Thursday, October 27, 2011

September Swoon

Your empathy on my "terrible awful" experience means so much to me! Yes, we have all been there, but it truly helps me to be able to be honest with you when I'm disappointed with my work. And then there's the happy fact that sharing something bad actually turns it into something good, because it gives us all perspective, ya know? So, thanks for that!

Now today, let's enjoy the Swoon quilt!  This quilt is a collaboration of the members by the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches (for details on this charity quilting bee, see this post).  In September, each member made one super big Swoon block and then I added an extra one, so we have 9 Swoon blocks on the front and 2 for the back.  I really love how it turned out! 

Swoon with Faith circle of do. Good Stiches

The family to whom we'll be gifting this quilt recently welcomed a 4th baby. Although all tests looked good during pregnancy and baby looked fine when she was born, they had a serious scare when it appeared that her head was not growing. The doctors were concerned this was a sign of a serious mental and physical handicap, because the family's 3rd child does suffer from this condition. So challenging! Fortunately, since then the new baby's head has grown and all seems to be well with her.  All the same, I am glad that our circle is able to do something to bless and encourage this young family!

The mother in this family often shares an encouraging Bible verse with those that come to her for advice and perspective. I have asked the best friend of this mother (who is also a quilter) to choose a Bible verse that would be a blessing to this family.

lovely work done by a friend

Miranda chose Philippians 1: 9-11, which is such a lovely family verse!  She free motion quilted it onto a fabric piece which I then incorporated into the quilt back. I know that this quilt will be an encouragement to the whole family and a marker that will remind them of God's faithfulness and grace as time passes.

the back

From the back, you can just make out the squared-off spiral of quilting that originates at the long rectangular verse (on cream) at the upper left side.  The quilt backing was pieced together from fabric already in my stash that complimented the periwinkle-ish blue of these two swoon blocks.

quilting in a spiral, gah.

I was glad to get to use some prints I've had for awhile and that Laurel Dot that I picked up in the Fat Quarter Swap at The Sewing Summit!

worked in a little Circa

I also got a kick out of using this new Circa 1934 Hayworth print in red to frame a swoon block.  It really seemed to fit the mood of the quilt back. 

from the back

And, by the way, this is the very first quilt that I've liked to photograph crinkly.  Usually I prewash my fabrics and press my quilts after washing so that things are much more flat for finished photographs.

crinkled

I think it was the combo of lots of unprewashed fabrics, my experience quilting and the somewhat traditional style of this quilt that makes me love it all crinkly.  This was also my first quilt that I would have been happy to see finished with a free motion meander.  Ack, good thing I didn't try that on my puny little machine!

Swoon for do. Good Stitches

Hmm... what else?  Oh, for the binding I pieced together two different gray tonal prints (because, naturally, I didn't have enough of either).

the binding, front and back

Here's a peak at the binding, front and back.  Would you believe that when doing the zigzag finish I had to turn the corners with the needle UP, because every time I tried to turn with the needle down it broke my bobbin thread?  What gives?  Oops, I wasn't supposed to complain today.  Sorry, that one snuck in.

ready to go!

So here we are, all finished and ready to go!  I'll be mailing this September Swoon to Miranda, who will be surprising the family with it very, very soon!  Thanks again to the members of the Faith circle for your hard work on this project.  And, thanks to The Warm Company who donated a full-sized Warm & Natural batting for this quilt, and for other do. Good Stitches quilts as well.  It's such a blessing to have your support!

Fabrics:  Solids are Kona snow, rich red and ruby.  All three colors can be found in the US at Marmalade Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop or in Canada at Mad About Patchwork.  Blue prints on the back include Amy Butler's Laurel Dots in periwinkle and Freespirit's Houndstooth in hot house blue.  For the red prints on the back, I worked in Circa 1934 Hayworth, Anna Maria Horner's Mixed Signals in summer, and Ta Dot in Minnie.  Almost all prints are in stock at Hawthorne Threads

Pattern:  The Swoon quilt design can be purchased at Fat Quarter Shop

Finished size:  80" square.

