Swoon Journey – The Backing

I started my Swoon quilt way back in January of 2012. I kept up with the swoon along on Flickr for a few months, I think I made 6 blocks before I stopped dead in my tracks.  Then last May for my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal, I swore I would finish my top, and I did!

Half Moon Modern Swoon Vertical - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI love this top! It is probably one of my most favorite (for me) quilts I’ve ever made.  Then I stopped dead in my tracks again.  The reason was/is silly but I bet many of you can identify…I didn’t want to cut into the remainder of my precious Half Moon Modern fabrics. After all, it is an out of print line that is still in high demand. If I cut them and used them…then I wouldn’t have them anymore.

Fast forward to January of 2014 and my self-imposed fabric diet.  I decided I wasn’t buying anymore fabric so I had better finish my projects with what I have!

My goal this month has been to make a backing for my Swoon.  I decided on a giant star so I could feature some of my favorite scissor prints from the line. I didn’t use a tutorial for the backing, though I know there are tons out there for giant stars.  Anne insists on having her picture taken with all of my quilting projects so here is the obligatory cute picture (sorry, I just can’t help myself but to share her adorableness).

Anne with Swoon Backing - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comAnd here is another one with the borders on. It is hugenormous if you can’t tell. 89″ x 89″

Swoon Backing - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

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13 Responses to Swoon Journey – The Backing

  1. Snoodles says:

    Gorgeous! Hope mine turns out half that well!

  2. Lisa C in Dallas says:

    I have earnestly been trying to overcome my allergy to solids. Since my experience with solids can be counted on one hand, this is a serious (not snarky or mean or anything else) question: if you have a front and a back out of a white background, I assume the batting acts as a barrier between the two? I fear I didn’t phrase that well. If you’re looking at the front, I assume the batting keeps you from seeing the bold colors of the backing and vice versa. But now that I actually type this, I guess it’s no different than the few times I’ve used white as a background on the front and an all-over print on the back. Okay, ignore me! Great job!

  3. The one thing that Lisa needs to remember, if you use lots of solid white on the front, you need to use a white batting or the cream batting will show through and make the white look dirty. Lovely quilt and backing! Love pieced backings!!!

  4. mary says:

    Well done it looks stunning. I can imagine that it was hard work dealing with pieces that big but definitely worth it!

  5. Susan says:

    Wow, just looking at the swoon blocks, I didn’t imagine it was so big! Perfect backing for the quilt – reversible! I’m glad you said this one’s for you. =)

  6. Lisa L. says:

    It is SO gorgeous! I am in love!

  7. Debbe says:

    Beautiful! You will have a reversible quilt when you are all done. Woot!

  8. Leslie says:

    Melissa this is just so great!! I love it and totally understand the hesitation about cutting into that fabric!!! This is awesome tho and so glad you did it!!!

  9. Jo Ferguson says:

    You named it right. I swooned when I saw it. It’s stunning. I love the photos of Anne. Her adorableness is infectious and she always makes me smile.

  10. Missy says:

    Your quilt turned out great! Congrats!

  11. Katy says:

    Love the back and front for this!

  12. I know exactly what you mean about stopping dead in your tracks and being afraid to cut up wonderful fabric 🙂

  13. CeLynn says:

    Yay a quilt just for you! I love it,the colors are just so bright and cherry,you have to smile 🙂 Anne is adorable next to the giant star!

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