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.

Swoosh Block

Swoon Block

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.

Swoosh Block Stitch in Ditch

Swoon Block Stitch in Ditch

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.

Swoosh Corner Detail

Swoon Corner Detail

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).

308 Pom Pom Parade

308 Pom Pom Parade

226 Layered Flower

226 Layered Flower

247 Graffiti Art Curved

247 Graffiti Art Curved

And finally #365 Infinity Tree.  This was my first attempt—the tree is a little scary but I rather like it.

365 Infinity Tree

365 Infinity Tree

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.

Rolled Hem Practice

Rolled Hem Practice

Rolled Hem Practice

Rolled Hem Practice

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)

About bycandyp.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics as well as making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com and here (previously icandyet.com) but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me.

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