When you say Swoon, in the quilting world, anyway, you’ll be overrun with thoughts of all the beautiful swoon-along quilt blocks that everyone is making. They are everywhere and so pretty with all the modern, well planned color schemes. Perfectly machine quilted…  Perfect in many ways. I kept looking at and drooling over them and thinking how familiar they all are. I need to make one, I have the perfect place. So old-fashioned with repeated blocks. It’s been a long time since I made a quilt of blocks. My early quilts were all block quilts. That’s all I knew at the time. That’s what the books had, that’s what Grandma made. And her grandma, I’m sure.

So pretty, I kept thinking, but haven’t I done one?

It is a new pattern and while I know I have memory issues surely my memory is not *that* short?!!  It must have been in a past life…..

So while digging through photos I came across it. I did make it.  In the year 2000.

It’s a completed scrappy queen size quilt with a mauvy pink theme to it. Some of that fabric I am still trying to use up!

I believe this was the first year myself and 5 siblings decided that our Christmas gifts would be handmade. Sister Kim set up an Excel spreadsheet that had everyone’s name and the next 6 years on it. We could plan ahead. I drew my Kim that first year, hmm…., and this is what she got. Hand quilted and made from my stash fabric.

Well, this is what started the tradition that continues with just a couple of us. I vote for store-bought, starting here and now! (Wait. Who has me this year??!!)

Does anyone know the real name to this old fashioned quilt???

Obviously I wasn’t into photographing quilts at the time….. Can we get a re-do???

And all these years later, she and her husband still sleep under. Even if it is mauve…

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8 Responses to Swoon-along

  1. Mary Smith says:

    I believe that the quilt block you have used is the Carpenter Star. There is a subtle difference in color layout from the Carpenter Star to the Swoon block.


    • sewfrench says:

      Wow and to think I never follow color placement when following a pattern. Oops! It does appear the difference could be placement of color. Someone else suggester Broken Star. Now I am going to have to see if I have any notes on this one!


  2. audrey says:

    and it’s still gorgeous today! don’t you just love finding out that you were ahead of the curve on this one?


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  4. Molly says:

    Gorgeous quilt! I have a tutorial to make a Carpenter Star saved and I’m hoping to get to work on it soon. I love them! You can really change the look with the fabric you use. I really don’t understand what makes that other block such an exciting pattern when it’s just a tiny bit different from a tried and true “oldie but goodie.”


  5. Melinda says:

    I am working my way back through your blog and came across this post…I actually balked at buying the Swoon pattern because I came across the Carpenter’s Wheel online at QuiltersCache.
    It’s pretty much exactly what you did. Which reminds me, I haven’t finished that quilt…!!!


  6. sewfrench says:

    I have confirmed this is indeed Carpenter’s Wheel. I have no idea what I made it from, I suspect a photo in an old book. Color placement is the important piece I didn’t buy into. t rarely buy patterns, either!


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