Oct 1, 2012

"Swooning" into Autumn

Hi everyone!  I am participating in the "Fall Leafs Me Happy" Blog Hop.  The button is located on the right of my blog.
This blog hop is being hosted by Cherry, and Madame Samm who is a cheerleader for blog hops.  Thanks Madame Samm and Cherry :)
The theme of the blog hop is to make a 12 l/2" block using fall colored fabrics.
I made the "Swoon" quilt and loved making those blocks.
They were huge, 24 l/2" each.
Here is the pattern, showing off the blocks I love so much.

Image of Swoon- Pattern 142 PDF pattern

I decided to make this block for the blog hop but I had to make it half the size, converting it to a 12 l/2" block.
I call this block "Swooning into Autumn".
I chose an orange fall leaf color for the star.
Unfortunately the background color in the block is not true to life, because it is actually a sage green. 
The outside points are black (in autumn we turn our clocks back and it gets black outside very early) with green and orange dots.


This block is a little more true to color.
I added the next row.


Now the miniature "Swoon" block is complete.


I sandwiched the batting between the front and the back and safety pinned it together, preparing it for machine quilting.


I shadow quilted the star, with a l/4" stitch, and stitched in the ditch on the rest of the block.  
I used an eggplant mini check for the binding.
I thought of black, but the eggplant colored binding made the colors in the block "pop".


Here is my finished block.
"Swooning into Autumn".


Here is the back of the quilt.
I love this fabric.  Hallowe'en always means "fall" to me :)
I had to be careful with the quilting so that it wouldn't take away from the print on the back.


Here is a list of the other blogs that are participating in the
 "Fall Leafs Me Happy Blog Hop" today.
Visit them and leave a comment!


I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial today.


I have really enjoyed making this block and being part of this blog hop.
For more information all the other blogs that are participating through October 10, click on the "Fall Leafs Me Happy" button to the right of my blog.

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118 comments:

  1. That's a lovely autumn Swoon and what fun backing fabric.

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  2. You have made a very wonderful fall block and I love the backing. Thanks for sharing
    Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden

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  3. A great Swoon block! I have the pattern but I haven't made it yet!
    Thanks for sharing your version!

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  4. What a great swoon block. Love the backing! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Great block! Love all of your colors...really makes me want to swoon!

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  6. I love your fall colors! Great blocks, thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love your blocks! They are very interesting! Could you share your measurements for cutting?

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  8. Your little quilt turned out great! It's so cute in a smaller size. Love your fabrics.

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  9. Lovely mini swoon - thank you for sharing.

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  10. your project is beautiful. Makes me want to make more fall decor

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  11. I love that block. It turned out nice.

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  12. Love your little swoon block. I made that quilt too. Still haven't gotten it quilted, but I love that pattern. Thanks for sharing today.

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  13. That's a lovely autumn block!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Beautiful fabric choices. Love the backing!

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  15. What a great version of a swoon. I have made 2 swoon quilts and 1 jumbo swoon block (80 1/2 inches). Never thought to make it smaller. I am feeling challenged. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Your block turned out great, I love the colors!

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  17. Love your block, it reminds me of a sunburst! Great fabric on the back. Thanks for being part of the "Leaf me Happy" blog hop.

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  18. I love that block pattern too. It worked out nicely in those colors!

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  19. Pretty little Swoon! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  20. Lovely swoon block , I have yet to try that block but I sure do love it!

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  21. Your Swoon block is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. I do so love the swoon blocks! I would imagine re-sizing it was quite difficult, and something I would have probably given up on right away.

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  23. Love the fall colors in your swoom block!

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  24. Good Morning Cynthia...lovely swoon blocks..I am a swooning over your color choices..yes I am ...ohhhh and we are going to have to try a little harder to get on your inspiration blog roll...something to thrive for...

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  25. Cynthia, your swoon block truly is "swoon" worthy! It's beautiful!

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  26. Beautiful little swoon blocks and it looks wonderful quilted!

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  27. Well done, I love those Swoon blocks.

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  28. Very nice! Thanks for participating in the blog hop!

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  29. Love your block. I thought the first picture was it...then the second...Wow! at the finished block. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. great block - wonderful colors! thanks for sharing.

