Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pattern testing -- the big reveal

I have been busy secret sewing recently as I have been pattern testing the Fabulous Milky Way Medallion for Lovelea designs.
Well this was my first pattern test that I have done and I can't keep it under wraps any longer-- you all know I am terrible at keeping stuff on the DL, esp when it comes to fabric and my projects in progress. 
I have been reading her blog for a while and just gushed about this quilt to my hubby, telling him I so hoped that she would publish it or share it with us His man logic -- "just ask her for it" (SMH) 

Luckily for me she posted that she was in the process of getting a pattern together and she wanted testers, I was super excited and so hoping that she would pick me and once she did her came the anxiety of doing right by the pattern. As I said I hadn't tested patterns before and didn't know quite what to expect as everyone know not all pattern directions are created equal. This was long pattern so, I gave it a read over (twice) and made several notes on it -- some for me, some for her -- but it's very well written, great tips and plenty of diagrams, which made it easy to follow. 

I have been a busy little bee working on this gem. In a way it was like my gypsy wife quilt (still waiting to be quilted) in that I became very single minded in the sewing room and most everything else was just going to have to wait as I watched it grow and loved it more with each boarder that I added and now I can share it with all of you. 
a big thanks to Elise for allowing me to be a tester, once I get it quilted I already have a place that it will be hanging in my home where I will be able to enjoy it everyday. 
I hope to be able to get it basted and quilted soon, and i even have the backing all ready. 
Once she's all quilted I can get some better pictures, and a day without all this overcast would be nice as well. I got some great variegated king tut thread that I am eager to try out. 

She is hosting a giveaway over at her blog till Friday 8/8 -- so head on over. 

Happy Quilting Everyone! 


  1. Love your low volumn take on this pattern. Nicely done

  2. I love the fabrics you chose. The different patterns in the medallion stand out SO well. Lovely!

  3. I love your version. What a difference fabric choices make!

  4. very nice, love the color combination

  5. What a beautiful finished quilt top! Thanks again for testing it, you did a fabulous job and were very professional. I loved the blog post you wrote too, so sweet, I even had to share it with my husband!

  6. It really turned out pretty. Congrats on a job well done.

  7. So glad you had fun and what a beautiful finish. Love your colour scheme--are the backgrounds solids, tone on tone, or low volume prints?

  8. Katie ... your test quilt is gorgeous! I really like your colors and choice of fabrics. I have seen so many of these in solids that it is nice to see this pattern in prints and tonals. It is a wonderful pattern. Well done! ... :) Pat