Friday, 13 January 2012

Swoooooooooooon

Well as you probably all know by now, Katy's swoon-a-long, using Camille Roskelly's wonderful pattern is becoming this year's BIG THING.  Go here to join the group if you want to swoonalong too.  I've jumped in with both feet and am loving this block.  I decided to scale it up to a mahusive 36" square and make a quilt for my neice using just four blocks plus some sashing and it will come to 79" square which is a pretty good size really.  I have already decided to send it out to be long arm quilted but more of that in another post.

36" swoon block ready to piece

I scaled the block up so that each finished square in the design will be 4 1/2".  And I re-drew the block in squared paper so that it was made up of 64 squares (many split into HSTs).  Camille's pattern is done differently - and probably 99% of you would say better - in that she uses flying geese, larger squares, rectangles etc. to save on sewing seams.  I divided it into 64 squares (i) because I find it easier to cut just two shapes for a whole block; (ii) because I find it easier to keep track of what I'm piecing it's one great big nine patch (well 64 patch); and (iii) because I like the look of seams going around every square.  In the picture above, you can see how I broke the block up into squares.

Mahusive swoon

Because the blocks are significantly bigger than in the original design, I re-drew the block with four main colours in the star, rather than two.  With squares cut at 5" for the plain squares and 5 1/2" for pairs of HSTs, each colour can be cut from one FQ.  Block 2 of 4 is ready to piece, waiting on the dining room table patiently.

Swoon 2 of 4
Are you swooning along?  If so, how many blocks are you making?  What is the quilt going to be for?  What fabrics are you using?  

47 comments:

  1. Love the pomegranate background on yours. I am swooning, using my Hushabye stash and Kona stone. A quilt for me (well the spare room huge sofa bed probably). Haven't started yet, hoping to do some this weekend.

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  2. Oh it is so nice to see it with a coloured background - this will be a super girls quilt - especially if there is some custom quilting going on

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  3. I have just started mine also and woud love to hear what you have in mind for the long arm quilter as I have also decided to send mine out and have all these ideas running through my head for ideas to give my quilter :o)

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  4. I am loving your massive block Lynne! And I think it looks great with your bright background! I was planning to swoon but all this talk of struggling to cut FQ 1 is putting me off lol... oh and the fact that I can't get to anything until I finish piecing my sampler quilt top! :) I look foward to seeing your oher blocks!

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  5. Beautiful, love that red background that you've used. My Swoon will be in Terrain with white background - I am really loving the coloured background though, perhaps I need to fit another Swoon into my future!

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  6. Lynne,

    I haven't finished hex quilt but I just downloaded this pattern. Just beautiful.

    Carol

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  7. I really really want to swoon along and you are being such a temptress(!!) but I simply have too much on at the moment. Maybe later in the year I can get on with it. Funny - I am exactly the same as you - I would much prefer to break it down into HST's and squares. Must be doing your Lynnebobsquarepants block that made me that way ;)

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  8. I am swooning. Got the fabric picked out and hope to cut this weekend. I am using Reunion for mine. Can't wait to see all the swooning!!

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  9. I'm swooning but I have only just ordered the background fabric so I'm a bit behind. I also haven't got fat quarters but smaller bits of fabric so I'll have to juggle them around a bit. I'm thinking of only making four or six blocks as the quilt will be for my three year old daughter (I might give it to her for her fourth birthday). I can't wait to start, though.

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  10. Love that you redid the pattern into HST. Maybe it's just me but I find that sewing a bunch of HST is easier than flying geese+HST+rectangles....
    And yes, I'm swooning too. I already had 2 done and I hope this QAL helps me finish them...

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  11. I've not started swooning yet...but that block really is gorgeous...thank you for sharing it!

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  12. I am swooning at the scrumptiousness. They are just my colours.

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  13. I am not swooning but I'm doing a different version of this block called a Carpenter's Wheel. My plan is to do 9, possibly 12 if needed. This is going on my bed so I want to make sure the drop is enough on the sides.
    Your version is lovely!

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  15. Your niece is 6 today!
    Your niece will love this quilt!
    Your niece has popped into my profile photo, just for today!

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  16. Seriously what rock have I lived under? I had to look up mahusive. :-) I love the upsizing of the block, the idea to make only four and the fact that you are tinkering with the pattern. I'm eager to see it completed and especially excited about the Long Arm options!

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  17. I'm starting this one this weekend also.. A quilt for my Grandson's Wedding.. I think it makes a great 'not so frilly' quilt..I have joined the group and will be showing my fabric selection later today.

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  18. Yes I am swoonnning along, I am using 2 different blues and white with my blocks measuring 24 inches finished. I am making 16 blocks. I should be able to blog about it in the next week or so.

