The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop + a Giveaway

The Modern Medallion Workbook by Janice Ryan and Beth Vassalo

Today is the last day for the Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop and I hope you have enjoyed hearing from the contributors and seeing each of the quilts!  
Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 8.34.54 AM The quilt I designed for the book is called “Migration Medallion”.  I wanted to create a medallion that was light, airy and had movement to it, so there is quite a lot of negative space and flying geese!

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The quilting was done by Angela Walters.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  She really went all out with it and added so much more movement to the quilt.


The Modern Medallion Workbook by Janice Ryan and Beth Vassalo

One of my favorite sections of the the book are the coloring pages.  You can photocopy them and color them with pencils or markers, or you can scan them to your computer and use a paint program to play with the look of the quilts.

The Modern Medallion Workbook by Janice Ryan and Beth Vassalo

I had fun playing around with “Migration Medallion” and seeing what it would look like with a tighter color palette and darker background.  I think I know what my next project is!


Would you like to win a copy of The Modern Medallion Workbook? Comment below and I will pick one winner to be mailed a copy by C&T.  International winners will receive an e-copy of the book. I’m going to be traveling all summer, so I’d love it if you could suggest a hand-sewing/ embroidery project (pattern or book) I could take with me, if you know of one!

Contest will be open until Friday, May 29th at 9pm and the winner will be chosen randomly.

While you are waiting patiently to see if you have won, check out the previous stops in the hop and you can enter their giveaways also!

The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop Schedule:

May 11th: Janice and Beth at C&T/Stash
May 12th: Melissa Richie-
May 13th: Amy Sinibaldi-
May 14th: Christina Lane-
May 18th: Erica Jackman-
May 19th: Becca Bryan-
May 20th: Karen Anderson-Abraham-
May 21st: Latifah Saafir-
May 22nd: Kerry Green-
May 25th: Beth- and

80 thoughts on “The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop + a Giveaway

  1. I love this book! I must confess that I have already purchased a copy–if I win, a very special friend will be receiving a copy as a gift. Is there anything more fun than sharing something you love with someone you love? Thanks for the chance.

  2. Any embroidery pattern by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill Designs would be great as a summer project. She has easy designs as well as more challenging ones.

  3. I love the idea of translating something as traditional as a Medallion Quilt into a Modern Quilt. I am just getting into Modern Quilting and trying to inspire others to do the same so this could be the way to go. For your travelling project how about ‘Millefiori Quilts’ by Willyne Hammerstein – all paper- pieced which I’m sure will keep you busy.

  4. I love your Migration Medallion! (Not surprised to see geese in your quilt!) Embroidery is my favorite hand sewing project. Right now I’m doing Truly Scrumptious by Cinderberry Stitches. My last completed project was Aunt Bea’s Parlor by Judy Reynolds. If you want something simple (and free) try out Birdie Stitches by Corey Yoder. Thanks for the chance to win your awesome book.

  5. ive really enjoyed this blog hop. These medallions are so gorgeous. Really giving an old tradition a new twist. I love the bright, graphic look of your version. Just stunning!

  6. Ooo sorry, I missed the request for hand sewing ideas. I love hand appliqué, and Sarah Fielke’s methods of gluing down all the shapes at the beginning makes it pretty portable.

  7. Such a beautiful quilt. That rainbow centre is just stunning! Embroidery is such a lovely way to have some creative time while on holiday. I’d suggest Amy’s book which has some gorgeous hand projects. Also Gail Pan’s book ‘Patchwork Loves Embroidery’ has so many great projects.

  8. I have been amazed by the creativity of the bloggers on this hop! Your medallion quilt is my favorite, the colors really pull you in. I don’t have any suggestions for you on hand work to take with you, sorry

  9. Your Migration Medallion quilt is spectacular! This has been a great blog hop & it has been so fantastic seeing all of the medallion quilts. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this awesome book.

  10. I love the concept of this book, and yours looks beautiful. I’d love to give it a try! I have no suggestions for hand sewing, but it is fun to read what others have said!

  11. Great quilts! The colors you used in your quilt are so bright. Katja Marek has a great book titled “The New Hexagon” and has designed Rosettes using the blocks. Sewn by hand and so easy to take with you! You can check it out on Facebook, search for “The New Hexagon”.

  12. Here’s my idea: Cut a bunch of 3″ or 4″ squares. Put them in a baggie to keep them nice. Cut out a bunch of hearts a bit smaller than your squares — cut them all alike or cut them freehand.Put them in another baggie. Whenever you have a bit of spare time, sew a heart onto a square with needle-turn applique. When you return home you’ll have enough appliqued squares to make a quilt or whatever else may suit your fancy.

  13. I would love to win a copy of your beautiful book. I take my knitting along when I travel, if you don’t knit I highly recommend starting. Or else I would suggest a cross stitch of one of the medallion patterns from your book perhaps.

