Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Desert Flower Medallion

When I was first introduced to quilting, I quickly fell in love with wonky quilts. I have since moved more towards traditional techniques, but I still have a soft spot for improv. I recently obtained Liberated Quiltmaking II, Liberated Medallion Quilts, and Quilt Improv, and the 3 books had me brimming with ideas. I grabbed a fat eighth stack of Arizona that was sitting on my sewing table, added a few coordinating fabrics, and got to work.

Desert Flower Medallion

It has been fun and refreshing to piece this without a plan. I've been adding each border one at a time and then deciding what I want to do next. Although I like this fabric line, it's very different from what I normally gravitate to, so it's been a bit of a challenge working with it.

Desert Flower Medallion

I'm working on the last border now. I always forget how long wonky log cabins can take to sew, even when you're chain piecing. I sorted the remaining scraps by size and i'm using up all the tiniest pieces on this 4" wide border. It's fun, but a little exhausting. I'll be glad when I'm finished. I've ordered backing and thread and I'm planning to hand-quilt it. Should be fun.

Desert Flower Medallion

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.


mle said...

That's awesome! I especially like the wonky flying geese border.

madfabriholic said...

Love the improv nature of this piece! so much fun!

gingermakes said...

This is super cool! I really like the prints.

Crystal said...

This is AWESOME! I'm not normally "into" those colors but now I am because of this top! I LOVE the wonky looks so free and yet is similar to the more traditional border quilts I've been seeing on blogs lately. This looks like it was so much more fun to make!

Jacey said...

It's beautiful! Even though the colors and fabrics differ slightly from my perception of your work, it is still very you. Love it!

Cari said...

I love what you've done so far! That wavy black border really gives it some punch.

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