Thursday, October 30, 2014
Bloggers Quilt Festival
This is so exciting, now that I have a blog I can take part in fun events like the Bloggers Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. It's a virtual quilt show - all the beauty, none of the shipping costs or crowds. Woo!
I'm entering my very first medallion quilt, Metallion. I made it in April as part of a challenge for the Seattle MQG. We could make any quilt as long as it incorporated metallic fabric, thread, or something else. Side note - why is metallic fabric almost always gold? Silver is so much better! Anyhow, medallion quilt + metallic fabric led me to the name Metallion.
Anyhow, I used some metallics (RK Quilters Linen and TT Dreaming in Pearle) and lots of other fabrics to create this beauty. I started with Julie Hirt's Bowie pattern (free on her blog) for the center and built out from there. I knew I wanted to put certain elements in but I really just planned each border as I came to it. This little guy comes out to 40 x 40".
As much fun as I had making it, I had even MORE fun quilting it. The second time anyhow. Yep, I quilted it twice. I was originally going to spiral the whole thing and it turned out awful. The top kept spinning with the spiral until it was completely turned and the corners were not even on top of the batting and backing any longer. It was the worst!
So I unpicked it all and did what I should have done from the beginning. Some custom FMQ, totally different for each border and so much fun. Actually, this is making me think I should make some more medallion quilts so I can have this kind of fun again!
Thanks so much for looking, I hope you've enjoyed Metallion as much as I do.