  14. Oh, I have been eyeing this book!
    I like having EPP projects ready for travel, but lately I don’t see to progress much when I do tote them somewhere. Perhaps I need new inspiration too!

  15. I generally crochet when traveling. I make simple stocking caps which I donate to our homeless shelter. I like doing it because it’s fast and before I get tired of a project, I am done. Plus I can change yarn color and texture on a whim and when I have lots of little balls left I make a “scrap” hat so everything gets used. I am very intrigued by the medallion craze and want to try at least one. Thanks.

  16. If you want an embroidery project, Urban Threads have some amazing patterns. I’m attracted to Steampunk designs, and they have a bunch! Would love to win this book. The Medallion quilts have been calling my name. 😎

  17. I’ve loved all the quilts on the blog hop. I’m always doing hexies as a travel project. Maybe the start of your next medallion?

  18. I would take my traveling stand-by, hexies. I’ve seen awesome la passacaglia quilts on Instagram, also English paper piecing. Otherwise, check out “embroidery samplers” on Pinterest, I got lost there! Thanks for the chance to win your book!

  19. My favorite take along project are hexies. I’m making a bunch for a colorful pillow cover. Thanks for the chance to win. Your new version of Migration is great.

  20. This is one of the best quilt books to come out in a very long time. I love it. I don’t know what to suggest for your hand sewing book but knitting is very transportable and I am addicted to it right now.

  21. paper piecing is small! I’m looking at some wool felt appliqué combined with EPP and patchwork backgrounds for my travels.

  22. Bird brain designs has some great patterns. They have some free ones that you can print off right away and take with you.

  23. Can’t remember who it’s by but “patchwork loves embroidery” is a great book for hand sewing ideas 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win x

  24. I have two favorite ‘carry around’ hand work projects. One is anything made with the English paper piecing technique – if you don’t like hexie designs, you can do something like Lucy Boston’s Patchwork of the Crosses. The other is hand embroidery – I love to play with color and combining stitches. Right now I am carrying around a mosaic tiled wool applique square onto which I am adding embroidered stitches as I feel inspired.

    🙂 Linda

  25. Loving all the inspiration in this book! Also anything from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery would be great to try

  26. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity – this is a book every needleworker would love.

    I love to take handwork with me when traveling – I think a good take along project is one that can be pulled out and set down quickly, requires as few tools as possible, and is already drafted. So maybe some hand applique that is already prepped or hand quilting a block or small quilt top. I also love to crochet and crochet projects are usually easy to take along if they aren’t large.

  27. Your work is lovely. I like hexies, designs are endless. You don’t need a lot of supplies ,it’s very portable.

  28. What an informative book review! Thanks! It definitely makes we want this book. Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for all the wonderful inspiration on your blog!

  29. I would love to win this- haven’t done any quilting for awhile & this looks like just the thing (workbook) to help inspire me.
    -will cross my fingers and toes, have never won anything and usually do not enter these contests as I feel like I wouldn’t have a chance with all the other interested entries

  30. I love your design (yay flying geese!). I was a knitter before I took up quilting so my on-the-go projects tend to be yarn based, but I’ve been trying to cut an extra 1″ hexagon every time I’m cutting fabric so that I can one day make an epic EPP quilt.

  31. I love your medallion quilt! I think your area with the flying geese and the arrows is very unique and effective. I will hope and keep my fingers crossed because I would truly appreciate winning this book!

  32. I would take a portable small project or one with hexies for a trip. I don’t have a favorite book but I would search the blogs and download some interesting tutorials to read. Love this book!

  33. looks totally amazing and complicated lol im new to quilting but this looks terrific such lovely patterns xx

  34. I’m fascinated by this book. I love that there are coloring sheets to plot out your own design. Genius! And I love the tradition of the medallion and the look of modern.

  35. I really love flying geese blocks and your Migration Medallion uses them so well. I love that quilt. I am new to modern quilts but love them. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  36. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the new book:) It looks great and can’t wait to find a copy!
    Happy Sewing!!

  37. Wow! Your quilt is awesome! I love all the colors you used. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I really like the embroidery patterns by Blackbird Designs.

  38. Oh dear, I’ve never done any hand sewing but I did just have a baby so I bought some hexie materials. I haven’t tried it yet though.

    This book looks really good…different from many of the books on the market. Totally original and I like how it can help me figure out how to design my own because I like not following directions a while bunch and having room to experiment.

  39. Your quilt is absolutely stunning, and the quilting is amazing! What a fun book, and everyone did a great job on their projects.

  40. What intriques me most about you book is the wide variety of quilts presented in it. the minimalist projects in particular have gained my attention. Lovely!

  41. I LOVE, LOVE your medallion. By any chance do you know the Kona cotton colors that you used in your medallion?

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