Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Swell Quilt Top Finish!

I guess when it comes to quilting I'm a debater... are you too? I'm almost always back and forth about some issue, putting projects on hold until I figure out my dilemma, and picking them back up again when it feels right. With that being said, it should be no surprise that this quilt top finish is certainly no exception. 

Just a few stats to bring you up to speed:

Quilt pattern: Camille Roskelley's "Swell" from her Simply Retro book.
Started: February 2014
Fabrics: Various Amy Butler collections and Kona Cotton white
Quilt top: FINISHED! (if I could figure out a way to make trumpets sound at this point, I would. Please imagine them now.)
Current Status: Working on backing, then once basted, under the machine for quilting!
Issues: Completed listed size (
63 x 75), but after much debate decided to make larger. Initially indecisive about whether to put border as shown in original quilt. Decided to leave the border off and extend the design.
Finished quilt top size: 83 x 91 in. (210 x 230 cm)

NOTE: When my 6'5" (195 cm) husband had to stand on a kids chair for this photo, and it still drug the ground... made me realize just how huge this baby has grown to be! (I have to admit I’m a little worried about getting  this thing  though my normal sewing machine to quilt). I am planning very simple quilting on this one, which will hopefully make this happen quickly.

Are you dragging your feet this week on a project? Having any size dilemmas? Any particular quilting issues?

Linking up to WIP Wednesday and Let's Bee Social.


  1. You can do it!It's a lovely quilt! I have a book by Marti Mitchell on how to quilt large quilts on a DSM. I haven't tried the techniques yet but I'm sure you can find a method that will help. One of the ones she recommends is adding the batting a little at a time - for example, baste and quilt a column of batting along the center of the quilt and then add one side of batting at a time, stitching the batting together, and then quilting each side. I don't think I'm explaining it very well but you'll be able to figure something out and make it work.

  2. Wow, das ist wirklich riesig! Und wunderschön!
    An Deiner Stelle würde ich mich jetzt erstmal eine Weile vor dem Quilten drücken... ;-)
    Soviel zu der Frage, ob ich auch ein "debater" bin - definitiv! Ich kann mir monatelang (oder auch jahrelang) Gedanken über eine passende Rückseite oder den optimalen Bingingstoff machen. In den Sommerferien habe ich aber vier Quilts geschafft, jetzt muss nur noch mein Mann mal zuhause sein, um sie hoch zu halten :-)

    Ich lese schon so viele Jahre Deinen Blog, da wurde es wirklich mal Zeit für einen Kommentar und herzliche Grüße,

  3. It's brilliant, well done! I think big quilts are wonderful so totally understand how it's grown!

  4. Beautifully done. I'm that way with projects, sometimes they have to sit a bit before I can figure out a final direction. The wait on Swell was certainly worth it.

  5. YAY!!! It's beautiful ~ I can't wait to see how you finish it.
    I recently quilted 2 queen sized quilts on my home (not very big) machine. The black and white that was quilted with the walking foot, going around and around dresdens was a bit of a bear. The one I FMQed, though, fit surprisingly fine. I did experience a good bit of 'drag' so before quilting my next quilt (which was only 60x72) I bought an $8 teflon oven mat ~ oh my goodness, that thing turned my sewing bed/extension table into a slip and slide. This is what I bought I'm sure you could find/order something similar.

  6. What a beautiful quilt and yes...huge! I love the colors! Quilting it will be a challenge, but one you can do for sure! Good luck with the finish, it will be worth it!

  7. Visiting from Let's Bee Social. Looks wonderful! Quilting on a domestic sounds like a challenge, but one that will be worthwhile.

  8. This is just gorgeous - well worth the wait. Issues? Lots at the moment but slowly working through them and learning from them!!

  9. A beautiful quilt top. I have just posted about my dilemma on how to I am going to quilt my envelope quilt. It is basted ready to go, and I don't know what I will do. May have to stay rolled up for a while yet.

  10. Yeahh, congratulations & enjoy!

  11. It's a beautiful quilt top - congratulations on this one!

  12. Thanks for finally talking about > "Swell Quilt Top Finish!" < Loved it!

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