Here it is! This is now a finished quilt! If anyone ever asks how long it takes to hand sew a binding on a Swoon quilt, it takes the length of the Oscars. Of course, I did look up from time to time to see Cirque du Soliel and the strange Angelina Jolie leg pose, but other than that, I hand sewed the binding. Then after work and before a dinner meeting, I pinned it up on the clothesline for a photo op. Husband was helping. Actually he spent a lot of time pinning clothespins to my pant legs and stuff but at least he was there to cheer me on. Swoon took a flight though when the pins gave way and the quilt fell to the ground. I had to super pin it. This is one really big quilt!
I love it! I used an assortment of stash fabrics, Martha Negley, Amy Butler and Kaffe Fasset florals that I picked up last summer at my fabulous local quilt shop's "by the pound" sample sale. The Swoon pattern by Camillie Roskelley calls for 18 fat quarters. Because I used samples that were all less that fat quarter size, I needed to figure out how to make the best use of the multiple bits of fabric. I used fussy cut florals for the centres of each Swoon block and coordinating florals in each of the Swoon "corners." Each Swoon block then, had four different prints. It works! I borrowed the cornerstone idea from Katy of I'm a Ginger Monkey and venerable leader of the Swoon-Along.
After sandwiching, I let Swoon sit and rest until I decided how to quilt it. After lurking around the internet, checking out different forms of Swoon quilting, I went for simple but fairly dense straight line quilting. I quilted it in a marathon on a Sunday with wonderful Aurifil, 50 wt in white. Bound in a purple print. Done like dinner!
Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, Made by Me and Sew Modern Monday!