swoon for mom

Here’s my finished swoon.

This quilt was really special for me to make.  I had gotten some Miscellany fabrics and kept thinking how much they reminded me of something my mom would love.  Plus I’ve always wanted to make her a quilt (I’ve dumped enough bags and totes on her to stuff her closets).

I’m was crazy excited when I got it back from being quilted the other day.  I could not sew the binding on fast enough, wrap it up, and dash it over to my mom and dad’s house to surprise her.  I could barely keep my lips shut these past few weeks.

I love my mom, she’s my best friend.  She’s been such a huge support for me.  I’ve learned an amazing amount of things from her and I am so grateful for that.

[I had to include this shot of this Annie’s Farm Stand text fabric, you see, it’s perfect because my mom runs the local farmers market (in my hometown in Minnesota no less) – so the Minnesota Grown text had to be in the block!]

And because I was so excited and wanted to make a label, I quick did this one on my machine, haven’t ever used the letters function before, but it was pretty cool.

Quilted by the lovely Lindsay, owner of  Eileen Quilts.  Thank Lindsay, you’re amazing!  Pieced by me, machine stitched binding.  Wohoo!

And a special thanks to my mom for holding up the beast in a 60 mph wind storm on top of the bluff at dusk! ♥

80 thoughts on “swoon for mom

  1. Jan says:

    It turned out fabulously! Mine’s being quilted right now, I hope it looks as great as yours.

  2. **nicke... says:

    i bet the outtake pictures were hilarious! i love the picture on very top where her feet are peaking out at the bottom and the quilt is wrapped around the tree. it is like she is hanging on! 😉 love the quilt anna, very very pretty. the quilting is great also. i love the BIG swirls.

  3. Grandma G says:

    That’s such a gorgeous quilt! What a lucky mom you have!

  4. Amy says:

    It’s beautiful Anna! How sweet of you to give it to your Mom.

  5. chris says:

    What a sweet, heart-felt gift. I know that feeling of being so excited to give something to someone you love…it’s one of the best in the world.

  6. oh wow !!! I absolutely love the grey & raspberry colors !!!
    there’s a lot of love put into that quilt.
    I noticed ‘Minnesota’ 🙂

  7. gail says:

    it’s just gorgeous, anna. those colors! wow.

  8. It’s got to be one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen. Love the modern shapes and especially the coloring. Lucky mom! Lucky daughter. 🙂

  9. Kris says:

    It is fabulous!!! She will cherish it! The color combo is wonderful, and the piece of fabric with her in mind for the farmers market, is great!!!

  10. Sarah says:

    I love swoon quilts and yours, and the story behind it, is especially beautiful! What a perfect gift for your Mom!

  11. Ashley says:

    so beautiful Anna! these colors are just gorgeous!! What a wonderful gift for your Mom!

    Love the quilting too – Lindsay just quilted the same pattern on one of my quilts! 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    First: Beautiful quilt Anna! I have a love of quilts but doubt I will ever tackle one (and if I did it wouldn’t look half as nice as this one!)

    Second: I love seeing your Mom on here!

    Third: Woot for La Crescent Farmer’s Market!


  13. woollykat says:

    I LOVE THIS QUILT! Such great prints and colors. What a special gift for your mom.

    Anna 🙂

  14. Beautiful quilt, beautiful pictures, beautiful mum!!

  15. Kristie says:

    It’s beautiful.

  16. Stunning!!! I love your colors scheme, and your mom looks so happy to have such a beautiful new quilt

  17. Emily says:

    It’s gorgeous! Having your mom for a best friend is such a blessing.

  18. Krista says:

    It turned out so beautifully! What a sweet gift for your mom. Woo hoo!

  19. Amy Friend says:

    What a special gift! I think you need to frame that lovely picture of your mom holding the quilt and put it in your home. I know it makes me smile and it’s not even MY mom!

  20. Elsa says:

    Beautiful! Your Mom will be thrilled!

