swoon block mini quilt

back in August, i asked for your advice on what to do with my “practice” swoon quilt block (pattern here). i got some really great suggestions (thanks guys!) and then….i sat on those suggestions! ha! i kind of liked having the block hanging up in my sewing room as it was, i didn’t have time to work on it, and it kept growing on me the longer it was hanging there. during that time, i decided a mini quilt for our bedroom wall would definitely be the way to go (once i was finally ready to finish it).

swoon mini quilt

then sometime in late September, Robin pulled together a sewing night at Modern Domestic with a still-pregnant Gail, so i quickly added a small border of kona snow around the outside to frame it, then basted it. once at MD, i took full advantage of the fancy pants Bernina machines (and the advice of my friends) to turn my swoon block into a mini quilt! oh man, big mistake sewing on one of those. suddenly my modest Brother machine, which has treated me well since i started sewing 3.5 years ago, felt like a hunk of garbage (what’s the phrase? “new hotness versus old brokeness?”). the Bernina quilted like a hot knife through butter, and i can’t get it out of my mind since.

swoon mini quilt

i have a savings fund going.

swoon mini quilt

anyway, you can see my quilting pattern a bit better on the back – i pretty much just outlined the star and kept the quilting minimal to let the design stand out. the backing is black yarn dyed essex linen. the binding is kona olive, of course, hand-finished. i think if i could make every project with yarn dyed black and kona olive, i would.

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it hangs supported by a dowel. i added pockets to the upper corners and sewed a little thread loop in the center (next time i think i’d do a fabric loop instead).

swoon mini quilt
now that the space is complete, i might pull together a little tour. you’ve seen bits and pieces but it might be fun to see the whole room, right? my bud Jessica sent me an awesome birthday surprise, too, which really ties the room together and will make an appearance when i show the rest of it! maybe later this week?

PS – i’m “skirtastop.com” now! kind of exciting. that’s another project that was procrastinated on – my husband bought me the domain name for Mother’s Day and we finally made the switch! i feel so grown up now! no need to update your feeds; the redirect should happen automatically…hopefully.  :)

34 thoughts on “swoon block mini quilt

  1. Rachel says:

    I’m so impressed, I’ve never done quilting like this yet, hope to get more into quilting in the future though… I really like the gray backing ~ I’m so into gray lately, so many of my recent sewing projects have had gray :)

  2. kim says:

    Yes, do a room tour! I haven’t been over in a while and would love to see the set-up. This quilt square is beautiful, by the way, I really love how it came together. The design and colors are just lovely. oh, and I’m glad that at least one of your friends remembered your birthday… boo, me! sorry! :(

  3. Running WIth Scissors says:

    congrats on the new domain! I actually bought one and am having such a frustrating time with the process! Especially because I’m going from blogger and bought it from google so it should have been easy to change (I thought!)

    Changing my feed!

  4. carolyn says:

    Yes, we definitely want a whole room tour! Such a beautiful quilt and I love the little pockets on the corner that allow you to hang it up. Ingenious! And congrats on your new domain name…the best part about it is how supportive your husband is of your endeavors. He must be one swell fellow :)

  5. nestedinstitches says:

    bwa ha ha ha haaaa… :) glad to be an enabler!

    the mini quilt is gorgeous! quilt blocks make such lovely wall hangings, don’t they? i think i need to make me some, too. what happened to the dark gray wall?

  6. rachel says:

    this is so awesome! i love it! wanna know something weird? last night, i had a dream that i met you. my family and i were out of town for a week for thanksgiving. as i was catching up on my google reader, i read about you and gail getting together and i was thinking of how awesome that would be. i don’t have anyone like that in my life! what a gift for you two!

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