Have you seen the Swoon quilt design by Camille Roskelley around blog land?
There was a Swoon Along at the beginning of the year, which I would have enjoyed participating in, but at the time I was really on a roll with finishing some UFO's, and I was able to resist starting a new quilt. There is even a Flickr group for Swooners - you can see the amazing blocks and quilts here.
Because I really like the effect of this block design where each version looks so different depending on the fabrics used and placement of the lights and darks, I eventually did purchase the pattern (at Quilter's 9 Patch) and started collecting fabrics for my own version of Swoon.
Then I saw Gail's recently finished Swoon and Darlene's Aster Manor Swoon and I just had to get going and sew up a block of my own.
I decided to make each block from three different fabrics: white with black design background, and two prints... one primarily black and one yellow. Then I discovered that either I made a cutting error, or you can't get all the background pieces from 1 fat quarter. So I stuck in some similar white starry fabrics to finish up the block and I think it looks okay.
These blocks are HUGE at 24"!!
And the pieces are really large for me. I felt like Alice in Wonderland where my hands were too small and the pieces were too big. I prefer to spend most of my quilting time sewing tiny blocks - like my new favorite Alamo Star, which is 2.25" and has 17 pieces.
Just for fun and for a better sense of proportion, I put one of my little Alamo Star blocks in the center of my Swoon block.
That makes me smile!
It's back to sewing more Alamo Star blocks for me!