Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Linky party open!

Morning all - hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and the Easter eggs were plentiful!  Apologies for opening the linky late this month - managed to get a bit of a flu and spent the weekend getting better.  So better late than never it's time to post an update on any progress on medallion quilts and our round robin bee!  Random number generator will chose a winner for Cindy's very generous prize of €20 euro voucher to spend on fabric @ Fluffy Sheep Quilting.

One of our bee's has just come back from a trip travelling in Asia so while she is making her starting block for me to add to, not having any progress on our round robin to share, I thought I'd share some medallion quilts I love for inspiration and what I learned about solid borders when making my first medallion quilt.
Image from first special edition of Love Quilting and Patchwork

Two of the most popular medallion quilt patterns in recent years are the Marcelle Medallion by Alexia Abegg and Made to Measure by Sarah Fielke. What really caught my eye on both of these is the use of black to add frames in the quilt drawing you into the centre block and the clever use of fabric in the prints used for borders (chevron and scissors above!)

Made to Measure quilt in Sarah Fielke's book Hand Quilted with Love
Sarah made a beautiful version of this quilt shown here in our gallery of our Happiness exhibition and I really like this one by Lynne@ Lily's Quilts in soft greys. Doing a quick search on pintrest using Marcelle Medallion will show you some amazing medallion quilts.  These are just some of the ones people have shared.

So what I learned in making my first medallion quilt, is that, in addition to making the length of the quilt easier to work with, adding a solid/un-pieced border can have some other very beneficial effects when making a medallion quilt.  Melanie @ Catbird Quilts has a really good series on making a medallion quilt and we followed her guidelines during our last QAL. 

This is as far as I got last time and there is one more round yet to be added to finish it.  In the making of this quilt top, I experienced 2 problems.  The first problem is the checkerboard border I used to frame my starting block was a bit stretchy and pulled my rectangle out of shape, when I added it.  Adding the first border by measuring and taking the average helped but adding a second border helped more.  It's still not right and I'm hoping blocking it will sort it out as I really don't want to unpick back but might have to!
I used Melanie's advice about using an un-pieced border to add some place for the eye to rest.  After adding in the low volume border the next round of diamonds was too busy against the checkerboard so I trimmed the first border down and added in the pink chevron to add a frame and give a resting place.  It's a skinny second border but without it the quilt wouldn't work so well at all!

Love this mad border by Sarah Fielke
But if you really like a pieced border check out this crazy pieced one again by Sarah Fielke from her book Hand Quilted with Love.  Am very tempted to try this sometime!

So onto the linky party.  Click on the button below to link up your progress!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Update and Modern Irish Bee reminder

Morning Modern Quilters Ireland.

PhotobucketReminder for all those taking part in our Round Robin or making medallion quilts, the linky party opens this Friday for the first round addition to our starting blocks.  To be in with a chance of winning a voucher from Fluffy Sheep Quilting you can post a progress photo and random number generator will select a winner. Thanks again Cindy for sponsoring our bee!

Congratulations to Erin who won last month's voucher!

Just a quick update to tell you about some of the changes made to our blog this year.  I've opened a Beginners Corner page where the info about our swaps and some of the posts exploring Half Square Triangles and Swoon blocks etc. are featured for easy access.   We'll be adding to this and hope in addition to a summer swap to have a Quilt A Long this year too so stay tuned! 

Links to Modern Irish Bee blocks from 2014 and 2015 are up and available if anyone is looking for blocks to make.  This year, as it is a free form Round Robin, I won't be posting any from Modern Irish Bee but will post regularly on some free bee blocks and Quilt-A-Longs that are happening in blog land!  (See January's post if you are looking for inspiration or a Quilt- A-Long still going - its not too late to join any of them!)

I've created a Gallery to show our quilts from our first Happiness exhibition last year.  If anyone wants to add to this I'd love to add more photos so send us a mail!

We are trying to get a virtual library together by having a page where we have book reviews.  If you have found a book or a magazine that you love please share so we can explore and find new things to read too!  So far we have only 2 reviews up so please if anyone has a spare moment to write a few lines about a book you recommend and take a cover photo we'd love to hear about it!

Our Tutorials page is growing!  Thank you Irina for allowing us to add your zipper pouch tutorial!  We have a baby quilt from Fiona and note book cover from Cindy.  I have added a 72" big block quilt and a patchwork drawstring bag. 

Finally I've updated the resources page to add in teacher info, members that take custom quilt orders and members shops. This page is a work in progress so if you want to be included or want me to amend any details please drop us a line!

We would love to hear from you so if you have anything to share for Beginners Corner, Gallery, Library or if you have a tutorial on your blog, a block or a pattern you would like to share please let me know!  Also if there is anything else that you would like to see here on the blog or in our facebook group please get in touch!   Our contact info and hashtags for sharing are:

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