  21. Carolyn says:

    Oh, Anna, it’s gorgeous! I love that you made it for your mom and included those special touches for for her. The quilt looks amazing and the pictures are beautiful (even if it was in the middle of a windstorm 🙂
    So lovely!

  22. Heather D. says:

    It’s so beautiful. I LOVE that you used a darker fabric for the background. Somehow it totally changes the usual feel of the Swoon, which is totally cool! How awesome to have a mom that is your best friend. 🙂


    P.S. If your machine is anything like mine, I believe you can snip those little threads between the words on your text because it locks in the stitches after each letter.

  23. Tiphaine says:

    absolutely magic !!! it is really really beautiful !

  24. Kathie says:

    Truly beautiful. Sounds like you are very lucky to have each other.

  25. De Merle says:

    It’s really beautifull! And what a lovely young mother you’ve got. She can be really proud of her daughter!

  26. Trisha says:

    Beautiful! And how special. I’m sure your mom was beyond happy with it.

  27. kristin says:

    Oh wow, it’s gorgeous! So perfect, and what an heirloom piece for your mom. Being able to make something so personal for someone you love is just the greatest feeling, isn’t it?

  28. Svetlana says:

    What an amazing quilt. Love your fabric choice, it looks fantastic.

  29. Jessica says:

    Yay, the moment I have been daydreaming of! It’s perfect, I love that you made it for your mom. She must have been ecstatic. Well done Anna!

  30. StarSpry says:

    Beautiful quilt!! I love this pattern and really one to get started on mine, but I haven’t decided on colors yet. I love how you used gray for the background color and the back of your quilt and label are fabulous 🙂

  31. Katy Cameron says:

    It’s gorgeous, and she looks so happy with it! Perfect choice of fabrics too :o)

  32. gret says:

    Oooh, I love this. Esoecially those greys pieced together on the back – stunning quilt!

  33. quilterbell says:

    It is a beautiful quilt!, congratulations!

  34. Oh Anna, it’s stunning! So gorgeous! I love how it turned out! Great job hun! Your mom is one lucky lady!

  35. Sew Much Ado says:

    It really is SO beautiful, Anna! What a lucky mom you have!

  36. Emily says:

    It’s so lovely!!

  37. Kerry says:

    It is so utterly perfect!

  38. Kristie says:

    Fantastic! I am sure she will treasure it. Moms are the best 🙂

  39. MaryAnnB says:

    OH WOW!! I absolutely love your choice of fabrics and that grey cross-weave (still have no clue why it was discontinued!). What a beautiful and special gift for your mom! I’ve been busy with some other projects so my Swoon is at a swoon-still LOL .. Might have to check out your quilter as I am looking for one!

  40. Jacey says:

    Anna, I love it so much. Wow. I knew it was going to be incredible, but it’s even better than I imagined. I love Miscellany so much! The pictures are beautiful. The bold solids are such a contrast to the wintery sky.

  41. Wow….you and your Mom must be over the Moon with this beautiful quilt! Fabulous choice of color and texture….The lighting and background are stunning. Wonderful photography on top of everything else….What an ARTIST you are. Hat’s off to you!


  42. rachel says:

    i love it! i really love the use of the greys and purples/magentas together. it works beautifully. your machine stitched label is very charming as well. a gorgeous quilt!

  43. Kristen says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Love the back with the text fabric. It’s all so wonderfully done.
    I hope you mom enjoys it for a long time.

  44. Prize for the most stunning Swoon and luckiest Mum ever!

  45. Delia says:

    It is so beautiful and you are such a loving daughter. The over-sized flowers…gorgeous.

    I am loving that machine stitch tag. Wow…how cool is that? I love the farmers market too. Your mom rocks for heading it up in your area.

  46. Jeni says:

    Looove it! The colors, the backing, the quilting! I bet your Mom loves it too 🙂

  47. Heather says:

    Your quilt turned out beautiful! I love the photos of it on such a windy day.

