Thursday, July 18, 2013

My finish with firsts........

I am so happy and pleased with the way my "2013 Swoon QAL" quilt came out!  I had a lot of firsts with this beauty!  First first..... this was my first QAL!

I quilted an all over loop-t-loop.....a first!  Especially on such a large quilt!!  It took 13 bobbins and about 5 hours to complete.
I sewed the label on before quilting.....a first!
I sewed down the binding by machine.....a first!  30 min as apposed to 4 hours.....yeah!
It is so exciting to see that binding.  I am definitely doing this again!!
Final dimensions are 78x78.  I am sure that all the dense quilting took up some of the size.  I forgot to measure it pre-quilting, but I do know that each block was right on with the 24 1/2" measurement.
Washed it immediately after completion.....a first!  I adore the crinkly effect it has.
Low volume fabrics.....a first!
The final measurement is 75x75! It already looks loved.  I made this project is for me!  It is the first quilt that I have made for myself in about 10 years!  It will be my cuddle up and watch TV quilt!  I am excited!

I am linking over to Whoop Whoop Fridays at Confessions of A Fabric Addict!  I am also linking over to Finish-It-Up Fridays at Crazy Mom Quilts!  These are both such exciting blog sites.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to link to these sites.  Find each button over to the right.

Also, it is very important to check out the Let's Get Acquainted - New Bloggers Blog Hop, hosted by Beth at Plum and June!  You will find the entire list of participants below.  Check them ALL out, it's a group of multi-talented women who have given this hop their all!  My day will be July 26!!

New Blogger Blog Hop Participant Schedule

Friday, June 7th
Nancy @ Owen's Olivia
Amy @ 13 Spools
Casey @ The Studiolo 
Nanette @ Yeah, I Made That

June 14

Julie @ Jolie Maxtin
Melissa @ Melia Mae Quilting
Adrianne @ On The Windy Side
Molli @ Molli Sparkles
Laura @ Little And Lots
Valerie @ Between Quilts

Friday, June 21
Leigh Anne @ Ella's Cottage
Stacey @ The Tilted Quilt
Sarah @ Quilt Candy
Jackie @ NW Patchwork
Erica @ Happy Fabric
Stephanie @ Simple Sewendipity
Lauren @ Seraphym

Friday, June 28
Green @ So Sew Green
Gwendellyn @ The Rainbow Revolts
Jessica @ Stitched In Thyme
Kathy @ Kayak Quilting
Michelle @ Factotum Of Arts
Kris @ Sew Sunshine
Camilla @ Faffling

Friday, July 5
Christa @ Christa Quilts!
Stephanie @ Quarter Incher

 July 12
Anne @ PlayCrafts
Cath @ Wombat Quilts
Sarah @ {no} hats in the house
Christen @ Love by Hand
Julie @ 627handworks

July 19
Alison @ Making Happyness
Ella and Nesta @ Ella & Nesta's Little Room
Nicole @ Modern Handcraft
Aylin @ AyliN-Nilya
Kelsey and Amanda @ Everyday Fray

July 26
RobinSue @ RobinSue Quilts
Elisa Lea @ Lovelea Designs
Elizabeth @ In The Boon Docks
Emily @ Sew E.T.
Em @ Sewing by Moonlight


Kim said...

Happy?? Pleased?? Vicki you are too, too modest!! I would be 'swooning lyrical' with your gorgeous quilt, from the clever colour combinations, the patterns of the fabrics, the binding AND the loopy many 'firsts' for you. How wonderful that this 'oh so beautiful' quilt is for li'l ole you!! Enjoy!!

Melissa at My Fabric Relish said...

How awesome! You get extra credit for finishing so early! Im only on two blocks. I love the quilting...might need to try out the loops.

Chris Dodsley @made by ChrissieD said...

I love you Swoon block colours and this has come together just beautifully. I wondered before what you'd be using the striped fabric for (I recently sent the very same fabric to my DIL in Seville so it caught my eye in a previous photo) - it looks amazing as the binding - totally sets off this quilt along with your fab quilting. You're so right to be pleased and happy! :)

suemac said...

Love your swoon. I have the fat quarters for mine but not the background fabric. I will get to it soon. Love the striped binding.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Love your Swoon quilt! I'm a huge fan of immediately washing and drying after I finish the the crinkle ;-)

Anonymous said...

What a charming Swoon and what a fabulous finish. Love the quilting in particular.

ChristaQuilts said...

Congrats on your finish! This is a great quilt and I am so proud of you for quilting it yourself!! Your quilted loops look awesome and add such wonderful texture to the quilt. Whoop whoop!!

Ava said...

Abosolutely gorgeous. The quilting is amazing. Did you sew the binding on from the front?

MsMidge said...

Your Swoon is divine! I'm so impressed you were able to get it through your machine to quilt! Lovely!

Carla said...

Well! Look at you go! This is wonderful

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation said...

Vicki, bravo to you for succeeding with so many firsts! I love machine binding and love quilting through my labels. It is just gorgeous! dare I say is totally swoon worthy!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Sarah Craig said...

Vicki, your Swoon quilt is awesome! Just gorgeous - colors, quilting, everything! Whoop whoop!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki .....just love your Swoon quilt it is gorgeous. I am stopping by your blog from Plum and June Lets Get Acquainted Monday. Have a fabulous day.........Marie

Unknown said...

Congrats! A grammy! It is so fun. En joy it.
By the way lovely, lovely quilt! I like the blocs and colors!

Vera said...

That is one lovely quilt! I like the quilting and the binding. Congrats on great finish!

Gemini Jen NZ said...

I am swooning over your swoon! It is absolutely gorgeous! I think I may need to give this popular pattern a go!

Lorna McMahon said...

So many firsts for you in this post... I think your Swoon deserves a first place ribbon! It is beautiful! I love the binding and am so happy for you that it went so well. Great finish! Very happy for you!

Lorna McMahon said...

PS. I hope you don't mind... I just had to share this on my facebook page with a link back!

Trepmom said...

All of your firsts came together in one fabulous finish! Your quilting is wonderful. I know you will enjoy it. You impress me, my friend! :)

CitricSugar said...

It turned out just beautifully - gorgeous!

Celine said...

Lots of first for a gorgeous quilt. It looks perfect and your binding by machine looks perfect too. Visiting from Val's Archive Tuesday

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Your binding definitely "popped"...and your machine binding came out perfect!!! I've tried it once....and didn't like how it came out on the back side...I'm probably missing a trick!(chuckles)

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