Seven Swoon Blocks

In Spring of 2015 I cut the pieces for my first Swoon blocks. By February 2016 I had three finished blocks. Then they fell completely to the back burner.

When I joined Miss Love's Finishing School for the Winter 2019 QuIP session I decided to mostly pick projects that were really old WIPs and would be fun to work on. And mostly that they are projects for me. Finishing School runs for eight weeks and I chose to put my Swoon quilt in two of those slots, planning to finish two 24" blocks each week. Well, naturally the week 1 and 2 randomly selected projects were Swoon and Swoon. So, over the past two weeks I have finished four Swoon blocks! Here are all my blocks.

It is exciting to make progress on an old project. This leaves me just two more blocks plus sashing to finish my quilt top.

What old WIP do you miss working on? What's holding you back?

16 thoughts on “Seven Swoon Blocks

  1. Your blocks look so fabulous together! I can't wait to see what colors you've paired up for the last two blocks.

    When I have a WIP that I am not working on, usually it's because the project is at some sort of an impasse -- either a decision that I need to make and am putting off or I need to get something for the project. I did just order two yard of fabric so that I can finish the tops of two different quilts, so that's more productive than I normally am!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Alison. Stuck at an impasse is probably a common reason for setting aside a project. Do you usually only work on one project at a time?

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  2. Sarah, these are wonderful. I love this pattern. I made one large swoon as a holiday wall hanging which I really enjoy. But your colors - yikes, this is so pretty. Will it be bed sized? Love it.

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    1. sarah

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      Aww, thanks Bernie! I pulled some of these fabrics for a palette building challenge way back and this project was what sprung out of it. I've used these colors again and again and I love them! Not sure yet how big I'll make the borders and sashing. It's not going to live on a bed, but it may be a good guest quilt for when we have visitors.

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  3. I love the way you paid attention to the directionality of the fabric. Great color palette as well. I noticed you didn't break up the blocks into a bunch of HSTs as the original pattern used. Perhaps the pattern has been updated since I did mine? I think the larger pieces of fabric look better. I always feel good working on a UFO and am currently working on finishing my City Sampler, which is old.

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    1. sarah

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      Same pattern. I reworked the pattern to keep the large pieces of fabric uncut. ;-) City Sampler is another good one that I need to get back to.

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  4. Kathleen McCormick

    What is holding me back...time. That being said I must choose my Feb focus - have to look at the list and get one thing done. Love your swoon blocks. I made some years ago and I love them!

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    1. sarah

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      A monthly focus is a great idea! I have a "what deadline is screaming toward me?" system and that can be stressful. ;-) I'm glad I opted in for Finishing School so I could prioritize these WIPs with a deadline for making some progress. Thanks for visiting, Kathleen.

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  5. Hi Sarah, I’m so glad that you decided to resurrect your Swoon block project. These blocks are so awesome, and I think you know how much I love this palette. Are these the 24” swoon blocks or the 16” ones? Take care, Mary.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Mary. My favorite palette. This is the project that I first used the palette. These are the 24" blocks... pieced like the 16" pattern.

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  6. I love your Swoon blocks! They look amazing in these fabric combinations. What holds me back? No deadline. I'm way more likely to finish when I have a deadline looming over my project!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Jennifer. No deadline is my #1 problem for finishing things. UFO/WIP challenges are a help for that for me. Projects with deadlines jump the queue in the priority list.

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