About a year ago, there was an informal quilt-a-long on instagram for the Patchwork Swoon quilt pattern. I jumped in with an unusual color scheme: cream, black, and peachy pink. The quilt top came together really fast and I really enjoyed the process.
As usual, I had plans to make the quilt bigger than the pattern specifications. I decided it would be cool to put smaller swoon blocks surrounding the large swoon motif. I did the math and cut everything. I soon discovered that my math was wrong and I stuffed it all into my closet and didn't touch it for nearly a full year!
Lately, I am really trying to finish projects, so I finally unearthed this project. My husband, who incidentally is much better at math than I am, helped me salvage my pink/orange 5" squares and I put a striking border around the quilt top:
I have to admit that I really love how it came out! It's so pretty- and so "me." You might have noticed I love to have the color black in my quilts. I just think it adds nearly effortless contrast to every project. I love it!
I decided to challenge myself and really quilt the quilt a ton- it was a great opportunity to practice my free motion quilting skills and I also embarked on "ruler work" (using a ruler to help guide the longarm to make designs). I felt like it was a safe project to practice on because the fabrics are so busy- no big blunders would be very noticeable. The quilting did take quite a long time and now I have a much better understanding as to why custom longarm quilting can be pretty pricey.
About three years ago, I bought nearly a full bolt of this Juliana Horner fabric at Joanns for just over $20. It provided the perfect backing and binding for this quilt and I am happy I finally put it to use.
This quilt is a keeper.... I could definitely see myself revisiting this pattern again. Wouldn't it be fun if I made one for each of my children with their favorite colors? They all like this quilt and it would just be so cool if I made blue (Gregory), purple (Charlotte), and orange (Owen) versions.....
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.