Friday, February 6, 2015

Medallion quilt

I started a new english paper piecing project at the end of December since we took a road trip to visit family.

I enjoy having a travel project and intended this one to be a large pillow. As it slowly grew I started contemplating turning it into a quilt. 

Then I learned that the Seattle Modern Quilt Guilt 2015 block of the month project was going to be a medallion quilt. Now, I think this might become my center for a medallion quilt. I would stick with a green, purple, grey, and low volume neutral color scheme.

What type of layers/rings would complement the center? I do not want it to be totally english paper pieced but would probably include at least one layer/ring that has a paper pieced hexagon element.  I also want a ring of flying geese where the geese would be the low volume fabrics. Any other ideas you can suggest?

Old quilt and shrinkage

Over the holidays we visited family and I came across this quilt on my nephews bed.

I made it for him 8-9 years ago and it's been well loved, washed a LOT, and well used by him. It was one of my first quilts (I think the 4th or 5th). I remember quilting this quilt because I really had no idea what I was doing and did some very simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. 

As you can see from the pictures above there has been a lot of shrinkage and it really doesn't look good now. I do not remember what type of batting was used (I'm guessing some type of blend). I think that I prewashed the fabric but it was so long ago I can't be sure.

I'm pretty clueless as to why this happened. I also don't have any of the quilts I made during this time period to compare it with. Would it have shrank as much with more quilting?