Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back in the Saddle

After much too long an absence, both from this blog and sewing, here I am again. To make a long story short, I am no longer am at the J-O-B, and everything is coming out of storage. I start in a new and exciting position on Monday so I've pushed myself to make a major effort on completing some U.F.O.s.

I've made some nice progress on the Swoon quilt I'm making for my niece's tenth birthday. We'll ignore the fact that her birthday is already past. She'll probably have it by Christmas (the quilter said with a laugh). I had a real brain block with this quilt, and it has been sitting and waiting for my love for much too long. I think the main issue was that I wasn't in love with the fabric that my niece chose. When I took it to a guild sew day someone said the combo made her eyes hurt. Sadly, that’s not too far off the mark, and that is why I only let my niece choose two of the fabrics for the quilt.

I cast around for a bit trying to decide WHAT to do with this fabric since it didn't really fit into my typical cast of characters. Being that the main fabric was a larger directional print it lead me to decide that it needed to be a center block rather than cut into pieces. After struggling with this idea for longer than I would like to admit I decided to make my niece Thimble Blossom’s Swoon quilt

The rainbow butterfly fabric is the center of each of the nine blocks making up the quilt and the rainbow stripe fabric will be the binding and on the back. The thing I love about the Swoon pattern is that each block is different and uses two fat quarters plus a solid to create it. I ended up using a beautiful purple for the solid fabric rather than white. White fabric and ten year-old just don't go together, especially since the other fabrics she chose are so colorful and vibrant. 
One of the completed blocks on my design wall.

The other thing i altered about the pattern is that it makes an 80" square. I wanted a twin size quilt so I added an additional border at the top and bottom to make it 80" X 90". I would share the completed top, but I don't want to ruin the surprise for my sister or my niece.

I'm working on piecing the back (another challenge for me) with scraps from the quilt's creation and other coordinating fabrics. After I get that put together I will be taking it to a long-arm quilter. I couldn't be more excited!

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