Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Museum Medallion Progress

Last I posted about this quilt it looked like this:

Current Museum Medallion quilt in center, prototype is far right, Michael Miller cotton couture pastel challenge on the left.

I did finish the triangle border in November, and so far this month I've already squared it off and added two more borders!

Museum Medallion with border 1 and 2.

I've been using the Museum Medallion pattern.  It's beautiful, right?  It's an advanced hand piecing pattern that I am piecing by machine.  I've been having a lot of problems with the sizing of the pattern pieces, but I've been taking notes along the way and will be giving away the pattern, my templates and notes when I'm finished!  (does that express how much I never want to make it again?  haha)

Museum Medallion quilt, border 2 in progress.

.The diamond border uses triangles to set the squares on point, but if I do the second diamond border I'll just use full squares to set the diamonds on point--then I'll have more wiggle room and will be able to properly trim it down so the points don't get cut off.

Have you ever made the Museum Medallion pattern?  I'd love to see it, or maybe here some tips you've figured out along the way!  If you're on IG you can tag them #museummedalliontips

17 comments:

  1. Everything about this pattern just seems so wonky, Renee! I'm bummed that you are having such a hard time with it and I hope you can find others who have made the pattern and are willing to share tips!

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  2. I love a nice large medallion and this one with the curved pieces is interesting, unusual and perfect. Cant wait to see it complete

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  3. Sounds like this is hard work, but it's well worth it; what you have so far is looking great.

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  4. For all your issues, I think it looks wonderful! Sometimes quilting is a battlefield (just like love~woah woah woah woah woah~we are strong...heartache to heartache we stand) :)

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  5. Just because you started it doesn't mean you have to finish it. This is no reflection on your ability, just a reminder that sometimes we need to move on. Enjoy your process, don't fight with it.
    I think it is great so far.

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  6. It is gorgeous! A big challenge! I have never made one and can imagine after all the hard work...challenges...it will be so worth it!

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  7. This is beautiful. If you're not sure you want to fight with it any more, you could just finish it off with a final unpieced border and call it finished. It won't be bed-sized, but it will be done! It's beautiful as-is. I love the fabrics you've used.

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  8. This is really beautiful. It's too bad that you are having problems with wonky pieces. There is nothing more frustrating than dealing with stuff that doesn't fit correctly. However you choose to finish it off, it will be lovely to look at.

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  9. Wow, that is a beautiful quilt! I like the inner border stripe, it fits well. Keep up the good work and enjoy the process.

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  10. I love the fabrics you chose for this project. I'm sure your persistence will pay off in the end! You are a wonderful sewist!

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  11. This is looking very beautiful, even if you are having problems. Keep going, I am sure the result will be worth it.

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  12. I really like your pastel challenge. The bottom looks like confetti! :) I'm sorry you're having such trouble with the pieces for your medallion. It's coming along well though.

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  13. So pretty!! Well worth the work, I think. And who says you have to finish it straight through? Let it marinate when it's frustrating and come back to it when you feel like it again, after playing with something easier. You are going to love the end product. :D

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  14. Sorry to hear you have had problems. The work looks lovely, though!

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  15. May have not have been a favorite to make but I am sure it will be a favorite to display! It is beautiful and your color choices are spot on!

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  16. This is really looking great! I am so sorry about all of the frustrations!! Gah!!

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  17. Your quilt looks great, I like how you have changed one of the borders too. I'm making this quilt, but I'm hand piecing it. I'm up to the drunkards path border, and haven't had any problems with sizing of pattern pieces, everything seems to fit perfectly. I'm wondering if you are having problems because you are machine piecing, with the hand piecing there seems to be a certain amount of ease when joining everything together.

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