Warning: Long winded blog post to follow.... If you are interested in my thoughts on the Swoon pattern, read on. Otherwise, feel free to just scan through the pictures. ;)
I'll say it again, I am thee worst at naming quilts. This quilt is getting called the "Vintage Modern Swoon Quilt", since it was made from the Vintage Modern fabric line by Bonnie & Camille and the pattern is called Swoon, by Thimble Blossoms. It could also be called "Erin & Tom's Wedding Quilt" since I made this quilt as a wedding gift for my college bestie & her husband.
Let's see, what do I want to say about this quilt.... It measures 80" x 80", so it's kind of huge. It's the largest quilt I have made so far. Sadly, it is not quite large enough for a queen size bed. I know because I tested it out on my own bed. ;) I had contemplated making more blocks & making the quilt larger to fit on a full or queen bed, but in the end I decided that didn't make a whole lot of sense for my friends. I thought it would be best to make them more of a "throw" quilt. However, 80" x 80" is a helluva "throw" size quilt. Each block measures 24" finished, so if I had done 2 blocks across, the quilt would have been about 55" wide. Then, you have shrinkage from the quilting and washing, so I wasn't sure that it would be wide enough. Plus, I wasn't in love with the look of the quilt being 2 blocks across & 3 blocks down. So in the end, I decided to just go with the pattern as written and did a 3 x 3 block layout, with final measurements of 80" x 80". The quilt is in the wash as I type. Once it is washed & dried, I am going to measure again & see what the "final"dimensions are. In the past I have found my quilts to shrink about 5% from quilting + washing & drying, so I usually try to account for that when making a quilt. (I don't pre-wash my fabrics, because I think the sizing helps when cutting & sewing and also because I'm just plain too lazy to pre-wash and then have to press them. Plus, I like using pre-cuts & fat quarters.)
This is also the first time I have made a square quilt. It seems that quite a few of the patterns I have seen lately are square. When I started making this quilt, I thought that was no big deal. It turns out, for some reason it bothers me. Maybe it's just me. I think I just prefer the look & functionality of a rectangular quilt. I think if I was snuggling up on the couch watching TV or reading a book, I would be somewhat annoyed by the extra width of the quilt. Hopefully my friends are less picky than me...
I know this post is probably coming off quite negative. Don't get me wrong - I like the fabrics and I thought the pattern was really fun and fairly quick & easy to make. (Non-directional prints work best and can be chain pieced, which makes it even quicker.) I think I learned quite a bit about what I personally like best when making a quilt, and I'm glad for that.
After choosing the beige colored background fabric (which I am still so glad I did), I had thought I would use the same beige fabric for backing & binding. However, once I had the quilt top pieced, I just felt that there was a 'wow' factor missing and that the quilt needed something more. So I went with the matching red fabric for the backing & then also as the binding. (Since I machine stitch my binding, I like to match the binding & backing so you can't see my binding stitches as much.) I think the red binding really frames the quilt well and I'm so happy with that choice.
I used the long arm at my LQS and quilted a pantograph called "Oh My Feathers". I was a bit nervous about the quilting motif and thought about doing something more abstract, but I think the feather design turned out really well. It's always amazing to me just how much impact the quilting has.
|Photo taken by my Uncle John - I love how the quilting stands out in this picture|
I wish I was going to be giving this quilt to Erin & Tom in person, but I will be 34 weeks pregnant at the time of their wedding. The wedding is in California, and I live in Iowa, so I've decided to stay home just in case. I was 6 days "overdue" with my daughter, so I'm not sure how likely it is that I would go into labor out there, but I guess better safe than sorry....
Fabric: Quilt top - Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille for Moda & coordinating beige background fabric, also Moda
Batting - Hobbs Heirloom
Backing - Red Moda fabric
Binding - Red Moda fabric
Pattern: Swoon by Thimble Blossoms
Dimensions: 80" x 80"
Started quilt top: May 2nd, 2013
Finished quilt top: July 13th, 2013
Quilted: on long arm at Quilt-N-Kaboodle by me, with help from Kim Barrett
Made for: Erin Steenblock & Tom Chia for their wedding on August 10th, 2013
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