28 comments:

  1. The quilt looks really great. And love the back with the scripture from Philippians. I'm sure the recipient will love it! Great colors, btw.

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  2. Such an awesome quilt! And I am totally amazed at your friend's FMQ abilities on that verse! I love the big blocks of color on the back, too. Excellent work!

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  3. A beautiful quilt and a wonderful verse. I'm sure this will really bless the family you are giving it to.

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  4. What a wonderful quilt and a truly special gift. I have admired the Swoon pattern but as yet haven't made one myself. Thank you for sharing the story behind this gift quilt, I just love the Bible verse quilted so beautifully on the back. Well done all.

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  5. It's a beautiful quilt, Rachel - and a great testimony to the power of a good wash and dry cycle! I always tell the ladies I quilt with "It'll come out in the wash" when they have a problem - and see? It does! This will be such a blessing to the family who receives it. Thanks for sharing ALL the story!!

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  6. Gorgoues! I love that it has a verse and is personalized for the family. It will be such a treasured gift!

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  7. it's an absolutely gorgeous quilt. don't you just love that even the quilts that give you the most grief can turn out to be so sweet in the end?

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  8. Such a beautiful quilt and verse! I love hearing the stories behind these quilts! I always have such an emotional reaction, reading about the family in need and thinking of all the time, hard work, and love that are put into making each one! It's just wonderful!!!

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  9. I agree with everyone else. It's an absolutely gorgeous and perfectly quilty quilt.

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  10. my day just got so much better! what a wonderful quilt for such a deserving family! i love those swoon blocks. makes me want to get mine all done! such a beautiful quilt rachel! very very beautiful.

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  11. Rachel - I love this quilt. I just bought this pattern while we were at Summit, and even though I won't be able to start piecing it till after the holidays, I find myself being drawn to pull different fabrics for it and play with the pattern a bit. I LOVE the inclusion of the verse - what a brilliant way to do that - free-motion quilt on a separate piece of fabric! Why didn't I think of that!

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  12. Very pretty! The love and scripture added makes it extra special for this growing family. Glad to hear the baby is growing.

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  13. It's beautiful, Rachel! Thank you so much for all your efforts in making this a meaningful gift to the family. I'm honored to have been a part of it!

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  14. Oh, I love it!! I mean, I knew I would, once I saw all the blocks you girls were making, but really, seeing it all done is just so much better. What a lucky family, to have a quilt made with so much love.

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  15. Wow, Your quilt turned out amazing. I hope the family really loves it and feels close to God whenever they look at it.

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  16. I absolutely love how this turned out (despite all the trouble). The back is so wonderful -- I really envy your ability to piece backs with that improv flare, but in a way that ties it all together.

    What a blessed family!!

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  17. Very beautiful! And I really appreciate you sharing your frustrations and troubles. Oh yes ... I'll admit. I felt a little thrill knowing that such a fantastic quilter has those issues too. Glad it all worked out and your quilt turned out absolutely gorgeous!

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  18. It is absolutely stunning!!! I love the blues and reds... Looks so warm! :) I can't wait to make this pattern! I love that you can make like the biggest quilt in the wooooorrrld with it :D

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  19. Glad you managed to work through all the road bumps. It's looks gorgeous. And will be so comforting for the family.

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  20. swoon in deep red and blue is absolutely beautiful. and i love how the imperfections in a quilt come out in the wash. puckers and triangle corners that are cut off just don't show up as well :)

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  21. Love it in all it's crinkleiness : ). Beautiful !

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  22. Very nice job, Rachel! Sorry for the lot of trouble, but the result tells me, there's just nothing you CAN'T do. ;)

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  23. It's amazing, Rachel. You did such a great job assembling these blocks into a truly lovely gift. I'm sure the recipient family will cherish it, and appreciate the work and love that you and the bee members put into it.

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  24. Rachel - That quilt is gorgeous! I love it! What a blessing it will be to that family.

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  25. What a GORGEOUS quilt. I love the crinkly texture!

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  26. So beautiful.

    margie

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