Thursday, 11 June 2009

Laura Ashley Medallian Quilt Update.

If you were reading my blog in October you may remember this quilt. It is my main City & Guilds piece and I never really seemed to get on with it. However the end of term is now looming so I have got to get it done. If you read the two previous posts about this quilt you will get all the background info.
I did decide to hand piece it and to be honest that has taken far too long and has not been as enjoyable as I was hoping. The hand piecing is now finished and I am putting the borders on by machine.

This first photo shows all six segments completed before they are stitched together (by hand of course!)

Now it is all stitched together and I had to decide on the fabric to frame the central hexagon. After much deliberation I chose the plain red - but of course this is in 4.5 inch squares that I had to piece together! I am going to machine quilt this red area quite heavily to try to disguise the seam lines.
The first border print is called harebell and it is the only yardage I have got for the quilt top. I bought it on ebay for a couple of pounds earlier this year - it is reclaimed fabric as it used to be a curtain!
Here is the quilt with the harebell border - don't forget you can click on the photos for more detail.

The next border is blue and I think this really works well - only problem is I had to piece it out of the little squares. There are 4 more borders to go on and then the finished size should be 54 inches square. The central medallion is 26 inches square. I don't have enough fabric for binding so I am going to make butted edges as in the Welsh Quilt book I have. Luckily I have been able to buy some of the red and green flower fabric on ebay for the backing which should arrive in the next couple of days.

Still a lot of work to be done - this quilt needs to be finished for June 27th but hopefully I can do it!
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Rosa-Munda said...

Hi Janet, Lovely quilt! Good luck with getting it finished for the 27th! Ros

blushing rose said...

That is gorgeous! Great creation. TTFN ~Marydon

Jude said...

Gosh, good luck to you!! It's grogeous and all that hand stitching must have been so time consuming....
well done, hope you get it finished by dead line!! Don't forget to show us the finished piece!!