Welcome guest blogger and quilt designer Stacey Day of Stacey In Stitches! Stacey’s wall quilt, Rose Medallion, is on the cover of the new July/August 2015 issue of McCall’s Quilting.
Hello everyone! My name is Stacey Day (@StaceyinStitches), and I am delighted to be the guest blogger here today at McCall’s Quilting. I am an award winning quilter, and have been designing and sewing quilts since high school (let’s not ask when that was, shall we?). I am a founding member of the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, and an active member of the Quilt Design a Day group on Facebook. Today, I get to talk a little about my very first quilt with McCall’s Quilting magazine, “Rose Medallion”.
Rose Medallion hanging in the FreeSpirit booth at International Quilt Market
The design for Rose Medallion was inspired by the Lulu Roses fabric collection by Tanya Whelan of FreeSpirit Fabrics, and was made for her booth at International Quilt Market. The collection is soft and delicate, and I really wanted to tie in a floral motif without all the hard edges of block construction. I chose the long petal shape medallion because it worked well to feature the gorgeous prints, it was easy to fussy cut, and the rounded edges could be folded under for both hand and machine appliqué.
The Rose Medallion wall quilt pattern finishes 41 1/2″ square
The border print in particular really caught my attention. I knew I wanted mitered borders, and after playing with the orientation a bit, I found that cutting across the stripes showed them off better and created an interesting visual at the mitered seams. The small 3D inset between the quilt and border is my favorite part of the entire quilt; it’s a fun surprise when people get up close and realize it’s 3D!
Quilting Rose Medallion, I wanted to keep it simple and classic. The crosshatch background worked beautifully. I marked everything before I started sewing to make sure I would have an even motif from corner to corner. It took some re-marking and a calculator but the end result was worth it. I echoed around the petals of the medallion and inside them to secure all the appliqué layers. The border was given the piano key treatment, which both stabilized the perimeter of the quilt and complemented the pattern of the border.
This quilt is a particular favorite of mine, in part because it was the first quilt I ever made to show at Quilt Market, the first project I ever made for FreeSpirit, and the first time I realized I love soft floral fabrics (which at the time were out of my comfort zone). I still pull the fabrics out for various projects because they work well for so many things, and I’m a little sad that I am starting to get down to the last few inches of a couple prints.
Now, I am sure you noticed that there aren’t a whole lot of “construction pictures” in my post. It’s not that I don’t own a camera (or a phone for that matter,) I am just really bad at remembering to take progress photos! When I get really into a project, all of my focus is on that project, and I rarely stop to take pictures. I am getting much better; it’s fun to see the quilt come to life!
Even more fun than seeing the process, is seeing the finished quilt. Which is why I cannot wait to see all your beautiful finished “Rose Medallion” quilts! You can email me a picture at firstname.lastname@example.org and I am happy to post it on my blog, or upload it to the Stacey Day Quilts Flickr group. McCall’s even has kits available, so if you love “Rose Medallion” as much as I do, you can have your very own just like it!
Thanks, Stacey! If you’d like to make your own Rose Medallion wall quilt, quilt kits are available for preorder in our online shop, as well as coordinating backing fabric. If you’d like to use your own fabric and don’t already have a copy of the July/August issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can order a print or digital copy. The pattern is also available as an instant digital download.