I adore reproduction style medallion quilts. I love them when they have an interesting focal point in the centre of the quilt. OK, so this can be pieced, appliqued or I could buy a panel. A few weeks ago, I played with my Derwent Inktense pencils and liked the results. What if???? I thought I would try painting a block to go in the centre of a medallion quilt. For a kick off, I used a copyright free diagram from one of Dover's publications. I scanned the diagram, then resized it to about 18 inches long using Photoshop, saved it as a Photoshop pdf and printed it through Adobe reader using the banner option. I taped the pages together and placed them under of piece of white PFD cotton. I attached the paper to the cotton using quilting pins, so it wouldn't shift as I traced it. I traced the diagram onto the cotton using a fine Micron pen.
I used textile medium and fine paintbrushes to wet the coloured surface, attempting to not stray outside my lines.
Next, I ironed some medium fusible stabiliser to the back of the cotton, followed by two layers of polyester wadding. I hald the layers together with quilting pins.
Starting near the middle of the piece, I used about 8 different colours of Isacord thread to quilt the motif.
I'm sure there are a lot of other methods I could have used to achieve similar results and would not suggest this is a good method. I make it up as I go along. I have made lots of mistakes along the way. It's the way I learn. Happy quilting!