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  19. That is so pretty and really striking with the bright colours. I am not 'Swooning along' but I have joined my first swap to do a mini quilt incorporating my swap partners name, I am really looking forward to getting to work on it!

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  20. I also redrafted the block to make it bigger and use only squares/hsts. Of course, that's as far as I've gotten, so who knows if it will actually get made. Yours looks great!

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  21. Very fun! I swooned-a-plenty last fall, but love seeing all the swooning going on now with the QAL! I was compelled to do a one-block super (48") Swoon - it's a fun pattern to play with the size, isn't it? can't wait to see your's done....

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  22. I am using 4 different fabrics for mine too, but not making it this massive! Yours is gorgeous, and from what I understand when you put it together like you have, it is called Carpenter's Wheel, and they have the pattern over at Quilter's Cache! I did one for a bee a few months ago!

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  23. Love the red background. It's so fun to see projects using other colors besides white. It inspires me. I get so stuck in a white/grey rut that I rarely do anything else. Fabulous as always!

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  24. I love to watch you sew, you have such creative energy to make everything your own - it totally inspires me. I love the carpenter's wheel and I have purchased the swoon pattern, I keep debating which to make and what size so it will likely be a later in the spring project.

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  25. it looks gorgeous Lynne. I have the pattern. but i think i'm going to watch from the sidelines. i want to start the "made in cherry qal" which starts today. swoon is definitely on my list for this year. but i don't even know what fabrics i will use for it yet. i look forward to seeing yours as you go along.

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  26. Yes, I'm swooning over yours, but not making Swoon blocks right now.

    I finished my scrappy Plus quilt top last night and am swooning over it too. The next time I make one, though, I'll make "mahusive" squares instead of 3" unfinished. Now, I'm searching my stash for border fabrics and hoping that I won't have to go fabric shopping.

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  27. Oh man, you're sucking me in here!!! Your block looks just lovely :)

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  28. Ooh wow, I guess I must have been ahead of the times making my swoon last year! ;-) It's so fun though seeing so many swoons popping up everything. And wow for you, increasing the block size even more! I like your idea, using HSTs. I found the flying geese a tad tedious. Good luck! I look forward to seeing your progress.

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  29. That is beautiful! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  30. I love your 'plus size' block and the extra colours. Oh, and the background fabric is a fabulous choice!

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  31. this is beautiful! (reminds me of my blogger's quilt bundle I made up -- I think Scarlet needs another)... I swooned long ago, but have thought about doing it again... we'll see! Scarlet has started sleeping longer stretches, so I have a feeling my sewing life will pick up soon. :)

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  32. Oh I hadn't thought about enlarging it - what a good idea. I did do a Halloween Swoon where I made the blocks smaller - 18" square - and it came out very nice. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Your mega-swoon is genius Lynne! I love the idea of 4 massive stars!

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  34. I'm Swooning with Flurry. I'm doing 9 blocks because I have a quilt show and it will be a sample. I love this quilt! I'd like to do it in batiks too.

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  35. Fabulous block Lynne, I love how you made it your own! xo

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  36. Your block is fantastic! I'm swooning along (well once I get my fabrics ironed and cut). I'm using Hometown by Sweetwater and planning on making all 9 blocks.

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  37. Awesome! I am totally going to do this for my SIL's new baby! One block with a border around the edge will be a perfect baby quilt size!

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  38. Awesome & amazing! It is going to be stunning!!

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  39. I like the redraw with the four colors in the stars! I'm still waiting on my solid to arrive before I can start, but I scaled mine down to 18" and am doing a 3x3 layout with a border. I just don't need such a massive quilt with the 24" blocks :)

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  40. Dude! Thats huge! I love it! ps I'm Bianca from twitter, don't normally randomly call people dudes ;) xox

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  41. Oooh, love the bold red in this

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  42. There you go with all that quilt math again. I love your giant square and the bright color you have used as your background. Your niece will love her Parisienne Swoon quilt.

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  43. I just ordered Swoon and waiting for it to arrive. Haven't decided what fabric I'm making it with yet tho. Love all that red, it's beautiful.

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  44. I too am swooning along. Haven't started yet, but it is on my to do list for the weekend. Right after I finish my 4x5 blocks

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  45. Love your bigger sized block!I am Swooning too - just need to pick fabrics and really should make a practice block this week:)

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  46. It looks great!! I like the larger block. Although the swoon blocks are already so big compared to my normal!!! I have just finished sewing the binding to the front of my swoon quilt - just needs those last hand stitches to finish it off! This was a great (yet tedious) experience for me, and the largest quilt that I've FMQ'd to date! :) You'll see a complete breakdown of mine on my blog soon (hopefully!).

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  47. Ooh, thanks for this post! I want to make this block half the size for a pillow but the math was making me panic-y. Changing it all to HSTs I can do!

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