March 20, 2013

Madrona Road Challenge



I finished my Madrona Road challenge quilt for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild two days before the deadline of March 18th. When I first arrived home from the guild meeting with my bundle of fabric, I pain-stakingly worked on deciphering the story in the text fabric hoping to gain some inspiration.



I knew right away that I would design the quilt around the gypsy girl in the story. I headed on over to the fabric designer Violet Craft's blog to check out the entire fabric line and there in a post was the entire story written clearly right in front of me... ! I immediately fell in love with the Farmstead print which was missing from my bundle. I added a bunch of fabric to my pile plus a yard of the white text fabric and six other fabrics in the Citrus colourway... drool!




From the start, I knew that my quilt would need large rickrack and bright yellow pom-pom trim to give it a gypsy flair! It was the first time using rickrack in the border and I was so excited to see it put together that I sewed it to the quit top without thinking... big mistake! Free-motion quilting + rickrack = trouble! Next time I will remember to sew the rickrack on after quilting! I definitely put my new Janome Horizon to the test and was thankful for the easily height adjustable free-motion foot!



I left the outer border un-quilted to allow turning the edges of the quilt under when sandwiching the pom-pom trim. For the front edge, I folded a strip of black fabric in half lengthwise and pressed. Then I basted the pom-pom trim the folded edge of the strip. I attached the strip just like regular binding but to the quit top only, folding the batting & backing out of the way. Then I folded the batting and backing to the inside of the quilt matching the edge of the quilt top & trimming excess at the corners.



Here is the front of the quilt. It is 42 inches square and filled with details. It is basically a giant log cabin layout with the story of the gypsy girl's life beginning at the bottom right and spiralling toward the centre. The gypsy girl is riding Buster the donkey following the winds through the forest, the sea and the desert. I originally had 21 paper-pieced trees in the design but that was insane so I toned it down to 19 ;o) I am especially proud of my free-motion pebble path through the forest!




Then the girl falls in love with the robot maker which is shown by a row of paper-pieced robots whose magnetic hands stick together to form hearts. She climbs a huge ladder to battle an evil giant and settles with her family in a beautiful castle under the watchful eye of the Griffin in the City of Bridges. I had fun piecing and embroidering the bridges... maybe it's just me or does anyone else see Darth Vader's helmet in them?!





They move on in search of a farmstead to call home and settle on Madrona Road. I changed the original design for the centre block slightly by using the Farmstead fabric for the background and I added a row of appliqued tulips with a fussy cut "Madrona Road" street sign. I finished quilting the outer borders with a few ducklings all in a row amidst tulips.



Here is the back of the quilt. I fussy cut the complete story from the white text fabric, and used the information and a row of those sweet little flowers from the selvedge as the title! I machine embroidered a label and attached it to the bottom of the story and finished it off with a black border and a very carefully planned random-looking border that took me hours to design incorporating every last scrap of Madrona Road fabric in the Ocean colourway.




I really like how my quilt turned out. I had fun free-motion quilting so many different designs and I enjoyed working with the Madrona Road fabric. And just look at that yummy pom-pom trim!


Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

61 comments:

eva vidal granda said...

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Huncutkacérna said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful !! :)

Viver por Amor said...

I am so so so so so in love for this than i cant express my self.
Such a Great Work!!!!
Thanks to share
***=)

Elka said...

Какое красивое! Я бы хотела учиться у вас!

Tiina said...

This quilt is just wonderful! I love your details and quilting and everything about this. Quilt back is also just great!

Erica at Sew So Crafty said...

Your quilt is absolutely STUNNING. I love all the detail and how you have recreated the story ... really fantastic ... and quilted with a normal machine!!!

Rosetta said...

E' semplicemente meraviglioso ! bravissima
Ciao

Amy Friend said...

So much detail! You have every right to be proud of that path of pebbles-it's terrific! What a great idea, to translate the whole story into fabric.

Tatkis said...

Fantastic quilt, so beautiful and cute!

Hugs,
Tatyana

Lisa said...

Great work again! :)
I am impressed!

Lia*s Handmades said...

Beautiful! Like everything you do! :)

Kathy said...

What a fantastic job you did!!! And you are right the pebble path is phenomenal

Agakakaka said...

Niewiarygodnie piękne!!!!!!

FlourishingPalms said...

This is amazing! You put so much work and time into it. I sure hope Violet Craft sees it. She will surely love it!

Eva | Natural Toys said...

What an amazing piece!! The way the whole thing comes together with the story, the fabric, the quilting, the back ... absolutely wonderful!!

