Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WIP: Handstitched Medallion

Over the winter, I took the Handstitched class offered by Rachel of Stitched in Color with my friend Daisy. While Daisy took on five of the smaller weekly challenges, I decided that I wanted to attempt the medallion quilt.  I knew it would take me longer than the nine weeks the class spanned, but with three kids, that's just my reality!

I have been chipping away on this fun pattern little by little and here is where I stand:

Handstitched Medallion Border 3

The center of the medallion is a reverse applique flower with a visible blind stitch done in perle cotton.  You can see more detailed pictures on my instagram account.  

The second round includes half square triangles embroidered onto a white background.  I haven't finished all of these yet as they take a REALLY long time for me to do, especially while juggling my little ones. 
Detail of embroidered HST process

The third border includes this modified Storm at Sea block.  You can see in the picture above that these serve as cornerstones to a pieced border.  Those fun little two inch squares running along the sides will serve as space for some fun hand quilting when the time comes!

Even though this is a long term project for me, I have found that I really enjoy the experience of hand piecing and I see much more of it in my future.  I also have some embroidery projects in mind as this project begins to get a little too large to take with me to daily activities with my kids.  The embroidery fits quite nicely in a small pouch that is easy to tuck into the diaper bag!

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday.