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Reaching the Finish Line

You guys. My Marcelle Medallion quilt is finally finished! Can you even believe it?!

Marcelle Medallion by East Dakota Quilter

The mister and I went away two weekends ago to stay in a Civil War era cabin near the Shenandoah Valley. I was a paragon of domesticity, making homemade baking powder biscuits for breakfast and hand sewing the binding on my quilt. It felt pretty good… since it was just for a day!

I like to wax my thread with beeswax to prevent tangling when I hand bind my quilt. My grandma taught me that trick when I was small. Does anyone else do this?

Marcelle Medallion by East Dakota Quilter

I had been using a cheaper wax candle since I ran out of beeswax (or lost my piece) ages ago, but I resupplied during a recent visit to Gather Here in Cambridge, MA, and beeswax makes all the difference! I wouldn’t have expected the contrast to be so stark. (Also, the store was amazing and I had a great conversation with the girl at the checkout counter. Go there!)

My goal was to finish the quilt in time to take some photos during sunset. TOTALLY missed that deadline, but I got a few photos before we left the next morning.

Marcelle Medallion by East Dakota Quilter

The cabin was very near the Appalachian Trail, so we also got in a morning hike. Uphill. Before coffee. But you know what? I felt AMAZING when we made it back down.

Cabin Creekwood by East Dakota Quilter

I find weekend getaways are a perfect way to revive when work stress or other life issues get to be too much. If you know of any great weekend get-aways from D.C., be sure to let me know!


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Elephant’s Child & Marcelle Medallion Love

An amazing former roommate discovered on Craigslist has sinced moved away, but I have kept in touch. I attended her overseas wedding a few years ago and later celebrated the birth of her baby girl with this quilt and this jacket. This past weekend, I visited her new home in Boston and FINALLY got to meet her baby — just before her first birthday! I wanted to bring a gift and decided a stuffed elephant and a copy of the book The Elephant’s Child would fit the bill.

elephant pattern by funky friends

I used this pattern for the elephant, which had the added bonus of giving me a second chance at sewing circles following last weekend’s chicken, whose round bottom was difficult for me. I saw the elephant’s pattern maker recommended by several stuffed animal enthusiasts. She has lots of other cute stuffed animal patterns, and this project wasn’t too difficult. You might even see the hippo or the lion on my blog someday soon since I got a buy 2, get 1 free deal.

elephant foot sewing

stuffed elephant in the making by craftprowler

In other news, I called several dozen stores trying to get my hands on a copy of the sold-out (even at the printer!) UK magazine Love Quilting and Patchwork, but to no avail. Fortunately, the featured product that caught my eye also appears in the book Liberty Love by Alexia Marcelle Abegg: the Marcelle Medallion Quilt.I picked up a copy while passing by the Harvard Bookstore and spent the baby’s naptimes pondering fabric selections. I can’t wait to get started!

liberty love

In other news, I am not doing such a great job with my fabric diet. I bought these fun fat quarters (which I had trouble photographing on the go) from the Cambridge Quilt Shop:

fabric

Maybe some of them can be incorporated into the Marcelle Medallion…?

I must say I was impressed that the store’s fat quarter section was so robust! The store had many fun fabrics (especially modern ones), and most were available in fat quarter cuts. I often find the fat quarters pretty picked through when I visit fabric stores. The clerk was also kind to me, whipping out a “T” (bus) schedule from behind the counter and directing me to the best stop.

Since my friend was working Friday and I was taking PTO, I backpacked around Cambridge/Boston until it was time to take the commuter rail to her house. It was quite the adventure! At first, I worried people would kick me out of their stores, mistaking me for a vagrant. But I actually got some fun comments when proprietors saw the embroidery hoop strapped to my pack!

backpack w embroidery hoop