will take 8 hours. Seeing yours is making me want to get going mine.

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  6. I still need to Swoon... I know I will, just need to get some other projects out of the way first... your blocks are lovely!

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  7. Your blocks look great! I should have made mine king size too, but I just couldn't wait to get it done!

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  8. Hello, late to comment here but I am about to Swoon again. I had a hard timemwithtnhe pattern first time around. Could you share your measurements for 16 inch blocks? I love your Denyse Schmidt combinations.

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  9. Could you share meAsurements? Sorry if this is a double post lol it error'd in posting

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