Friday, August 3, 2012

my Modern Medallion Quilt

my Modern Medallion

At last.... it's done!  And I have to say looking back at all the many hours I poured into designing and piecing and hand stitching and hand quilting this quilt - I wouldn't take any of them back.  I just love it to pieces.  And I feel grateful from my whole heart for the opportunity to teach the class from which this quilt emerged.  There's something about designing for others that really fuels and motivates me and pushes me to do my best work.  So a big thanks to ALL of you who read this blog.  Creating in community means a whole lot to me.

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Today is the last day of Handstitched Class.  Students are busy making and stitching away on their Modern Medallions, many of which you can see over here at the Stitched in Color Flickr group.  This quilt is one we added to week by week as the class developed and we covered many different hand stitching arts.  I'm very proud of their work and sometimes in awe of it.  I hope to do a "favorites" post soon to share with you some glimpses of their lovelies.

In the meantime, here's a few shots from this summer to show how my Modern Medallion developed..

Dogwood Blossom for Handstitched Class

Satin + Jewels for Handstitched Class

this corner

Storm at Sea blocks

How I left it

Handstitched Quilt

344sm

hand quilting in progress

Today, I'm celebrating this big finish and also hoping to encourage my students to push through.  Hand quilting a quilt of this size is time-consuming for sure.  And, in this case we're not kidding around since there's a large 6" wide solid border for a special round of pretty.

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I worked an orange peel design flanked by two rows of color on either side.  This was my favorite part of the hand quilting as the complex design completely held my attention.  Still, I can't say that I'm not glad to be done.  I love the satisfaction of finishing... and I do have another handwork project that's been eagerly waiting in the wings.

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Thanks to all the many whom I've learned from in the online community and thanks to those I've had the pleasure of teaching.  Each thing of handmade beauty any one of us makes is a gift from a long tradition of making that's gone before us.  It's a pleasure and privilege to be part of this perfectly delightful stream!

74 comments:

  1. so beautiful Rachel - every last stitch

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  2. Rachel, this is totally amazing! I love all the colors you used. so, so beautiful, wonderful quilt!

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  3. It turned out beautiful Rachel! You really have an eye for color & design.

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  4. It's really beautiful - I really love your hand stitching.

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  5. It is just stunning, Rachel! No question about that. I am sadly, very far behind on mine. I have a lot of catching up to do, but I thoroughly enjoyed the class!

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  6. Stunning- the design and the execution.

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  7. It is so beautiful Rachel! I honestly might like it better than your original inspiration for a medallion quilt. I am so excited I will have one too! I may not finish it for a while but I am really looking forward to taking my time and enjoying the process. I am very thankful I took your class, I am hand stitching up a storm now :)

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  8. Absolutely incredible Rachel!

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  9. What a fabulous work of art! Such dedication and love. You'll treasure it always.

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  10. It looks wonderful, and the orange peel design is so pretty in those colors. I wanted to catch up so I stayed up til 1:30 this morning making a backing and sandwiching my quilt. I was going to take a break today but seeing the finished project is enough to get me started again!

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  11. omg i'm in love! This just solidified the fact that I NEED to take the class in January!

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  12. Rachel,

    This quilt is 'to the moon and back' beautiful. The hand quilting makes something pretty stand out in the most beautiful of ways. So well done. Please teach your class again ... please!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! I am tentatively planning to offer both Curves Class and Handstitched in Jan/Feb of the new year!

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  13. I'm still in awe of this quilt! You've done a lot more since ATL though, obviously. The quilting is amazing, definitely inspiring me to try an all hand-quilted piece some day. Last week one of your students brought in her MM and it was amazing! I can't remember her name, but she was using the Central Park line and some really great solids. It was cool to see :)

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    1. I mean she brought it into our shop of course

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  14. Rachel, this has to be the most beautiful quilt ever! I have loved watching you make it :)

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  15. Rachel, this has to be the most beautiful quilt ever! I have loved watching you make it :)

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  16. Wow, what a lovely quilt. This will be a wonderful modern heirloom for your family.

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  17. It's gorgeous!!! Beautiful hand quilting work, Rachel. Can't wait to start on mine... :)

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  18. Well done! It is spectacular!

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  19. It looks amazing! I can't wait to see what the other ladies have come up with too! I'm so jealous I didn't get a chance to take this class. :( I knew I would be too busy. Maybe next time around.

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  20. *JAW DROPS* Words can not fully express what I want to say!!! =D

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  21. Wow. What a lot of work went into that.

