Friday, 25 October 2013

Marcelle Medallion {Blogger's Quilt Festival}

My regular readers have been inundated with photos of this quilt during it's construction - so apologies for bombarding you once again! I've decided to enter my Marcelle Medallion into the Blogger's Quilt Festival though :o)


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I began making this quilt as part of the Marcelle Medallion QAL at the beginning of September this year, hosted by Penny Poppleton (which is actually still running, I just got a bit obsessed with this quilt!). The pattern for this quilt is from Liberty Love by Alexia Abegg - a really beautiful book. It took me almost exactly a month from start to finish - you can read a lot more about it here.


I learnt so, so much while making this quilt and really enjoyed all the different types of piecing in the quilt top. It is a pretty challenging quilt, and I really enjoyed building my piecing skills, using several techniques I haven't tried before.


The palette I used was inspired by one of the Summer Totem fabrics designed by Anna Maria Horner. I used well over 200 different fabrics in the end.


I had a lot of fun with the quilting. I quilted each border slightly differently, but tried to make the piecing the star. I generally just quilted the background fabrics and left the coloured sections unquilted. As a result, they pop up from the background.


For the first and third borders, I used the fabric as inspiration for my quilting and followed the pattern in the fabric (triple stitched lines in the first border, and quilting both sides of the black lines in the third border.)


For the first time I used a wool/cotton blend batting - and I really love the extra loft it's given this quilt. I've noticed that even after washing, the quilting has remained very similar to what it was like beforehand. It hasn't seemed to shrink nearly as much as my usual bamboo batting.


I've decided to enter my quilt into the wall hanging category - it has finished up at about 59" square, and is destined to be hung in our house once I get around to making a hanging sleeve!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Marcelle Medallion by Alexia Abegg
Size: 59" square
Quilted: by myself on my Bernina QE440
Fabric: countless fabrics from my stash, based on Summer Totem by Anna Maria Horner.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the festival! I know I will.

xx Jess


34 comments:

Rachaeldaisy said...

This is such a beautiful quilt. Everything about it is brilliant, the colours, the perfect piecing and the wonderful quilting. It's hard to believe you finished it in a month, but that's obsession for you. :)

Collette said...

wow! beautiful palette of colours, beautiful quilting gorgeous quilt and on my bucket list of patterns to make! x








Cheryl said...

This quilt, like all of your quilts, is absolutely beautiful! I love your colors, fabric selections, and quilting.

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

It looks great Jess. I like how the yellow corners take your eyes to the center.

Charlotte said...

surely you mean it is destined to hang on *my* wall? I'm so confused! ;-)

Beth said...

Wow Jess! This is such an amazing quilt and you seriously never fail to impress with your amazing quilting skills!!!

Yvonne@thatssewcreative said...

This quilt is just beautiful. I knew is would be from following your progress. You got it done so fast too. I think it's a winner. All the fabrics work so well too!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Just fabulous!! It has me itching to put those last two borders on mine.

knottygnome said...

i enjoyed following your journey with this quilt. it's so gorgeous! i hope to one day have time to make one of my own (I will probably never have time)

Little Island Quilting said...

Lovely

moira said...

You have my vote, obvs.

Kelly said...

I loved seeing this come together, it makes me want to make one. Well nearly ;-)

Renee said...

This is going to awesome hanging on a wall! You need to get on that hanging sleeve!

Katy Cameron said...

Another fabulous entry, good luck!

Heather D. said...

It's so gorgeous Jess! The quilting is fantastic and gives it some really nice dimension. Some areas densely quilted and others kind of poofy. Love it!

Ella said...

This one still makes me swoon with the fabric and the quilting!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wonderful quilt!

Debbie said...

This is just plain beautiful in every way!

CitricSugar said...

I think my favourite part of this one is the quilting, especially where you let the fabric determine where you were going, even if that meant quilting very narrow widths... That blue/black border is pretty awesome!

Gorgeous work, but then, I think I told you that already. :-)

Carla said...

Another beauty! Can't say how much I love these quilts

Patti said...

I so enjoyed watching your process of putting this beauty together. Just a spectacular quilt, Jess!

Rebecka said...

I love your quilt!! I love a scrappy quilt. Great pattern. I will have to get this quilt a try. Beautiful and fun!

Hilary said...

I just love your Marcelle Medallion. I need to work on mine, I am still doing my flying geese :)

snips said...

I could stare at this one all day!

Caroline Heinrichs said...

What I love about this lovely quilt is the layers of colour in the medalion stages. Borders or whatever you'd call them speak quietly, but the whole design of color is quite singing a song!

MsMidge said...

Love your medallion!

sarahquilts.com said...

Beautiful MM! What an accomplishment.

Thanks for sharing that about the batting you used. I usually use cotton but I don't particularly like "quilt crinkle" so I may have to try a wool blend.

Cille said...

It's sugar for the eye :) it's a wonderful quilt.

Susan Owenby said...

It's beautiful! One of my favorites for sure. :)

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Love seeing this again xx

Janine said...

Great to see this again Jess :)

Leanne said...

Every time I see your version of this quilt, I want to make it too. Your colours, and the quilting are wonderful choices for this lovely pattern. I am glad to see it in the festival.

Deb said...

This is just beautiful. I am yet to make my MM, but it is on my bucket list. I love your colours

Jennie said...

I really love how you quilted this - I'm inspired to pull the pattern out and actually make a start on mine! Beautiful!