Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Marcelle Medallion (almost) Quilt Top

I've been (more) slowly been working on the second-to-last border (the crosses) over the last few nights and today. Slower because in a way I was starting to feel a bit sad this quilt top is nearly finished. I'm completely and utterly in love with it - I think more than any other quilt I've made it has been a true labour of love. 


I toyed with using a variety of colours for the crosses, but ended up going with greys and blues in the end - and I am really happy with the result. I think for the final border I'll use a darkish grey, although I'm not entirely certain (there will probably be a bit of fabric auditioning tonight). Apologies for the washed-out corner on this one, I didn't realise how bright that sun was until I was editing the photos.


Although I would hardly call my version of this quilt scrappy, it has a ridiculous number of fabrics in it (like pushing 200). I think one of my favorite things about making it is that I've been able to use little bits of lots of my favorite (read: hoarded) fabrics - and there are LOTS of favorites in here. And I am a little sad this journey is almost over, but at the same time excited about quilting it and deciding where it will hang in our house :o)

xx Jess

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Better off Thread, and Fabric Tuesday at Quiltstory.

40 comments:

Charlotte said...

I'm in love with it too!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

That just makes me ridiculously happy too!! I agree on a dark border, that will balance the dark blue inner border. Or maybe even something to pick up on the reddy border, and then a dark binding. Can't wait to see what you choose!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

A little bit of red in the last border would be lovely ... I'm enjoying seeing this quilt grow :)

Patchwork and Play said...

I agree with the others- I think a touch of red is in order! It's a great quilt Jess!

Annabella said...

You're killing me with this quilt Jess - it is just beautiful!!!

Kirsten said...

This is so beautiful Jess - love all of the colours!

Kelly said...

It's love for me too :)

moira said...

that blue AMH border is flipping inspired. this is my favourite marcelle yet and confirms your quilty genius again

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

It is stunning Jess! I would call it scrappy with that many fabrics in it. I am trying to get the Quiltmania mag that has this pattern in it so maybe I can make my own.

Jessica said...

It really is a masterpiece! Yours is the first to really make me consider making one, lol!

DeborahGun said...

love your version of this quilt :-)

Maartje Quilt said...

What a beautiful medallion quilt. I love all those borders. What a beautiful finish! Congrats!

Amy Friend said...

It's beautiful! I think it's my favorite version yet.

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

I'm loving watching his progress on IG! Just beautiful!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It is just fabulous Jess!

Leanne said...

It just looks more fantastic with every new border!

knottygnome said...

it looks gorgeous. the color scheme is really cohesive and moody in a way. i like how your top is really different from a lot of the clowny-bright versions i've seen.

CityHouseStudio said...

This is so gorgeous! I just love your use of low volume prints. Beautiful job!!!

needle and nest said...

This is truly a labor of love. It's gorgeous! I can't wait to see how you quilt it when it's all finished.

Sharon said...

It looks so great! I know what you mean about how fun this project is and what a great way to use lots of scraps

Renee said...

It looks fantastic!

Hilary said...

Oh this is so fantastic! Everything you make is so beautiful :)

Heather D. said...

Stunning! I'm really liking the low-volume background on the cross border.

Ella said...

It's so gorgeous! (You could always make a second one and send it to me...wink wink)

Esther F. said...

Amazing quilt! I love idea that this is the cummulation of all your favorite fabrics! A keeper, this one!
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Katy Cameron said...

It's fabulous, and perfectly scrappy :o)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Heavens that is pretty!

Pip said...

Perfect fabric selection, it's a bit sad that there is only one more border to go, but looking on the bright side, there is still the quilting to go.

Vicki Posten said...

The red border is my fav so far. Love the way it just sets off your center medallion.

Julie said...

This is just beautiful - well done

Adrianne said...

Jess, this quilt is so fantastic. I've heard so many people who've made it say the same thing about being sad it's finished because they've enjoyed it so much. I have the book so maybe I'll have to make my own version.

snips said...

Glorious!

Julie said...

It really is lovely. The colors are balanced perfectly.

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

So beautiful! It looks like the labor of love that you have expressed in your message!

Rebecca Lynne said...

Wow - I am feeling the same way about my own version of this quilt. I am still grateful that I learned about this pattern through you and am psyched I got to enjoy your journey as you made yours. I absolutely find yours stunning...the overall result is brilliant! Can't wait to see your last border choice.

Dianne said...

Stunning quilt. I have loved watching it grow.

Susan Owenby said...

It is fantastic! I love it too. :)

Quiltstory said...

Hi Jess!! This is beyond fabulous, I'm in love! When you finish would you send us a link so we can feature you? If you remember :) Thanks!!! :)

Snowcatcher said...

This is so spectacular and so inspirational. Truly a labor of love, and I just love that you were able to incorporate so many different fabrics. Amazing!!!

Rosa said...

Simply beautiful.Love all about it.Design,fabrics...