Whirling Peacocks


Whirling Peacock Medallion Quilt, maker unknown. 1800- 1910. Shelburne Musuem Collection.

As you may have read I have signed up to a Medallion Quilt-a-long.

I should apologise to Anita for referring to it as a crazy quilt before, but that is how I am beginning to think of it! Let me explain…

I’m the same as you and don’t have that much time to sew, so committing to this is my big, crazy decision number 1.

We are planning to re-decorate our bedroom this year (when it has been re-plastered and woodwormed) and as the medallion quilt will eventually be on our bed I wanted to choose the bedroom wallpaper, before I started making it.

Which has turned out to be big, crazy decision number 2.

Having spent a fair amount of our weekend discussing (in a sometimes marital way) wallpaper. We have finally agreed and it’s even in the sale!

It’s still a yellow, fresh floral but much more traditional. It would appear that Tony has very conservative tastes in wallpaper. Who knew?

Which brings me to decision number 3: what to make for my central square. 

I’ve been looking at all my quilt books and have fallen in love with this whirling peacock quilt.

So that’s what I’m making whether Tony likes it or not. Slightly crazy, whirling peacocks on a yellow ground. 

My quilting just isn’t negotiable!



9 Responses to “Whirling Peacocks”

  1. kathie Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I love this quilt!
    Is this picture from a book and if so which one?
    this will make an awesome center of a medallion quilt
    oh btw I love your new wallpaper you chose.
    I just happen to love yellow!
    very pretty.

  2. hazeljoy Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    excellent choice. never would have predicted that you’d pick some birds to go on your quilt! xx

  3. amy Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    What a wonderful quilt! I can’t wait to see your medallion progress with the whirling peacocks in the middle!

  4. Anita Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    That quilt is amazing! Truly. Let’s make that one next… joking! That really is the most amazing quilt I have ever seen.

    And I love both wallpaper choices. The Tony chosen one looks similar to some fabric I have in my stash.

  5. Nanette Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I love the peacocks. Can’t wait to see your wallpaper.

  6. gillie Says:
    May 27th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I am in awe of this quilt and even more in awe of anyone who can look at a quilt like this and think “oh I think I’ll do something along those lines”. Rather than me who thinks “oh heck, I’ll never manage anything even remotely resembling this and I’ll just go and crawl into a small corner”! I love the idea of non negotiable quilts. Go for it!

  7. Michelle Says:
    May 30th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    hi – just wanted to say your site and blog are adorable. Sarah sent me your link. Best of luck with the trade show! M

  8. bigbucketgirl Says:
    May 30th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    oh how i wish i had the patience for peacocks! will you post as you go along?

  9. monica Says:
    June 3rd, 2008 at 8:43 am

    fisrt your peacock medallion is divine. Even for me and I don’t like peacock having been attacked by a crazy peacock dude on a strawberry patch many years ago. Some things stay with you forever. Anyway, wallpaper… you stirred in me the love for the Cole and Son cow parsley and am in the process to convince my husband that our kitchen wall needs some. Yellow? pink? I don’t care, I want some.

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