Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rectangle Swoonerie

Rectangle Swoonerie

I showed a sneak peek of this quilt a few posts back. I'm calling it Rectangle Swoonerie, and I think I'm in love.

A few weeks back, I read a post on Melissa Averinos' yummygoods blog about a project she and Beth were organizing called "Handmade for the Holidays". What's that, you ask? Here's brief description from Melissa:


Handmade for the Holidays is an annual holiday charity crafting event in which we invite folks to create hand-knit (crocheted, sewn, etc) items for donation to local (Cape Cod, MA) women and children in need.

The idea is: warm, soft, cozy things. You know, things that convey love and comfort.


I immediately shot Melissa an email and said "I'm in". It took me only a few more minutes to decide what I wanted to make.

The first decision was easy. I came home from Quilt Market with a few fat quarter bundles of Melissa's new line, the aptly named "Swoon". I was chomping at the bit to create something with it, and a quilt to help Melissa's cause was the perfect fit.

I headed to my local shop to pick up some coordinates, and decided on a creamy solid and some Anna Maria Horner Garden Party dots that I thought played really nicely with Melissa's prints.

Rectangle Swoonerie

The next decision to make was what pattern to use. I had just picked up the latest Quilts and More magazine and found my inspiration. In that issue, Monica (aka the Happy Zombie) has a wonderful pattern called Rectangle Reverie. It was just perfect for showing off Melissa's large prints. And I love the supporting role that it would allow the dots to play.

Monica also has a really fun story about where her inspiration for the pattern came from. Here's a hint: "Make it work!"

Don't you love this pattern? You can find it here (and PDF version here).

Rectangle Swoonerie

Now I have some good news for you guys. After I completed the quilt top, I received a note from Melissa asking if I would hold the quilt a bit longer rather than donate it to Handmade for the Holidays. You see, she is planning something even bigger and better for the Spring, where the donations she has received might make an ever bigger difference to those in need. I don't know the final details yet, but if I was a betting man I'd bet that this quilt will be auctioned or raffled off, rather than simply donated. That means that you might have a chance to become its new owner! Of course, I'll let you all know as I learn more.

Rectangle Swoonerie

In the meantime, the quilt is laying on the back of my couch, pin-basted but not yet quilted. (And on that note, would any longarm quilters like to donate their services before I most likely ruin it by trying to quilt it myself? I can't offer to pay for quilting services since this will be a donation quilt, but I will be sure to sing your praises here on my blog and wherever the event is publicized!)
Edited to add: WOW! Less than an hour after my post went live, I was contacted by the amazing & generous Jackie of Canton Village Quilt Works. She offered to quilt Rectangle Swoonerie for me. Thanks so much, Jackie -- you're my hero! Please head over to Jackie's blog & help me thank her for her generous spirit (she's even got a giveaway going on at the moment) ... and check out her shop while you're over there!

I love the backing & binding that I picked out for the quilt, too. I'll show it off when the project is complete.

33 comments:

  1. Great way to show of some fantastic fabric! Thanks for all the links!

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  2. What a wonderful story and terrific quilt! I always love a good cause and would be happy to quilt this up for you! Just let me know if you would like me to do so.

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  3. I love this quilt. I went and got the pattern after seeing it. I'm modifying it to Full bed size (why does no on make bed size patterns?) and working on one now!!

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  4. The colors you used really make this quilt pop! I have this pattern and seeing your quilt has inspired me to give it a try with a different color scheme then suggested.

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  5. It's beautiful, John - I love the way it features the large prints! So many fabrics these days are too pretty to cut up, and it's nice to see designs that let those prints shine!

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  6. This is a beautiful quilt! I love the pattern and the fabrics you picked, they go so well with this design.

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  7. The pattern is great and those dots really fit in well with Melissa's fabrics! Thanks for the links to the patterns, I just may have to try that one! :)

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  8. This quilt is great. It lets each print stand out on their own.

    I'm still trying to come up with an idea for my Swoon. I normally don't think this large when I design. I'm a 2" kind of person, but I'm up for the challenge.

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  9. Wow- that is a darling quilt! I love the colors and the dots with the patterns. What a good cause, too.

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  10. What a beautiful and sounds like a great cause too!

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  11. I love this quilt. What a great way to show of large prints.

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  12. Wow, that is a gorgeous quilt top! Love the reasoning behind it too!

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  13. Well if that isn't a match made in charity heaven, I don't know what is!! I can't wait to see this lovely quilt after Jackie has worked her magic. Way to go John!

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  14. i am LOVING this quilt - fab-U-lous

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  15. What a great quilt. I love it when you can fold a quilt and it shines however you fold it!

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  16. 1flatlakegirl@gmail.com

    I love your color combos and patterns

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  17. The fabrics you chose look wonderful in that fabric!

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  18. Lovely quilt! The colours are lovely perfect pick on the sashing fabric!

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  19. I am speechless at what a beautiful quilt this is, and I can't wait to see it in person! Well done, you!

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  20. I love the pattern, I love your choice of fabrics and your sashing choice just makes everything pop. I would buy some raffle tickets for this quilt. Set it up on paypal?

    Thanks for sharing and I love your blog.

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  21. This might be my favorite quilt you've made yet!

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  22. Yay, quilt dad! thank you so much for your generosity and enthusiasm. I love how you used my swoon! xoxoxo

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  23. OMG that quilt is so beautiful! Can't wait to see how Jackie quilts it.

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  24. Wow, that is so beautiful! I love it, and the colors are wonderful!

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  25. Wow, this is one of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen. I love the layout & fabric you chose!

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  26. Beautiful quilt! I love the colors, design and fabric - great combination!

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  27. I'm so in love with this fantastic quilt! The pattern displays the amazing fabrics in such a perfect way, I just love everything about it!

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  28. How did it end up being quilted? Just curious :D

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  29. This is stunning - the colors, the design, everything. Love it.

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  30. This is so beautiful! Do you have another link to the pattern - it does not seem to be working for me :( Would love to use this for one of my charity quilts too :)

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