To me a quilt is for keeping warm, sleeping or snuggling under and making tents or superhero capes. It is to be used and loved and washed. This is what I make my quilts for and when I gift them it is how I want them used. Even my quilts that have won ribbons are on the beds for children and occasionally dogs to lie on. They are used every day. Why then am I hung up on perfection? Does a cut off point or wobbly stitch or varying stitch length stop it achieving the above purposes - NO! Of course not.
A few months back Crystal at Two Little Aussie Birds was asking for pattern testers for her patternModern Medallion. I was intrigued and so volunteered. I am so grateful Crystal asked me be a tester as I love this quilt and it has changed my approach to making quilts. Thank you Crystal, I seriously love this quilt. I had fun learning to embrace my inner wonkiness, and was reassuringly surprised how hard it was to be deliberately wonky. I learnt to love the 'curves and edges and perfect imperfections' which, incidentally is what my version of the quilt is called.
I have loved all the different version I have seen on Instagram (use the hashtag #modernmedallion to check them out). They all look so different. There is a Facebook group and a blog hop quilt-a-long - got to love a bit of moral support when making a quilt, especially if some techniques are new. For my version I thought I’d use a lot of colours, and while at first I thought it as it was a bit too busy, now I think the cool tones of the blues and green seem to tone it down. I am glad I didn't over think it and just went with my gut (probably should apply that theory in other aspects of my life). Who knew I could love pink and yellow?
I have enjoyed reading about and seeing pictures of how bloggers whose work I admire have approached the various borders of this quilt. I thought I would share how I quilted it.
1. No ripping out stitches
2. No marking
3. To use fabric and piecing for inspiration
4. To have fun and not over think it
I haven’t quilted a medallion quilt before but have been looking forward to this part since I first starting making this quilt. I was inspired by Angela Walters, both in quilting style and in approach – fun and not aiming for perfection. Which to me is the lesson I learnt from this quilt right from the start. I don't mean I was careless just that I aimed for something and what I did was good enough. There was times my thread build up and wobbly lines bothered me but I persevered and don't even remember now which bits it was that caused me to doubt my skills.
Don't you think having cute names for each border helped make the process even more fun?