Friday, February 24, 2012

Swoon 2

First, I'd like to say that it is great fun to see all the messages on my last post!  The "raid-my-stash" giveaway is open until midnight on Monday (when I'll use a random number generator to select a winner -- should have mentioned that before, oops), so please head over and tell me what you'd like to add to your own fabric stash.

Now, a quick update on the "Swoon" quilt that is on simmering away on a back burner.  I pulled a range of chocolate and blueberry fabrics a few weeks ago and made the first of these giant blocks, using some brown "Henna Garden" and blue-on-brown Lecien basic dots:

Over the past couple of days I was inspired to prep all the half-square triangles for the remaining 8 blocks (still using Triangulations, which I adore!):

I went one step further, and also cut the solid squares and rectangles needed for each block -- leaving only the flying geese to construct.  The idea was to have most of the component parts ready to piece, so I could grab a spare hour here and there and make a little progress on this project.

That was the idea.

When I started construction of block 2 this morning, I expected it to take about 45 minutes, max.  But somehow it took me over two hours -- the same amount of time it took to make block 1 from scratch.  I made a few dumb mistakes and certainly kept the seam ripper busy.

As sewing-challenged as I seemed to be this morning I was determined to finish.  And I did.  And I like the block, made from some "Etchings" Paris map fabric and a very 50s-looking brown-on-cream print of forgotten provenance (all fabrics in this project are from my stash!). 

Ramone tried to steal the show, as usual:

It's hard to believe he was feral just  6 months ago. 

Anyway, I am happy with these Swoon blocks...but it may be a while before I make another one!

Next up: progress on my "bear paw" quilt....


Jan Maree said...

Hmmm, I really am going to have to get into making a some swoon blocks when I have time - they are so cool! Yours are looking great!

Sheila said...

Lots of your pics are blank,I am going to try later as I want to see those kitty pics.x Blogger!!!

Gill said...

I like your Swoon blocks! I haven't started mine yet!

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Weird, huh? Hopefully all is well now...let me know if any of the photos are still blank.

Sheila said...

I am back and it was worth it to see that puss - he's fabulous.
Also to tell you this -

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Stunning Swoon blocks! And I love Ramone, definitely the star of the show!