Quilted UFOs – The Swoon Block
Last spring, our local modern quilt guild had a work night and we learned how to make a Swoon Block. Here is the link for this pattern by Camille Roskelley from Thimble Blossoms. http://thimbleblossoms.bigcartel.com/product/swoon-pattern-142-pdf-pattern
One of our members had made an entire scrappy quilt with these large blocks—mine finishes at 24-1/4 inches square after quilting. You can find a Swoon-Along on Flickr for more ideas and photos. Backing up a little, late last summer, I had layered several quilts so I could get some serious quilting done over the winter. That didn’t happen then but it’s happening now. I did start quilting my Christmas quilt so I would have it finished in time for Christmas, but that didn’t happen and I’m not quite in the mood to work on it right now.
After angsting for a day on how to quilt the center star, I decided that I wouldn’t. I chose fabrics with high contrast and I want that star to stand out.
I hitched up the walking foot and pulled out some smoke mono-poly and quilted in the ditch around the star. This turned out to be a good choice as the smoke doesn’t show up too much on the light backing fabric. Here is the back—it looks as if I missed some lines but it just didn’t show up in the photo.
Next I quilted the dark areas of the corners. I drew out on paper how to stitch this entire section without breaking the thread—sometimes I’m a genius.
Then I switched to pale yellow around the outside, finishing with Leah Day’s wandering clover design. This is #13 in 365 Days of Free-Motion Quilting Designs. http://www.leahday.com/project1/ I did not have enough pale yellow fabric to bind this block and considered using the same fabric as the back, but finally decided to use the batik fabric in the blocks and this set it off pretty nicely. I will show a final photo after I finish the handwork. Oh, and my thoughts for quilting that center star (more Leah Day designs).
And finally #365 Infinity Tree. This was my first attempt—the tree is a little scary but I rather like it.
I started something new as I quilted my Swoon block. I knotted and wove in thread ends as I went. I usually wait until the end and do them all at once which can be kind of overwhelming. Why it took me so long to start doing this is beyond me. The quilt that I finished last spring still has boucoups thread ends to hide. It also has another problem (or two) which I think I’m finally ready to tackle, fix and finish. Watch for my post on Windows on Spring (working title) and its companion table runner, Gelato.
In between projects, I tried out my rolled-hem foot for a tablecloth I embroidered.
My next post will show you another UFO—The Redwork Quilt. It’s a personal favorite. Till then, here’s a quote for the day.
Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.
-Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, preacher, journalist, and activist (1802-1861)
Posted on July 1, 2015, in quilting and tagged free-motion quilting, kindness quote, leah day, modern quilt guild, redwork quilt, rolled hem foot, smoke mono-poly, stitch in the ditch, Swoon Block, walking foot. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.