a portion of the Marcelle Medallion quilt

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If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you may have noticed the informal quilt along for the lovely Marcelle Medallion quilt pattern which can be found in Alexia Abegg’s new book, Liberty Love. I didn’t join in, since I am abysmal at following patterns, but each time I saw anyone get to the 7th border, which in Alexia’s quilt is made up of brightly colored plusses set in a background of low volume prints, I fell a little bit more in love.

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I kept thinking how a quilt made up entirely of the plusses would be kind of fun, so I went searching for all my quieter, low volume prints.

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I made my plus blocks a bit larger than those shown in the pattern, and kept sewing until I had enough for a nice sized throw. I added in more of the low volume prints between each plus block (as in Alexia’s border) and then sewed them together in rows, alternating the placement. There’s a narrow row of random patchwork low volume prints between each row to give a little more space between the bright plus blocks.

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And I must say, I’m quite smitten! I got to use lots of favorite prints, including many that have been in my stash for years, and even a little Liberty (it only seemed right!) I’ve ordered up some backing fabric and very much look forward to getting this one quilted!

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I had a few questions recently about low volume prints, so I thought I’d share a partial list of those I used here. I’m not sure if there’s a formal definition of low volume prints, but as far as I can tell, these are quieter fabrics that can read as a neutral, especially when paired with a vibrant print. Often these are light colored prints on a white/cream background, but I’ve also included those with very pale backgrounds (light gray, pastels, etc.). Here are some favorites -

-Many prints from Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures
-Many prints by Aneela Hoey, especially those from her Sew Stitchy line, but I also used a few from the older A Walk in the Woods line, and also some from her new Posy line
-Prints by Lizzy House, especially those new pale pearl bracelets, and also her lighter Jewel prints. I also used the Twinkle Stars in White from her latest Constellations line
-Stripes – Lecien makes some lighter ones, and I also used a couple from the Dear Stella Ostara line
-prints by Megumi Sakakibara
-Riley Blake prints – not sure of specific lines, but seems I used several prints from this manufacturer. (I especially like the light blue/green and the light gray herringbone prints)

Oh, and Westwood Acres occasionally puts together great low volume bundles (they recently sold out of their most recent bundle, but I expect more will be coming, so you might want to check back!)

While this is certainly not a complete list, it’s a start, and I hope it helps those of you who might want to start, or add to, your stash of low volume prints!

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23 Responses to a portion of the Marcelle Medallion quilt

  1. 1
    Kate says:

    Love the crosses, great idea to turn them into a quilt top.

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    anna says:

    I love this, so much, it’s so fresh and happy looking!

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    Debbie says:

    Very cool! Love that you took a piece of the medallion & went with it!

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    karen peachey says:

    I want one exactly like this!!!! Its beautiful!!:)

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    Faith says:

    I’m in love with this Ashley! Beautiful!

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    Laura Jane says:

    Beautiful Ashley, really really lovely!

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    Carla says:

    This is so fabulous! I love Monday morning on your blog

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    Jan says:

    Great job! I really love this.

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    Alli says:

    Ooh, I love your quilt! I’m also quite envious of your stash. :D

  10. 10

    This is gorgeous! I love how you took one round and made a quilt out of it. So clever and inspiring. : )

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    Sarah says:

    I love this quilt! Thanks for the inspiration. I have many low volume scraps that I didn’t know what to do with, but nowadays I’m getting lots of ideas.

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    Dolly says:

    I think that this is gorgeously yummy ! I really liked the other two quilts of yours that I remember with scattered plusses, also, but this is just ridiculously wonderful with the low-volume backgrounding !

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    Mary says:

    So, so lovely! Pinning this for sure!

  15. 15

    Thats my favorite part of the medallion quilt, too! Love love what you’ve done with the inspiration!

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    Kathleen says:

    Beautiful quilt. Love the bright pluses with low-volume prints! Had to pin it. May I ask what the pluses measure?

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    robin says:

    I really do like this quilt! It looks simple enough for the newbie quilter that I am and as soon as I can collecg enougt low volume fabrics I might attempt to make one, too! Thank you for sharing.

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    Lisa C says:

    What a great idea. I have been holding/staring/wondering what to do with some low volumne charm squares from a swap. Some of them might find a home in something like this!

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    Kirsten says:

    I love this idea! So inspiring!

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    Andrea2207 says:

    I love love love this quilt. Thank you for sharing it!

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    Nova says:

    it’s so wonderful Ashley. Love it.

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    Actually Amy says:

    It love this! It’s gorgeous x

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