Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Hyperactive

I've been a wee bit quiet on the blog lately (aside from giveaways and Blogger's Quilt Festival), but not for a lack of sewing I promise! I'm actively working on three projects at the moment, and absolutely loving it. I think this is my favorite way to make quilts - flitting between several projects means I don't get bored working on the same quilt at length. I think it might be some sort of quilter's ADHD...

My Marcelle Medallion take two is growing slowly - I'm pacing myself so I'm making it along with my students. The class I'm teaching runs over eight sessions, with homework time in between, and I'm really enjoying the relaxed pace (compared with the first effort, which to be honest was a bit obsessive. A month from start to finish for this kind of complex quilt is a little, ah, insane?) I've finished putting together my geese borders and just have to decide on the solid border between the triangles and geese. The front runner is the brown print in this photo (although Alison and Di had the great suggestion of making that border with brown and yellow squares. Thinking about it, but not that keen to piece that many 1.5" squares...)



I am absolutely loving the vintage feel of this quilt - and it is quite a challenge working with a much more restricted palette than my first one. It is seriously awesome teaching this quilt - it is so fascinating watching eight other medallions grow. I will try to get some photos during my class this weekend and share them if I can :o) I will be running a second set of classes later in the year (along with another Necessary Clutch Wallet class, a BOM sampler based on Vintage Modern Quilts and my Roundabout pattern which I'm putting the finishing touches on. You can check out and sign up for my classes here.)

The other two projects are secret squirrel ones. The first one is using a collection of Tula Pink fabric (Fox Fields, Birds and Bees, Neptune and a few of her others.) I'm a bit in love with this one (okay, completely head over heels in love. It's going to be so pretty!)


I'm using a heap of Denyse Schmidt fabric in the second one - mostly Ansonia, but also a few prints from Shelburne Falls and Florence. Apologies for the dodgy design wall photo, I was too lazy to line them up properly ;o)


So I might be a bit quiet for the next month or two while I'm finishing up the secret stuff - but I do have a few class samples to put together, so I won't go AWOL for too long I hope!

xx Jess

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17 comments:

Dianne Neale said...

Oh those Tula Pink fabrics are gorgeous colours. I am trying the "stick to one project to the finish" at the moment in order to get some projects out of my hair!

Charlotte said...

YES to the brown FMF as a border - it's perfect! I'm not sure about your cornerstones in the goose border though (don't hate me!) - they are a bit pale for me. Please feel free to tell me to bugger off ;-)

Patchwork and Play said...

Love the Medallion! Yellow and brown squares would be awesome, but as you said, a lot of work! And I'm using Shelburne Falls for my latest project! It's funny how you don't see a fabric at all, and then its everywhere!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

I really like the brown fabric you are trialling in the photo for the medallion quilt! Totally love the Tula Pink quilt you are working on, can't wait to see more!

DeborahGun said...

love those Tula Pink colours - bright pink is my absolute favourite!

Maryse said...

Nice fabric pull for the medallion quilt. I like the DS brown print for the border. The flying geese border looks fantastic.

wobblybobbin said...

I was admiring how you matched up the Tula zig zag so well when I noticed that the Tula horse grew a second head :) I love it!

QuiltCandy said...

Oh I love the Medallion! I just love this quilt and it's so wonderful to see all the different versions. It must be great fun teaching the class!

Renee said...

Those are all such lovely projects to work on!

Ruth said...

Love the Tula Pink fabrics you chosen to use together, goregous colours.

*Cornelia* said...

your medaillon is so lovely, havent made one myself, but really wish to

Tanyia said...

wow, just wow on that medallion! That is truly amazing! I love the bordering, I am going to pin it for inspiration!

Love your Tula Pink block as well, I love those fabrics and the peek makes me think of Swoon or Star Surround!


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Katy Cameron said...

Yay for a more leisurely pace, although I'm (rather late) with Charlotte on the cornerstones for the geese, sorry!

Loving that the Tula one is secret squirrel, how apt!

Brenda said...

Agree with Charlotte. Good border choice, yellow/brown squares would make my eyes hurt IMO, and agree with her comment on cornerstones. How about a simple square in square which would echo your geese in every direction.

Willit Neverend said...

I'm sure I've said it before, but I absolutely love the colours in your Marcelle Madallion quilt.

I'm looking forward to the big reveals :) Take your time, we won't forget about you :)

Dianne said...

I am in awe of your medallion quilt - stunning! Wish I was in Australia so I cold take a class in person. Maybe we will have to bring you to Canada for an 8 week stretch. How fun would that be?!!!

Annabella said...

Don't listen to Katy and Charlotte - I really like the cornerstones and they contribute to the beautiful vintagey feel. L.O.V.E your MM