Saturday, May 7, 2011

AN ORIGINAL QUILT?-----BY WHO?-------ME?-------SERIOUSLY?

Seriously! I have an idea how you can bust some serious stash. Afterall that is the goal around here, right? A few years ago I made a few Drunkard's Path blocks by a new technique at the time. It was a fairly easy technique, but I found out really soon that I did not want to make enough for a whole quilt.  I decided to make those blocks the center of a medalian quilt.  Around, around, and around I went as I kept adding to my quilt.  Checkerboard, Applique, some Log Cabin blocks.  The final round included applique in the corners.  This quilt has been a real crowd pleaser.   Someone once ask me what is it that makes a successful scrap quilt.  I think the answer is the same as with any planned farics quilt.  Pick your colors and then use as many prints in those colors as you like.  This makes for a perfect recipe for a Stash Busting quilt.  You can trim that stash down to a managable size.
The second quilt I want to show you was designed in the same way, but started with four  applique blocks that were copied from an 1800's antique quilt.  I seperated them with a star center and then used Flying Geese for the first round.  At that point I decided to turn it on point.  Wanting to change the size of the block from the small Flying Geese, I decided to use large trangles.  The corners are plain coordinating fabric.  I plan to go one more round repeating the Flying Geese.  As you can see from the picture, it is  not finished.  The antique quilt that the center blocks were taken from was a red and green quilt.

I have another Medalian quilt started.  The center, once again, is four orphan blocks. 
The next row is applique. The pattern was taken from a rug in our family room.

The next will be these 9 patches~~~~~~~~~

My hope is that I have inspired you to make your own Medalian quilt.  The best place to start is your orphan block box.  You might have a fantastic blocks for a center and maybe some other blocks suitable for a round.  If so, you are halfway through already.

I hope you will visit me over at Molly's Place.  I have just finished a twelve month free Block of the Month of embroidered trees called Tree Time.   Texas Boots are the theme for my next free BOM.  I hope you will come on over and see what's going on. I'm open 24 hours a day 24/7. 
I hope your holiday season is all you have dreamed of.

Thanks for letting me fill in today Madame Samm and I hope I was able to 
entertain you all. 

Molly Fryer

A special note to Molly for filling in 
for a guest who was a NO show...
That is why our PLAN B girls are essential..
very appreciated....
Thanks to bits...

33 comments:

  1. Lol, might sound like a strange reason to visit Molly's Place but there's a saddle in the first photo and anyone who quilts like this and owns a saddle (and probably a horse) I think I need to visit :D.

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  2. Excellent job Molly! Thank you for sharing such beauty! :)

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  3. I really love the first quilt best.

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  4. Oh, I remember your first quilt in a contest - so love it and photo'ed with the saddle/barn setting just works so well with it. I usually send my orphan blocks off to the Senior Center, but next time I will have to save a few and 'play' with a round quit. Love the idea. I did some of your tree blocks as minis for gifts and they were well loved. I am collecting wool and plaid for the Boot Bash BOM and hope to work on that starting in the fall. A definate quilt for ME. Thank you for sharing with us this Mother's Day weekend.

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  5. Love your quilts Molly - thanks for sharing.

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  6. I read you at your place regulary Molly and it is great to see these quilts here....
    Hugz

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  7. I'm really pleased there was a no show and that you had to fill in...I really really enjoyed your post...and you've inspired me! I have a set of 4 blocks that need more, but I couldn't work out what...and now I know exactly what to do! Thank you!!!!

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  8. THANK YOU MOLLY FOR SOME INSPIRATION. I HAVE SOME ORPHAN BLOCKS- NOT TO MENTION A STASH THAT DEFINITELY NEEDS BUSTIN' YOUR MEDALLION QUILTS ARE JUST FABULOUS!!! :)

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  9. So very very happy you came over today and showed us your beautiful quilts, Miss Molly.

    I read your blog regularly and just love it - you have a great group of quilting friends - wish i could go with you to Mercado's

    May I please have LuLu ? She just makes my heart sing in her own individual style of beauty

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  10. What a great idea! I have quite a few orphan blocks.

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  11. Molly, I love your color choices! The quilts are lovely and it sounds like fun to just wing it a little. I'm gonna have to give it a try:0)

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  12. Thanks for filling in, Molly! Great tips, and inspiration to dig out those orphans hiding in the closet :-) Beautiful quilts.

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  13. Thank you for sharing. Great quilts, great ideas!

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  14. What great quilts! I've always wanted to do a medallion quilt. I like the fact that it's like your own personal round robin. Never thought of it as a stash buster so thanks for that bit of inspiration!

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  15. Molly, your quilts are stunning. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  16. Molly, your quilts are marvelous! I love medallion quilts and the creativity they inspire.

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  17. Wonderful inspiration , thanks so much I know for sure I have some orphan blocks to start off with ;-)

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  18. I love that you shifted gears when you decided you didn't want to do a whole Drunkard Path quilt. It is so fun to see the new creation you came up with. The applique on the quilt is beautiful!!!

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  19. Round Robin quilts involving several people can be disappointing. But doing one all by yourself is totally cool! Marvelous. And scaling up the size of triangles made me go, "DUH". Good idea. And original!!!

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  20. I am glad you "filled in" today! And I always enjoy reading about and seeing photos of original creations! You've inspired me! I tried one medallian quilt recently and it was fun! Your quilts are beautiful.

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  21. I love your way of using up stash. I was very inspired by your post as I have many orphan blocks. Thank you for a great idea.

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  22. Awesome post! I'm heading over to your blog now, and after....heading for my orphan block box to see what I might be able to use as a center! Sweet! Thanks a bunch!

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  23. Great post. Thanks for sharing your very inspiring quilts. I have been wanting to to a medalion quilt for a long time. I think it is time to get started.

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  24. Thanks Molly! Looks like a lot of fun.

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  25. I never would have thought of this concept. Orphan blocks I have and scraps I have by the box full. Now I even have an idea what to do with them thanks to you. Great work.

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  26. Wonderful idea of using orphans this way -- looks like it all was planned that way originally. Thanks for the post.

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  27. Molly, I love the first quilt -- and the saddle! When you have a pattern ready to sell, please let me know. Happy Trails to you! Barb

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  28. If you made up a pattern of the "Garden Path" quilt...I sure would BUY IT! (hint-hint) :D

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  29. Beautiful quilts Molly. Fun stash busting approach too.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  30. It NEVER occurred to me to do that with orphan blocks!!! I'm NOT a quilter for real (I fake it every now and again), I make childrens clothing but I have a stash of scrappy quilt blocks. I think a medallion quilt is in my future!

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  31. Beautiful quilts! Thanks for sharing your process with us. I don't usually make orphan blocks without a hard and strict plan for a full quilt. I love these quilts though. Great post!

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