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Swooning Around!

With a rare weekend off from work, I’ve taken the opportunity by the reins and dedicated my hours getting reacquainted with my sewing machine! Before getting back into my Quilt-Along series, there’s one block that I’ve always wanted to make and this weekend was perfect to finally do it!

It’s the Swoon block designed by Camille Roskelley at Thimble Blossoms. This block came out just at a time when I began to get really serious into patchwork and quilting. It seemed like everyone at the time were buzzing all about and making all of these beautiful Swoon blocks! So naturally, I just had to get in on the action! With the pattern bought, downloaded and printed, that’s as far as I got. Five years later, I’ve finally made my first one!

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And I love it!!

As I placed it up onto my design wall and stepped back, I exclaimed out loud, ‘Oh wow, it’s sooooo pretty!!!’ Because it is. It really, really is.

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The fabrics I used to make my Swoon include two basic solid colours; white and ice blue. The vibrant orange floral print is from a range by Victoria Findlay Wolfe called Mostly Manor. This particular print is called, Elise. (All info taken from the fabric selvedge.) I absolutely love the floral motifs in this print. So much so, for the centre unit I fussy-cut my favourite floral spray and made it centre of attention!

Sometime throughout this new year, I would love to make another one. If you can’t already guess, the block is quite time-consuming to make, all depending on how fast a sewer you are of course! Due to the extreme heat we’ve been living through in Sydney these past few days (40C+ temperatures!), it took me two days to complete this block. I’m sure if given the opportunity to make this block on a less hotter day, I could definitely have one whipped up in a day.

While it’s been so lovely to have some time to myself to do some ‘me-time’ sewing, it’s also time to get back into my Quilt-Along series! I left you all at the end of last year to catch up to Block Seven. It was the beautiful and very simple Indian Star block.

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Lots of you have been sharing your finished blocks with me on Instagram or Facebook and they’re all looking so great!!

This week I’ll be working on getting Block Eight filmed, edited and uploaded for you to sew together next weekend. The block that we’ll be making is called the Crystal Star block and is another simply designed block that you’ll be able to piece together in an afternoon.

Along with the rest of my Quilt-Along series, I’ve got some great videos and tutorials lined up for this year. I will be doing another Stop-Motion Embroidery video since the Christmas one I had promised was a total fail. (I always seem to misjudge how busy I actually am during the Christmas season!). I also want to try and do a few other crafty tutorials along with all of my other usual content; Monthly Favourites, a few hauls and even some daily/weekly vlogs (all depending on if I can find the confidence to do so!).

I also have a few little sewing room goals that I want to achieve this year. Before telling you what they are, can I tell you something really bad? Something that I’m kinda ashamed of and really makes me sad…

In the year 2016, I never finished one quilt. It’s been the first year since I started quilting eleven years ago that I didn’t produce a finished quilt. It feels a bit strange really. Last year was one of the busiest I’ve had in a long time and because of that I had to put to one side the thing I love to do the most just to keep my head above the water of life’s crushing responsibilities. Sigh..

HOWEVER!! All of that is changing this year! I will find the time and dedicate my all to my craft. My passion. My life. My love. My escape. My happy place!

Although I never actually finished a quilt last year, I did rediscover lots of quilt-tops that are ready to be basted, quilted and finished. So my sewing room goal for this year is to complete AT LEAST one of these many quilt-tops hiding inconveniently under my sewing table!

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My Colourplay Quilt-Top is top of the list!

As the year ticks away, I’ll try and keep you in the loop with how I’m travelling with these quilts. Every year I seem to make a promise to get all of my WIPs finished, but it never seems to happen. I wonder if this time next year I’ll be writing the same kind of words…

Before wrapping up today’s post, I wanted to share some happy snaps from my holiday! (I was going to make a vlog of my holiday for my YouTube channel, but I wasn’t all that happy with the little footage I actually captured!). I’ve just recently come back from a cruise on the Emerald Princess where we sailed from Sydney to Port Arthur and Hobart (Tasmania) and then Melbourne. It was just a short eight-night cruise but it was so lovely to get away from reality for a while and be a happy passenger on a pretty boat.

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Emerald Princess tendered in Port Arthur, Tasmania
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Emerald Princess docked at Hobart / GIANT slice of pizza / A delicious Chocolate dessert / The Atrium

Although I love visiting and exploring other countries, there’s nothing better than discovering the beautiful nooks-and-crannies in your own country. Whether that be learning something new about our history, exploring hidden bays and coves or marvelling at the different skylines and architecture that each major city has, forming a rich culture and persona.

A few of these photos you may’ve already seen of Instagram, but I thought I’d share them here for you too.

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Goodbye Sydney!!
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FORMAL NIGHT: Stateroom Selfie in the mirror!
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Ready to explore Hobart!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Happy Sewing, Friends!!

xx

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3 thoughts on “Swooning Around!

  1. I love your Swoon block! Wow! I have had the pattern for at least a year and still haven’t made a block yet. This is motivating me to try it. I completely understand why you weren’t able to finish a quilt last year. Life gets busy! It’s very hard to squeeze in everything. I am trying to fit in 30 minutes of sewing on as many days as I can in 2017. I’m a teacher, so while I am working my life is very busy. I am also fortunate because I get some days off during the year. Just keep at it! I love that drunkard’s path quilt top you made. It’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing the tutorials!

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  2. That is a beautiful Swoon block (I too bought the pattern when if first came out but haven’t even printed it out yet), and a lovely Colourplay quilt top you will I hope be able to quilt this year… I have confidence in you! I don’t even have a job, but am a bit of a hoarder and live in a tiny house so have no space to quilt at home (or even sew) — I must declutter enough to get space to put my sewing machine on the table!). But I did manage to convince a friend who has a very big house to have a “crafts weekend” over a long weekend last year and finally finally finally finished quilting and binding a jelly roll race with added accent squares quilt top which I gave to my niece for her graduation from Uni last May. My first quilt! Although I experienced some tension issues in the quilting because my old Pfaff1019 has a tiny tiny throat and no extension table, I am still very very proud of my accomplishment. And she LOVED it! She doesn’t sew herself, so she couldn’t believe I made a quilt for her. Now I have also completed a 64″ square “Minecraft Creeper” green squares quilt top for my nephew who turned 9 in January, have laid out the quilt sandwich and pin basted it all, and began machine quilting straight lines about 1/4″ away from the seams. I realized because I put thick flannel on the back it is too thick to machine quilt it all on my Pfaff, so have marked some neat geometric Minecraft figures in the centre of the quilt and began hand-quilting that part. I’ve also decided to machine stitch on the binding (from the back to the front, if you know what I mean), as this will never be an “heirloom” type quilt. I’m very confident I’ll be able to finish it soon, and then… who knows what else I can accomplish in 2017! You are an inspiration to this 50-something year old gal, Amanda. Thanks for your Youtube videos and your blog! ~Diana from Toronto.

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