Well I couldn't resist the Swoon-along being run by Katy at I'm a Ginger Monkey. I had admired many quilts made from Camille Roskelley's Swoon Pattern on Flickr but dismissed it as too difficult for a simple pimple quilter like myself. However it is such a stunning pattern I just kept being drawn back until I couldn't resist any longer. I read a few posts that made me think maybe it wasn't as tricky as I thought. It turns out the block is made mostly with half-square triangles and flying geese. Now I've attempted these quilting staples before somewhat unsuccessfully but I see soooo many great blocks and quilts using HSTs that I reckoned it was about time I learned properly.
So armed with my new friends, spray starch and Frixion pen I had a trial swoon. Much to my surprise it came out fine yay! My heart was pounding when I sewed the final stitches I was so convinced I'd mess it up and end up with pieces that didn't fit together. I did have to unpick a bunch of HSTs not because the stitching was off but because I'd picked up the stack 3.5" squares instead of the 3 7/8" ones duh!
The starch has made loads of difference to the pieces staying true and not stretching and the Frixion pen is sheer genius. I know I'm late to the party on this pen but what a difference it makes to marking up fabric accurately. Just in case you're not aware of these pens here's a link to a video showing you how the lines
disappear when ironed, brilliant!
These Swoon blocks are a pretty huge 24" so I'll be trying out Quilt as You Go to save trying to wrestle a giant quilt through my machine. I'll be using this fab bundle of Anna Maria Horner Loulouthi that I've been building up over the last few months.
This will be a long term project so I'll probably only do one block a month. Why not go and take a look in the Flickr Group, there's well over 400 people Swooning-along so there must be just about every fabric combination you could ever wish to see there plus loads of great advice too.
Bye for now, happy sewing!