I knew once I started, I wouldn't be able to stop. So when I headed to the studio yesterday morning to attach my binding, the rest of my plans went out the window, my day was spent finishing my Swoon quilt...
I started by cutting my strips at 2 1/2 inches wide. This is the size I cut binding for all of my quilts.
Next, I joined all of my strips together, to form one long binding strip. Then I pressed the entire strip with wrong sides together along the length of the strip. My binding was now ready to attach to my quilt.
One of the things I don't do when attaching binding is trim the backing and batting (wadding) before stitching the binding in place, that is something I do afterwards. So, once my binding was all stitched in place, it was time to trim away the excess backing/batting, leaving just enough overhang to fill the binding once it's brought to the back and hand stitched in place.
After a few hours work, my binding was all stitched in place and ready for hand stitching. I grabbed my thread, scissors, needle and pins and along with my quilt, I headed home. I decided I would just do a little bit of hand stitching a day and take my time completing my quilt.
After ticking a few more jobs off my to do list at home, I set myself up on my bed in front of the fan (because it was another super hot day) and began my hand stitching. It didn't take me long to get one side finished and so throughout the rest of the day, I snuck in as much stitching as I could. I was super keen to finish my quilt.
After dinner was done and the kids were happily playing a game of monopoly, I managed to put in a block of time and finish my Swoon quilt. I was SO excited. I have loved the journey of making this quilt, using my friend Emma's gorgeous fabrics, choosing fabrics, piecing each block and finally putting the final stitches into my quilt. By the time I was finished, it was time to head to bed, so today I lay my new Swoon quilt on my bed and took some photos to show you.
So without further ado, here is my Terra Australis Swoon Quilt...
(P.S. Please imagine my bedroom walls being white. One day, if I ever get to renovate my room the walls will be white, not pink. The lighting isn't great in these first shots but you get the idea I am sure)
Doesn't the cable quilting look great. I am so grateful to Sarah for suggesting that pattern, it's probably one I would never have thought of on my own.
After trying the quilt on my bed, I decided that I really really wanted to show you the quilt in full, so I popped it up on the wall in Emily's room. The quilt is actually square but I had to tape it up (and photoshop the tape out) so please excuse my wonky photo. These shots are much more true to colour too. I honestly think that Swoon would make a great wall quilt too (if you had a wall large enough for it). It sure is a very striking quilt.
Thank you for traveling along on my Swoon journey. I truly have loved making this quilt. I love a challenge and I loved planning my blocks, making sure my fabrics were all in the same direction and basically just having fun. I can't wait to plan and start my next quilt now. I will be sure to take lots of photos and share that journey with you too...