After the Paint Chip Challenge show & tell on Saturday, we were lucky to have Alexia Abegg share a trunk show of her fabric designs and patterns for Cotton + Steel and Green Bee Designs, plus a workshop to learn how to construct the center block of her Marcella Medallion quilt (& those infamous Y-seams!).
The trunk show (and pop up shop!) was really fun. It was really interesting to hear about Alexia’s design process, beginning with stamping or painting, and all the steps along the way until the final product is shipped to stores. It’s always fun to get a peek behind the scenes, and she was really open about the business side of things, and answered all our questions about the nitty gritty details. I love her Cotton + Steel fabric lines, and it was really cool to see how her artwork translates to fabric and all the stages it goes through before we see it. She even shared what she’s working on currently, which won’t be released for another year!
I really loved a peek into the beginnings of her design process.
A few of my favorite quilts!
Her patterns range from quilts to clothing to bags. (I am so tempted to start sewing some clothes for Amelia!)
After a lunch (and nursing) break, it was time for the Marcella Medallion workshop. Alexia brought the original quilt from her Liberty Love book. (If you’ve never seen this quilt, look up the hashtag on Instagram – there are so many cool variations!)
The center block is the most intimidating part – all those angles and seams! Alexia was a great teacher, very hands-on and thorough, with lots of tips along the way. She walked us through fabric selection and two methods of constructing the block – paper piecing or templates. I’ve never done either method, so I chose to try the templates (and y-seams).
My fabric pull:
It’s definitely tricky but the beauty of a medallion quilt is that you only have to do it once – then you move onto the next border!
And if the measurements don’t quite add up, you just add the next border based on the current size – according to Alexia, that’s part of the long tradition of medallion quilts!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t get very far! I spent most of the time cutting (and chatting) but it was fun to see everyone’s progress. It was a great day!
P.S. Lucky for me, Jenny brought the wagon (and puzzles!) I bought from her yard sale, which came in handy carting everything back to the car!