Monday, May 05, 2014

My Marcelle Medallion

I am super excited to be sharing with you my Marcelle Medallion quilt. This pattern comes from the book Liberty Love. I first saw it on Instagram a year ago when there was a lot more action on the #marcellemedallion hashtag. I decided to try it out with the promise from my friend, Jen, that she would do it too. From the beginning it became sort of a beast.
Nothing lined up right, it was super hard to understand some of the steps of the pattern and it really pushed me to the breaking point of quilting. There were a lot of Twitter chats and encouragement from Jen to keep going. 
I put it away for a while here and there and even almost scrapped the whole thing and started over.

I'm so glad I stuck with it.
It's my labor of love. My Mount Everest.
It turned out way better than I ever imagined.


I decided to quilt it using my home machine just so I could get it done. That means being limited to what my standard foot can do. In each border, I quilted different designs that complimented the pattern in that border. I like mixing it up in each row and it made it easier to get through too even if it was time-consuming.

                                           

                                          

In the bigger blocks of color my sister suggested I try a straight lined spiral. I love how they turned out!

                                         

For the backing I used an Alexander Henry print that I love and that had all the colors that I had used on the front. The binding is from Zen Chic's Comma line. I hand-stitched the binding on this time, which I hadn't done in a while. I forgot how relaxing binding by hand can be!

                                      

Mia has been asking to keep this one, so it'll most likely become a quilt that we all use from time to time. It definitely is a bright & fun quilt!! 

2 comments:

Anne said...

WaHoo!!! Congrats on the finish Denise. Beautiful. Can't wait to see it in person.

Lindsey Elisabeth Fowler said...

Gorgeous! I love how you quilted it. I'm planning to try some fancier quilting on my little home machine soon (I usually hand quilt or do something SUPER simple on the machine). Great inspiration for me!