There aren't a lot of medallion quilts in my portfolio. I found four, which is 2 more than I thought I'd made. Of course those 2 are on the UFO list, so they aren't exactly finished. My first medallion quilt was started in my third "learn to quilt class". The lessons were on using a product called "Sew and Fold on a Roll" , which basically turned out to be paper piecing of flying geese blocks.
|Pattern is "Geese Fly Round" by Anne Dutton|
from "Sew and Fold on a Row"
There certainly are a lot of flying geese in this one. I didn't have a fabric stash in those days, so pretty much bought the fabric for the project when I signed up for the class. So my palette was pretty much limited to what the little quilt shop in town had on their shelves. That was back when my commute to work was one hour each way, the work week was usually 6 days long and I had a 3 year old at home. So searching for the "right" fabrics was usually something I didn't have time for. The inspiration fabric that decided the other colors in this quilt is the floral in the center and corner squares. Here is a better picture of the focus fabric.
In hind sight it probably would have been better to use the pink in the corner blocks and use the floral print as a large border. But at that point, I was still learning the basics, so modifying a pattern was a bit beyond my capabilities. Still, I learned a lot by making this quilt. Plus looking at it reminds me of all the fun I had in those "learning to quilt classes". They were a dose of sanity in what at the time was a very hectic and stressful period in my life.
That's it for my look back at my early days of making quilts. Check out all the other archives over at Val's Quilting Studio.