Modern Medallion Quilt by Jess

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
In Progress
Started:
2012-05-11T00:00:00Z
Finished:
Tutorial:

Description

As part of Handstitched class on Stitched in Color (blog), I'm creating a Modern Medallion quilt. Since this will be a summery quilt, I selected shot cottons as the solids along with some essex linen. For the prints, I really wanted to keep it bright and summer, with a few florals from the Flea Market Fancy line plus a few plaids from Lucy's Crab Shack/ Sunkissed/ Reunion and some geometrics/blenders I think I've got a good summer vibe without being too crazy. Still think I may need some bolder colored prints (like the Outfoxed shown) but we'll see as it progresses what I need to add or subtract.

6/9/12 - Reverse applique is done. This is actually my second try. The first I just wasn't feeling as good about it (I had fears of it shredding to pieces in the wash), but was careful with this one to be very careful and make sure the seams were as secure as they could be. I'll make my first attempt into a pillow since that won't get washed quite as much and if it should fall apart, it won't make me cry.

6/28/12 - I'm about halfway through the HST embroidery with less than a week to finish! I have a feeling I might be embroidering here and there in the coming weeks to catch up - heard each jewel takes over an hour. Love what it's doing to the quilt and enjoying the process. It's great that I can hang out on the sofa with my husband and still be sewing.

7/8/12 - I've completed the HST embroidery and outlined all the jewels. But since I'm behind, I'm going to skip the satin stitch (for jewels) for now and will go back later once I'm caught up. This week is English paper piecing so I'm hoping it goes well! We'll see!

7/17/12 - Completed the paper piecing round. Ditched the storm at sea blocks in the corners and did a modified block instead (inspired by +Terryt1955). It was supposed to be hand pieced, but I did end up machine piecing so that I could finish on time since I wasn't really enjoying it. I did enjoy some EPP with some hexies, but I think because I wasn't really feeling this block to begin with that I wasn't excited to work on it. Feeling better about it now  though and I do like the patchwork, but noticed in photos that it looks a little bit crazy....

4/8/13 - Gah - still working on this one. I think I stalled out on this round because after that, I just didn't loove the original pattern's direction. I'm struggling as I'd like to keep going with some form of applique as the pattern specifies, but just think it needs broken up a bit, a bit too busy for my eyes. I thought about adding a white border, followed by a larger linen border with applique dogwood blossoms in the corners with maybe some appliqued falling petals, but I don't really know. Just stalled at the moment creatively and since it's already been quite a bit of a time investment, I want to like it!

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Comments

True

I just saw the finished quilt on blog it is lovely...will love seeing what you do with yours!

Terryt1955

Oh I love the gray floral and the solids with the teals,cranberry and yellow. It reminds me of a very cool vintage wallpaper in my parents first home. I am so envious of your fabrics!

True

I love all these colors!

Rebecca

Those shot cottons are so pretty -and I like the other fabrics you selected too. Can't wait to see this as it comes together!

Amanda

I agree - i think these colors are beautiful. Can't wait to see it!

Laweigel

ooooo love the solids with the prints...have fun!

Jennifleur

Can you link to the pattern? I'd love to see what you're going to do with this beautiful set of fabrics!

Jess

Just added the link to the tutorial project info.

Terryt1955

What is a shot cotton? And I love your new additions!!

Jess

It's a cotton fabric where instead of being woven and then dyed to create a very solid color fabric, the warp and weft yarns are dyed separately and are two different colors (sort of like the blue and white threads in denim) and then they are woven together. It ends up giving some depth to the fabric since there is some visual interest created by the two different yarns. They are also a little softer and lighter in feel than typical quilting cottons. They looked and felt very summery and have a slightly more muted, soft color than Kona which I thought would be nice for this quilt.

Jess

Also I am learning more about fabric now than I ever did taking my college textiles class. Guess it helps to be interested!

Terryt1955

Thanks for the explanation Jess. This name keeps cropping up lately. I'm going to go google it to see what they look like.....

Terryt1955

Duh, you have yours posted. They remind me of the old polyesters that had a kind of subtle two tone look. I'll have to ask my LQS if they have any so I can feel them.
I finished washing AND untangling all my fabric for the class.Oh my God it was like doing surgery to untangle the mess! And now that they shrunk I'm worried that I'm goingto have to go back and buy more. I hope I can find them again.

Jess

Terryt1955 - have you ever placed your fabrics separately in delicate bags? They only cost like a dollar at target, so I have about 8, but if you place your fabrics individually in them they don't tangle with each other and I think you'll get less thread loss. I hope that you have enough to make the quilt without having to hunt for more.

Terryt1955

Jess- what a great idea about the delicates bag. Thanks! MAybe I'll be more inclined to prewash if it makes the untangling easier. Naw! It takes too long!

