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The Modern Medallion Workbook: 11 Quilt Projects to Make, Mix & Match Paperback – May 1, 2015
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Medallion quilts are a traditional style that has been wholeheartedly embraced by the modern quilting movement. Most such quilts consist of a central focal block surrounded by a series of symmetrical borders, giving an appearance of a framed picture. This collection, curated by two well-known quilt bloggers, gives full instructions for piecing 11 different medallion quilts, with styles ranging from traditional-made-modern (Erica Jackman’s Oviedo Medallion) to minimalist (Christina Lane’s Graphical Modern Medallion). The quilt designs are beautiful, but what’s most impressive about this collection is the variety of techniques included—everything from hand stitching to curved piecing to improvisational piecing to appliqué makes an appearance. A coloring sheet is provided for each design, allowing quilters to plan their color scheme and audition fabrics. VERDICT It’s rare to find a quilting book that is both trendy and widely appealing. There are projects in this collection that will suit diverse tastes, and the customizable nature of medallion quilts guarantee quilters of a variety of skill levels the opportunity to challenge themselves creatively. (Library Journal, March 2015)
"The Modern Medallion Workbook" (C&T Publishing), by Janice Zeller Ryan and Beth Vassalo, also shares intricate patterns for applique quilting. The 11 modern patterns, by 11 expert quilters, range from basic to advanced. "It was a lightbulb moment for me when I realized that the definition of a medallion quilt is just a quilt made up of borders surrounding a center medallion ― nowhere in that definition does it state that they have to be equal, perfect or matched," writes Vassalo. (Jennifer Forker ABC News, 12/29/15)
About the Author
Janice Zeller Ryan holds an MFA in costume design from Carnegie Mellon University. The birth of her children (prompting her first baby quilt) took her in a new direction, where she discovered her love of quilting. She lives in Los Angeles. betteroffthread.com
Beth Vassalo was inspired to learn sewing after watching her daughter create dress-up clothes from paper and tape. Beth learned the basics of sewing with the help of books and online sources. A few years later, she discovered quilting and has been making quilts ever since. She lives in Washington, D.C. plumandjune.blogspot.com