Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Patchwork Swoon

The designer for the last  Aussie Charm Swap for 2015  was the amazing Tula Pink. The swaps are organised by the lovely Ms Midge
When it came time to make a quilt, it was a long time before I could decide what to do. As soon as I saw Camille Roskelley's Patchwork Swoon I immediately thought that Tula's wonderful fabrics might work.  The pattern called for cutting the charms into 2 1/2 inch squares. That took another couple of days of deliberating before I could make myself do that.

The pattern went together very easily once all of the 16 patches were made. Luckily I had some Fox Field scraps as I ran out with 2 of the 64 patches left to sew.   Some of the pieces cut off for the to Half Square Triangles  we also dismantled and used.
The centre star was using Bees Knees in Lapis from the Timeless Collection. The  star points are Hoppy Dot in Shade from Fox Field.
I was so happy with how the top turned out- a relief after cutting those charms into little bits.

Quilting - each element was quilted differently. The centre star was crosshatched, with the centre star in pebbles- well, stones and pebbles really. The outer star patchwork have straight lines on it with the narrow one having a little floral motif at the end of the centre one.  (I couldn't help myself)  For the star points I expanded on the little motif and made a little design with it. The background (which is Baby Geo in Shade from Fox Field) was stippled- a close dense stipple. It has given great texture to those areas. I kept it smallest around the Star, so the star really "pops" as a result.

For the label I made a Mini swoon block.  The backing is a Camo print from Moonshine.  The binding is Tent Stripes from Elizabeth.
I am thrilled with how this quilts have turned out. The Charm Swap has results on many gorgeous quilts. The fabrics have obviously been very inspiring.
This is finish No 2 for 2016.