Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Modern Irish Medallion QAL Plans

Since the announcement of the Modern Irish Medallion QAL, I have been busily daydreaming of what fabric colorway I want to use and what my center block of the medallion will look like.  What a wonderful way to occupy my brain on the commute to and from work.

I know you are going to be shocked when I say that I want to use a star as my central block.  I searched high and low for a paper piecing template that I could download as I would like for this to be more complex than my usual 8 point stars.  There are apparently lots of really amazing paper pieced star pattern books, but I am not lucky to have one of those on hand.  Instead, I found myself browsing time and time again Wombat Quilt's free paper piecing downloads.

There, Cath had an example Kaleidoscope star block.  I was hooked.

From http://wombatquilts.com/free-paper-piecing-patterns/
I would like my central block to be more scrappy and random, though, as I want the majority of this quilt to be from my scrap bin and stash.  I pulled out my crayons and came up with a potential star design with a little help from my fuzzy buddy, Clarkson.  Does your cat immediately sit on any new-to-him piece of paper? Mine does.  Always.


I finally coaxed him off and finished my all so important coloring....


It seems a bit more "me".  This paper pieced star will finish at 12 inches square.  According to our QAL guidelines, I need to add a border to this block making it 15 inches OR turn it on point and add setting triangles.  I think I'll choose a path once I have the block in front of me.  These things tend to work themselves out.

But what fabrics will I use!?!?  How about these?


I just hope I have enough of the red pin fabric.  Fingers crossed!  You'll see a little white print with black dots on the bottom of the fabric pull.  Yes, I'm going to try once again to use an LV background.  Who knows if I can get the hang of it this time.  I will give it a try and you guys can tell me where/when I go wrong.

This week I will be piecing the central star.  Until then, I am linking up with the MQG Ireland.  If you want to see what others are planning for their medallion quilts, pop on over with me!  



20 comments:

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Love your colouring in! Sounds like a good plan!

Wendy said...

oh yes, great choice of fabrics!

I know it's too late now, but I have tons of free paper pieced patterns on Pinterest, including stars:
http://www.pinterest.com/chunkybunny/paper-piecing/

Lynz said...

Oh, it'll look amazing!! I do love a paper pieced centre and your colour choices are brill!

Henry's Shed said...

What a lovely star! And I love your fabrics too!

Canadian Abroad said...

That pp-ing sends shivers up my spine, but it is super cool and I love your fabric pull and colours!

Sarah Lou said...

Amazing block, love your colouring!

Sarah Lou said...

Amazing block, love your colouring!

Leanne said...

That will be a wonderful centre star for your quilt.

needle and nest said...

I love, love, love this block! I think it must be the color combination... it makes me excited to see the next part of the quilt! xoxo

Ruth said...

Looks lovley and colourful. Clarkson was good to give you back your design. Wilbur the wrecker (aka the happy hound) tried to eat anything I might be paying attention to!

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

It's going to be amazing! Need to get my skates on myself :-)

Katy Cameron said...

Well I hope you don't make a cat's arse out of the actually piecing ;o) Love the fabric choices :o)

Andee said...

It will be beautiful..I too printed out a few stars from Wombat's blog! I have really enjoyed trying to figure out what to do too...I am really hoping I will have time to do it this weekend! :) Looking forward to seeing yours too!

Sarah said...

Oh that looks so cool! Have fun with the paper piecing (I love pp).

tomomi mcelwee said...

I've been watching Cath's stars. They are gorgeous.Yours will be super too.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's going to be a stunning centre!!

Julie said...

Love the look of that star - cannot wait to see more of this quilt in progress;)

Catrin Lewis said...

This is just stunning Cindy x

Helen Wong said...

Oh, it'll look amazing!! I do love a paper pieced centre and your colour choices are brill!Top Ten Web Hosting Reviews

Ophelia said...

I just finished sewing this very star yesterday! The picture is in this blogpost http://thimblespadespoon.blogspot.co.at/2014/02/meinen-sampler-gibts-auch-noch-und.html
The block is part of a skill builder sampler.
I'm looking forward to your version!

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