Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Mini Swoon Block...Amazing!

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The next guest blogger is Ramona from Ramona Rose. She is here to show you the tinyest little block, I guarantee you will be amazed!

Hey Everyone!

Like Tracey this is my first guest post, and I’m SO EXCITED! Thanks Sharon for inviting me over here today!

I started Swooning about a month or so ago, when I first pieced a Swoon quilt for Jennifer Sampou’s Quilt Market booth (for her new fabric line, Fiesta)... Angela Walters of Quilting is My Therapy did the quilting, and I WISH it was my quilt, as it’s GORGEOUS! (Jennifer’s booth even won a blue ribbon!)

I’m addicted.

I made a sample block for a class at my LQS, SewModern, with Christmas fabric. I think I might have to make it into another whole quilt; it’s just SO pretty. (BTW, the Xmas block fabrics are Kona White, Groove Geo Stripes Green, and Quilter's Linen Crimson)

I have a really hard time getting rid of scraps though, especially nice triangly ones like you’ll have leftover if you make a Swoon block (or quilt)... But if you’re only doing 1 block (like for a bee), what do you do with the leftovers?

How about a TEENY tiny mini-Swoon?

(full disclosure, I only used the Quilters Linen and Kona scraps. Groove was actually too large a print for this, but luckily I had some Bliss scraps, and this print is exactly the right scale for a mini-Swoon.)

This mini-Swoon is mostly paper pieced, and measures just 3 inches square!!!

I admit, I'm not good enough at math to figure out the percentage there, but just in case you don't know, the real Swoon blocks measure 24”!

Here it is in another colorway, with crayons for scale:

I admit, I usually press my seams to the side, but when you make a Swoon block (especially this small), make sure you press your seams open!

I'm still unable to answer my husband's bewildered “why?” about making a mini-swoon, but I do know that I LOVE it. Almost as much as the original.

I couldn’t get my hands on the Ruby prints I wanted in time to make a sample, but won't the dots be PERFECT for this?

Isn't that amazing! When Ramona sent me a sneak peak a few days ago I was blown away by how great it looked and how tiny the pieces are. And BTW the mini block is only 12.5% of the size of the big block (or so says my brainiac Husband)

If you are looking for the Swoon pattern heres a link for the PDF version and the paper pattern. Both are available at the Fat Quarter Shop along with Ruby!

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  1. So wish I had the skills and patience to do mini blocks! Awesome work...and thanks for sharing!


  2. Wow! That's amazing! I love the Swoon block but I'm not sure I'm confident enough to tackle such a tiny little block... but I'm in awe of anyone that can! Love it!

  3. Ramona, you crazy cat - is there nothing you can't do!?!!?


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