After 4+ months of work, 82 hours of hands-on quilt making (and only 16 hours of that was spent quilting it) I am finally done with my (commissioned) Museum Medallion quilt!!!
|Finished Museum Medallion quilt.|
It was commissioned for a wedding gift, and I worked with the bride and groom on picking a quilt pattern, colors and fabrics. It is far from my normal quilting palette, but it turned out so gorgeous. I hope they love it.
|Museum Medallion center.|
I had never heard of or seen this pattern before, so the whole experience was very new to me of ordering an international pattern (I bought it from Alewives Fabrics in the states), translating a hand piecing pattern to machine piecing, and the many, many places I had to fudge what to do as the pattern is very slim on instructions, measurements, and general helpfulness. This pattern is not for the faint of heart!
|Museum Medallion detail. The flying geese aren't in the pattern (it calls for a second row of diamonds).|
The pattern is lacking (including all online content I could find), at best, and I would only recommend it for people who like a challenge and are already experienced with y-seams, curved piecing, fixing templates, fixing wobbly borders, precise piecing and pressing, and extensive quilt math (despite the pattern you will still need to figure the right size of blocks for each border, as she doesnt' include that, and you will inevitably need a different size than is given anyway). See why the piecing alone took 63 hours?! Never.again. But for those not deterred, stick around because I am giving away my copy of the pattern and the templates I used in an upcoming blog post!
|Drunkard's Path circles and lemoyne star corner stone.|
But despite all the setbacks and frustrations due to the pattern, it turned out fabulous, and beautifully flat (but only after hours spent making sure it would be!). Some of my favorite details are the ones I added--the cornerstones, the quilting, the flying geese.
|Large border detail--French Wallpaper in Spruce, by Amy Butler. Love the quilting on it!|
The quilt top finished at 95.5" square. After quilting it was 93.25", and after the first wash it shrank down to 86.75" square. I'm always surprised by the amazing shrinkage a quilt goes through in the quilting and first wash, but do plan ahead for it!
|Museum Medallion back, which is mostly Arabesque Buds in Ivory by Pat Bravo.|
I had planned a simple back using some wide backing, but really wasn't drawn to any of the options I looked at (would have loved a solid--does anyone know where to buy quality wide backing solids?!), but then I got the idea to incorporate a double wedding ring (I used this free pattern), and decided to just piece the whole thing. You may notice the double wedding ring type quilting in the Arabesque Buds border on the front of the quilt too--I promised to incorporate it in the quilt.
|Back detail. I love how the circular quilting from the front medallion is linked with both of these. Totally happened by accident, I actually intended for the rings to be further down on the quilt.|
I pieced and quilted it using only Aurifil in #2000 and #2310. I used nearly 2 large spools for quilting, and another large spool just on piecing! My sewing machine adores Aurifil, and by that I mean it very rarely has any issues with it, even during my crazy free motion quilting!
|Drunkard's Path circle quilting (before the wash, as I neglected to get a photo of them after the wash).|
|Back detail of the Drunkard's Path circles. They remind me of portholes.|
|Quilt back, quilting detail.|
|Quilting texture. On the last wide border I followed the design on the fabric (French Wallpaper in Spruce, by Amy Butler).|
I laid the quilt over my bed to see how it would fall:
|Museum Medallion laying on a queen sized bed.|
Since it is a square quilt the drop at the foot of the bed is pretty small. Hopefully it keeps their feet warm, haha.
|Side view of the Museum Medallion laying on a queen sized bed.|
I delivered it on Saturday to the parents of the groom (they were the ones that commissioned it) and their reactions were so touching! Lots of words of praise and adoration, some tears, and the best: "holy shit!" Haha, still makes me happy. Can't wait for them to gift it and hear how the newlyweds like it!