Thursday, May 28, 2015

a more minimalist medallion?

So, if you have read any of my recent posts, you probably know that I co-authored a book about medallion quilts (by the way, there is a giveaway still open until tomorrow night to win a copy of the book in this post.) In the book, I write a little bit about how the book came to be and how I became interested in medallion quilts. I really enjoy improv piecing, little planning, and designs with lots of room for error (especially for those days when I don't feel like being friends with the scant 1/4" seam) and the medallion quilts I have made (so far) incorporate those. 

I made two medallion quilts while Janice and I were writing the book; the pattern in the book is for the other quilt (though there is a photo in there of this one.) I used the same triangle design in this quilt as in the quilt for the book and used negative space in a similar way. The big difference is the center - for this I freehand cut petal shapes and appliqued them to the background. I usually prefer raw edge applique but these are finished edge and hand-stitched. And then I made two rows of precise flying geese.  I finished the quilt with matchstick quilting - I'm not sure that was my original plan but I just kept adding more lines and before I knew it . . .   I washed the quilt before taking these photos today and wow, it crinkled in the dryer!

I should have taken a photo before putting in the wash but oops! Here is the photo from the book of the quilt in its pre-crinkle state. 

The book is The Modern Medallion Workbook and you can read more about it in my previous post and you'll find the links to the blog tour so you can see the other quilts from the book (and there is a giveaway in that post that ends tomorrow (Friday) so there is still time to enter.) *to enter the giveaway, you need to click on the link to the previous post.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Tour/Giveaway

When I started this blog three years ago, I never thought that I would be writing a post about a book that lists me as one of the authors. And I never could have imagined when I met Janice soon after I started blogging, that we would one year later be taking on this project together. But 1,000,000 texts, emails, and phone calls later plus the quilts of 9 awesome contributors, our book, The Modern Medallion Workbook, is here. 

Before I get to my quilt, I want to tell you a bit more The Modern Medallion Workbook (skip to the bottom of this post for the giveaway):

- it includes detailed patterns and illustrations for 11 medallion quilts designed by 11 different designers

- the quilts vary in style from modern-tradition to vintage modern to modern

- the quilts also vary in complexity 

- the book contains a special techniques section with detailed instructions for paper piecing, piecing curves, and piecing flying geese. 

- there is a coloring page for each of the 11 quilts that you can use to figure out the color scheme and fabric placement of your version (you can also scan it and color it in digitally as Janice did in her post.)

- the book provides information on designing your own unique medallion quilt; there are instructions on how to measure and determine block size to mix and match the included borders and centers to create your own layout.  

-the book also contains ideas for mixing and matching the borders and centers as well as ideas for making "non-medallion" quilts using just the borders or the centers. 

This is the June Medallion, my contribution to the book (can you guess where I got the name?) It is pieced improvisationally with lots of negative space. I also decided to treat the binding as one of the borders and pieced together small pieces of many of the fabrics from the quilt to make it. 

The contributors have been posting about their quilts over the past two weeks and I'll link to their posts so you can see more photos from the book and learn about their quilts. Here are a couple of the other quilts from the book:

by Kerry Green
by Amy Sinibaldi

You can see more about these quilts and the quilts from the other contributors by clicking on their blog names below.  

Kerry Green from Very Kerry Berry
Amy Sinibaldi from Nana Company
Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting
Janice Zeller Ryan from better off thread
Karen Anderson-Abraham from blooming poppies
Christina Lane from The Sometimes Crafter
Rebecca Bryan from Bryan House Quilts
Latifah Saafir from Latifah Saafir Studios
Melissa Richie from We Shall Sew



Our publisher, C&T/Stash, is giving away a copy of The Modern Medallion Workbook to one lucky winner (hard copy if the winner is in the U.S., digital copy for all others.) To enter just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open until May 29th at 8pm ET and a winner will be chosen at random. There are also giveaways for the book still open on some of the blogs listed above. 

 The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is #62: Marci who said "I really really really would love to win a copy of this gorgeous book!"

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook

I'll be posting more about this book,The Modern Medallion Workbook: 11 Quilt Projects to Make, Mix & Match, that I co-authored with Janice from better off thread next week but I just wanted to let you know that the publisher, C&T/Stash, is having giveaways for copies of the book on the contributor's blogs (hard copy for U.S., digital copies for everywhere else.) The giveaways that are currently open are listed below; I'll update with the full schedule on Monday.

Nana Company (stays open through May 19, 2015 midnight)
Sometimes Crafter
Kitchen Table Quilting
Bryan House Quilts

I'm excited to share more about the book next week - it wasn't easy keeping this "secret" for the past 1 1/2 years. The contributor's quilts are gorgeous and really range in both style and complexity. Plus, in addition to the 11 quilt patterns, the workbook includes full coloring pages (line drawings) of each quilt to help you plan your version and detailed technical instruction for some of the more commonly used techniques in the patterns such as flying geese, paper piecing, and curves. But I think one of my favorite parts of this book is the chapter on how to use the patterns and techniques in the book to design your own unique medallion quilt. Well, I'll tell you more about it in my post on Monday -- plus by then the contributor's will have each shared more about their quilts so I'll be sure to include links to their posts so you can learn more about their process. 

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