Giant Christmas Swoon FO (erm. 7 months later.)

Giant Christmas Swoon FO

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.

Giant Christmas Swoon FO

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.

Giant Christmas Swoon FO

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.

Giant Christmas Swoon FO

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?!

Giant Christmas Swoon FO

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!

16 Comments on Giant Christmas Swoon FO (erm. 7 months later.)

  1. Cheryl
    July 3, 2014 at 19:37 (3 years ago)

    Ooh pretty! I’m a big fan of the cats, I do love a bit of Christmas tack :)

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    • julie
      July 8, 2014 at 08:26 (3 years ago)

      Me too, definitely! I think Christmas either has to be really quiet and minimalist, or *really* over the top and tacky. There really is no inbetween. ;)

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  2. Karen
    July 3, 2014 at 22:13 (3 years ago)

    Oh, Julie! It is sooooo pretty!! And I’m definitely all for more Christmas quilts, the cosier the better! xx

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    • julie
      July 8, 2014 at 08:25 (3 years ago)

      Thank you!!! I definitely want to do another Christmas quilt – I loved having it around last year!

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  3. Pam
    July 6, 2014 at 18:58 (3 years ago)

    Absolutely a “swoon quilt”! Absolutely gorgeous! Well done you!

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    • julie
      July 8, 2014 at 08:25 (3 years ago)

      Aw, thanks so much, Pam! xoxo

      Reply
  4. vickey
    July 7, 2014 at 20:55 (3 years ago)

    Very pretty! Would you be able to tell me what size you made your pieces? For example did you double or triple the original fabric cutting instructions? If you don’t want to share that ok too :)

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    • julie
      July 8, 2014 at 08:24 (3 years ago)

      Thank you! It’s almost a year ago now that I worked out all the measurements and cut all the pieces, so my memory is a little fuzzy. But I remember that it was very confusing to simply scale it up, I had to think of it as a grid of block elements and work from there. So if you think of it as a grid, each of my ‘blocks’ have a *finished* size of 8″ (8.5″ with seam allowances). From there it’s easy enough to work the pattern backwards! :)

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  5. Piroska
    July 9, 2014 at 15:14 (3 years ago)

    Your quilt is stunning! I love the backing, too. I’m new to quilting, and I must say that I’m so inspired. :o)

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    • julie
      July 10, 2014 at 13:52 (3 years ago)

      Oh, you have NO idea how much that means to me! It feels like only a few days ago that I was admiring quilts online with no idea how to make them, saying the same to others. It’s so lovely to now in turn inspire you and your quilting! Thank you SO MUCH.

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  6. Raynor
    July 10, 2014 at 11:45 (3 years ago)

    Argh! The colors on the front are absolutely sublime! Gave me shivers. <3 <3 <3

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    • julie
      July 10, 2014 at 13:53 (3 years ago)

      Eeep! Thank you, Raynor – you’re the sweetest! xoxo

      Reply
  7. Annie Turner
    November 10, 2014 at 21:21 (3 years ago)

    How can I get the instructions for the giant Christmas Swoon?

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  8. Terry
    January 26, 2015 at 06:29 (2 years ago)

    I would love the instructions. Love it!

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  9. Angela
    February 9, 2015 at 03:45 (2 years ago)

    Love your giant Swoon! I’d be very happy to see any pattern for it. Thank you.

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  10. Susan
    February 22, 2015 at 13:39 (2 years ago)

    Love this, I will be making it too. Thank you for sharing with us

    Reply

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