Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mini Swoon



My first Swoon quilt is mostly finished!

True Confession- The binding is not actually sewn on the back of the quilt in these pictures, it's just pinned.  You see, it was supposed to rain lots tonight, so I knew even if I had a chance to sew the binding on today, I wouldn't be able to get a good picture.

And between college son coming home from school for the summer, and just the usual craziness going on, I figured the time was right this morning to get a good picture.

This is as close as I've ever been to being totally done on a quilt before the Schnibble Parade so I'm happy about that.  Usually, I've just got the top done!     







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I was able to quilt it so quickly, because I was inspired by Debbie from A Quilter's Table

I read her post a few weeks ago when she explained how she did the quilting on her Mini Swoon.  At the time I didn't know I would be making a Mini Swoon, so the quilt pattern she had used didn't stick with me, but the quilting sure did.

I kept going back to it in my mind when I was thinking about how I would quilt my Mini Swoon.

Finally, when I went back to her post to reread it, I noticed she had done her cool straight line quilting on a Mini Swoon!

Since she was kind enough to share how she came up with her quilting design in her post that you can read here, I figured she wouldn't mind if I tried the same type of design. I used a thin metal yardstick to make my rectangles and my placement is not quite the same as Debbie's, but the look is the same.








I love the chevron - like pattern it creates!

I'd love to try this again and throw a few more zig zags in there!








And yes, I did say that this is my first Swoon project.  I just don't know why I didn't make one before!

Camille's Mini Swoon pattern is now one of my favorite blocks!  Soooo fun to make!









I went a little crazy and used some text fabric for the background, I believe it's from Sweetwater, and I used a few fat quarters that my sister gave me from the Atomic fabric line by Michael Miller.  I threw in the black solid from my stash.   








 On the back, I used the leftover fabrics from my blocks to create a pieced backing.  I used the remaining fabric to make the binding too.  I love it when things work out like that!

The parade on Sinta's blog and on Sherri's blog too, features Camille's patterns this month so be sure to stop by and visit Sinta and Sherri and see what everyone chose!  I hope you'll join us!




17 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I do love this to pieces! Great fabrics and color - love the text background. The quilting does add to the effect - just wonderful.

Joyful Quilter said...

Looks great! I really like your fabric choices, the orange and blue add a very dramatic touch. (and of course I love your choice of quilt design - perfect).

Debbie said...

Oh I love your version of the mini Swoon! What fun fabrics and I'm SO pleased I could inspire you with the quilting! :-)

Satu said...

Your first Swoon is fascinating! I love the quilting and the colors!! Thank you for sharing those links;o)

Izzy said...

I love your mini Swoon! The colors are so vibrant and that quilting adds the perfect texture to the quilt. Very nice finish. Enjoy the parade! :-)

Tilda H said...

That is sooooo adorable! Love the way it turned out.

JoAnne said...

This is so much fun! I love the text in the background. Well done! I didn't make a quilt for the Schnibbles this month, but if I had, it would have been the mini Swoon!

Houseelf said...

Lovely job Michelle. With the background fabric the whole design had something of the origami about it.

Terri McBride said...

I love how it looks like a newspaper background. I am going to have to try the swoon quilt, every one I see looks so cool.

Oddbjørg said...

Lovely mini!

Candace said...

You have the best eye for fabric choices, Michelle! This one is a real hit!
Cheers!

Sinta Renee said...

Wow! I love it! That is so contemporary and beautiful!!!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

That is SHARP!! Love, love, love!!!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a striking combination of fabrics. This is gorgeous!!! (and I never would have known the binding isn't sewn on--looks perfect)

Just Sew Sue said...

Your mini Swoon popped out at me during the parade. Absolutely gorgeous.

Dee said...

I love your mini Swoon. I've been wanting to make a Swoon quilt since she came out with the pattern but still haven't gotten around to it. Your choice of the newspaper print for the background was great! It really made it pop. And congratulations on getting it quilted this month too!

Sarah said...

Really nice Michele! You'll have to try a big swoon quilt now. I've made one of them and it's beautiful.