Friday, February 3, 2017

Circa 2016 Medallion Quilt

I finished my Circa 2016 Medallion Quilt!


The centre section was the Temecula Quilt Company's quilt-along-quilt for last year.


I added more borders to make is a bed sized quilt. It is 84"x95" (it's on a double bed).


This is quilted on my domestic sewing machine - I used a walking foot to stitch in the ditch around all the borders, and a spring action free motion foot for the rest of the quilting. I used Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting. The quilting was done with Aurifil 50wt thread, and Bottom Line 60wt thread.

It's probably just me but I always wondered how medallion quilts were made - how did quilter get the pieced borders to be the right size? Now I know all about 'Filler Borders', that is the secret to making a medallion quilt - plain fabric fills the space between the different sized pieced borders (a couple of mine are the same background fabric, and a few are a contrasting fabric). There is a bit of simple math involved in calculating the size of the filler borders.


Because the quilt is a rectangle the side filler borders are not the same size as the top/bottom filler borders.

When I was deciding on what borders to add to the quilt I chose to repeat some of the designs from the original centre section -


The Court House Steps blocks are laid out similar to the centre Hour Glass blocks-



The Sawtooth blocks are a repeat of one the centre blocks-


I had always wanted to make a Medallion Quilt, and I learned a lot with this quilt. It was a fun challenge!

I had a few more knitting finishes this week -


A hat and cowl made with yarn from Tanis Fibre Arts. The hat is a free Ravelry Pattern - Lake Reed, and the cowl was made using a cable chart from a Japanese knitting book my son brought me back from Japan.


This year my Mother and I decided to join the Tanis Fiber Arts 2017 Year in Colour Club, and this hat was the January pattern (Heira) and yarn. A quick knit with lovely merino and alpaca bulky yarn - you have to imagine that the leftover ball of yarn is a pom-pom, that I will make when I figure out exactly how to make one.

Luckily I live somewhere with 6 months of winter!


This is what is on my needles now, I am glad to be back knitting with hand spun.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!♥︎

11 comments:

Joan said...

Joanne - that post ..as are all of yours...is fantastic...you amaze me how much you get done!

Tilly said...

Love your quilt,awesome!

Ariane said...

Your finished quilt is amazing!! Your quilting is just so beautiful and really makes the blocks pop. What a great finish!! It's gorgeous!! I love the knitting you did too.

JeanInMaine said...

Your medallion quilt turned out lovely. I wish that I had the patience to try something with all those lovely small blocks. It looks wonderful on the bed.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love that quilt I will need to check out the pattern more

Sally Hurley said...

The quilt is beautiful. It's so nice to see it all done!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Joanne!!!! What a masterpiece. You did what I want to do this year - make a medallion quilt! I had issues with the quilt, gave the outer blocks away, but made a small quilt of the medallion!!!! What an heirloom! So beautiful!!!
Challenges provide avenues to learning more and more about quilting - isn't it fun? Have a great day - and the quilting is absolutely beautiful!

Angie in SoCal said...

Fabulous quilt, Joanne. It so inspiring that you quilted it on a DSM. I'm learning to use mine for that.

Sue SA said...

Wow Circa 2016 is very impressive, love the borders you added and the quilting makes it very special.

Barb said...

Your quilt is spectacular! congratulations
pretty knitting too!

Lucy said...

Wow Joanne, what a great finish! I admire your knitting. Beautiful