Camille's blog and saw the link through to the Swoon Along on Flickr. I read the posts, and the fabric requirements - 18 fat quarters, then took the dogs for a walk and tried to justify starting another new project. About half way through the walk inspiration struck - the 18 fat quarters of Happy Mochi Yum Yum I had got for Christmas from Linda. It was fate. Justified! I joined when there were about 130 members. There's now over 1000 members!
Monica Solario Snow in blues, greens, yellows and whites. I needed a background fabric and fortuitously had also got some fabric vouchers for Christmas... I went to my LQS looking for a navy background fabric. Until we pulled the red fabric.... sold! It's a solid red from Aunt Grace.
|My first attempt at fussy cutting for the centre of this block|
I finished piecing the quilt top in March, and then waited for my sewing machine to be fixed (it was refusing to free motion quilt). Once fixed I practiced on my Ambrosia quilt. It was amazing the difference from broken machine to mended machine. I had thought it was me not being very good. Once I had practiced on Ambrosia, I went for it on the Swoon quilt with a tight stipple in all of the background fabric so that the stars in the pattern really popped! I was so pleased with how it turned out. I used red Aurifil both top and bottom, so you can see the stitching and the negative space where the stars are on the front really clearly on the back.
P.S. The Swoon Along became the Swooning on a Hop Along and is now a group for any of Camille's patterns - I've started Hopscotch, but not much progress to report so far!