After cutting out the cocoa leaf shapes for the center of the cocoa leaf medallion quilt, I took the loose pieces over to my client’s home. We discussed the arrangement of the colors and how to stack the leaves on top of one another. The input I received was fantastic, and I have to admit that I really love how the center of the medallion quilt came together!
Taking a look at how I had originally pinned the leaves to my design wall side by side with the finished center helps point out a few of the great changes that were made. The leaves at 4:30 and 7:30 were swapped to achieve a better color balance. And while I had been focusing on the layering and multi-color effect that stacking the fabrics could achieve, my clients intuitively arranged the leaves in a consistent overlapping sequence that creates a beautiful spiral.
In fact, I love the way the very center of the quilt came together.
To sew down the leaves, I started by pressing the raw edges down with about a quarter inch fold. I carefully pinned down and sewed about half of the yellow leaf first, keeping the upper edge (where the dark purple leaf goes underneath) pinned. I then worked my way clockwise around the pattern trying to leave portions of the leaves un-sewn where I was going to need to “tuck” the final purple leaf. It worked pretty well, but you might notice that I was not able to fully flatten out the dark purple leaf under the yellow. But even nature is not always perfect, right? I was able to sew down around the edge of each leaf. It took me just under 3 hours to do this step.
My next step will be to add on large Kona Cream borders to enlarge this 60-inch by 60-inch center up to the desired queen size. Then I will be repeating the turned edge applique process I described above to add smaller border leaves.
I am so glad I got the input from my clients about the center of the medallion. Have you had any brilliant input that changed the outcome of a quilt design for the better?