Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Just a "Swoonful" of Sugar

...helps this week!

As soccer season was winding down, I started a "Baby Swoon" obsession.  With my love of scraps and tote just chock full of them...what could be better than mini Swoon blocks?
I started out with a pink and have added a blue, purple, yellow and orange block.  They measure a square 11" when finished with 81 pieces in each block.  I'm sewing them together using Sun Rays Quilt Block from Twin Fibers.  I just love this way to frame a block!  These babies will somehow be incorporated with this block:


for a scrappy quilt for hubsy dear and I.  This is a full size (24.5" square I think) block with some much loved vintage and other scraps from the tote.  I will do more blocks based on colors like the baby Swoons and somehow make it all work.  At least, that's the plan.

I managed to finish up some of the Moda Buttercup Swoon blocks as well.








Library Gal Quilts commented on having a simplified way of doing the block and I need to contact her to pick her brain!  I have all the measurements (both for the big and baby blocks) memorized and could probably cut and sew one in my sleep!  But I sure do love the way this block looks.

The "Useful Baskets" scholarship campaigns continues. 
Hubsy sweets volunteered two for an auction for a very good cause, scholarships raised for a daycare. 
So here are my two contributions to the auction:


The colors today on the garden bench couldn't have matched more perfectly for this picture.
Three more to make for our own co-op scholarship fund.


Our 2011/2012 ECHS Strikers Soccer Team.  Middleman is far left on the bench.  They placed third in the Silver Division for 2nd Division for Nationals.  What an awesome thing to have hundreds of homeschooling families in one place for a weekend of soccer and fellowship!  World Vision will send soccer balls to a school in an underdeveloped nation for a small donation.  Middleman is writing up a proposal today to ask his fellow teammates to donate just a few dollars to share their passion with boys and girls in another country.
I love that kid!
Head on over to World Vision and see what you can do with just a few dollars to help change the world!

Also in the works this week is the binding of this quilt:


Not really sure I have a name for it yet.  It's made from vintage sheets and pillowcases and new (sometimes designer) fabric.  I decided to use Moda's Birdie for the binding.  Some loving, sweet, compassionate and super duper sister brought some home from Paducah last year for me.


I wasn't sure how to finish this one off because there's so much going on visually.  I had thought a solid, but didn't want to go out and purchase more fabric just for this.  Found the blue Birdie and it was perfect!


Here it is almost finished.  Just one more corner and half of a side and it's ready for the wash.  Just in time for the temps to drop tonight!


I'll be linking up with Lee at for WIP Wednesday.  Even when I don't get to post on Wednesdays, I still love to go through the other ladies' contributions and see what beautiful and creative things they're working on.  They're so inspriring and help take the doldrums away.  Hope you get a chance to go over and take a look!


Here's to the rest of the week treating us kindly!

39 comments:

  1. oh my goodness! you are such a busy gal!

    i swooning over the swoon blocks. so pretty!

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  2. Dee, you have been so busy and everything is so gorgeous! I love your Swoon blocks - it makes me want to drop everything and get to work on mine. And your quilt is just fabulous - how beautiful it is! You will sleep great under that - how could you not? (ha ha ha - the captcha word was "undies"!)

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  3. Beautiful Swoon Blocks!! And I'm loving that starflower quilt! The quilting is beautiful!!

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  4. The Swoon blocks are lovely. I haven't jumped onto the Swoon obsession yet - but you may have just persuaded me! :)

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  5. Your colors are beautiful! The Swoon blocks look great!

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  6. I really like teh scrappy sashing between the swoon blocks. Great idea!

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  7. That scrappy Swoon has got to be my most favorite one of all the ones I have seen. I seriously love that a lot. I hadn't jumped into the Swoon obsession yet either but I am totally digging the scrappy look!

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  8. Your work is beautiful...just beautiful..the quilt without a name is like a ray of sunshine..laying there with the sunlight hitting it....lovely

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  9. swoooooon! i'm working on that too, love them

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  10. Oh my goodness - Swoon goodness. Love it.

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  11. Oh wow, how wonderful this all is!

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  12. What a great job, you piece so exact, very nicely done! I am loving this "Swoon" pattern that keeps popping up everywhere, I will have to figure out where it comes from!

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  13. I love you Swoon blocks. The colours are just beautiful.

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  14. Such beautiful work and so many wonderful colours!

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  15. I love how you've used the vintage fabrics!

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  16. haa! LOVE your post title Dee! and your gorgeous swoon blocks! are they hard?!! I need to cave and get that pattern, I think I want to use hometown for it or a fig tree line. Your other quilt is G O R G E O U S!!!
    miss ya!

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  17. I have seen so many of those Swoon blocks. I love what you did with them. I guess I will have to give it a try :)

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  18. Oh, I love what you are doing with Swoon! I just finished a full-size Swoon if you are interested....It is such a fun pattern, isn't it?!

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  19. Your swoon stars are so pretty -- love the scrappy look. I adore the quilt with the vintage sheets too!! And I had to say awww about your son and the soccer ball donations. So thoughtful!!

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  20. Oh my gosh, those scrappy swoon blocks are just stunning!! So different and fresh!

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  21. The scrappy swoon blocks. wow. you have done a great job on them

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  22. Oh my... you have so many interesting and stunning projects going on. I made the basket too (great tutorial) and are planning to do the Swoon quilt as well. Just need the right fabric :)

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  23. Those blocks are very neat. I'm thinking they are about the same as what I am going to learn with the scrappy quilt.

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  24. Gorgeous mini scrappy swoons! Was it difficult to downsize the block.

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  25. Your Swoon is truly gorgeous! I have it on my to do list...

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  26. I like all the swoon blocks. Great for scraps.

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  27. Holy Cow woman! Fantastic things one and all. Your Swoon blocks fit their title.

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  28. oooh, mini swoons, big swoons, fabric buckets, & star quilt - I love them all!!! (& World Vision's cataloge, too)

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  29. What beautiful quilts you have! I love the swoon blocks.

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  30. All those swoon blocks are just lovely!

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  31. Nothing better than Swoon! I love them all! I also love your vintage sheet quilt, it is beautiful!

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  32. Love all your Swoon blocks! I've made a pretty normal full-size Swoon quilt + a very scrappy Super-sized Swoon. I really like the 'sweetness' of your scrappy Swoon though. What fun blocks!

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  33. I love all of your fabrics baskets and the starflowers, and of course Swoon - that is also on my "to do " list:)

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  34. Love your Swoon blocks! Great colors!

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