Saturday, 27 September 2014

My medallion quilt

For a long time I've wanted to design and make a medallion quilt but wanted to take some of the hard work out of the process if possible.  So I came up with the idea of designing one around 2 1/2" squares and HSTs which could be cut with a Sizzix die cutter.  I have the long dies of each of these which can cut about 50-60 2 1/2" squares or HSTs in one roll and the HSTs then need no trimming.  Using those, I could cut a lot of scraps up very quickly.


My colour scheme was based around Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt with co-ordinating scraps thrown in to give the quilt a much scrappier look.  The dark in that line is a dark brown which I substituted for black and charcoal which I prefer.  Hence the quilt was called Back to Black because I think it's the black in the quilt which makes the other colours really pop.  The centre medallion was paper pieced because you can't beat paper piecing for a nice pointy star.


The quilt is a whopping 80" square and, although the maths for that would have been a bit of a kerfufle, designing it in Touchdraw (an app for iPad, mac and android) meant the maths was all done for me.  By that I don't mean that TD automatically calculates your yardage etc but it's easy to measure what goes where when you can manipulate the design endlessly in a graphics program - something you just couldn't do with pen and paper.  The backing was the most fabulous Suzuko Koseki print from Sew Me A Song.


And if you'd like to make your own version of this medallion quilt, it appears in issue 13 of Love Patchwork and Quilting.

29 comments:

  1. LOVE all the white. It give the pattern all the sparkle it needs. Just beautiful!

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  2. Of course 80" square to a foreigner like me means nothing, but one and a bit fences really helps me. And I love it.

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  3. I really love this medallion the best of any I have seen recently. I think it is the white background throughout - it is a more peaceful medallion, less of a riot of colours.

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  4. Thank you! I have a die cutter and this is wonderful! I would live to see more patterns that are easy and die friendly.

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  5. Love the black with the colors - so striking. I have a fat quarter of the Suzuko Koseki print you used on the back and this is the first time I've seen it on a quilt - beautiful! Now I want more of it. ;)

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  6. Lynne! You never cease to amaze me. It's beautiful!

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  7. The medallion quilt is so absolutely beautiful! Love it.

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  8. Wow - this is fabulous! I'm such a big fan of using black and white to give quilts a bit of pop. Can't wait to read all about this!

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  9. Lynne!!! How do you keep coming up with such awesome designs? You're my quilting hero!!

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  10. Your design is wonderful. I love these colors with the white background. It really pops!

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  11. It is gorgeous! Love the colors and the white background, so fresh!

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  12. Been loving this in particular in the new issue, Lynn! I adore the medallion style so. This is on my list, along with your schoolhouse Oakshott quilt!

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  13. Gorgeous quilt, although I think the poster above me might have other ideas about what to do with it...

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  14. The black works great in this, its gorgeous.

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  15. It truly is beautiful!!! Have to get that magazine!!!

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  16. Truly magnificent, I hope it's a keeper!

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  17. A beautiful piece you've done!
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  18. Absolutely stunning!!! LOVE every bit of it!

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  19. How gorgeous I love your colours, I've never seen a sizex die for quilting does it work in the ordinary sized machine?

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