Swooning Along

Back in 2013, I fell for the Swoon Quilt by Camille Roskelley at ThimbleBlossoms. There have been numerous ‘Swoon Alongs’, none of which I managed to keep up with!

My godmother mentioned she’d love a quilt for her living room couch, so I decided to make her a ‘small’ swoon. She picked out a selection from Cuzco by Kate Spain as the fabric, and I went ahead and ordered it. Little did I know at that stage that it would take me two years to complete the quilt  😳

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Having received the fabric, we then embarked on putting our house on the market, and my sewing opportunities became fewer and fewer. Our weekends were full of prepping the house for viewing, and my head was full of making plans for the impending house move, and finding somewhere to move to!

In that time, I managed to cut and piece the blocks (most of them were actually pieced on my birthday in 2014!), and loved them so much! I learned a lot, not only that piecing and making in the kitchen is not the way to fully enjoy quilting!

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The blocks were all packed up then and we moved across the country. Eventually, last September, I finished the top, and as I did it late at night, I didn’t realise I’d used a different colour for the sashing strips (white instead of cream) ARGH. It then sat on my WIP shelf for another 3 months! Taunting me with the mistake, and I contemplated ripping it apart to redo the sashing… Then I took it out one day, and Leslie remarked that he really liked the cream against the white, without any prompting, he felt, when I probed further, that the blocks got centre stage because they were against white… So I decided to leave it was, we’ll call it a design feature!

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I decided in late 2014 that I would finish the outstanding bits I had (bee blocks and Swoon), and then 2015 could be all about me sewing for myself, selfish-sewing so to speak! So I finally got the Swoon basted, and then I went hell for leather quilting it. Finally, it was finished! In all it’s Cuzco, Aurifil, Bella Solids, crinkly glory!

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I delivered it to my aunt this week, and she is thrilled with it! I thought my mother would hide it on me, as she spent a few days gazing at it lovingly (hints received, loud and clear)…

I’m glad it’s done, I LOVE how Swoon makes fabric pop. I will make another Swoon, but it won’t be done in such a dragged out fashion!

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  • Pattern: Swoon from Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley
  • Fabric: Cuzco by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics
  • Thread: Aurifil 50wt – pieced with 2024, quilted with 4668
  • Binding: Bella Solids in Aqua
  • Backing: Up-cycled pale green cotton duvet cover
  • Batting: Bamboo (won’t be using this in a hurry, it fluffed an awful lot