Sunday, July 8, 2012

Swooning on a Sunday

You may remember a while back, I started making the blocks for my  Swoon Quilt.  The quilt takes 9 blocks as shown above.  Each of the blocks are made in different fabrics with a similar color scheme.  The center of the block is a Lemoyne Star and I have decided that I would like to use the Stack and Whack method to create a kaleidoscopic effect in the center of each block.  So tonight I dug out my fabric and got the remaining centers cut out and three of them stitched up. 

Only two more to go.  This is a project, you have to line up 8 layers of fabric perfectly so that when you make your cuts they are identical.  Then, when you stitch them, you have to make sure that they are all lining up perfectly.  I like the challenge!  Here is a picture of the fabric before it's cut.  All of the centers come from the exact same fabric.

This fabric is from the Deja Vu series by Paula Nadelstern.  It doesn't look like anything you would want to quilt with, but you have to look past that for the potential in it.  Paula is known for her Kaleidoscope quilts and this fabric has loads of possibilities in that realm.  You end up with Celtic knot looking centers that are quite elaborate.  Here is a link for Paula's Gallery, be sure to check it out, you will be so amazed if you have never seen her work before.

Here is a link for the Swoon Quilt Pattern by Camille Roskelley:

There is also a Flickr site with folks that are making the Swoon Quilt.  You can view that site here:
If you can make a HST unit and flying geese, match your seams and cut straight, stitch an accurate 1/4" seam, then you will have all the skills needed to make this quilt.  It's really not complicated.  

Give it a go....come Swoon with us!

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