After looking at the challenge fabric for awhile and coming up empty, I decided to try a hint from one of the other contestants and google “paisley”. Was surprised to learn that paisley represents the palm leave or mango and that it comes from the near east. Since we had received a beautiful Turkish fabric in our goodie bag, I decided to follow a Turkish theme and use the palm leave origin. A medallion quilt with mosaic blocks looked promising. I pulled some brights that would reflect the colours in fabric A but thought they looked a little heavy, so went to some pastel brights, and found fossil ferns worked perfectly.
This was to be my first medallion quilt, I’m more of an appliqué quilter, and was surprised when it turned out to be a little more complicated than I thought. The hardest part was determining how much fabric I was using and the percentage of the challenge fabric. No, I think the hardest part was cutting into the fabric, there was no room for error. Math was not one of my favourite subjects in school and so I did not trust my figures. I made a mock up just to double check before making the first cut.
The quilt shop in nearby Charlottetown, Quilting B and More, has been so supportive and invaluable, Suzanne getting my sewing machine serviced in time, Joyce Doyle even dug into her personal stash to find a particular fabric and Karen Beauregard has put the voting widget on the shop facebook.
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