60" by 60"
Machine pieced, Hand Applique,
Paper pieced, Broderie Perse
Hand Quilted by Me!
Categories: Hand Quilted, Throw Quilt, Applique
How does one learn the art of quilting?? I'm sure every quilter has their own approach but mine was a self taught journey - at least the first 10 years. I would get my monthly Quilter's Newsletter - pick a pattern that I thought would teach me something and set out to make it.
That's exactly what I did with The Heritage Medallion Quilt in 1996. Its a serial pattern which means that once every two months an issue would come out and the next set of instructions were included. So that year I learned a ton of techniques. The center is Broderie Perse where I fancy cut out the flowers and needled turned appliqued them on. Its also cross hatched hand quilted every 1/4" inch - you can see that my stitches were starting to get tiny and even. The small 4" sampler blocks were super hard! I had to paper piece them - which meant I had to draft my own paper piece patterns. They're not perfect - but they're close!
Finally, as with most quilters, I never met a pattern that I didn't want to change. So one of last installments included pieced tree corners. I thought that carrying out the applique corners from the middle to the outer edges would be more pleasing. That meant though that I had to learn how to pick out appropriate patterns and size them to the proper size. The ones I chose were authentic depression era patterns that were given to me by daughter who was passing down her late mother's quilter's stash. I love that stash and I was so glad to use it in one of my first projects. I then needled turned hand appliqued them.
It took about a year to complete and it won 2nd best in show at our local fair. I remember the little old lady who accepted it into the fair didn't believe that my 30 year old self (I looked younger) had made it. She says, "Tell the truth - your mother made this right?! You know you can't enter this under your name if she made it." She was VERY serious. I just smiled and said "Yes Mam I promise - I made it all myself."
Motto of this quilt story - Try to pick projects that will challenge you - teach you - expand your quilt knowledge. I know that "Modern Quilts" where less is more and fancy fabrics carry the quilt is all the rage - but I would put out there that there is still a lot of value in true traditional skills. All the skills I learned on this quilt I still use to this day on my truly modern contemporary quilting.