Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Another finish - my Mini Medallion

Well, I feel like I'm on a roll here. That 2015 Finish Along that Adrienne is hosting on her blog On The Windy Side has certainly spurred me into action.  That and my own New Year's resolution to finish more than I start this year.

So I'm very happy to share with you my finished Mini Medallion quilt.




This quilt started back in the middle of 2014 when I saw someone else's centre block online. I had received some fat quarters in a give away, and thought they would be perfect for a small quilt like this. I also thought it would be useful to learn some patterns that I could transfer over to the Possum Magic quilts because they were medallion quilts too.




Funnily enough, although I liked the fat quarters I received, I had never used those colours before, and they didn't really match much in my stash. I naturally added a few more fat quarters (as you do when you win something) and now they have grown on me and they are creeping in everywhere!




The Mini Medallion pattern was designed by Chrissie of Sewlux, but released month by month by Clover and Violet. You can find the final pattern here, with links back to all the previous patterns if you're interested. The final pattern was released in November, so I guess it's not too bad that I finished my quilt in March. There are plenty more people who started but haven't finished yet.



This quilt along is the reason I joined Instagram. I had resisted up until that point, but I wanted to see what fabrics everyone was using, and there was no traditional linkup, so I had to join Instagram. I'm so glad I did now, because I've not only met lovely quilters, I've also met a lot of embroidery people from all over the world. Yes, it can be a time waster, but I find I'm looking at Instagram rather than magazines or non fiction books. It's a huge source of inspiration for me, as well as a way to connect with like minded people.




I hand quilted my mini medallion because I like the extra control it gives me. I used different
coloured Perle 8, and some regular quilting cotton. I used a blue washout pen to mark quilting lines.



The backing is a lovely fabric called Seeing Spots by Michael Miller. I bought 2 metres of it when I saw it really cheap in a shop. It ties in so well.

Finally, some shots to show how difficult it is get good help around here:





Quilts stats:
Finished size 36" x 36"
Backing Michael Miller Seeing Spots

I'm linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday and WIP Wednesday.

19 comments:

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Yes, good help is hard to find!
It has been fun watching this beauty grow from its beginnings last year.
It is funny how you say that these are not your colours. They look like Wendy colours to me. I challenge you to make something in pink and white! Go on ... I dare you! :)

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Beautiful!! Your hand stitching is gorgeous! Good help might be hard to find but they sure do make great outtake pictures for the blog :D

suemac said...

Very bright and colorful.

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl said...

I love the outtake photographs - too funny. The backing fabric is so perfect for this quilt! Your hand quilting looks wonderful, and it is fun to be able to look at where your winning FQs appear in the quilt top.

Raewyn said...

It is beautiful Wendy - congratulations on the lovely finish. I find it's pets that upset my photo shoots!

Carol Q said...

gorgeous Wendy . I love your choice of colours. really zingy. yes - the hired help is sometimes just rubbish lol

Julie said...

Such bright summery colours. Looks great.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lovely... I like your mix of fabrics! I haven't actually made a mini quilt, but it seems a good way to learn a technique, try a certain fabric combo out, or maybe practice hand quilting on a more manageable sized quilt. Where will this little mini end up? Linda

Oops-Lah said...

Congratulations on another great finish! I remember when you got those fabrics and you did them justice. I especially love the last border; it's so effective and rounds this little quilt up beautifully. And your helper made me laugh by the way ;)!

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

Yeap! You have done it again! Meaning you have created another jaw dropping quilt! Love it!

HeathersSewingRoom said...

I loved reading the story of how this quilt came about. It is such a nice pattern and I love looking at your colour combination, such a cheerful quilt! Pleased you have good quilt prop, something that can be very hard to find!

ukcitycrafter said...

well done on a finish! and such a great one too, love those colours.

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Her Indoors said...

I love lime and turquoise together - your quilt looks fabulous. I like to come to you for my colour fix, Wendy ;-)

Renee said...

What a lovely medallion! Great use of those fabrics, and the hand quilting adds such a sweet detail.

Joanna @ Riddle and {Whimsy} said...

I had the same thought as Carla! Those fat quarter winnings look like Wendy colours to me too!

JB said...

Beautiful!

Adrianne @ On the Windy Side said...

Beautiful quilt Wendy! Haha, my quilt helpers sometimes like to do the same thing.

Mad Cat Quilts said...

Lovely! Great colors!

dq said...

Congratulations! It is a darling quilt.