it’s finished!

What do you think of this quilt? It’s my improvisational medallion quilt that I started in a Gwen Marston workshop in mid-2013, and it’s finally finished!

Karen Mundt- medallion quilt

Karen Mundt- medallion quilt

I’ve written here a few times about the progress, and about how it proved to be a real challenge.
In the Gwen Marston class, we started with a centre block and then started adding onto it, a border at a time. I only got the hour-glass border on during the class, and made up the rest of it myself. Decisions had to be made for each border- what techniques to use, which fabrics, which colours. There are obvious borders out to the half-square triangle border, but then after that it was made up as I went. I wanted to make mine as scrappy as possible, and while I did buy a lot of the fabric to use for it, I also used a lot of left-over fabric from past projects.
I experimented with lots of different block designs, made up some of my own and made wonky versions of blocks. As I made endless blocks, I would put them up on my design wall and move them around. It was this middle stage where I often felt that I wasn’t moving along, so I started to make decisions on a section at a time. I would work out which blocks could go together to make up a large section and piece them all together.
I had started with thinking that I would use a pale green or cream as the calming fabric and filler in between the colourful blocks, but soon realised that wasn’t going to work. So I switched to using red as the filler and that became the constant colour to draw the eye around the quilt. The filler strips and pieces were necessary to ‘fill in’ where some blocks were a little shorter than others or not quite fitting together and made it much easier to piece the sections.
I would work on just making decisions on one section at a time, put that up on the design board and move onto the next. Eventually it got there, after countless re-arranging, contemplation and fiddling!
But once the quilt top was together, I then had to work out how to quilt it. As there weren’t any regular seam lines going all through the top, no large spaces to fill in with a quilting design but lots of seams everywhere, and the fact that it was so busy to look at anyway meant I had to keep the quilting fairly minimal.
I ended up just quilting a quarter-inch echo around most of the blocks and seams.
For the back I used some pink striped fabric and pieced it with bits left from the front..
Isn’t it good when it all comes together!

a small world in a quilt

Progress on my newest quilt “My Small World”, first mentioned here, has slowed down a little owing to some quilting on my long-arm for a client. However, I have got some updated photos to show of where I am up to in this little quilt.
I have now finished Parts 1,2 & 3- there are 5 parts in all. There is a Quilt-Along happening on some other blogs- such as: the Very Kerry Berry blog. It’s handy to check on there for hints and tips and see how others are coming along in their quilt tops.
There’s lots of choices and decisions to make with which fabrics to use and lots of different blocks and techniques to use:
.. you have to think about which pieces look nice next to each other, how does a particular piece fit in the wider section, and then, in turn, how does that section play along with the next larger piece of the top.
But you also get to have fun by placing fussy-cut pieces in hand-picked spots. Like my little red bus here?
This quilt ticks two large boxes for me: the cityscape theme and lots of fabrics to use- essentially the scrappy look, my favourite type of quilt!

And another thing…
Gatton Quilters’ Exhibition of quilts and hand-worked pieces is now open at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre Art Gallery. Hope you can get along and have a look! We had the official opening on Friday night, with Ali George doing the honours as our guest speaker. A lovely night. I hope to show some photos of the works on display in coming weeks.

Linking in here to Freshly Pieced’s Work In Progress Wednesday!

exhibition of Gatton Quilters

Anyone looking for a showing of quilts and textiles are welcome to visit the exhibition on display in Gatton over the next month. ‘New Directions’ is the name of the exhibition, as it is highlighting this local quilt group’s growth in skills and techniques. There will be quilts of all sizes…

Karen M- Flying 9-patch

Karen M- Flying 9-patch

and projects made with many different processes…
Meryl B

Meryl B

quilts from our various challenges….


and results from a quilter extending herself and exploring the ‘What If’s’, but also quilts from those that aren’t into the art-quilt side of things but the more traditional quilts with beautiful craftsmanship and design.


The display will be at the Lockyer Valley Art Gallery in Gatton from 20 July until 16 August.
Hope you can find time to visit!


yellow quilt

This is my little quilt made for last month’s ‘Yellow’ challenge.

I happened to have some Gerberas in a vase at the time which got me to thinking on a reproduction of a version of that. I took a close-up photo of the flowers and focused on one section of it. I had to divide the photo in to two halves to make it into a picture that was big enough. Using some ink jet printable fabric, I printed out the two photos onto the paper-backed sheets of fabric.
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The two pieces were then sewn together, and I then backed it with some iron-on thin batting. I put that on for the stability but the fluffy side underneath did make it a bit tricky when moving it round for free-motion stitching.
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It took lots of free-range stitching, using my domestic sewing machine. Around 7 or 8 different shades of yellow thread were used.
In particular, I needed to stitch over the centre to cover up the green, because it was supposed to be predominantly yellow!
I then added a narrow gold border with a facing finish.