Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Museum Medallion Quilt Top Finished...

Yay! It is always a wonderful feeling to finish a quilt top, but especially one where I have learnt a new skill (hand piecing), and had a little bit of time to work away at it.


It is not very easy to photograph as it has ended up a whopping 99 inches square (223 cms).


I have hand pieced a lot of the quilt, except for sewing on the long borders. All of those I did on my sewing machine. I'm thinking I may do the same for quilting this beast...some machine quilting and the rest done using perle threads by hand.


The last border had a couple of additions. It was supposed to be one colour, however none of the fabrics I auditioned were working for me. I then sewed on the orange and yellow and liked it, but wasn't totally happy with it. Once I sewed on the last green border, I knew it was done!


The binding will finish it off nicely in the gorgeous black with pink polka dots seen here in the middle circle.


For those who haven't seen this pattern before it is called Museum Medallion and it is designed by Judy Newman (her design is based on an antique quilt hanging in a London museum). I just love it. It's been fun to add little fussy cut pieces to it...like this gorgeous little sparrow (can you see him?)....


Or these hearts cut from Keiko Goke fabrics, or the apples and strawberries!


So I think it's going to take me a couple of years to quilt it, but I will enjoy the process none-the-less!!! Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me and given me comments on this quilt, I have appreciated every single one!


41 comments:

Jackie @ Fred-and-Cissy said...

Wow, its amazing! Definitely worth taking your time to quilt it with as much care as you've pieced it.

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Amo esse.Sou viciada em papel.Parabéns.FELIZ NATAL!!

Salley said...

Such disparate fabrics if seen alone...but by golly ...they all dance beautifully together. This is divine!

Pip said...

Gorgeous!! I want to start on mine now, but have to wait for fabric to arrive first, I think this is one quilt where I will be taking my time too.

Shocking Hocking said...

beautiful job cathy - that last green border absolutely sets it off - well done :)

Oops-Lah said...

Wow, I'm fairly speechless!!! Your quilt turned out superb and deserves its name! I love your fabric choices too, quite unusual but absolutely perfect and somehow so you! I'm sure your lovely quilting will add to its charm even more. It will become a family heirloom, that's for sure.

Adrianne said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I wasn't totally convinced about the very dark roses print when you first put it on, but once it is all together, the quilt looks absolutely stunning! You obviously have a great eye for picking fabrics.

Susie said...

Just beautiful.. Thanks for the close up shots (was waiting for those!!) amazing fabrics and fussy cutting! (especially that sparrow!). I love it. I think I have to put this on my list...I recently purchased Judy's Guinevere to make.....ahhh now another......Looks forward to seeing your quilting.

Miriam said...

Wow Cathy, its magnificent!!!

You have a real talent for combining fabrics.

You have been very busy stitching all those circle blocks!!

The little bird made me smile! :)

Quiltjane said...

Oh Cathy, Wow wow and wow! It's magnificent! Love everything about it.

Kimme said...

Cathy it's just gorgeous. I love everything about it. It's really nice that you are going to take your time quilting it, I think sometimes we are too intent on getting a quilt finished that we forget to enjoy one of the best parts, the quilting!

Lizzie said...

Love it Cathy, well done..! I still haven't finished the first border around the centre medalion yet!! Another on the work-in-progress list...
Lizzie
xxx

Kate said...

Wow, that is an amazing quilt!

Debra said...

Congratulations on finishing your quilt top the fabrics are really gorgeous. You've done a fabulous job at combining all those lovely prints. Your fussy cutting is great fun. I have really enjoyed watching your progress with this one. It hasn't taken you very long to finish the top I look forward to seeing how you quilt it. It really is a monster too good luck!

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Unknown said...

What a stunning quilt! Really quite breath taking, I love everything about it . . . honestly.

Unknown said...

What a stunning quilt! Really quite breath taking, I love everything about it . . . honestly.

Patchwork and Play said...

WOW! I am lost for words! It is absolutely stunning Cathy! You must be so excited to be finished and proud too!

Nifty Quilts said...

Gasp! What a masterpiece! Your unique and inspired combination of fabrics and all that hand-piecing. It's so worth a couple of years of hand-quilting. Bravo!!!!!

meli B said...

As per all the other comments - who would have guessed all those colours, put together would work out so brilliantly. I agree, the last green border was perfect. I admire your daring in going it alone because Judy's quilt is so different in temperament. Both so beautiful.

pandchintz said...

WOW! This looks SO good!! Well done you! You've bolted ahead from just a few weeks ago when I saw it last. Fantastic! Enjoy the quilting of it, and I love the choice for the binding.

Charlotte said...

it's so incredibly beautiful! I am in awe!

Kristy said...

It's wonderful! I've enjoyed watching it come together and I'm sure the quilting journey will be just as interesting.

Marit said...

Congratulations on a beautiful finished top, Cathy! Love your color-combinations, so playful and elegant at the same time. Beautiful piecing, a true labour of love!
; )

Paula Hensley Murphy said...

so beautiful, I love the "crisp" look of this one.

Stephanie said...

I'm pretty sure "fantabulous" is a word in the quilting world, maybe not in the dictionary! I love the unusual fabric combos. They all play so very spectacularly together.

Karen said...

Congratulations on getting this far! What a great quilt!!

Stitched Together said...

Oh my goodness. It is fabulous. What an incredible quilt. I think you will enjoy hand quilting this beauty a lot.

Anna said...

Spectacular!!! you have got to be proud! someday I am going to grow up and be a quilter just like you!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Wow, Cathy, this is fantastic quilt! So beautiful fabrics and lovely pattern! I would love to make those round blocks with star! x Teje

fiberchick said...

How ridiculously gorgeous is this quilt?! That indigo border is inspired. Bravo!!!

Danielle said...

Sigh - so beautiful!! Cant wait to see what's next on your to-do list. And by the way, have just made my first Keiko purchase - totally your fault! :)

Tatkis said...

Absolutely wonderful quilt! I love every fabric and every detail!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Nedra said...

Cathy, it has been so wonderful to watch this quilt develop bit by bit. You have done such an excellent job! congratulations on a finish :)

Sarah said...

Wow Cathy, this quilt is monumental! I love it!! Congratulations on the hand piecing too. WOW!!!

Jenny M said...

Wow, I can't believe how quickly you have finished your quilt top, considering how much work you have put into hand piecing it. Well done!

bearpaw said...

Another stunning quilt Cathy, I can't believe you hand pieced so much of this, you must sew like a demon!!

Martine Kuciel said...

Superbe et original j'adore

Anna said...

Fantastic job, congratulations.
A hug.
Anna

Carla said...

I'm catching up on blog reading.......LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! I am sooo impressed by your fabric sense....so brave and daring. I want to be more like you in 2013!!!

Lynne W said...

Beautiful! It's inspired me to have a go too. Got pattern, got some pretty pastels and now trying to find a time-space to have a go. I can see myself sat in the garden in the sunshine piecing away :)