Elsa said...

I love this quilt ~ think it's the best from the Madrona Road challenge I've seen!

Jo Ann said...

This is a truely amazing quilt. I love it. It was so thoughtful and brilliantly planned.

patchcath said...

bravo, très joli patch

Anne said...

Holy crap. :O :O :O
I am seriously speechless. Definitely send a note to Violet Craft because she would really love to see this!!

Christine said...

Just fantastic! I love every little detail...so beautifully done!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

What a wonderful work of art!!

drmithome said...

This a true labor of love. Spectacular! Thanks for sharing your journey in making this quilt.

trudys_person said...

This is an amazing quilt Laurraine! So imaginative and beautifully executed!

yenni said...

wow...amazing...^^

Царевна Лягушка said...

Очень красиво!!!!

Natália said...

This is incredible! Beautiful, beautiful, I'm speechless :OOOOO Amazing work, precision, you are very creative person. Natália sending greetings from Slovak republic ;)

MD White said...

Outstanding! And very inspiring!! Congrats on a great challenge quilt!

Мяуксиомка said...

Laurraine,this is adorable, fascinating quilt!

На жёрдочке said...

It's really delightful!!! Such a great work!

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Ophrys . said...


Bonjour .
Par l’intermédiaire d'une amie , je découvre votre joli blog et suis vraiment émerveillée par votre travail ..C'est tout simplement magnifique . Comme vous je fais un peu de Patchwork et je m'interesse a réaliser des paysages .Vous m'inspirez . Keep up the good work . Thank you .
Have a good day .

Holly said...

It's absolutely fantastic, Laurraine! A completely ingenious way to tell the Madrona Road story. I love how each section has its own character and quilting design. And the pompom trim makes it!

Kathleen OGrady said...

Your quilt is amazing! I love how you told the story and your creativity is awesome. It does look like so much fun to do and a wonderful collection to get to use.

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

Fabulous quilt! So creative and fun, and your attention to detail is amazing!

Makolina said...

beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!!!
pozdrawiam Kasia

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Whosies said...

what a story! i love the whole design and the process. thanks for sharing. the pom pom binding is over the top!

cinzia62 said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful !
buona pasqua cinzia

sewtakeahike said...

oh my goodness Laurraine! Every single stitch in your Madrona road quilt is artwork! All the details are just lovely!! You have created a masterpiece for sure!

The Ageing Overlanders said...

Really love the Madrona Road quilt Laurraine. Penny

Оксана Маклакова said...

Such a wonderful quilt!!! So painstakingwork! I was impressed!

Heather A said...

This is most definitely the coolest Madrona Road challenge quilt I've seen yet! Brilliant and beautiful.

syko kajsa said...

Amazing laurraine! A piece of art! You must have nejoyed the process so much!

Paul D. Mitchell said...

The patchwork quilts you shared here are really outstanding. I liked all of them. Thanks.

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amores y labores said...

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Saludoooos.

What Comes Next? said...

how did I miss this? It must have been my major purge when I got back. The extents of your creativity are truly amazing - love what you created - wish I'd seen it in person

DAWNIE said...

Oh this just looks amazing - wow you have done a fabulous job - truely amazing.

Grit said...

Wow, your quilt is amazing. So wonderful work.
grit from Germany

die3flinkenSpulchen-GiselaF said...

WOW der Wahnsinn, ich bin total begeistert. SO viele Details und die Verarbeitung, einfach spitzenmäßig

Lieben Gruß Gisela

Kelly Smith said...

Wow! This is completely stunning! And I love the trim! What a great idea for the challenge. Sorry I am months late commenting on this though. New follower now!

Diseño Web said...

Hermoso trabajo! Felicitaciones!

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Pam said...

I love all the little details, thank you for walking us through the process of your design, and how you incorporate your ideas into the quilt. I really am taken by the pom-pom trim, that is really creative. I am trying to think of a project where I can use that idea!
Love your blog... please post more!
xoxo

El Desván de la Gata Perezosa said...

precioso

The Patchsmith said...

Another stunning design. Such a lot of work - but well worth it to see the finished item. Very, very nice.

Shari said...

Totally awesome quilt that tells a beautiful story visually... if it means anything from a stranger on the other side of the world - very well done! Congratulations.

Violet Craft said...

I am revisiting some of my favorite quilts made with Madrona Road today and I don't think I ever commented on your quilt!!! I love it so very much. You REALLY took the story to heart with your design and I appreciate that so much. Beautiful, beautiful work!

Joan Kruse said...

It's beautiful!

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