Last year I hosted a quilt along for the swoon quilt, the pattern by Camille Roskelley. I figured a few people would jump on board and join in with me. Maybe a couple of hundred if I was super lucky. I emailed back and forth with Camille as the weeks went by - mostly our emails were along the lines of 'have you seen how many people are in the group now?!!!!!' We were both really shocked it got as popular as it was. I think flickr was swamped with photos of swoon blocks last January and February. It was pretty awesome.
The flickr group now has over 1000 members. It's crazy. Needless to say, the quilt along was a massive success, and the flickr group was an amazing place for people to share their tips, and advice as we all made our quilts together. If you were thinking about making a swoon quilt, grab a copy of the pattern and then join the group - it's an amazing source for inspiration and hints.
My swoon quilt was a scrappy number using Habitat by Jay Mccarroll and moda crossweave in natural. It was scrappy mainly because I had some weird sized cuts of Habitat - some skinny quarters, some FQs, some half yards, some yardage and some smaller than FQ sized bits. I also couldn't keep my cutting organised and I gave up keeping everything in tidy stacks. It wasn't a true design choice, it was just easier that way.
I love that quilt so much. Angela Walters quilted it, and it lives on my bed. Much like child birth, where you soon forget the pain once it's over and done with and your baby is in your arms, I've been getting the itch to make another swoon, but slower this time.
There are 6 yards of Alexander Henry Downtown Dot in my stash, (which I'd originally bought to use as a quilt back but could never quite bring myself to actually use as just a quilt back), and I've signed up for Justine's Sew Solids Crew, a monthly stash builder of kona solids (I'm getting the 3 FQ option). I think 6 yards will give me 12 blocks, if my not so reliable quilt math is right. So that's what I'm going to do - 12 blocks, using 2 FQs from each month's bundle (and the leftover FQs I'll use on the back, or maybe as a pieced border), and I'll have a really big rainbow quilt by the end of the year.
December's fabrics were purples. I used dark violet and amethyst from my pack of 3 FQs. January's fabrics are greens - holly, peridot and candy green (pic below) - I can't wait to get them and make my next block!
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