Swell Finish and a Few Other Things

Hello Everyone! Are you as busy as I’ve been? I haven’t touched my sewing machine since last Saturday, almost a week now! My daughter has been home and between dentist appointments and shopping, I’ve been out almost every day. In my last post, I shared I was hoping to finish the Winterville quilt before my guild meeting on Monday. I spent a lot of time last week quilting, and by Saturday, I knew I wasn’t going to finish. I did share some progress shots on Instagram of the quilting. I probably have about two more days of quilting to do and so I will finish it after Christmas.

I do have my Swell quilt to share today. I’ve had it finished for over a week, but had to wait for a sunny day to take pictures.

I love this quilt! The fabric is very vintage looking with the colors and the Santa’s. I used a layer cake of Swell fabric by Urban Chiks for Moda to make the blocks along with the green Grunge and red Dot Grunge by Moda. The inner border is an ivory tone on tone dot that I’ve had in my stash for a long time. I went back and forth on using the red or green Santa’s for the outer border and am very happy I chose the green. The binding is one of the plaids from the Swell line, too,

I used Quilter’s Dream Wool batting and it has a nice and light loft. Perfect to cuddle up with.

I created the snowball center holly design using freezer paper.

I ironed about 5 layers of freezer paper together, then cut out the design,

Then I traced the design onto the quilt with the Air Erasable purple marker just before I was ready to quilt it.

I quilted on the markings, then echo quilted around it a few times to fill up the area. I used the ruler foot as a guide for the distance between the echo lines.

I quilted the whole quilt with light green (number 2886) 50 wt Aurifil thread. I used the Handi Quilter Multi Clamshells template for the continuous curves in the 9-patch blocks. You can see I placed the Washi tape on it so I would have a guideline to use for placement on the quilt.

In the small border, I quilted a double wishbone that I had seen Angela Walters do in one of her Midnight Quilt Shows. Not bad for a first time, my goal was to keep the loops opposite each other and overall, I managed that.

In the border, I quilted a swag with the holly leaves in between the swags with one on top of the swag and three in the corners. You can see it better from the back. I love the little holly print from the Swell line, too. I also have enough fabric leftover from the layer cake to make a mini quilt with some day!

By the way, this is my own quilt design. I made a table topper years ago in this design and thought the Swell fabric would be great to use for a full size quilt. The quilt is 66″ x 66″, so a perfect lap size. I’m thinking about writing it up as a pattern. Leave me a comment and tell me what do you think?

I hope you have a great weekend and safe travels if visiting family. Thanks for stopping by!

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9 Responses to Swell Finish and a Few Other Things

  1. Karen H says:

    Love the quilt- I think you should write up the pattern!! Have a very Merry Christmas


  2. Geri says:

    Oh Brenda, I think that is absolutely gorgeous. You should definitely write up this pattern. I wonder if I have a layer cake of Swell to make it?? I just love this


  3. lydia says:

    Do it! this is lovely and I love the vintage-y fabric.


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  6. Rene’ says:

    Love this! I have the fabric and will watch for your pattern! Thank you


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