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  31. Great block - great tutorial! The change of row-by-row was such fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. love your fabric. neenajack@sbcglobal.net

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  33. I swooned, too! LOL It was just way to fun to pass up! :o)

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  34. I really want to tackle a Swoon block. That is just a wonderful pattern and looks great in autumn colors. I love the backing fabric too.

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  35. Halloween and Fall go together for me, too--love the colors and that block! Very nice! Thanks for hopping with us. :O)

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  36. Your swoon block is fantastic! I love that yellow wavy print you used. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. What a great block and sure like your back fabric.

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  38. A lovely block, and that retro fabric on the back is especially awesome!

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  39. What a great block and I adore the fabric on the back. A lovely use of fall colours.

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  40. great block and the backing is really fun fabric too.

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  41. Your block is really great. love how you quilted it. Thanks for sharing

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  42. Nice black and white block and I love the bag too!

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  43. Your block is spooktacular! The backing is perfect :)
    Thank you for sharing

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  44. VEry nice! I have to try a swoon block soon!

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  45. A fall swoon, I just swooned over it! Great choice of fabrics!

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  46. I've been eying the swoon myself. I loved the sheer size of it, but had so much going on, I didn't get to it(yet!). Now you've made me hungry for that one again...... I just might check my stash for some. It looks lovely in your colours! Thank you for showing!

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  47. Very nicely done! I like your swoon block, I have been tempted by that block as well!

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  48. Fabulous quilts - I love them all - love the halloween back too. Thanks for sharing.

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  49. Wow - love how you did your swoon block!
    And your material choices - perfect!

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  50. Swoon is a favorite block of mine also. Yours looks great, and the smaller size is a good idea for many projects.

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  51. Love your Swoon block and the colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Your swoon is to swoon over. The back is perfect!

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  53. Thank you for sharing your talent on a beautiful block. Love the backing fabric as well.

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  54. Love the block.....the fabric is beautiful.....

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  55. Hi!!! Very pretty!!!! Love the addition of the eggplant!!! Love the backing too!!!!

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  56. Gorgeous block. Love the fall colours. bonnielarson58@gmail.com

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  57. Beautiful blocks! Love the fabrics and the colors. Feels like fall here in South Texas...Thanks for sharing, Judith, Texas

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  58. Great selection of fabrics for your block. it is almost 3D, very effective. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. You fabric is perfect for your block...you did a great job, very nice.

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  60. I Love your Halloween Fabric Too!

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  61. Rosemary B here:
    The first one I like, I said awww, the second one OH, the third one I said wowowowie
    I LOVE this block and yours looks just wonderful great colors!!
    Thanks for sharing, very inspiring

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  62. That became one nice block! Thanks for sharing.

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  63. I like using one pattern in different color schemes. I'm doing that same thing with the Great Granny Blocks.
    Fall Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  64. Cynthia-Love the wavy fabric in you Swooning Autumn block, very seasonal. Thanks for sharing

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  65. I love your Swooning block - and especially love that you chose the halloween fabric for the back! blessings, marlene

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  66. Beautiful block!!! Thanks for sharing how you made it with us!

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  67. The "Swoon" block is a longtime favorite of mine ... you did it lovely justice!! Great job!!! :)

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  68. Your Swooning into Autumn block looks great!I haven't tried the Swoon pattern yet.

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  69. Your block is great!! You did a wonderful job on the tutorial.

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  70. wow your block turned out so very cool and very autumn. Thanks for sharing.

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  71. I just love your block. Thank you for sharing!!!

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  72. The Swoon blocks look good in all fabrics! Thanks for sharing.

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  73. Love all your blocks! Thank you for sharing.

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  74. So many ideas for the Fall. Great job on your block thanks for sharing it with us.

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  75. Thanks for sharing your blocks. They are all lovely. Great job!

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  76. Wow a mini swoon in fall colors! Thanks for sharing your creative block!

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  77. Love your swoon block and the choice of fabric.

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  78. Your swoon blocks made me swoon as well. Great job.
    cheers
    maggie in Maine
    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  79. I love you mini swoon block!! It looks wonderful!!!

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  80. Love your 'swoon' block. Thanks for the tut. Your backing fabric is really neat.

