My first stop in Christmas in July has to be FINALLY showing you my finished giant Christmas Swoon quilt! I showed you the pieces all laid out, about a hundred years ago, but things got all crazy and I never did share the FO. In fact, it’s been folded over the rocking chair ever since the holidays, waiting to be photographed. Whoops.
This quilt was made as a part of a little sewing challenge with friends; we all set out to use the wonderful Thimble Blossoms Swoon pattern in whatever way we liked. I’d wanted to make a Christmas quilt, so chose to make one gigantic single Swoon block! The finished size is abut 64″ square and I followed the Swoon instructions pretty much exactly, except for changing the dimensions.
I used almost only stash fabrics and scraps – reds and greens and low volume prints for the backgrounds – I only had to buy a few fat quarters at the Festival of Quilts last year to have enough for the full quilt.
For the back, I used a vintage sheet that had been in my stash since before I knew about vintage sheets – I just saw it at a charity shop and thought it was super-happy fabric. As I showed you in the post way back when, I also added those amazingly tacky Christmas cats into the back – oh, how I love them. They’re really just so, so bad.
I quilted in straight-ish vertical lines, not evenly spaced. This is definitely my favorite method of quilting so far – it’s cute and interesting somehow, but never distracts from the patchwork.
And then I finished it off with scrappy binding, which I LOVE. Scrappy binding for everything, I think – who’s with me?!
I have a whole lot of half-square triangles leftover, and scraps, and a crapton of the scrappy binding (I think there might possibly have been a calculation error, because I think I used less than half of what I made!). Is it crazy to consider a second Christmas quilt this year? Throw in some new prints and go with random half-square triangles every which way, perhaps? Nothing could possibly be cozier or Christmassier than a heap of quilts to cuddle under!
UPDATE!!! So many of you have asked for instructions for this Giant Swoon Quilt, that I thought I’d better update this post! I’m afraid I can’t share a pattern for this quilt, because that would be a violation of Thimble Blossom’s copyright on the Swoon pattern. The best I can do is this: if you have bought the Swoon pattern, you’ll see that the block is made up of a few quilt block elements. To up-size the Swoon block, view the block as an 8×8 grid and then using the finished size you want to aim for, work out the size each piece of that 8×8 grid has to be. Then just put them all together the same as any other Swoon block! It might help you to sketch it out on some graph paper if you’re having trouble visualizing what I mean!
I’m sorry I can’t share more, BUT wait! Because so many people have asked about my Giant Swoon Christmas quilt, I’ve decided to make a second holiday quilt this year, inspired by this one. It will also be a single, huge block, and I will host a quilt-along with full instructions starting in July (for Christmas in July, of course!). If you’d like to join in, keep an eye on the blog and start collecting Christmas fabrics!