Monday, March 31, 2014

Cosmos

My Marcelle Medallion quilt is finally finished! If you follow me on Instagram, then you've seen this baby a lot recently. This quilt has been a labor of love, and I am beyond thrilled with the final result. When I started working on this last September, I knew I wanted to stick with a scrappy monochromatic color scheme. I was inspired by this photo on Instagram.

I used Lizzy House's Constellations fabric line for the bulk of this quilt. I had a fat quarter bundle that I pulled from, plus I used all of the blues and low volume fabrics I had in my stash.

For the quilting I decided to do a spiral from the center out. At first I was very nervous about doing it because the throat space on my machine is quite small, but after extensive Google searching and YouTube video watching, I went for it!  

Picture via Hawthorne Threads

 I started the center of the spiral with my FMQ foot, and after I got going a little ways, I switched to my walking foot for the remainder of the quilt. I used the edge of my foot for spacing between the lines of quilting. There was never a ton of quilt to shove through the throat space, and once I got closer to the edges I had it down like a pro! I will definitely be spiral quilting more quilts in the future. 

The thread I used was Aurifil #4655 - Storm at Sea in 40wt. I have used Aurifil in the past, but this is the first time I used the 40wt and I loved it. It produced a really beautiful stitch and the variegated color worked perfectly with the scrappiness of the quilt.

Because I used the Constellations fabric line, and my awesome friend Kristan noted that my quilting looked like orbits :) I have decided to name this quilt Cosmos. I think it is rather fitting, and I am looking forward to curling up on the couch with my Cosmos quilt while watching Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson.


This wind blown picture ended up being a good thing, because I forgot to take a picture of the back of the quilt. I used Constellations Prism in White. I love that I had to piece the backing but you cant tell because the pattern of the fabric does a great job of camouflaging the seam.

Quilt Stats: 

Name: Cosmos
Size: 60.5" x 60.5" (before washing)
Fabric: Lizzy House Constellations + blues and low volumes from my stash
Pattern: Marcelle Medallion from Liberty Love by Alexia Abegg
Quilting: Spiral from the center
Completed: March 31st 2014

This quilt was my March ALYoF goal & part of my Q1 FAL List


Finish Along 2014

18 comments:

  1. I just adore this quilt - it is stunning :-)

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  2. My favorite marcelle medallion quilt I have seen! Just beautiful.

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  3. This turned out so wonderfully! Great finish!

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  4. Can I just say how much I love the quilting on this! It has convinced me I need to try spiral quilting! Love Love Love! Congrats on your finish!

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  5. That is a stunning work of art!! You are a real pro. Glad to hear that the spiral quilting wasn't so bad! It is so beautiful.

    Emily at backtothecraft.blogspot.ca

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  6. This is so amazing! I love blue in a quilt and the quilting just added to it! Wow!

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  7. It is gorgeous! Blue is my favourite colour, so that totally draws me in. The spiral quilting really suits it.

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  8. I love the range of blues you have used on this quilt. It's so fresh looking. Well done.

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  9. I love everything about this quilt. It is stunning, and your lights and darks are so well balanced.

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  10. Oh it's just gorgeous!! So excited to see it finished!!

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  11. Oh I just love it!! The quilting is perfect!

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  12. This is a stunning quilt ! congratulations on the finish! :)

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  13. Such a fabulous finish! Great job on the quilting and so proud of you for jumping in and doing the circular quilting. Awesome! Best, Kate

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  14. Gorgeous colors and great design. I love the spiral quilting!

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  15. Beautiful quilt! Love the colours and the design. And the quilting is spectacular. Great choices for every step of the way!

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  16. Such an amazing quilt - gorgeous! Love the spiral quilting too!!

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  17. Wow, fabulous Cosmos!! Love it! Congrats on a beautiful finish and great circle quilting!

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