Remember that old Allan Sherman song
Hello Muddah, hello Faddah
Here I am at Camp Grenada
Camp is very entertaining
And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining
Trust me when I say I don’t care what the weather is like, because here at Oda May’s Summer Camp, it turns out we are gonna have lots of fun all summer long.
All right, I confess I’m at home in my very own kitchen in front of my very own computer, but today is not just like any other day…nope its not. Today is the day I hopped onto the virtual bus and snagged myself a top bunk for this QAL at Camp Oda May.
Its an adventure summer camp for grown up quilt people, like me, and you too. Seriously. Here’s a map of the camp that I found on the Moda website.
I think its going to be a blast. Its a summer long QAL and we are making a medallion quilt, which is one of my very favourite quilt styles. Do you want more details? I thought so. FYI, I copied this directly from the Moda website here.
- This quilt is designed to work with precuts – fat quarters or Layer Cakes® are the best choice. Working with fat quarters or Layer Cakes® will result in a delightfully scrappy quilt.
- If scrappy is not your thing or you just want to have more repetition of prints or colors, you may decide to substitute a few of the fat quarters for a half yard or two of a favorite fabric.
- The quilt is a medallion design meaning that we start with a center block and work our way out with a series of borders around the center – sort of like a giant log cabin!…
- …Even though the blocks themselves will be a surprise each week, you don’t need to worry too much about color placement with a medallion design as the rounds each week let you balance things out a little easier than a standard horizontal sampler quilt.CAMP SCHEDULE:Sundays – informational and/or social posts (visit us on social media these days to check in!)
Mondays – Path A blocks
Wednesdays – Path B blocks
Fridays – borders/catch up days
I betcha you are wondering the heck Path A and Path B are all about. Well it turns out at this camp you can go on an adventure every week if you want, or if chillaxing is your thing, no problem, you can do that too. Every week the camp counsellors offer two blocks – one on Monday and one on Wednesday. And then, its up to you to choose which of the two blocks you want to make that week. You can mix and match paths or pick a path and stick to it all summer. (And there is no rule that says you cannot take a stroll down both paths every week!)
As you can imagine, I was all a-twitter for a couple weeks waiting to get started.
On Monday, we got the first link for Path A (centre medallion, Option 1). Mary Andra Holmes, a sister from Sisters Quilting Trunk is the creator of this ambitious beauty. The pattern she offered makes a traditional Dresdan Plate block that finishes at 20″ square. Well of course I couldn’t wait for Wednesday to come along to see which of the two centre medallions I liked best. I really wanted to get started. But yikes…there was appliqué involved in Mary Andra’s Dresden Plate pattern — not my favourite technique. I was very sad for a minute or two, but then I remembered the tutorial I pinned to a Board on Pinterest showing how to make a modern version of a Dresden plate block…I decided I would use that and make my own unique centre medallion. Only trouble is…Gee Whiz, the pattern made a 12.5″ unfinished block and I need one that finished at 20″. So…it was time to get out the calculator and do some math!
After a whole lot of finagling and the occasional colourful cuss word, I managed to come up with a block that looks like this.
Its not really a Dresden plate, but its Dresden-ish and I am pleased with the modern feel of my version. As you can see, it didn’t quite make it to 20″ square, so I added the grey moons/sky fabric around the outside and now it feels really “campy” to me. Did you notice the blue and white bears hiding in the centre blades…Holy Heck Hermione I hope they are as friendly as they look. Oh and see the red circle in middle…that my friends is a campfire. I know…moon, bears, campfires (and did I mention that the white blades are supposed to represent marshmallows?). YES!!! Could it get any more summer camp than this?
Needless to say I was a very happy camper until this morning when the link to the Path B Centre Medallion popped up in my Bloglovin feed. This block was designed by Kristina Brinkerhoff who blogs at Centre Street Quilts. She calls it Star Valley. Check her version out here. Her block is constructed like a traditional block…but OMGoodness, she chose to make it look really awesome in modern fabrics. So YES I MADE THIS ONE TOO. I had to otherwise how would I know which one was perfect for my Adventure QAL?
This one is full of LV beautifulness and soft summer colours like teal and aqua. As you can see its chock-a-block full of stars and birds and clouds and cats and sunshine and foxes, and ferns and leaves.
This centre medallion possibility blows me away too. So what should I do? Well tonight I’m loving on both medallion blocks and pleased as punch that one of them will look bee-u-t-full on the back of the quilt someday in the future. Who knows which one. I guess it depends where my adventure takes me.
Did you do something creative today?