On my list of quilts for 2013 February’s quilt is the Swoon Quilt. I have long lusted after this quilt as I watched other people blog and Instagram about the ones they were working on.
When I finished The Wedding Quilt I decided that it would be smart to get a jump on February’s quilt and start it in January – and it’s a good thing I did because when I cut the blocks for the Swoon Quilt I screwed up 4 out of the 9 blocks.
I ended up ordering more fabric and making the decision to at least start on the blocks that I had the correct fabric cuts for.
I had never made half square triangles before or the flying geese blocks so I was a little nervous about attempting them. But the instructions in the Swoon Quilt Pattern are really simple to follow (especially when you actually follow them and don’t miss read them).
The only thing that the pattern is missing that would be handy is how to press the seams. I did a block of pressing to the darker side and then a block of open seams and ended up going back to the pressing to darker. The open seams pressing was taking forever and I got jack of burning my fingers with the iron while trying to keep the seams open.
I found myself racing to get the half square triangles and geese blocks done so I could lay the block out and see if it measured up to how I’d imagined it in my head.
I found that I can sew about 1.5 blocks in a day. That’s in between running around after the Little Man, doing chores, catching up on television, trying to do some more Woodland Sampler stitching and generally farting about.
We’ve got a special event coming up that I would like to have this quilt finished in time for. (I’ve already booked it in with Helen (of Altogether Quilting) to get the quilting done on it. And I think I’m finally going to get an all over quilt pattern that I have been lusting after for awhile now, but you’ll just have to wait to see what that is.)
As the blocks are coming together I’m finding it really hard to decide which is my favourite. I finished the Sketch in Nectar & Modern Colour Burst in Citrus block first and I do so love it, but I really like the Swallow Skies in Gypsy & Meteor Shower in Sunset block as well because it’s a little trippy.
I just love them all. I’m really chomping at the bit to get this one done. I have no clue what I’m going to do for the backing, nor do I have a title for this quilt in mind. I’ve been listening to P!nk’s “The Truth About Love” album while making it so maybe I’ll draw naming inspiration from this; who knows.
All I know is I have 5 more blocks to make (despite having a midnight craze and thinking about turning it in to a 4 x 4 quilt instead of 3 x 3) so that I can get it together to send to Helen. I’m totally loving this block and I can’t wait to see the quilt when it’s all together.