Friday, 20 January 2012

I Swoon, you Swoon, they Swoon, we all Swoon

At last I found a little window of time to make my first Swoon block.  All the support and inspiration you could even need is in Katy's Swoon Quilt A Long group on Flickr.  This project would never have started without it.
I have to be very disciplined to sew a big block like this successfully.  A series of assembly lines is needed, stacks of half square triangles waiting to be sewn.  I used a Frixion pen for all my lines and a walking foot for sewing the slippy sliding Little Folks voile
Pins are definitely needed with the voile.  Along the way I must have 'lost' a square here and a piece there a 100 times.
I enjoyed this a lot more than I ever imagined I would.  The block design is simple but very effective and is just what I was looking for with the Little Folks- I know many of you suggested Swoon when I asked what I should make with these fabrics.
Cutting does take ages but I am working only one block at a time so it is easily manageable.  It is a whopper, a mini quilt in itself, 24.5" x 24.5.  I am going for the full 9 blocks but slowly, slowly.

Pressing the seams open is worth the extra effort and made joining a lot easier.  The thiness of the voiles really helps and they have a lot of give, handy when I am trying to match up points.
I am actually bursting to make another but I I have promised my sister a quilt for her birthday, end of February so more Swooning will have to wait.
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20 comments:

  1. Ooh, that looks fab in the voile, and it will feel so lovely when it's all done

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  2. Lovely Kerry,I think this is the nicest Swoon I've seen.

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  3. Very beautiful! I made a LF voile quilt a couple of years ago and it's my very favorite, so soft, although it was a complete pain to sew. You pinning technique is genius!

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  4. swooning indeed, it's gorgeous! What a beautiful quilt you'll have when all the blocks are done, can't wait to see the next one.

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  5. I looks really great! I agree, pressing the seams open on this one is well worth the extra effort. Too many intersecting seams to figure out a consistent way to press otherwise. Looking forward to seeing more of your progress!

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  6. gorgeous kerry! I pressed my seams to the side on my first two and now open on the rest, it really makes a difference. It also makes me very aware that I am not a stickler for perfection. oh well, I am enjoying making them!

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  7. Just got the pattern and I'm wanting to make it but have so many things before it to do. Kerry, you've picked lovely fabrics to make your Swoon! I know a few people who have made it or in the process of making it. It's such a great pattern!

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  8. It looks perfect Kerry! Your quilt is going to be so wonderfully soft and pretty!

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  9. oh my, I love the Little Folks voile. I'm swooning for your quilt. Beautiful

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  10. Oooh this is going to be lovely. I am not Swooning it looks like something that I'd not complete.

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  11. I'm not participating in the Swoon quilt-along but BOY, do I ever love seeing everyone's blocks...

    I can't wait until I have time to break out the pattern and start my own...

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  12. Well yours was always going to look beautiful!!

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  13. Hey, that's cool. I was wondering if anyone in the quilting world was using the Frixion pen. I bought mine for writing, then was super excited to find out that I could also use it on fabrics! Neat. I love those pens.

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  14. it is gorgeous! love it! i wish it was february already so i could see more!

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  15. That's beautiful Kerry :) Just seen you won first prize in the Cloth magazine.... well done!! :) x

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  16. Absolutely beautiful! I've never worked with voile but you make it so appealing :)

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  17. This looks gorgeous & so different from a lot of the other swoon block...the voile seems to be well worth the effort!

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  18. Beautiful, I am so impressed you did this with voiles, I haven't dared do it with ordinary fabrics yet!

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  19. Wow -- I had no idea those Swoon blocks were so big, and yours came out beautifully! How big is the center square patch in the very middle? Hmmm...

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