Giant Winter Swoon Quilt

It’s finally finished! My giant winter swoon quilt!

I’ve been working on this quilt for nearly 3 months – and honestly, I’ve had it finished for at least one month – just waiting on binding. I started out making this as a gift for a swap I participated in back before Christmas – except when I got it all assembled I realized two things. 1) This is wayyy to big to mail cheaply. 2) I love this quilt too much to part with it. So I kept the big version, and cranked out a mini for the swap.

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With the snow we’re finally experiencing this week (yay snow!!!) I had some time to finish this beauty – and clearly Shinobi wanted to help. She does, after all, claim ALL quilts finished in this house. Seriously, this is a quilt-lovin’ cat.
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Like I said earlier, I’ve had this nearly finished for a while. But I kept debating on adding more quilting to the piece. I thought about going around the snowman circles with quilted circles, and possibly adding a design in the plaid bits, but, after laying it out and looking at all of the straight-line quilting I’d done in the white areas, it just felt complete. Also, as always, finished trumps perfect.GiantWinterSwoon_2

The fabric is all from my stash (except the backing fleece) and includes leftover pieces from my Christmas Tree Skirt and a couple of fat quarters of fun, snowman fabric purchased at a local quilt shop.GiantWinterSwoon_3

For the quilting, I stuck to concentric lines in the all of the white areas, which turned out to me much more quilting than I’m used to – but I love it so much. It’s just crinckley and wrinkley enough to be cuddle-worthy without being too heavy.GiantWinterSwoon_6

For the back, I used some plaid fleece – which makes it extra warm and hides the bobbing threads.GiantWinterSwoon_5

Below you can just see the quilting on the back. Excuse the stray bits – the fleece really does pick up everything.GiantWinterSwoon_8

To bind, I first sewed the bias tape to the backing, and then went along the front edge with a zig-zag stitch. Again, this is not my normal binding method, but I do love how it turned out. It was a perfect choice for this quilt.GiantWinterSwoon_4And, as with all of my quilts, this one is finished with a label and lots of love. That makes another project I can cross of my to-sew list. Also, this one passed the great-quilt test, and was snatched up by my Dad as soon as he got home. The fleece backing did him in – I’m sure of it.

What have you been working on lately?

 

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