This year our quilt group's new theme is a medallion quilt. I start our theme each year in January. On Wednesday evening, we get together and they will receive their first assignment to start their quilt. It is going to be an exciting year. I give them instructions for each section of the medallion quilt but they have to fill in not only the colors and fabrics they wish to use but also the quilt pattern. Even though everyone will follow the same sizes, each medallion quilt will become a very personal thing.
These are the fabrics that I am using for my quilt. I have no idea if I will use them all but they will all remain in my basket for this year while I construct my own quilt. This is a Moda fabrics line called Calico Craze and I was drawn to it not only by the wonderful shades but also it being a historical reproduction line. I had purchased these fabrcis with the idea of saving it for a special project and this year's theme was just right.
Their first assignment is to create the center for the medallion quilt. It is going to represent themselves. They will pick colors that they feel passionate about and a block that they feel will tell something about themselves. Explaining my own choice will help you understand how this quilt is going to be built up in the various layers.
For me, I choose the Tree of Paradise. I wanted a tree and choose an old pattern as I love history and this block has its roots in quilt history. I love trees and feel they give energy. I also saw the tree as a symbol for the fact that I have been rooted in what I like in life since I was young but even though I grow strong, I also bend with the winds as life goes on.
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