I have been very busy recently working on my Modern Improv Medallion quilt.  This quilt came about from a sample I made 10 years ago for my City & Guilds Certificate.  It was inspired by a Japanese Woodblock print, The Whirlpool at Awa, by Hiroshige Utagawa.

Of course, having designed it based on fabric that I had hand dyed a decade ago, it was impossible to find fabrics today to match!  I did think about dyeing some fabrics again, but I had used a mixture of cottons and silks and velvets, so it was going to be a bit of a challenge!  Instead I recoloured it using some Kona cottons and went for a bright, almost citrus inspired colouring.  The plain strips allow for some really fancy quilting.  I did think I might do some free motion, but anyone who knows me knows I much prefer walking foot work.


I have been using some hand dyed calico left over from my C&G Diploma completed a couple of years ago, but of course there wasn’t enough so today I tried Claire Benn’s method of hand dyeing in the washing machine.  I have used the Dylon machine dyes in the machine before, but never ordinary Procion Dyes.  It was remarkably easy!  She suggests that the method creates a more intense colour with less dye than in a bucket – I sure hope so, because I was running a bit short of the Grey that I have been using!

I am making it as a QAYG project, with each side of a border being different.  I’ve created quite a few so far and it is building up nicely.  It will be 70″ square by the time it is finished, we’re about half way there!  Although the centre block is 20″ square, the remaining borders are either 5″ or 10″ wide, so it is certainly manageable on a domestic machine,

It’s always really good to check how the quilting looks from the back!  This is the grey calico, with a lovely variegated silvery grey Aurifil thread.

You can join us in making this quilt this term – Thursday mornings over Zoom for the taught class, or you can do it as an Independent, On Demand course.  For both, you get really detailed instructions with lots of photos and diagrams, and videos.  There is a Facebook support group for help too.  Obviously, if you go for the Zoom class, there’s weekly support on Zoom.  If you go for the On Demand course you will get a couple of individual Zoom sessions to help iron out any particular issues you might be having.

You will be pleased to note that Dido has given it her seal of approval!  But she is being less forthcoming about a name for it – maybe you could help there?