Handstitched Medallion Class by Terryt1955

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Category:
Quilting
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Materials Selected
Started:
2012-06-04T00:00:00Z
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Description

I'm taking my first on-line class over @ Stitched in Color and it starts June 4th. I've been trying to pick out fabric for it and it's been a challenge. I have in my brain Flea Market Fancy but that is what the teacher has chosen so I feel like I need to branch out. But it's been so hard to find fabric that "feels" vintage and in the right colors of that era. This is what I have so far.....
 Well I've finished the Medalion, mitered borders and all, but I am so torn. I wanted to go for a vintage picnic feel but I'm afraid my choice of fabric for the 3rd border has made it look like someone got sick at the picnic. Too busy? Too distracting? We are to embroider little filled in blocks on the all-white 2nd border and I wanted to bring in a lot of colors there so that's why I felt like I needed to introduce another print. I'm now thinking I should have gone with the safe bet and used a simple blue/brown polka dot. It just seemed so boring at the time.
 
So you all have womderful eyes- tell me truthfully what you think!! I'm at a point now where I could easily change it out and I want to like the quilt when it's finished.
 
06/25/12 I am now attempting to embroider the inner white border with HST's and a satin stich "gem" design on the borders. This is a painful class. I am so slow and I keep worrying about falling way behind. We have a week to complete this border before moving on to the English Paper Piecing. What did I get myself into!! I miss maching piecing. On the bright side I am leaving for a week up to Tahoe so I'll be able to bring this project with relative ease since I can pack everything I need in a very small tote bag. I'm hoping to really crank out some triangles up there!
 
7/10/12 Well I finished embroidering the HST but only have a partial of the satin stich done on the 8 remaining jewels. I hate this project. Okay hate is a strong word so I'll say I'm very disappointed in this class. I went from thinking it was relaxing to always  watching the time slip by as I beame further and further behind. I was ready to bail altogether when I came up with a plan. I ditched the corner blocks which was suppose to be a Storm at Sea EPP project and opted for a much simpler machine pieced block. I'm just hoping that what I drafted will be the same mesurements as the Storm At Sea block so it wil fit in with my pieced checkerboard border! I've only made 1 and am showing my quilting group tomorrow night to make sure I'm on the right track. If I blew it I then will probably bail!

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Comments

Caribousmom

Oh, these are lovely fabrics together! Can't wait to see what you are making!

Mymble

Beautiful choices ...looks like you're headed in the right direction...looking forward to the results:)!

True

Love the farbrics...I have to say I have come to really rely on collections as I can spend years selecting fabric and get nothing else done;-) Cannot wait to see...

True

or if I could type I would say love the fabrics;-)

Jess

Oh, I really like the blue with the white flowers/red leaves. It feels pretty vintage to me. What are you choosing for your center blossom?

Terryt1955

Jess, I'm choosing the fabric you mentioned for the center. When I saw that fabric I said that's what I'm building the quilt around.
Thanks for the encouragement everyone. This is going to be a stretch for me!

Janquilter

This is a lovely set of fabrics. I usually do just what you have done...I pick a focus fabric with a lot of colors and then pull in those colors in prints and solids. I seldom, if ever use collections...I try to "match"...but not too closely. This is going to be a beautiful quilt!!

Juicyapplecreations

Love your fabric choices. I am taking the same class and need to get busy and pick out my fabric/ supplies. Can't wait for the class to start.

Jess

@Juicy - I'm excited to see what fabrics you choose. I am taking the class too and am pretty excited for it.

@Terry - Love that fabric for the center. It's going to make a lovely Dogwood Blossom.

FiveWombats

Woohoo! I'm taking the class too. This is fun "meeting" a couple other folks who will be in the class. Terry, you are way ahead of me if you have picked your fabrics for your quilt. I have some ideas in my head but have not officially pulled anything together yet.

FiveWombats

Terry - your fabric choices are great! They all compliment your focal piece very well. Your quilt will be beautiful!

Jess

Sewlorisew - This is great! Can't wait to see what everyone puts together!

Terryt1955

Amazing that there are 4 peopel here taking this Medallion Class. I would have never known about it had it not been for Jess mentioning it a couple of weeks ago. Don't you just love this threadbias community!

Terryt1955

people and my NEXT class should be a typing one.

Juicyapplecreations

This is wonderful hearing of others taking the class, too. I wonder if it is possible to form a group to stay in touch through out the course?

Jess

I'm sure we could make a Modern Medallion thread under the quilting group forum to keep in touch and ask questions. I can try to do it if you guys want to. You know, so we're not all high jacking Terry's comment section lol :)

FiveWombats

Juicyapplecreations - I was thinking the same thing. I'll try to create a group and let you know how it goes.

FiveWombats

Oops! Jess, I went away from my screen and didn't refresh it before replying to Juicyapplecreations. I'll look for your group to join.

P.S. I was thinking we should reference the Stitched in Color class in the group name or description to give Rachel proper credit. You may have already thought of this but I thought I'd mention it as well. ;-)

Jess

I did it - https://www.threadbias.com/groups/stitched-in-color-handstitched-class - you can link up there. will include a link to her registration page in the description.

