It is my day to wrap up this week on the Modern Medallion Quilt Along. I got it stuck in my head a week or so ago that I would get it finished to show you all - and I meant, you know, a quilt top. BUT - my "focus" (as my Wombat Stew friends so graciously call it) kicked in yesterday, and I put in a marathon effort. I had it basted by lunchtime, and then put my foot down at 12.30pm. Quilted by 5.15pm (bloody basketball training) and then did the binding at 10pm!
I am SOOOOO absolutely thrilled with the end result, and am so glad that I took this project on. I was really questioning my sanity on the first day - and many days through the process - but it has taught me a lot about my quilty self. Firstly - I am not really an "improv" kinda gal. I'm also not a "wonky" chick. BUT - I am adaptable!
Without further ado, here my lovely friends, is my Modern Medallion Quilt - Anna Maria Horner style...
Isn't she beautiful? ALL of the prints are Anna Maria Horner. I think there are six fabric collections in total used. And a good majority of the low volume prints are from Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures and Botanics ranges. The finished size is 66" or 167cm square. Backing fabric from Ikea & Field Study by AMH. All pieced and quilted using Aurifil threads.
As per usual, I had no idea how I was going to quilt it, until the time came to quilt it. I quite literally basted it all over the show, with no purpose other than to keep it together. Then I rolled it up and sat at my machine. And started with the centre medallion. I used a beautiful variegated grey Aurifil 40wt thread, which you obviously can't see here, but will see later down the photo call. One giant feather (well my feathers still look a bit like palm prongs!) and lots of little pebbles with swirls. I will tell you now, it is FAR from perfect, but given the size of this giant, I tried my hardest to go slowly and to persevere. I was NOT giving up on my FMQ dreams for this little lady.
On the outer points of the NYB triangles, I changed to my favourite #2024 white thread and free motioned straight-ish lines. I've never FMQ'd straight-ish lines, but thought given the improv-ness (is that even a word!?!?) of the quilt, it would fit in well. And it does!
Each border has a different quilting finish. The red border has straight lines, wonky geese have a giant zip-zag. My curved borders are divine. The green has a yummy bright green Aurifil, echoing the curves. And the blue has a hot pink doing the same. It's much more fabulous from the back! The wonky crosses got some cross-hatched action and the triangles, some more FMQ straight-ish lines. And last but not least, the outside border is done using a variegated pink Aurifil, with some swirls.
A little close up of the quilting on the back. As I said - far from perfect, but imperfectly perfect in my eyes.
Just hanging around..... I loved photographing this! I stopped at the local skate park - lunchtime Friday - and there was a lone teenager sullenly watching me climbing up and down skate bowls and ramps in a dress, tights and boots! I just kept wondering why he wasn't at school..... Anyway - the binding...... I had another AMH print pencilled in for the binding, but when I asked my husband last night what he thought, he said it was too busy and his eyes couldn't focus!? And suggested black & white. I sulked, because I had no yardage of black and white. Or did I? I remembered I had some Waterfront Park domino dots, and quickly chopped it up and put it to work. I LOVE it!
I love that the back fits in with the low volume scheme of things. But am petrified at how grubby it will get whilst being used and loved!
And the glorious backside. I had grand GRAND plans of using an amazing OOP AMH fabric. But when I laid it all out - I didn't have enough!!! Cue more sulking. Then cue plan B....which entailed a quick trip to Ikea, solely for the purpose of this numbers print. And in breaking news - I walked out of there ONLY with the fabric! Unheard of. Back to the backing...... I love the blue pinwheels down the side. Love. Have I said Love enough?
Le sigh. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Crystal for making her quilt and putting the call out for bloggers to join in the hop. This quilt tested ALL of my quilting skills and patience - but I'm glad I persevered! And I'd also like to thank Angie from Gnome Angel for making me laugh throughout! And last but not least - I'd like to thank my husband! Who, for the first time in my quilting history, had more to say about this quilt than any other. And he used actual adjectives - lots of them! This quilt is now His. Well - Ours.
Now it's your turn to link up your progress! There's a linky down the bottom there for you to join up. Make sure you drop in and leave a comment on everyone's blogs! Encouragement is a quilter's best friend!