Above, you can see how I quilted the middle using my domestic machine (a Janome Memory Craft 6300, since I know someone will ask! :) ). I found fast that with an almost king size quilt, it's MUCH easier to quilt in detail than in long strides (something like large connecting spirals, loops, etc. are very difficult). I decided not to quilt this in an all over pattern because quilting is my FAVORITE part of the process, and I hope to keep this quilt forever. I want it to be perfectly mine - also, a main reason I didn't send out to a longarm quilter (which I've never done, actually).
Here's when I decided to start quilting "the beast." My husband documented the moment - mainly because I moved to the dining room for extra room. Even with one large table and lots more room to adjust the quilt, it's really been a workout (hence why I've since taken a quilting break - I'll work on the last two borders soon).
Below are a couple progress pictures. I vaguely planned out what motifs I would use in each section and then just went for it! Pebbles and echos repeat on purpose, to echo the middle.
Detailed feathers (pattern by Anna Maria Horner - I only made four of them though!) surrounded by woodgrain.
The latest - that second to last border with the cats (which are for my husband because he loves cats) was really difficult. I definitely got my arm workout that day! And baby orange peels in the white!! It just made sense. You remember whose blog you're reading, right? ;) There's a hidden one too - do you see it? Oh yeah, and I don't mind sharing all those threads I have to bury.
The back is Anna Maria Horner's Echinacea flannel in Boost. We have one quilt with flannel ("Allons-y, Allonso"), and it's the warmest/most comfy quilt we own. I've been planning for this print to be the backing since it came out a couple years ago! It's one of my all-time favorites.
I can't wait to see the full quilt when it's done. Even I haven't seen it completely!! Excitement.
I'm documenting this quilt on Instagram using the hashtag #epicmedallionjs - there are more pictures there if you want to check it out!
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