Thursday, July 25, 2013

:: Swooning

After watching Camille's quilting class on Craftsy, I was so excited to start her Swoon quilt and use some of the cutting techniques I learned. (side note: her class is terrific)  We needed a quilt for our guest bedroom, but I wanted to branch out and do something different, and this Chicopee fabric by Denyse Schmidt was just the thing.
After it was all pieced together I tried to straight-line quilt it.   But being 80x80", I had to quilt the same direction each time (rather than rotating), so after about 7 lines, the backing fabric was gradually shifting.  As much as I don't like ripping, I knew it had to come out.
After getting a little advice from some of my Instagram friends, I started over.  Their suggestions made all the difference:  Use spray basting, or use extra pins.  Naturally, I did both.
It worked beautifully - perfectly.  And I'll never straight-line quilt a large quilt again without doing those 2 things. (thanks ladies!)
 The binding I made from my leftover scraps.  Have I ever mentioned I love scrappy bindings?
Pattern: Swoon by Camille Roskelley
Fabric: Chicopee (with a little Anna Maria Horner thrown in)
Solid white: Moda Bella bleached white 97
Backing: king sized sheet (on clearance for $7)


  1. Wow, Julia, it is stunning! What lucky guests you have. I watched Camille's class too, but I still haven't started my swoon. It's on the list!

  2. I love it! The straight line quilting is a perfect choice and it looks great!

  3. Looks great - I think I need to do a Swoon one day. I love everyone that I see.

  4. Denyse Schmidt and Swoon. All of your quilts are so well selected and executed. My seam ripper is my close companion, and I know how hard that can be, but it really does look great. Did you use spray basting along with extra pins?


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