And finally we have made it into March and possibly that will be the end of this year's snow. It has marked the end of something else I've been working on which I have enjoyed immensely but has kept me toiling away quietly without really coming here very much so thankfully that's on the back burner for now. And so I have had some time to just play with fabric which has been fun. I've dug out the scrap bag, rolled lots of scraps through the Sizzix and made a start on the Marcelle Medallion quilt from Alexia Abegg's new book Liberty Love (picture below of the quilt from the book and stay tuned for a giveaway of both the book and some Liberty fabrics to go with it in the next few days...). For anyone else making this quilt, there is an informal sewalong taking place on Instagram with the hashtags #marcellemedallion and #medallionalong where you can see other beautiful versions.
I started with the centre. Although the book gives you templates for this, I decided to draw up foundation paper piecing templates with the added advantage of avoiding the y seams which were making me a bit nervous.
I then added the first round of pieced borders with a set of equilateral triangles. Since the Accuquilt equilateral triangle die was almost the same size as the templates, I used that for fast scrap cutting and then added the slim aqua border so that the triangles would fit, a simple trick learned from Linda Rotz Miller over on Flickr.
Then I added the next round of borders including a ton of flying geese. I cut these using the Sizzix 2" x 4" QST triangles die and the 2" HSTs die. Again, I had to do a bit of quilt math to make sure my bigger geese fit on the next border but it saved masses of cutting, marking and piecing time. I then added a black border because I love black in a scrappy scheme.
And I have just now added the third round of borders replacing Alexia's brick border with a kind of scrappy checkerboard. Again I chose this because I could cut the squares super fast with the Sizzix 2" square die. I think my next solid border is going to be the Timeless Treasures Citron or Aqua sketch. Although this is a scrappy quilt, I've based the scrappiness around a scheme of cerise, citron, aqua and black rather than true random scrappiness and I like the way the scheme pulls the scrappiness together.
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