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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Medallion Edition Part 1

This weekend, I finally started my medallion quilt, which I've been designing for the better part of two months! I cut into my (preeeeciousssss) (yes, I'm a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan, got a problem?) Anna Maria Horner stash and some favorite low volume fabrics (oh yes, AND those Pearl Bracelets).



It started with a ribbon star from Fresh Lemon Quilts (a great tutorial!). I also considered this star as an option. Then, it grew to some geese-like (but really just HST) units (kind of light-to-dark with solids in the middle) radiating out by color. I originally intended to frame the ribbon star in a diamond (to give the illusion that it was "on point") but then I really wanted some of the AMH prints to shine (after all, that is mainly what this quilt is all about). I was more set on the "radiating out" than setting the block on point, so that's the direction I headed. This center medallion took so many hours of just fabric placement - I can't even tell you how many - but it was worth it!

Friends on IG helped me with fabric placements!

Overall, the quilt is going to be a guessing game. I'm not one to do a lot of quilty math so I'm just going to take it border-by-border and see how it goes. The next border will likely be thin and gray (Violet Craft birds?), and then I'll do a round of four AMH feathers. After that... well, you'll just have to see! However, I don't think there will be any more low-volume for a few more borders.



This quilt is really going to test me as a piecer. I have a feeling I'll need to borrow a friend's long arm to quilt it (any takers?) because it is going to be ENORMOUS when it's done. The medallion itself is over 20 x 20... I figured out I can *just* comfortably FMQ a queen size quilt on my Janome... a king size isn't going to happen. And FMQ will definitely happen! This quilt is going to be the *main* project I work on at Mid-Atlantic Mod (omg, it's only 2 weeks away!!!). More on that soon... it's almost time to start packing!

P.S. Any ideas for a medallion name? I'm close to just calling it "the Jess Medallion" so it has something, lol.



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12 comments:

  1. What about "Party Boxes"? The center looks like confetti exploding from opened boxes to me (ok, maybe I have a vivid imagination). .. . They are lovely colors.

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  2. "What hasss it got in its pocketsesss?" I'd call it One Quilt to Rule them All.,..

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  3. I love it, and I can't wait to see it in person! :)

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  4. Love this! You've made a great start!

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  5. It's lovely so far! I really hope I can start on my medallion quilt by summer, after working on Ashley's I just have the bug now--it was so fun! I really like the playing it by ear, and figuring each border as I went. I can't wait to see what you do with yours! And quilting it on a long arm will be so fun! le sigh, how I wish I had one...

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  6. It looks fantastic!! I'm a big amh fan too. You should call it the preeeecioussss medallion!

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  7. It looks great! I've always wanted to make one myself, but never got around to it.

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  8. Stunning! This has turned out great.

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  9. Lovin' this! What a fabulous start! You did choose the most perfect fabrics. Can't wait to see what you do next!

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  10. Great start -- maybe it's too early to dub it with a "name"?

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  11. I love that cute little low volume scissor print! This is coming along lovely, Jess. Enjoy working with so many of your favorites!

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