Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Swoon in progress

Yes, there is a swoon in progress.  In fact, over the weekend I made a new block featuring Woodcut in Sass Blue (here and here) and some print from Delilah (I think) on Kona Snow.

new Swoon Block

When I led the September quilt for do. Good Stitches, I settled on doing a group Swoon quilt.  Everyone loves the pattern, and I feel like it is just the right balance of traditional and modern that will bless the family we're making it for.  Well, there's one kind of big factor that I didn't consider...  

In the do. Good Stitches bee we all work from our own fabric stashes.  This is just a practical choice, to eliminate the need to ship fabric, anticipate how much your bee mates will need and allow us to use what we already have.  The Swoon block puts so much emphasis on fabric choice.  That much is obvious.  And I'm sure that's one reason why so many of us enjoy this block.  But, well, that makes it pretty hard to coordinate a quilt long distance.  I felt like this block had everyone pretty nervous about if they'd chosen the right fabrics.  Oops!

By last weekend I had received all 10 of the blocks, plus a little something special that is going on the back of this quilt.  Since the Swoon only needs 9 blocks on the front, 1 block was already destined for the back.  As it turned out, two of the blocks had a similar shade of blue that didn't fit well with the other 8 blocks. So, I decided to put both of those matching blue blocks on the back and make a new block for the front that would bring unity to the shades of blue, gray and red represented.

real life happens here

When piecing the front, I almost convinced myself to skip the 2" white sashing. I'm glad I decided to put it in, because I can see now how spreading the star blocks just slightly like that really does improve the look.

Swoon with do. Good Stitches

Here it is! Do you think it works? I do! My bee mates in the Faith circle contributed some beautiful fabrics and did some very careful piecing. I was able to piece the front without even needing to square up the blocks. Score!

Just waiting on batting now!

40 comments:

  1. I think it looks really pretty. I hope who ever gets the quilt finds it so amazing.

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  2. It's beautiful! I bought the Swoon pattern, just need to get around to making one. I'll be able to use strictly from my stash, since I have enough to open my own quilt store!

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  3. Love it! I love the one I made too, and was thinking of doing some blocks with friends. I don't think you can really screw this one up colorwise....as long as they blend :) I am making this again in Christmas colors! my absolute favorite!

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  4. I love it! I can't wait to see the back!

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  5. I love, love, love it!!!

    The swoon design is one of my current favorites too, for the reasons you mentioned! It is lovely!

    I just finished a new quilt top today myself. :) I just need to press it and get some photos after the rain passes, I can't wait! Come on sun!!!

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  6. It looks beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the back!

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  7. Oh, it is beautiful! I'm so thrilled to be a part of it!

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  8. Gorgeous! I really want to make a Swoon quilt. I should've bought the pattern on the shop hop!!

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  9. I love how it turned out. I agree with your regarding the sashing. A swoon quilt is on my list, I hope I can start soon.

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  10. I think it's absolutely gorgeous! And what a blessing to whoever it is that will be receiving it. Lots of love has gone into that!

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  11. It's beautiful! And you're so right, it is a great mix of modern and traditional.

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  12. I really like the 2 inch sashing, Rachel - I wouldn't have thought of adding that, but I love it!
    I'm making my own swoon quilt, and will definitely use sashing after seeing yours - thanks!

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  13. Oh my that quilt is going to be amazing! The color combo is great and I'm bookmarking it for inspiration for a quilt for my MIL someday.

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  14. Oh my! It is a beauty! I love the bold but subtle simplicity of this block (if that makes sense!) and the sashing certainly helps balance all the blocks out! A fabulous quilt!

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  15. Oh that looks fab, not a single sign of heart failure inducing wrong-ness in it :o)

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  16. It looks amazing, I'm so going to make this one

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  17. It looks amazing, I'm so going to make this one

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  18. I think it looks fabulous, and each block has it's own personality. Yet, the top is cohesive. It was probably a good call to move the two that you were worried about matching to the back. I'm sure the recipient family will adore and treasure this for years to come.

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  19. The quilt looks great and I can't wait to see how the back turns out. I know you have posted about do good stitches before but I was wondering if you could do a post about the group. I'm a relatively young quilter, just 5 years in, and would love to do a project like this but would hate to get in over my head or have my group feel like my blocks aren't as well made as theirs. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I have made for of these blocks having Kona gray as my background. Thanks for the tip about the 2" sashing. I can see what you mean. I have 5 to go, but so much on my plate, it will wait till after the holidays.

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  21. Looks so pretty- that really is a great pattern!

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  22. i never tire of this pattern. it is beautiful every single time!

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  23. I love this block, and the quilt looks great!! I signed up for the waiting list for do. good stitches, and I really hope I get to be a part of it soon, such a wonderful thing you've started! Any idea how long the waiting list is?

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  24. It looks absolutely amazing! Love it!

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  25. Jessica, the wait for do. Good Stitches is 1-3 months. Usually it's 1.5 months, on average. Thanks for signing up!

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  26. Just to clarify, I didn't make up the sashing! The sashing was part of the pattern - I just almost nixed it out of laziness!

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  27. Gorgeous Rachel,
    Isn't this a great pattern. Your lovely photos have inspired me to get out my rotary cutter for some swoon making.

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  28. looks just fabulous rachel - swoon indeed!

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  29. Gorgeous!! I'm sure whomever receives this quilt will be thrilled!

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  30. This is beautiful! And quite a funny coincident on my part, as I started my first swoon block on sunday - and absolutely fell in love with the pattern! I can´t stop really because they are so much fun.
    I love this red a blue theme - amazing how it comes together!

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  31. Beautiful! Everytime I see it I realise that I really "need" this Swoon pattern.

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  32. It's wonderful! I'm sure the recipients will love it. How could they not?

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  33. A perfectly beautiful quilt. I love all the colors and how each person's block complements the next.

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  34. It looks so fantastic! I love it. I'm glad I didn't trim my block, now. That might have meant needing to trim everyone else's down to my size! Can't wait to see it finished. It's really beautiful.

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  35. Love your Swoon quilt! I ordered this pattern from Material Girls while at Summit and am rushing my mailbox every day to see if it's arrived! Can't wait to get started!

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  36. Rachel I LOVE LOVE it to infinity! Prettiest Swoon I've seen (dare I say, prettier than the photo on the pattern). Love your choices.

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  37. Fabulous block and I love how you have put them together.

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  38. So beautiful!! Definitely one that's on my must make list!

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  39. Gorgeous choices. I think it looks very good. I have a "swoon" fabric drawer which I keep adding and subtracting from with indecision [mostly AMH of course]. I had better start making it lest I never reach a final decision on what fabrics to use! So kudos to you for making an excellent final decision with this swoon.

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