Marriage Medallion

It’s quite an challenge to make a quilt as a wedding gift.  It’s really a marriage between both partners tastes and styles and you may not know the tastes and styles of both people.  I made this quilt for my work bestie and her family. It’s really a love story where 2 individuals become a family of three as the groom has also bonded strongly with her son.  It was beautiful to watch this relationship grow from a blind date about 2 years ago (that she was apprehensive about going on) to a marriage full of love and respect.

Some of you may remember that, after a Plan A fail, I pulled an old work-in-progress out of its hiding place and changed directions on it.  I took the previously made piece and made it the center of a medallion style quilt.I added a skinny border then some improv strip blocks, another skinny border and some large Raspberry Kiss blocks.  The cutting dimensions for the large size Raspberry Kiss block can be found here.  I then added some large appliquéd corner blocks to finish it off.  She had purchased an art print that has a tree with leaves that the guests can sign with well wishes.  I tried to use that theme on these large corner blocks.  Each corner block is different but all contain a selection of large and small orange peel pieces.I love the quilting effect on the Raspberry Kiss blocks.  I did skinny lines in the plus section and then just outlined the large square.  I tried to quilt each section a little differently.  Stitch-in-the-ditch for the center then straight lines in the sashing, wavy lines on the improv strips then more straight lines in the sashing, and ending with diagonal lines for the corners going into the side blocks.  I love the way the whole thing came out and the cool crinkly effect once washed was perfect!I found a fabric in my stash that was perfect for the backing and definitely more her style.  I also made a envelope block that was released as part of the Honey Pot Bee and used that as my label.  I added a solid green binding to contain it all.I’m considering this my year of finishing old projects. Now onto the next one before I get distracted by something new and shiny…..

Happy Sewing!

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Fall 2014

I entered two quilts into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side. I entered Contained Chaos in the Mini Quilt category.

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Click here to get to the voting page. You do not need to be a blogger to vote. Look for this cool quilt and tap the heart to vote for it.

The second quilt is the Floral Pop quilt that I entered in the Small Quilt category.

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Same goes here, click here to get to the voting page and look for this bright and bold quilt and tap the heart to vote for it.

This weekend my quilt guild – the Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild – had a sew-in at Kelly’s house. Kelly blogs at My Quilt Infatuation and we all had a great time sewing and chatting. I started on a quilt that I plan to give to a deserving family that my church is adopting for the holidays. It uses the So Sophie line by Riley Blake Designs.

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I made lots and lots of half-square triangles (HSTs) and got about 1/3 of them trimmed before I left. After dinner I began trimming again.

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I love how the browns, mustards, mauves, and blues play so nicely together in this line. I finished all the trimming and had this small bucket of pretty scraps.

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The quilting inspector approves:

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I’ve got a plan on putting them together so I hope it will work like it is in my head.

Be sure you head over the the Blogger’s Quilt festival and vote! I’m heading over right now to choose my favorites in the other categories.