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Monday, 11 November 2013

Swoon over my Swoon

I have another finished top to share with you. I finished a few weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to take photos until yesterday. But I love this quilt. And by that I mean I love, love, love this quilt. Not that it's a quilt yet - it's still just patchwork, but it will be a quit and the piecing took forever so I'm celebrating :-)

 

I have slaved over this thing for months. Admittedly, I did slack off for a while in the middle, but I'm still counting that as time spent making. :-)

 

There were so many darn seams to line up, it just about did my head in. Some of them line up perfectly... Others... not so much.

 
The quilt a long for this project was finished months ago, but I have been A LOT slower than anybody else.  I honestly don't know how some of these quilters do it!! I'm a little lot jealous.  But I kept plugging away and got there in the end :-).
 
 

My biggest battle was a tiny rust spot (from the iron) on one white square... I tried to convince myself that it was barley noticeable, but in the end, I had to go in and unpick it. This was a bit of a mission, but I'm glad I did. Now all the creamy-ness is unmarred, and I'm so happy. I know if I had left it, it would be all I'd have seen when I looked at it. And as its for my bed, I wanted to only have the good. And now I do! :-)

 
 I have been working on this since about January.  I fell in and out of love. There were times when I cursed the idea of 3 inch squares.  Some days I would look at the colours and think I had made a terrible mistake. Other days, I knew this quilt was going to be my pride and joy and would live on my bed forever.
 

And now, months after everybody else has finished, I too have finished the Giant Swoon.

 

I'm pretty proud. This is the first proper quilt pattern I've ever followed. This is one of the biggest quilts I've ever made.  Even though it's just squares and hst's, it's definitely the most intricate quilt I've ever made. 

I absolutely love her.

E xx
 
 
PS. I can never resist posting photos of my helpers.  They were so un-co trying to manouever this around. Look at the intense concentration.... :-) Love these boys. xxx
 

23 comments:

  1. Oooh Erin! She is LOVELY!!! I absolutely adore your colour and fabric choices - love the patchwork quality of this beauty. Oh my!!!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. I really like the patchworky, almost scrappiness of the small squares, creating the saturation of colours. I'm so glad I particiapted in this quilt-a-long because I don't think it would ever have occurred to me to do this myself. :-)
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  2. What a gorgeous quilt, well done on finishing it! You did a great job, and glad you resolved the iron mark, otherwise it would have bugged you forever! Looking forward to seeing it quilted, have fun with it and good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I'm glad you don't think I've gone insane over a rust spot. I felt like it was overkill to unpick it, but it was driving me cray-cray.
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  3. Love how it turned out...so pretty!

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    1. Thank tou so much, Christina :-)
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  4. Hadn't seen this QAL happening, so first giant Swoon I've seen. It's fab and oh, all that work!!! Have you any thoughts yet on how you're going to quilt it? :D

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    1. I don't know that there were that many people who did it (from the link up, it only looked like half a dozen or so) so it feels fairly "unique" even though it's a pattern and other people have it too. I have lots of thoughts about quilting, most of which are well beyond my abilities :-D I am trying to convince myself that it woulnd't be excessive if I paid for someone to long arm it...
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  5. Gorgeous! This is the first quilt I've seen like this, and I LOOOOVE it.

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  6. It turned out absolutely beautiful!!! You did an amazing job and you should pat yourself on the back for that one!

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    1. lol, my arms' getting tired from all the self congratulatory patting I'm doing. Thank you, very much. :-) I'm really happy with it, and when i look at it now, it feels so worth it.
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  7. Wow, Erin...it looks great! I'm sure you're excited to finish the top.

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    1. :-D Thank you. I am absolutely extatic!
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  8. Oh my goodness, Erin! It's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad you finished it...can't wait to see this pretty quilted :)

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    1. Thanks, Miss Cindy. It's been a big project, and I am definitely gald (and relieved) that it's finished. And once it's quilted, it gets to live on my bed!! I'm so excited!!!! :-D
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  9. Looks great Erin! Well Done!

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    1. Thank you AJ. I think you guys at BSWMQG have seen this so many times it's lost its lustre, but I just love it :-)
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  10. Gah... I missed this quilt-along! Congrats on sticking with it despite the trials and tribulations... beautiful finish!

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    1. I always miss the start dates for these things! But I think all the tutorials are on a page on her blog - http://hopefulhomemaker.com/wp/scrappy-swoon-quilt-along/
      I did struggle at times, but I think it ewas woeth it :-)
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  11. Gorgeous! I have this bookmarked for if I ever get around to it someday. (There's a lot of those, though!) I love how it looks all giant like that! Great job.

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    1. lol - my someday list is ever growing :-) Hopefully one day I will see this on your blog :-)
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  12. Congratulations! It's a beauty!

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