Swooning Over Swoon

February 24, 2012

I was going to wait and post tomorrow, but it seems everyone wants more Swoon!!  First, let me start by saying it was an incredible honor to quilt for Thelma of Cupcakes 'n Daisies.  Thelma's blog was one of my most favorite blogs to read before I started mine, still is.  I remember the very first email I sent Thelma asking for her advice.  So it is incredibly awesome that I quilt for her now.  Thelma is an amazing piecer.  I swear her quilts were so flat, just like a sheet!!  An absolute pleasure to quilt.  Warning...lots-o-photos ahead.  :-)  Let me introduce Baby Swoon.
Baby Swoon is actually the second quilt I quilted for Thelma.  The first was her version of Mocha Trail.  I'll post all about that one in my next post.  These quilts each need their own post! :-)
I really had fun trying new quilt designs on this.  More of a contemporary/whimsical style.


I just love how the custom quilting looks on Swoon.  Of course, I took photos along the way while I was quilting.  Sometimes photos while the quilt is on the machine are my favorite because I can see the progress.
I know I already showed the back, but I think it's worth another look. :-)
I always love the backs nearly as much as the fronts of quilts!
A before quilting pic.
Let's see some of the specifics on this quilt...all the quilting is freehand.  I used my ruler to do a lot of stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting.  I used the white, Bleached Dream Cotton batting in the Select.  It's the mid-loft.  I LOVED it!!  I wanted a white batting to really make the white as white as possible in the quilt.  It was my first experience with this batting and I would gladly use it again!  The pattern is Swoon by Camille Roskelley.  The fabric is Carrie Nelson's Nine Dots. Just two thread changes in this quilt.
 I was a little nervous initially quilting for Thelma, but what I was most nervous about had nothing to do with the quilting...but the binding!  I also did the binding.  I know quilters like their binding done a certain way, so I did my best and held my breath.  I apply binding with my regular sewing machine to the front of the quilt and hand stitch to the back.  I haven't mastered the whole applying it with the longarm yet.  I surely wasn't going to practice on this quilt!! LOL!!!  Thankfully, Thelma loved the binding too.
Thelma sent me the nicest email when she received her quilts.  I was so moved by it that I actually printed it out and displayed in my studio!  It's nice to have a little inspiration during those times of frustration...cuz I never have those.  LOL!!  Thank you, Thelma!  It was really hard to send the quilts back, but when I could literally hear how thrilled Thelma was in her email, it made my whole day!

Make sure you stop by Thelma's blog to see her quilts at home.

39 comments:

  1. Really gorgeous quilting, Linda!

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  2. So gorgeous! I love how you quilted this quilt!

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  3. The quilting you did on this really adds to the overall quilt design but does not overpower it. Just gorgeous.

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  4. I am swooning over all of this!!!! beautiful quilt..i have been admiring many of these swoon blocks lately. Your quilting a wonderful..and i want to try that batting! mid loft eh? i think i would like that! I am glad you did not practice stitching the binding on with your LA! :)
    have a wonderful day!! now, to go check out Thelma's blog!!

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  5. Linda,
    Gorgeous quilting on Thelma's Swoon!! I saw it on Thelma's blog and instantly knew it was you who quilted it!
    Thelma is a perfectionist and I love seeing what she is working on! She was lucky to have you quilting her gorgeous quilt!
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  6. Now that's thinking outside of the box! Love what you did with that!! I'm thinking this will be one of the best quilted Swoons....out there!! And there is a lot out there!! GOOD JOB!!

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  7. Beautiful quilt. Your quilting it what makes it. You've done an excellent job on the quilting. I'm in awe when I see your work.

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  8. How stinkin' awesome is that?! Yay, you! It's perfect!

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  9. I love how this quilt turned out. I've never even heard of attaching binding with a longarm machine...going to have to look into that. Your pictures inspire me as always! Can't wait to see Mocha Trails pictures!

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  10. Definately worth "swooning" over. Very beautiful quilt. Love the fabrics Thelma used. Hugs,

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  11. Linda, your quilting is beautiful, I just want to see more and more, you inspire me to try different quilting on my quilts. x

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  12. You're so talented! No wonder Thelma loves what you did - I loved her Baby Swoon before it was quilted but now it sings, the quilting has brought depth and life to it!

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  13. Fabulous quilt...your quilting is amazing!

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  14. Beautiful quilting! It is no surprise she had a lovely email to you!!

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  15. Really beautiful quilting on a beautiful quilt , you deserve a nice email!

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  16. You did a fantastic job on this quilt. I love all the different designs you did. Gorgeous! Your binding looks wonderful too.

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  17. Your work is quite stunning! Beautiful job~

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  18. I'm swooning, too, Linda! No wonder Thelma is so happy - fantastic quilting!
    Cheers!

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  19. Wow, I really like the quilting you did. It is perfect for the blocks and the fabric used in the quilt. Great job!

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  20. Beautiful quilt and your quilting is something to swoon over, it is beautiful work and designs, I really love it.

    Debbie

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  21. I can understand why Thelma would write you a nice note. Your quilting is just amazing. It made the quilt sing!

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  22. I love Thelma's blog too, and her quilts are always beautiful. But...YOU ARE AMAZING! I don't think you give yourself enough credit. Wonderful quilting!!

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous quilting Linda. I can see why Thelma is delighted. It is swoon-a-lishous!

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  24. Your quilting is absolutely amazing. I am in awe of your talent!

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  25. Oh Linda you are a master - this is to die for!

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  26. Wonderful work! I love Thelma's blog myself...she is a master for sure and you made her topper perfect!You are a master quilter too!

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  27. You give the quilts such texture with all of the different motifs. Beautiful quilting to go with a beautiful quilt.

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  28. it was all spectacular, I'm sure that Thelma was more than pleased!
    I've heard good things about the so fine threads, am going to have to give them a try:-)
    Also, on my last blog post I had to share and gave your blog a nod. It is always a joy to pass along something that makes you happy to others!

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  29. That is absolutely stunning quilting - I love it!

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  30. You have outdone yourself again! It's truly a work of art. I seriously love your quilting.

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  31. Your quilting is just fantastic. Everytime I come over here and look at a quilt and think it's my favorite...I like the next one even better. This Swoon quilt is really gorgeous.

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  32. Gorgeous quilting job!!!!! Just wonderful!!

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  33. This is gorgeous quilting!
    Oh my... oh my..
    So lovely:-)

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  34. Great quilting, Linda, particularly the two borders. Great ideas!

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