Swoon Block Quilt
While on vacation this summer, I had the opportunity to quilt my 60″ Swoon Block. I made the block/quilt in 2012. Yes, this project was rocking some serious UFO status, until a couple weeks ago.
My mother-in-law has a 28″ Gammel. That dude is heavy. Really, heavy when you consider I’m generally sewing on a 9″ Juki on a mid-arm frame. There was definitely a learning curve with the weight of the machine.
I used one color top thread and tried to do an all over design. In fact, I tried to do the same background free motion quilt (FMQ) fill as I did on my little Dragonfly Quilt.
I pretty much made big cinnamon rolls. You know, where you are aiming to make a graceful circle shape, but instead (much like cinnamon rolls) you find that you baked them too close together and the get square-ish edges? Mmmmmm…. cinnamon rolls…..
It was a great little afternoon. With the big awesome machine, comes big awesome bobbins. I only used 2 1/2 bobbins to quilt. On my smaller house machine, I probably would have used 6 to 7. I like big bobbins and I cannot lie…. =)
Here she is. Swoony and Cinnamon-Rolly, draped over a timber fence in North Carolina. The first thing I did when I got home was throw on the binding.
This might sound crazy… or obsessive… or bonkers, but I bought the binding right when I finished the top. I have been hoarding this fabric in a pile earmarked “Don’t cut this amazing stripe, you are saving it for that one quilt.” I have looked at the stripe a couple times thinking “Cut it! You can find something else later.” Thankfully, I did manage to hoard the binding. It turned out pretty well on the edge of the Giant Swoon.
And the best part- I still have about 1/3 yard of the stripe to actually cut into and create. Win. Win.
The quilt is backed with vintage sheets. I cannot believe I don’t have a photo!!! Love those sheets.