Quilt Update (Museum Medallion)

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Its the second day of spring and life is showing everywhere. The tiny buds are starting to shoot on the trees, the daffodil and jonquils are in bloom and the tulips are about to flower. I had a lovely day sewing with Judy Newman’s class at Millrose cottage on the weekend. My Museum Medallion Quilt is taking shape and was delighted to find my second border fabric, which means I can push on a little further, as I aim to have it completely pieced by the years end. So far I have hand pieced ‘point to point’ 585 pieces. I never thought I had it in me to take on such a task however as in the true spirit of a beginner quilter I have enjoyed every step and watching it evolve. Cxx

Museum Medallion

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I used to say with pride that my sister Terri was the quilting and patchwork expert in the family. To be honest until I started quilting I had limited understanding of the effort she goes to, to produce such lovely work. You will forever have my creative respect Sis, and the tips I have gained so far from you and others have been so helpful

– trace around template exactly as pattern piece suggests
– cut fabric pieces on straight weave where indicated
– draw pencil lines to join pieces together accurately
– join pencil lines and hand tack
– join dots and pin to ensure pieces fit together
– use 1/4 ” edge for both pieces
– avoid ironing too much
– when ironing, press lighter coloured seams to the darker fabric
– use glad bags for cut pieces
– use similar textiles
– take your time
– balance colours
– don’t sew at night without a good light
– be present, in the moment
– be patient, breath deeply
– be patient some more
– and whatever you do . . . . . don’t give up

P.S. Thanks for buying me the little door peeper. It is amazing Cxx

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Quote “Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that-one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery”. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

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These words are in my heart as I  take baby steps to patiently piece and hand sew my first quilt, a beautiful pattern called Museum Medallion, creatively adapted by Judy Newman @ averyfinehouse09.blogspot.com/‎. Thank you Judy, your gentleness and creativity  are an inspiration for many. Cxx