Remember back when I declared it Swoon-vember? Well now, 4 months later, I’m finally buckling down on my very own Swoon quilt. Many other people have been rockin’ the Swoon – check out the ~900 members in the flickr Swoon-a-long group!
This is quilt is important because it’s actually going to STAY in this house and be used every day on my very own couch. That’s right – this one’s for ME. And believe me, blankets matter in this 100 year old house that is insulated with what I can only assume are balled-up napkins.
I’m making my blocks using just two colors (in a variety of fabrics) and an ivory background: raspberry reds and toasty tans.
So I cut all of the pieces out in one or two power sessions – and set the plan to do this in as few super intense chain-piecing sessions as possible. This requires crazy organization – check out my shoebox o’ HSTs and a file folder with colors divided in sheet protectors.
But WOMP WOMP I cut everything before I discovered the Swoon community (was it even there back in November?) and their wise advice posted in the forums. As a result I DID cut those pesky squares for my HSTs at 3 7/8inches instead of 4inches… and now it’s time to square-up my HST blocks and the outlook was GRIM.
I stopped chain-piecing long enough to focus on one block and see if this was possible.
The result is… good, not great.
I think it’s definitely worth pushing forward. Once it’s quilted, I bet these little off-points will be even more unnoticeable.
Pulling out the starch and my prayer-rug. Wish me luck wrestling my Swoon! There’s no going back after having cut-up this much fabric…