Saturday, 21 June 2014

March of the Medallions

I've had a bittersweet kind of day today - I have just finished teaching the last of 8 sessions in my Marcelle Medallion class. I've gotten to know this wonderful group of ladies really well over the course of these classes, so I'm quite sad we have come to the end and I'll miss our Saturday afternoon sewing and chatting sessions. At the same time, I'm incredibly proud of what they have accomplished over the last few months (in a completely non-patronising way - more like a proud mum, I think!) It is a pretty intense quilt to make, and on top of that some of these ladies have only made one or two quilts before this one, so it is an incredible achievement.

It has been such a wonderful class to teach - watching each of these quilts grow and change has been a seriously amazing experience. One of my favorite things about making my version was how much it changes with the addition of each border, so watching it happen with seven different versions has been fascinating. Each class has involved a lot of admiring of the other quilts, which has been a beautiful thing to be part of. Every one of these quilts is so different, yet they are all absolutely beautiful. I'm definitely a proud mum, I think ;o)

I only have a photo of part of Margaret's quilt - she has been sick for the last few weeks but has actually finished her quilt top and it's at the quilters as we speak. I love how graphic her quilt is, and I can't wait to see the whole thing.

Margaret's quilt

Helen's quilt is just beautiful - she wanted it to be happy, and I think she has definitely achieved that. I am just so in love with this version, I can't wait to see it quilted.

Helen's quilt

Fiona suffers from the same perfectionism with piecing as I do - and her points are absolutely amazing. Even the back of this quilt looks sensational.

Fiona's quilt

I absolutely adore Cath's version of this quilt - her fussy cut third border looks completely amazing, and I love that wide border SO much. Most of the Marcelle Medallions I've seen have used a fairly complex palette, but I think it works really well with a simpler palette like this, too.

Cath's quilt

This is Briony's version of the quilt. I love the softness of the palette in this one, and the darker background for the flying geese works really well. It's a really gentle looking quilt.

Briony's quilt

And finally, this is Bernadette's quilt. It is even prettier in real life, very much like a watercolour.

Bernadette's quilt

You can probably understand now why I'm so gushy about having taught this class :o) We are hoping to catch up and share the finished quilts in a few months time, and I really can't wait.

Have a great weekend!
xx Jess

21 comments:

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

They are all so different and so beautiful!

Patchwork and Play said...

Isn't it wonderful seeing everyone's interpretation of just one pattern- more variations than you could even imagine! If I had to pick a favourite it would be Fiona's. There are some bold choices there!

Oops-Lah said...

Amazing! I think each and every top turned out stunning. Must be the great teacher they had!!!

Leanne said...

These are fantastic! They clearly had the best teacher.

Renee said...

They're all so pretty! They did a wonderful job!

Debbie said...

These are really lovely! What a fun class...

Ella said...

I love how different they all look! I just need to get off my butt and work on mine.

Barbara Kanta said...

Well done Ladies!

Sharon said...

what a great class! quilts are amazing and it's so much fun to have a series so that you can get to know the quilters

Charlotte said...

wow! what gorgeous quilts!

Susie said...

They all are most definitely stunning. Luckily no one has to pick a favourite. Would be far too difficult.

Charlotte Scott said...

That is so cool to see them all lined up like that! So, so different and each and every one is beautiful in it's own way. Wouldn't be able to pick a fav.

Jeannette Bruce said...

Your students make wonderful quilts! So fun to look at them all. Must be the result of an amazing teacher;)

Carla said...

They're all just so fabulous!

Dianne Neale said...

It's great to see all the quilts together - same, but different

Catherine said...

Wow, they are all so amazing

Gina said...

Beautiful quilts, You should be so proud of all your students xx

Willit Neverend said...

I am impressed. Great job, everyone. It is amazing how much variation can be achieved by fabric choice, alone.

Archie the wonder dog said...

They're all beautiful!

Katy Cameron said...

Fabulous job all round!

Michele said...

They all are fantastic. I can't pick a favorite.