Tuesday, April 16, 2013

marcelle medallion fever

The moment I saw this quilt in Alexia Abegg's new book Liberty Love, I knew I would have to drop everything to make one. The quilt is called the Marcelle Medallion and it just has such a fun, fresh feeling. I'd been craving a new design with some challenging piecing that would enable me to delve deep into my stash, and this pattern fulfilled all of those needs.

I've seen some other gorgeous versions with really original color schemes, but honestly I was so in love with Alexia's version that I didn't stray too far from the colors of her quilt. I had a ball stash-diving for prints old and new, brights and neutrals, Japanese treasures, beloved Liberty and favorite designer cottons. This quilt really got me to cut into my ever-growing cream and white stash too. Please don't be fooled into thinking I used a lot of scraps for this quilt - I actually cut into many fat quarters and yardage for the first time.

The center star is a bit tricky with it's set in seams but from there it's pretty easy. And fun! Lots of triangles, flying geese and crosses. One of the toughest parts is choosing the border fabrics - especially that really thick one. I'm very happy I went with the Tsuru print. 

The only major changes I made to the original quilt was to add the two outer scrappy borders. The inner bright borders was just comprised of 5.5 inch squares and fit perfectly. Then for the outside border I cut random lengths of 2.5 inch wide neutrals and added corner squares in a Liberty print.

Just in time my backing and binding fabric arrived! I'm still trying to figure out how to quilt this one. I want to do something that will be worthy of the design and challenge me without screwing it up! I'm getting more and more confident with my free motion quilting skills and this I'm sure will be another great one to practice on!

If you'd like to see some more gorgeous, inspiring versions of the Marcelle Medallion, be sure to pop over to Instagram and search under hashtag "medallionalong".


  1. Love this quilt especially the tsuru!

  2. I need to say it one more time - this is an absolutely gorgeous quilt. Great work Megan!

  3. I love this interpretation of the quilt. The fabrics sing and the colours jump out.

  4. Gorgeous colours! I've seen so many cropping up on IG, but the blues and pops of pinks in yours are just so me!

  5. Yours is so beautiful. This one is on my list, but I haven't started it yet because this is one of the projects that I am clueless about how to quilt. I do love the Tsuru as your wide border, that print is gorgeous!

  6. Beautiful fabric choices. this may have to go on my to do list.

  7. This is fantastic! Your colors are amazing, and your binding/ backing combo is absolutely PERFECT!

  8. Wow, this is a gorgeous quilt. I don't think I've ever seen this pattern before. Great work.

  9. hooray, M! it looks wonderful!

  10. It is gorgeous! So sparkly and happy. Have been following this on IG, great quilt and I love your version of it. The book is great too, so many lovely projects.

  11. Oh wow. Beautiful fabric combinations and piecing.

  12. I love your Marcelle Medallion, I think yours has the prettiest colors yet! This quilt is on my to do list :)

  13. I have seen many version of this quilt over the past weeks but this is without doubt one of the very best !

  14. I LOVEE your version! It's so beautiful!

  15. there are not enough adjectives to describe how much I love this quilt. I love everything from the fabrics used on the front to your binding and backing choices. Now hurry and quilt it so I can be inspired to finish mine!

  16. This is SOOOO gorgeous! Your Marcelle is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see how you quilt it! Your daughters are adorable, too.

  17. There you are! I've missed you. I love your quilt. I bought the book ; ) I'd love to make this soon. The plus border is so gorgeous

  18. Completely in love wit this - wonderful fabric choices.

  19. I love this, and I see it's been several months since you completed this medallion quilt top. Not to put any pressure on you... ;-) But I'd love to see how you ended up quilting it! I'm kind of at a similar place with my FMQ skills -- I've done a lot of practice quilting on FQ sandwiches with scraps of batting, but I'm still pretty scared when it comes time to quilt AN ACTUAL QUILT, especially one like yours where you've put so many hours into piecing it that you REALLY don't want to mess it up with poor quilting!

    Seriously, though -- all the busy prints will work in your favor and any minor "oopses" should be practically invisible. Go for it!

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  21. Wow; your medallion quilt is fabulous! Congratulations!

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