Updated: Feb 16
Check out the tester parade for Seud Medallion for even more inspiration.
I love a good warm ombre, but there's so much more that can be done with this design!
Seud Medallion uses variations in color to make a single, block-based quilt appear like a medallion quilt. The medallion focal point uses four different, but analogous colors to create interest and depth. The background uses another four colors but in neutrals to make make the background blocks appear to recede behind the medallion.
In the cover quilt, I chose a warm ombre for the medallion because I love a bright, bold statement. However, any ombre will work for the medallion. A cool medallion looks great but so does a monochromatic one. Just go with the colors you like and try to tone down the contrast between the medallion colors so they blend together.
For the background blocks, you can pick any neutral that goes with your medallion colors. I chose gray because I LOVE gray, but any other neutral will work.
This is all pretty tame, but if you want to go really crazy, you can swap the color and neutral regions to create a reverse medallion look. You can also swap the background fabric to a dark neutral rather than a light one to give the design a neon sign feel.
Or you could combine those ideas to get what may just be my next project . . .
A final note on prints. I'm not a huge fan of large-scale prints personally; I just haven't quite figured out how to use them in a way I'm satisfied with. I do like small-scale prints and prints that read as solids though, Both work great in this pattern! Prints that are too busy (large-scale or not) will tend to make it harder for the medallion element to stand out properly. In my cover quilt, I used Phosphor 21 tonals by Libs Elliott for Andover Fabrics, but any blender print works fabulously to add some additional texture to your quilt.