Mymble

Love your fabric choices- and the use of linen especially- I have been using embroidery in my quilts these days and it makes a really special touch-can't wait to see this all come together:)

FiveWombats

Beautiful dogwood! You did awesome with the reverse applique on this one!

Terryt1955

OMG I am so jealous of your results! It turned out wonderful and I really like your background color~ it shows off the dogwood beautifully. Great job! I redid mybackground border and am much happier with it. Now I can go to sleep without fretting over it.

Thesewingchick

Hi Jess. I can't wait to see how this turns out, the fabrics are fabulous. I love the colors!

True

This looks wonderful...cannot wait to see what is next!

Kirstenblake

I have major fabric envy...you have great talent for choosing your fabrics/colors!

True

I just love the border you have added...this is going to be so gorgeous!

Caribousmom

This is coming out great! Love it!

Amanda

This is going so well! I love it!

Kirstenblake

Beautiful embroidery work. Can't wait to see the finished quilt.

True

Wow this is really going to be some quilt!

Terryt1955

Jess You are doing such a wonderful job on keeping your stitches tight and compact. I love it! I started mine out too big and am keeping with it. Maybe someday I'll redo it . HA!!!

Mymble

Really pretty- love the embroidery!

Terryt1955

Jess I'm dying to see your satin stitching! Have you started it yet?

Jess

Terryt1955 - I have not! I'm getting started on the back stitch outlines today and hopefully start on the satin stitch soon, but since I have a lot going on this week, it may not be until this weekend. Then next week I'll work on the EPP. I'm sort of banking on that going more quickly for me, so hopefully I didn't bite off more than I can chew!

Terryt1955

Jess I tried the satin stitch last night and have ripped it out once and will probably rip it out again.The angle that the stitching is hitting the dashed lines is all wrong. But now that I'm looking at it today I think I finally see what I'm suppose to be doing. It sure does take long!

Juicyapplecreations

Terryt1955 My first Jewel I had a hard time getting my satin stitches straight, so I ripped it all out. I did it over and figured out what I did wrong. I have two done and I need to finish more, but I took a break.

Caribousmom

Love that embroidery!! So pretty!

Sewwellmaide

What a great idea. I love Stitched In Color too - a great blog. And Denyse Schmidt - yummmy! Looking forward to seeing the final results. blue_heart Karen

Saruqa

it is not crazy at all, it looks great!

True

Jess I think it is absolutely gorgeous...I love the patchwork and truly beautiful!

Juicyapplecreations

Looks great, Jess . Glad you machine pieced since we still have three more borders. Yikes.

Caribousmom

Jess - definitely does NOT look crazy - love all the little patches of solids and the corners...this is really an amazing quilt you are creating!

Jess

Saruqa - Glad you liked it. It's nice to hear some reassurance! True & +Caribousmom- Thanks! Juicyapplecreations - I am glad too. I just wasn't digging the storm at sea and it was holding me up. I did do a hexie project to learn the EPP skills, but glad I machined these corners! Moving on....

Terryt1955

Jess , yours does not feel crazy at all because you kept with similiar intensities on the pieced solid borders. Mine however looks like a clown threw up on it so I have shelved it. I guess I should rip it out and start over but my heart isn't into it. But I am truely loving what's going on with yours! I want to see what you're doing next and maybe it will kick start me again.

AllPatchedUp

This is too gorgeous not to finish!! I can understand what you mean by thinking things get too busy looking and then overwhelming the project. You're not at that point yet, so I like your idea of the white border followed by the linen. That would do a lot to tone it down and give your eyes some rest. Then you could continue on with whatever you think is best, either following the pattern or tweaking it to your own liking. ;)

True

I love your idea and ditto what AllPatchedUp said...I think the white would really work well and love the idea of the falling petals. It is gorgeous and just needs your own interpretation to be done and even more lovely!

Charwirfs

Be careful with adding a white border before the final border. It may cause the whole medallion you have completed to "float". You could pick up the teal color from the center background fabric which will anchor and frame the whole piece and cause the eye to move back towards the center. I love the idea of the final border being light colored with some appliqué. Falling leaves with soften it up nicely. Cool use of the embroidery thread embellishment. Yeah, this is a keeper. Take a deep breath and go for it.

Terryt1955

I can totally see bringing back the center background fabric into the next round! I think it's what the Dr. ordered. I'm so proud of you for picking this back up. Mine is buried in a drawer ashamed to resurface! It still looks like a clown costume.

Caribousmom

I like what Charwirfs said - I'd steer away from white (wow, I can't believe i just wrote that lol!) and stick with either linen, or a light color to give your eye a bit of rest, but not pull your eye away from the center. I'm with everyone else - finish this one, it is gorgeous!

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