  48. beth lehman says:

    oh, anna – it is divine!!! what a special gift. the prints work just marvelously with that grey essex. lindsay does some great work – she did one for my daughter’s b-day – and lives pretty close to me. i got a stack very similiar to yours the last time fabric.com had a sale!

  49. amy smart says:

    Wow – it turned out BEAUTIFUL, Anna! I especially love that you made it for your mom. I’m sure she loves it.

  50. Tara says:

    Others have said it, but I’ll agree, this really is a beautiful quilt. Like. Gorgeous. Really really gorgeous!

  51. So gorgeous, Anna. Your mom must have been so excited to receive this. The colors are stunning together.

  52. Poppyprint says:

    What a fabulous gift for your mom. That’s so great you live close!

  53. Crinkled says:

    Beautiful. I bet your mum loved it and appreciated all the effort you put into it.

  54. Soul Sister says:

    This quilt is beautiful, you are so talented!! I love it:)

  55. Vanessa says:

    Totally jealous of your mum. In a good way! That is one gorgeous quilt and I absolutely love the colors you used.

  56. Kim says:

    That is really lovely – and I’m back to wanting to do the swoon quilt again!

  57. Audrey says:

    I’ve seen a whole lot of them, all beautiful (as is your mom) and yours is my new favorite!

  58. ayumills says:

    What a beautiful quilt you whipped up for your mom! It’s so beautiful and meaningful. Makes me want to make a quilt for my mom!

  59. Ammie says:

    Lovely details for a quilt perfectly suited to your mom. <3

  60. Beautiful quilt and fun to know that you are from Minnesota. I grew up in Arden Hills and much of my family still lives all over the state.

  61. Love the fabric combo you used! How sweet to make it for your mama!

  62. what a lovely act of love..my daughter is my best friend also. I am working on a batik curved pieced quilt for her..hope to give it to her for her May birthday,.your quilt is gorgeous, know your mom will treasure it always!!

  63. Dalya says:

    It’s incredibly so gorgeous! I love the colors and pretty much everything about it! The fabrics are so pretty too!
    A handmade quilt has so much meaning to it!

  64. Kathy P says:

    Your photographs are amazing! And the quilt is too! Great job!

  65. kj wuest says:

    Love the quilt and all the pics of it! Great job. 🙂 And lovely colors too.

  66. tusen says:

    I love how the colours and patterns of the fabrics look together in this quilt.
    Great photos too – your Mum is a tough one 🙂 All the best to her.

  67. Cindy says:

    Beautiful quilt, Anna! Love the colors. And how special to be for your Mom! I’m sure she’ll treasure it!!

  68. amy says:

    Anna, seriously now. that Swoon quilt is amazing. just beautiful!! xo amy

  69. dana says:

    awww. that’s so cute Anna…seeing your Mom with her pretty blanket. And wow, that quilt is amazing. Love it!

  70. That is the single most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen. And even more awesome, since you gave it to your mom. Aren’t moms the best??

  71. Mary says:

    Your quilt looks awesome! I’m sure your mom LOVED it!

  72. CitricSugar says:

    So beautiful. Love the greys and plums together. Gorgeous.

  73. those colors are beautiful. Your mom looks very happy. I love your blog, I’m so glad I found it. So inspirational.

  74. It is amazing I have only just started cutting out my fabric and I know it won’t look that good
    You are very talented – lucy mum

    Take Care Nic xo

  75. Anna, I love your images here along with your quilt. The first one of your mum being wrapped around it and the tree made me smile. You would have had so much fun together. Swoon for mom…perfect!

  76. EA Bussey says:

    Love this design and the colors are so pretty and give a relaxing feel. Precious pictures and a cherished relationship. Thanks for sharing.

  77. lili ash says:

    So beautiful! Love everything about it- such an amazing gift.

  78. ack! that quilt is so gorgeous it hurts!! i *never in a million years* would have picked those fabrics to go together, but you have some amazing taste. maybe next time we meet up at a fabric store i’ll have you shop for me 🙂

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