It's finished! It's finished! I've never been so excited to finish up a quilt before this one. Don't get me wrong, I always get that sort of euphoric mad dash while finishing up all of my quilts, and usually I then say "this is my favorite quilt I've made" (the hubby says I say this about all of them, and he may be right), but I can really say 100% this is my most favorite quilt I've made to date!
It's funny, when I decided to drink the kool aid and start a Swoon of my own, I wasn't super sold on the idea that I would love this quilt when all was said and done. The pattern is just a little more traditional than my typical tastes, but as I'd enjoyed the traditional piecing like in the Farmers Wife QAL, I thought I'd give it a try, and at least use up some stash fabric that needed to be used, and see where this went, and after seeing the amazing swoon-spiration in the group pool, who could resist.
Well I have to say I'm so incredibly pleased with where this went. And the fact that it has come entirely from stash fabrics, including the back, is the icing on the cake!
This is the largest quilt I've attempted to date, the Swoon as it is in the pattern finishes at 80" square, but I wanted it to be queen size, so I upped the widths of the sashing, using 3 1/2" in between the blocks, and 5 1/2" around the edges, so that the finished size is 90" square.
In addition to this being the largest quilt I've ever made, it's also the first truly reversible quilt I've done. I knew from the start that I wanted to do a mega-scrappy swoon on the back of the quilt, so I upsized the original swoon block, so that the back block measures 48" square, and went scrappy, using alot of my Kate Spain Central Park and Terrain scraps, and used Kona Ash, Kona Coal, and a Kona Aqua as the solids.
I won't lie, this wasn't the easiest to wrangle through my machine, but Bertha made light work of it, and I may have built some arm muscles I didn't know I had!
I did an all over loopy stipple for the quilting of this big guy, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It was a nice change of pace from my usual meandering stipple and I think works nicely as an all over pattern.
I know this post has been overly photo heavy, but it was so windy outside during my little photo shoot, that I was just snapping a million pictures hoping to get a few that weren't crazy blurry, or where my quilt didn't end up blowing across the driveway. After all was said and done, I just couldn't pick my favorites!
It seems that Zoey and Bella give 4 paws up in approval...
At least someone is snuggling with this big guy!
Name: Jessica's Swoon
Pattern: Swoon by Camille Roskelley
Size: 90" x 90"
Fabrics: Quilt top: Assorted fabrics from my stash with Kona White; Quilt Back: Assorted scraps from stash, Kona Ash, Kona Coal and Kona Aqua
Quilting: All over loopy stippling done by me using Gutterman white thread
Binding: DS Quilts Collection Aunt Edna Houndstooth Orange