Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Blue Monterrey Medallions

It is no secret here at the shop that I just love the Monterrey Medallions Pattern by Atkinson Designs.  I have made it several times.  As you can see from the previous posts.

Monterrey Medallions - 1930's
Monterrey Medallions - Black Civil War

But I woke up early one morning and thought - How stunning would a Monterrey Medallions in Blue with a scrappy background be?

I used some wonderful blues.  Mostly civil war prints, but a few that had the right tones and blended with the civil war era made its way in there too.  I used a scrappy off white background in 12 prints to give it variety and texture.

The red in the quilt was Moda Marbles.  I just love the deep texture it gives compared to a solid red.

I knew the print that I wanted to use on the back of the quilt.  But, the quilt is a 90" x 90" and I just couldn't bring myself to getting 3 widths for just a few inches.  Since the quilt doesn't have a border, I couldn't trim a little off, so  I decided to make a row with the floating stars from the pattern and alternate it with a solid block.

It really makes a striking back and I got to use the fabric that I was really wanting to use.  I quilted with a basic meander pattern using Permacore Mother Goose thread.

Thanks for letting me share.  It is currently on display at the shop, so if you live close, come visit it in person.  We had it on display in our booth at the Elizabethtown, KY quilt show this past weekend and it was definitely an eye catcher.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fancy Forest

So I have been seeing the Fancy Forest Pattern everywhere and decided that I needed to make it.            

So I spent two day at the shop just trying to get the colors right for my forest friends.  The pattern calls for 40 Fat Quarters.  So it took a while to get the colors just right for me.

But now it is hanging on our back wall at the shop.  And it makes me smile to see it finished.

I didn't have a large window of time to get it finished and didn't want to start it and have to put it away.  So I was a girl on a mission.  I started on Monday after work and made all the Foxes and Bunnies.  I might have spoiled myself because they were the easy ones.  Tuesday night I made the Owls, Wednesday night the Hedgehogs, Thursday night the Thistle and finally Friday I made the Firefly.  Saturday night I pieced all the blocks together to finished the top and Sunday I go up early to put it in my machine and quilt it.

Finished in one week.  I think the pattern is very well written.  I love the organization for cutting the pieces.  I used ziplock bags to keep each animal together and to keep it together for my piecing. The pattern also give directions for just doing one of the 4 color quadrants for a baby quilt size. 

On Friday night my daughter asked me to make her one just like it when I got finished making the shop sample.  I think the second one might have to wait a few weeks.

I quilted with a simple meander and backed the quilt with a grey and teal/green wave print.

Thanks for letting me share.