Hello dear readers- old faithfuls and newcomers alike.  Welcome to my first blog post in quite a long while.  I’ve been a long way from the quilting world for many months now, and am feeling newly inspired by this recently released collaborative collection of modern medallion quilts!!

Screen shot 2015-05-17 at 4.54.02 PMTwo talented and really hard working modern quilters Janice Zeller Ryan and Beth Vassalo, contributed to and compiled this beautiful book with C&T Publishing, full of amazing, modern and versatile medallion quilts……. and I was able to be a part of it!

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What an honor it was to be asked to create a quilt for this book and be included with so many talented modern quilt designers/bloggers.

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The quilt I designed for this book, came to me pretty quickly.  I decided to incorporate a similar piecing technique for the center star that I used in this quilt, along with lots of saturated color,  lots of improv in the borders,  as well as an ample amount of negative space (a personal favorite element in my quilt designs).   I enjoyed making the first quilt so much that I  decided to see what it might look like with a more calming, neutral color combination (and lots of linen), SO I ended up making the quilt twice…..

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here it is in process on my design wall- the second time around.  This quilt is pretty straightforward, relatively easy and full of opportunity for your own creative twist.

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I love that visually,  the finished quilt will vary a lot depending on the maker since the amount, placement, and length of improv in the border strips will be different and based on your personal taste.  Of course the center medallion star will also be the maker’s unique, original creation!    It is also a quilt that you could make in different sizes if preferred.  It could be a small baby quilt, all the way to the finished lap size quilt.  Since I’m not one for following patterns, and I realize I’m not alone, I tried to design this quilt with lots of room for personal variations.

Drop of Golden Sun (basting prep) - bloomingpoppies

With two completed quilts, I was able to try out two different quilt designs.

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I chose to keep them both very simple and clean.

Drop of Golden Sun- bloomingpoppies

This book is filled with not only some really great modern quilt “eye candy” by 11 super talented designers (and me), but also has a huge variety of quilting tips, levels, variations, ideas on how to pick color combinations, complete with line drawings of each quilt so you can audition different colors with your favorite colored pencils.  In addition to that, you’ll of course,  get step by step instructions on how to make each quilt!!   These features make it really easy for a beginning quilter to get started and also offer some more advanced variations for those more experienced quilters. That’s a heck of a lot of good quilty stuff packed in to one book!

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This book is available now on Amazon and other online shops, as well as most local quilt shops.  Also, C&T Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway of one Modern Medallion Workbook.  If you’d like a chance to win it, please leave a comment on this post.  Comments will close Sunday, May 24th at midnight and I’ll announce a winner next week!  Good luck and thanks for “playing”!

For more inspiration and other opportunities to win a copy of this book, here is a listing of all the stops along the Modern Medallion Workbook bloghop:

May 11th | Janice and Beth at C&T/Stash
May 12th | Melissa Richie- weshallsew.blogspot.com
May 13th | Amy Sinibaldi- nanaCompany.typepad.com
May 14th | Christina Lane- sometimescrafter.com/blog
May 18th | Erica Jackman- kitchentablequilting.com
May 19th | Becca Bryan- www.bryanhousequilts.com
May 20th | That would be ME! 🙂
May 21st | Latifah Saafir- www.latifahsaafirstudios.com
May 22nd | Kerry Green- verykerryberry.blogspot.co.uk
May 25th | Beth- www.plumandjune.blogspot.com   and
 Janice- www.betteroffthread.com

Lastly, I want to send a giant thank you to Beth, Janice and C&T Publishing for all the work they put in to this book and for choosing my quilt design to be included with all these amazing quilters!   Great job to all……

~~~karen

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