Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Swirling Medallion quilt

It's Craft Book Month at Craft Buds this month! I just love books. :) My collection of books used to rival my collection of fabric, but these days my fabric collection seems to be overtaking the books. I've got fiction, I've got biographies, I've got cookbooks, and I've got a growing collection of sewing and craft books.

I don't know about you, but I own a boatload of sewing and quilting books that I adore for the eye candy, but I haven't exhibited a whole lot of follow-through when it comes to actually making things from them, so when Lindsay asked if I was interested in making a project from a book, I jumped at the chance, figuring that it was exactly the motivation I needed!

I went to my shelf of crafty books and pulled out one of my favorites, Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gehring and Katie Pederson. I love how this book not only has patterns in it, but it also teaches principles and techniques of improvisational piecing that you can apply in your own patterns as well. It was hard selecting a favorite one to make, but after much waffling between the Swirling Medallion on page 113 and Blue Ice on page 147, I literally flipped a coin. Swirling Medallion won. ;)

My Swirling Medallion - finished!

The Swirling Medallion pattern uses the stitch-and-flip technique taught in the book to create a modern medallion quilt. I knew I wanted to use prints, as opposed to the solids used in the book, but I wanted to be sure that my prints definitely "read" one color, so I was awfully picky about the fabrics I used. I picked various shades of gray, aqua, green, and gold from my scrap bins for my quilt, with Kona Snow for my neutral background and got to work. This quilt was a breeze to put together, the pattern was written very concisely yet in a way that was easy to follow and understand.

I quilted this quilt using a cathedral windows inspired continuous line FMQ design, which was tons of fun to do and looks really cool with this quilt, using Aurifil 50 wt thread in white. For the binding, I used a Dear Stella Squiggles print, which is one of my new stash building favorites.

My Swirling Medallion - texture shot2

Quilt Stats
name: Swirling Medallion
size: 30" square
pattern: Swirling Medallion quilt from Quilting Modern
fabrics: DS Flea Market Fancy Eyelet in Green, Half Moon Modern in Lime, Half Moon Modern Ovals Vines in Lime, Mono Pez in Yellow, Silent Cinema Front Row in Yellow, Spring Street Flowers in Yellow, Spring Street Sketchbook in Yellow, Dream On Stripe in Yellow, Juicy Blossoms Dot in Yellow,
backing: Dear Stella Squiggles in Teal
binding: Dear Stella Squiggles in Teal
quilting: continuous line cathedral windows, by me, in Auriful 50wt white thread

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you'll continue to follow along the Craft Book Month blog hop! I think it's great that this blog hop is inspiring so many people to crack open a craft book and use it!! Here are the other fantastic bloggers who are participating:

Week One
Sunday 9/2: Hopeful Threads / The Jolly Jabber
Monday 9/3: Stitchery Dickory DockMe Sew Crazy
Tuesday 9/4: Olive & OllieSew Sweetness
Wednesday 9/5: Fabric SeedsThe Busy Bean
Thursday 9/6: CraftFoxesStitched In Color
Friday 9/7: Katie's KornerA Prairie Sunrise

Week Two
Sunday 9/9: Sweet Diesel Designsmissknitta's studio
Monday 9/10: Sew TaraClover and Violet
Tuesday 9/11: Sew Fantasticamylouwho
Wednesday 9/12: Projektownia JednoiglecTwo More Seconds
Thursday 9/13: Ellison Lane QuiltsDon't Call Me Betsy
Friday 9/14: Live a Colorful LifeLRstitched

Week Three
Sunday 9/16: Fairy Face DesignsCanoe Ridge Creations
Monday 9/17: Inspire Me GreyFreshly Pieced
Tuesday 9/18: Lindsay SewsThe Cute Life
Wednesday 9/19: The Littlest ThistleSew Crafty Jess
Thursday 9/20: Urban Stitchesimagine gnats
Friday 9/21: Sew Bittersweet DesignsThe Plaid Scottie

Week Four
Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from Sept 23-30 from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Monday, October, 1! For more details, visit Craft Buds!

No time to create a project? No problem! All month long, follow Craft Buds and comment to win some new craft books and lots of giveaways! Good luck!


  1. Love your little quilt and the quilting is fabulous!

  2. I have the very same problem. I've got many quilt books that are becoming quite the collection. I do love to look through them for inspiration concerning fabric and color choices.

  3. What a pretty quilt! The quilting is just perfect!

  4. Your little quilt is adorable. I love that design from the book. The quilting you chose is perfect for it.

  5. It's so lovely; I love the colors and the pattern! I'm inspired by that quilting, too.

  6. Quilting Modern would be a great book to add to my collection. Love your project, and you have a great blog. I especially love the gold center of the medallion. Thanks for a chance to win.

  7. Very cool, love how it turned out :o)

  8. Very pretty block. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love everything about this. The colors, the pattern, the quilting. It's gorgeous!! Great job!

  10. This is fab! You've been rocking the quilting, friend.

  11. I love the bright colors you selected and the pattern is very charming.

  12. I love your color choices and it turned out beautifully!

  13. This is lovely, the quilting is just gorgeous.

  14. I love the orange peel quilting... I must try!


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