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  81. Very good. Love your fabrics.

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  82. Your fall Swoon block is great. Love the colors.

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  83. Interesting block. Very non-traditional but gorgeous.

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  84. I didn't realize the Swoon blocks were so large. You did a marvelous job with the block and also in the math because it turned out so well. Congratulations!

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  85. What a fun block...love your choice of fabrics!! TFS

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  86. Looks fantastic!! See ya next time you are here!!
    Nadine

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  87. Cynthia - Swoon is right! That block is awesome :o) Thanks for showing the tut and for hopping with us!

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  88. That is so pretty. I can imagine what it looks like in the sage green (one of my favorite colors. Thanks for sharing with us. I'll be leafing you now to visit the next blog.

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  89. Cynthia, great color choices for autumn. I love the swoon block and have the pattern. I have not make a block but someday soon I hope to make a Swoon quilt. Great job and thanks for sharing in the hop! Happy stitching, Pauline

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  90. what great colors for a halloween quilt too.
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

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  91. I would have never thought to use swoon blocks in Halloween fabric. Love it.

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  92. Wonderful block.Love your color choice.Thanks for sharing!

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  93. Ohhhhh I here by "Swoon" too!!! What beautiful block with the fabrics that are befitting such a wonderful time of year. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  94. I love it!!! Love your choice of fabrics for the block, as well as the backing. Happy Halloween & Autumn!

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  95. Thank you for sharing your beautiful block.

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  96. Great block. It is fun to see how the swoon block changes based on fabric placement. Yours is lovely.

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  97. I'm loving this blog hop. Orange is one of my favorite colors. Great job reducing the swoon block!

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  98. Oh I love it!!! and yes it says autumn to me and the backing takes me into the Halloween time thanks Quilter000

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  99. Hiya! I love this block, will have to add it to my favs list. Have a wonderful autumn. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  100. Swoon is just gorgeous. Love your fabrics.

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  101. Your block is lovely. Swoon blocks are so complicated! I love that yellow you used in the centre, it reminds me of the sun

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  102. Your swoon blocks are so pretty.I have a habit of making my blocks bigger than are probably called for but fun to do yours really look great Thanks for sharing.Becky

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  103. Wow, that is one very awesome block! And it does not seem to be as hard as it looks to put together. Thanks for sharing!

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  104. What great blocks. Thanks for participating and sharing with us. I have fallen in love with the Swoon pattern and was apprehensive. Now that I see the blocks made up close - I can do that! I love the pattern done in the fabrics you chose.

    I read on down in your blog. Thank you for participating with your not even being in your own home. One Saturday 3.5 months before my daughter's second child was to be born, I got a call and she said that I was a grandmother again. Wow! The first son had been premature and she had been told this son would not be. She lives in Albuquerque and her husband was in Santa Fe. Her in-laws took her to the hospital. Her husband made it back in 40 minutes just in time for the birth. They gave her the drug to help develop the lungs and to try to stop labor - both in vain! Her stepdad and I got in the car and drove out there. All the family there, including her husband had plans to be out of town. Her husband had a business trip with his boss planned to Wash, DC. So, everyone else went on with plans. I got to see the baby once. She got sick and ran a fever and couldn't even see the baby - just drop off milk. So, I left never even holding him. She is a teacher. She had taught on Friday and had him Saturday morning. She weighed 3 lbs 2 ozs. It was spring break. Then she went back to school the following Monday. They had planned for her sick leave for him to be born full term. She worked until he came home from the hospital and then she was home with him all summer. When she went back to school, teachers were offering to give her their sick leave but that was impossible. Another teacher had a student teacher, so some days the student teacher took her later classes and she could go to the hospital without a sub. She and her husband took it like champs since the first son was a preemie. The little guy just starting walking at about 17 months and does he ever have a personality. I'm headed out later this month to sit with the boys.

    May God richly bless your family.

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  105. "Swooning in Autumn"... is fantastic! I just love this block and yours is wonderful in autumnal colours. Your fabric for the backing had me grinning... a perfect choice!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  106. AWESOME! Love this pattern and now I definitely most have it, he he! Thanks for being a part of this hop and sharing your beautiful creation.

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