This practice Swoon block incorporated my other favourite hobby, cycling. The bikes in the centre block are endlessly heading uphill, which is kinda how it felt on my 44-km ride today. It was a lovely bright day to be out cycling in the country, but I really began to run out of steam toward the end.
I quilted this with straight lines following an X in the middle (an idea borrowed from this quilty blog). The quilting is pretty dense and took forever, especially since I ripped out the initial X a few times due to annoying tension problems. But I think it looks really nice and gives the wall-hanging sturdiness.
I put aside my perfectionist tendencies when piecing this and didn't worry about getting the bikes all going in the same direction. And I have to say, it doesn't really bother me. Although I may be more careful with my full-size Swoon quilt. But look how these two pieces just happened to come together to make a perfect bike. Amazing! I couldn't have done that if I tried.
And then there's the back ...
I used up the fabric left from the front, including the leftover HSTs cut off from the piecing on front. But I still needed a bit more yardage, including for the sleeve to hang it, and didn't really have anything in the muted purple or orange. So I finally settled the green wavy/bubbly fabric from my stash. My reasoning was that the purple background fabric had splashes of bright green and yellow and it went with the polka dot fabric. But I dunno. It is really in your face. I realize it doesn't really matter because it's the back, but I think I'm still trying to decide what I think about the green. What do you think? Fabric choice fail?