Saturday, 29 September 2012

Swooned again - Mini Swoon finally finished!

Another day, another finish. I was looking back through my journals and found out that I actually started this little quilt back at the end of January! So it's about time I finished it.

When I got my new walking foot ready to quilt my big Farmer's Wife quilt, I decided I should really practice first, before tackling the big one. I was planning on straight line quilting my Mini Swoon quilt but never got round to it. I had backing and batting and thread, so basted it up and made a start.

Things I've learnt: make sure the fabric is feeding through evenly (and not caught under my elbow). If I'm following a line, remember which part of the foot I'm using to line it up with (!), sew slowly!

It's not perfect, so please don't look too carefully, but I'm really pleased with the result, and I'm glad I didn't give in to FMQ (I never thought I'd consider FMQ the easy option!).

The fabrics came from my LQS. I was at a class and the lady next to me was planning her next quilt and pulled out the duck egg blues that I've used for three of my stars. I spent all day watching her work with these gorgeous fabrics and there was a sale on! What was I supposed to do? I have always loved the brown since it's been in the shop, and it worked perfectly, I picked out another turquoise-y batik, and then found the background, which is spotty! I knew I wanted to do a mini Swoon so did the maths in my head for the amount of fabric. I have lots left of the background, but cut it a bit tight on the brown! It was only when I got home I twigged I'd bought a striped fabric. But I managed to create my Swoon block despite the stripes! All of the fabrics, except the stipes are Moda.

Each Swoon block is 12" square (original Swoon blocks are a giant 24" square), and I used wider sashing to make the stars work. The whole quilt is 34x34". I have no idea what I'll do with it now, but I have added a means to hang it on the back.

This was the quilt I failed to finish for Quarter 2 of the Finish Along, but I shall be linking it up to Quarter 3 in just a couple of days time!
2012 Finish-A-Long


aksherry said...

Love those colors! And you are so clever to resize!!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Fabulous colors! I can see why you couldn't resist thr Robin's Egg. I like the quilting too! I am just about to receive a machine that has a darning foot, and I can't wair to try quilting without bunching :-) Very inspiring!

Grit said...

It looks so great.
I love your blog. Now, I`m your new follower.
Sorry or my english.
Liebe Grüße Grit