Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Swooning Along



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I spent Saturday swooning.  No, I wasn't ill - haha!  I was making Swoon blocks.  They are really not difficult, but they are a little tricky.  It's easy to mess up if you're not paying attention.

You know how with some block patterns once you "get it" you can just whiz along and put the pieces together and make perfect blocks?  I can't do that with Swoon.  I need to keep the instructions right there where I can see them.  I pin them up on my spool rack (a straight pin in a spool of serger thread makes a great bulletin board!) right above the sewing machine and look at them for every step.

The swoon pattern is all rectangles, squares, HSTs and Flying Geese, so the components aren't hard.  But somehow getting them in the right order baffles me.  I have found that once I finish all the HSTs and Flying Geese, if I lay them out in stacks and in sewing order next to the sewing machine it's easier to put them together correctly.  The 4 corners of the swoon pattern are all the same, so I stack them up and sew them assembly-line style.


Here are all those pieces in the above photo stitched together.  But one thing that blew my mind is that it is upside down for the next step.  I put several together wrong and had to take them apart.  Yes, my seam ripper is my {best} friend.  =P

It only takes a moment to flip the stack around so that it is "right side up", but boy did it help me.

Four blocks down.  Eight to go.  I'm swooning along.


7 comments:

  1. I love those blocks. That is on my bucket list!!! I love the size of them too.

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  2. I love these - I have Swoon on my 'to-do' list!!

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  3. I have never heard of this swoon block. Your are very lovely. Is there a pattern to buy for this? Love to have it.

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  4. Yours are lovely! Ive got one block made for my quilt. But my sister is getting married so I decided to make her a swoon! I cut one block at a time with my Marti Mitchell templates. I find it easier to cut. My design wall is in reach of my machine so I stick up all the pieces as I sew. It is easy to get confused.

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  5. I have been watching people make swoons for a while now and keep telling my self I need to make on.

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