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  22. Rachel, beyond beautiful. Such a treasure you've created! I hope that if you offer Handstitched class again, that time allows me to take it. I bet it was wonderful!

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  23. Congrats on your finish - the quilt is wonderful!!

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  24. I just adore this quilt! Congrats on the finish.

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  25. wow, that quilt makes me swoon! You did a beautiful, loving, job on it.

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  26. It IS absolutely beautiful, Rachel. I am SO glad I took the Handstitched Class....more than well worth it. I learned to fall in love with modern and that it can live happily with traditional. ;) Thank you for opening my eyes to a whole new way of quilting and stitching.

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  27. This is beautiful Rachel, really something that I just know will become a family heirloom. The orange peel quilting in particular is so lovely.

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  28. gorgeous! I don't know which part I like best.

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  29. It's so pretty!
    I'm working on mine tomorrow at my quilt guild sew day ~ I've put it off for a while ~ really looking forward to getting it done!

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  30. Beautiful! I particularly like the orange peel pattern in the grey border. I wish I lived closer so I could have joined the class!!

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  31. I am so excited to see your finished quilt. It is wonderful. I am close to finishing the top, one last border, then to a backing. I am the person that Jessica mentions in her comments. I am Juicyapplecreations in the Flickr group. I love combining the hand quilting and the machine quilting...it has been a wonderful experience. Thank you!

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  32. That's truly beautiful. I just love the hand stitching on it. Love the colours.

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  33. I'm sure you know this already, but that hand stitching is simply breathtaking. I can't get over how beautiful it is. There is a lot to love about the design of this quilt, but I really like those little patchwork solids, and the hand stitching on them. I am going to bump hand stitching up on my list of things to try!

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  34. I can't stop looking at this Rachel - such an inspired and inspirational quilt. It seems slightly unfair that one person can contain so much awesome talent :o)

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  35. love it. I don't reply to much but this deserves a "good job"

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  36. This is incredible! I love it, such a work of art!

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  37. I loved watching this quilt progress. It's so not my style but I fell in love with it anyway. Pushing my boundaries of where my tastes lie. One day, hopefully soon, life will slow down a bit and I'll take one of your classes.

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  38. This is so beautiful! You must be so thrilled with this gorgeous quilt :) Maggie xx

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  39. Simply beautiful. You inspire me to keep plugging away at mine. I am so impressed with your sewing. I see how your lines all line up and how the points are all there and looking great. When I am finished with this quilt, I want to try and make another similar one and see if I can improve on my skills. Thank you for offering us this class. It was a pleasure taking it.

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  40. Definitely a quilt to feel proud of, Rachel. Your binding choice is the perfect finishing touch!

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  41. It's fantastic, Rachel! I can imagine how you enjoyed making it and also now watching that amazing art quilt! Happy weekend! x Teje

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  42. Oh my goodness! This is incredible!!

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  43. Breathtaking quilt! Will you ever offer it in a hard copy pattern?

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    1. Nope! It will only continue to be available as part of Handstitched, unless I discontinue the class someday. I'll be offering the class again Jan/Feb of 2013!

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  44. This is incredibly beautiful! So many things to take in! I'm only sad I didn't take the class. :)

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  45. Whoa, so incredible, Rachel! Good for you!

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  46. It's absolutely gorgeous Rachel!!

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  47. Absolutely darling! Congratulations!

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  48. oh, this is a masterpiece that exudes your light, cheerful style! hooray for finishing!

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  49. this masterpiece is THE most beautiful quilt I have ever seen. I LOVE IT but I think you figured that out after all my begging emails to hold this class again.

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  50. Gorgeous! I especially love the hand stitching.

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  51. HOLY Smokes! That has to be the most beautiful, amazing quilt I have ever seen! To say I love it is simply not enough. The hand embroidery plus your fabric choice and the shapes, it is yummy!

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  52. That is so beautiful! I love the combination of different crafts on it!

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  53. Most beautiful quilt ever Rachel! I am completely in love with the colors, piecing, and of course all of the hand stitching. If it ever needs a new home you know where to send it to :)

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  54. This is beautiful! All of the skillful hand work really shines!

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  55. WOW. This quilt is gorgeous! Your stitches are so even, too. Very inspiring, Rachel. :)

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  56. Absolutely beautiful, and so inspiring.

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  57. This is absolutely gorgeous! I have been looking for a modern medallion idea and although I am not an experienced quilter, I am inspired to attempt to create one of my own by this example. Thank you for sharing!

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