August 31, 2019

Medallion Magic - The QAL Version

I'm so happy with how my Island Batik quilt along version of Medallion Magic turned out! As you know if you've read almost anything here in the past couple of years, I love working with Island Batik fabrics!
Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

These are Paisley Park fabrics with Almond for the background. The Paisley Park fabrics are available now, so check your favourite quilt shops to see if they have them in stock. Almond is one of the Foundations fabrics that are always available.

The rich purple is my favourite.
Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I put off quilting this one for a long time because I just couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt it. I kept thinking that it would be a shame not to do custom quilting, but the original Medallion Magic was custom quilted and those designs were the only ones I could think of using. I didn't want to just recreate the same quilting, though.

When I finally settled in my mind that I'd do an all over design, I then couldn't decide which one. Aaargh! I scrolled through Pinterest, then through my books and I finally decided to use a design called Bangle from Christina Cameli's book Step-by-Step Free Motion Quilting.

Since I was going to do an all over design, I knew I wanted to quilt it with white Aurifil (2024) so I wouldn't change the simplicity of the background, but would white thread detract from the beautiful colours in the fabrics? I was especially concerned about the purple as I thought the white might be too distracting.

Finally, with the quilt basted and the need to finally quilt *something* I unwound a few feet of the white Aurifil, laid it out on the purple in a rough approximation of the quilting design and stepped back to see how it would look. It was noticeable, obviously, but I felt like I would be okay with it, so I started quilting before I could question it anymore. Sometimes you just need to start, right?
free motion quilting on Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I love how it looks! The texture is amazing, with the large partial circles and the smaller pebbles mixed together and catching the light and shadows differently.
free motion quilting on Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
free motion quilting on Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
 Yes, it is quite noticeable on the coloured fabrics, especially the purple, but it doesn't bother me like I thought it might.
free motion quilting on Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
The backing is one of the Paisley Park fabrics and I love how the white thread doesn't really stand out, but the texture does.
free motion quilting on Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I chose to bind the quilt with the purple. (My machine binding tutorial is here.) I used Aurifil 4225, which matches the purple fabric perfectly.
free motion quilting on Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
free motion quilting on Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I'm just sneaking in at the last minute to link up with my own QAL finish linky party, lol. Click the link if you'd like to see the other quilts that were made during the QAL. They're beautiful!

Thanks to Island Batik for providing the fabric for this QAL Medallion Magic. I had a lot of fun creating this new version that is so different from the original and I'm already looking forward to when I get a chance to play with the scraps left over from this one! 😊

 If you'd like to make your own version, click to get the pattern here. What colour would you use for the background?

Feel free to pin this!
Medallion Magic quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

4 comments:

  1. Leanne it is just gorgeous!! I do love Christina's book, and have used many of her motifs in my quilts. You sound so much like me when it comes to making the call on what to quilt on the quilt: I do that exact thing, maybe more through my books than Pinterest as two hours later I forget what I set out to do LOL And yes, sometimes you just have to do it, and I feel the same way about a couple of quilts where I've gone ahead with a thread that doesn't blend in on some of the darker fabrics and I've been okay with it, especially once the quilt is washed. I will have to remember this quilting design as it turned out just wonderful!

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  2. Wow. That's a lot of pebbles to quilt. But it looks great.

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  3. This is a beautiful color palette. I love how your quilt turned out.

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