True

Personally I love it and think it looks better than the polka dots would...it is truly very pretty together. Now others may have different opinions but that is mine!! ;-). This is going to be a beautiful quilt.

Jess

Like I said on flickr, I think that since the next border will be all solids, that the bright and busy pattern is a good pick. I like how it pulls colors from the center blossom and gives a bit of pattern in there. And it sounds like the dots and plaid will be of similar scale, and I sort of like the variety in scale. But you're the one that has to like it, so if you would prefer the dots, go with that, but if it were me, I'd stick with what you have.

Janquilter

Am I correct in assuming that the hand-stitching part of this class is the applique? What stitch did you use?

Terryt1955

Janquilter the next part we are going embroider the white border sandwiched inbetween the 2 narrow borders with HST's ( by filling them in with some sort of stitch) along with another "jewel" block. We did do a reverse applique in the very center and used a 'Blind stitch" that was intentionally not blind. You can see the class quilt at Stitched In Color.com

Terryt1955

I'm liking it more today so I'm going with it. At least today I am!

True

This is an amazing project and looks lovely! It has to be a lot of work...enjoy your trip and sewing!

Chrissybugs

Great fabric choices so far! Wish I had joined the class!

Jess

You are so much farther than I am with the embroidery. (Nice colors for it btw) I have one side of HST done, and no jewels. This week will be lots of stitching!

Mymble

Don't change a thing- it is wonderful and the embroidery fits it so well!

Juicyapplecreations

Terrific job on the embroidery. As you work on each HST section it keeps you motivated to get it done. I love the way mine is turning out and the ease of working on it whenever it is convenient.

Kirstenblake

Your quilt is turning out beautifully, love the embroidery! Have fun in Tahoe. :)

Terryt1955

Thanks everyone for the kind words. Even though I hate the slowness of the project I am enjoying the process, if that makes sense. I can see how people get into hand embroidering, it is very peaceful as long as you don't have a deadline hanging over your head!

True

I love what you have come up with...not sure this will help but if you took out the partial satin stitch jewel an just left all ose blocks empty no one would ever know, except you, that anything was missing. I love that you have figured out a way to make this work for you...to me that is what creating and quilting is all about!:-)

Chrissybugs

Gorgeous! The colors are wonderful. Looks like it is a great class.

Terryt1955

True I was thinking along the same lines as you, to just remove the 1 satin stitch block and even fill it in with a simple running stitch like the others. Or even to come up with a simple flower much like what Caribousmom has been doing in the center of her blocks. The site she referenced cloverand violets.com is amazing with it's dictionary of how tos on embroidery.
Thanks +Chrissbugs. I like the colors also, kind of a picnicy vintage feel was what I was going for. I will be more than glad when this class is over!

Juicyapplecreations

I am sorry you are having such struggles with this class. I think the changes that you are making look great. I hope you keep at this particular project!

Caribousmom

well, Terry, you may be disliking this project, but it is coming out beautifully. I love what you are doing here - and I think those corner blocks fit perfectly with the rest of the project. I am a firm believer in adapting and changing things to make them fit with our sensibilities and enjoyment. Stitchwork should be something you love doing or why do it? I say go with your gut on this one - and I do hope you'll finish it because it will be an amazing treasure when you're done! Love it!

True

OK I should have caffeine before typing;-) I was thinking on way to work how you have truly taken this and made it your own and I love idea of flowers in those blocks as well...this truly is lovely.

Mymble

love how this is coming together- so very pretty and vintage without being "tired" looking-just great!

Terryt1955

Thanks Mymble , Caribousmom , True You all just gave me the necessary kick in the butt to just finish it but do it the way I want to. Duh, why didn't I come to that on my own? There are no quilt police and surely a teacher on the internet is absolutely powerless to flunk me! And if I don't fiish it on time , Oh well, it's my decision. Man I feel good!@

True

Terryt1955 so glad to hear it! I was same way with my Ladder of Hope quilt until everyone on here helped me out. It was a pattern that did not have borders so I was "following the rules" and did not even think if you want borders just add them! That is why this site (well one of reasons) is so awesome it helps up open up to the possibilities and the fact there do not need to be all those rules;-)

Juicyapplecreations

Absolutely follow your own path. There are times I sit down to sew and end up going in a different direction than the pattern called for. That is what makes sewing so great; the ability to make a project our own.

Jess

Love what you did with the blocks instead of the EPP. I think it's a great alternative. I do think the embroidery was a rough week. Maybe it should be towards the end of the class instead of the beginning so that people don't get burnt out so early on. I know I had to step away and work on some other projects and machine piece the patchwork before I felt like even attempting the EPP.

Terryt1955

So true Jess . That was a total shock immersion into handstitching. I went to my quilt group last night and was complaining but they all just loved the results so far and said I just need to go at my own pace and stop placing deadlines over my head.

Caribousmom

I agree 100% with your quilt group - wisdom reigns! Who cares if you get this done "on schedule?" In the end, no one will remember how long it took you (except you!) and the most important thing is to be able to enjoy the process. I am way behind on my Garden Steps embroidery (mostly because work is a little crazy and it is so hot here I don't feel like stitching at night)...and I am not stressing. It will get done when it gets done. If I had to work on it when I don't want to, I would begin resenting the whole project.

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