It was about a month or so ago that I finished my Swoon quilt. You can read all about that HERE. I was SO excited to fully complete my quilt, and knowing that it was way too large for me to quilt myself, I contacted the lovely Sarah of Patchworks Plus and asked her if she would be interested in quilting my Swoon quilt for me.
I was very excited when Sarah said she'd love to quilt my Swoon quilt for me. We began chatting via email, with Sarah giving me the link to her patterns for quilting for me to choose from. I always love to be guided by the design the quilter thinks will suit my quilt, so after some chatting back and forth, we decided that a cable pattern would be well suited to the style of my Swoon quilt.
I bundled up my quilt, with some batting and backing and posted it all off to Tasmania to Sarah. I always get nervous sending my quilts away, so was very relieved when it arrived safely with Sarah. I didn't have long at all to wait until it was my turn for my Swoon quilt to be loaded on Sarah's machine and quilted.
Sarah was so lovely to communicate with throughout this whole process, and kept me updated every step of the way. If she wasn't updating me via email, then she was sharing sneak peeks and photos on Instagram. Here was my first peek at my quilt being quilted (photo shared by Sarah on Instagram).
It was SO exciting to see the quilting being stitched onto my quilt. I remember checking Instagram quite a bit (a lot) that weekend, hoping for more updates. Sarah didn't disappoint and updated me with a gorgeous photo of the back of my quilt. It certainly was looking pretty awesome.
Before posting my quilt back to me, Sarah shared a private photo with me through Instagram (I LOVE Instagram), of my completed quilt top. It's really hard to tell in these photos and if you aren't familiar with the Swoon quilt, let me tell you, this is a HUGE quilt, like King sized, so to have Sarah do such a beautiful job of quilting it for me was just so wonderful. I couldn't wait to get this baby home, bound and onto my bed.
Sarah kept me updated every step of the way, even letting me know when my quilt was being posted (so that I could stalk my PO Box).
It didn't take too long for my Swoon quilt to travel back up here, all the way from Tasmania. Sarah had carefully packaged my quilt in a lovely green, zippered bag to keep it safe while traveling. On the day it arrived home, I couldn't wait to open it and take a look.
Isn't it gorgeous!!!
I carefully unwrapped my quilt and spread it out on my bed. I just love my Swoon quilt made with my friend Emma's gorgeous Terra Autralia fabrics and quilted by the lovely Sarah. I was a happy girl indeed.
I was super desperate to bind my Swoon quilt but life and deadlines got in the way. Then I needed to focus all of my stitching energies on making my quilt using Emma's new range, The Linen Cupboard, for Quilters Companion. Now that these deadlines have been met, tonight is the night. I hope to head to the studio tonight and attach my binding, then over the coming days I will sit and hand stitch my binding in place. Huge thanks to Sarah for quilting my quilt for me, I love it.
I will be back to show you lots of photos of my finished Swoon quilt once the binding is all in place. Now onto dreaming of the next quilt I am making...