Later this year we celebrate 10 years of matrimony. We will be taking a trip back to our honeymoon destination, Hanalei Bay, Kauai. I can't express my excitement with words! So I thought a quilt was in order to commemorate our milestone year.
In the process of making this Swoon Quilt I carefully selected fabrics that I love and thought went well together. Many many fabrics were auditioned but didn't make the cut. I wanted to steer away from my first love (reproduction prints) to what I've matured into loving (modern, bold, & bohemian prints). I ended up with a mixture.
Although the swoon block is very traditional, which doesn't suit the theme of our home much; I feel the prints that won my heart over give it the modern-ness we both love. If I could go back to the beginning I think I would still use the traditional swoon block, but in a more modern approach, like maybe only a few down one side of the quilt, kind of the way Denyse Schmidt does it in her quilt pattern Point Me.
Mostly I love this quilt in parts, like each individual block, binding/backing fabric which is Drop Cloth by Jay McCarroll, and the hand stitches.
I hand quilted it, which felt like it took forever. I knew in the end I'd love the effect, which I do. As you can see it isn't perfect. One thing that bugged me at first was the subtle difference in whites. The saching was a second order of Kona Cotton in Snow. Now I don't mind it so much. I actually like it!
The size fits perfectly with our bed frame, which is incredibly hard to tuck anything into, even a sheet, but covers us perfectly.
To sum up my fabrics I used prints from Denyse Schmidt, Jay McCarroll, Anna Maria Horner, Juliana Horner, Joel Dewberry Martha Negley , Pat Bravo , Carrie Bloomston, Heather Bailey and Amy Butler. Solids were Kona Cotton in Snow, and Aqua.
This corner is the first I see when I walk in the room. It's my favorite!