Medallion Quilt As You Go Pattern

 

Medallion quilt as you go pattern

Medallion quilt as you go pattern

This medallion quilt as you go pattern was a request and I have kept the pattern really simple so that I could concentrate on the quilt as you go aspect.  The finished size is about 27″ square and I have used an 18.1/2″ square for the medallion centre with 1/2 yard of the blue fabric for the triangles and 1/4 yard of the white for the border.  As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the medallion quilt as you go pattern

18.1/2″ square of peacock fabric

two 13.5/8″ squares of blue fabric

1.1/2″ strips of white for the border:  two 25.1/2″ long and two 27.1/2″ long – these are approximate lengths

backing fabric and wadding:  one square about 22″ square and four triangles to fit half of a 12.5/8″ square with 2″ excess all the way round

binding:  three 2.1/2″ strips of pink floral fabric

Cut the blue squares along the diagonal

Cut the blue squares along the diagonal

Layer all the pieces for the quilt

Layer all the pieces for the quilt

Making the medallion quilt as you go pattern

Cut the two blue squares along one diagonal to make triangles.  Layer the square and the triangles with backing fabric placed right side down, wadding and then top fabric with right side up.  The backing fabric and wadding should be about 2″ all round bigger than the top fabric.

Fold back the wadding and backing fabric

Fold back the wadding and backing fabric

Sew the top fabrics together

Pin and then quilt each piece individually.  Make sure to leave at least 1″ all round the edge of each piece unquilted – you need to be able to separate the layers in order to sew them together.  You now want to sew the long edge of one triangle to each edge of the central square.  To do this, fold back the backing fabric and wadding so that you can sew the top layers together.  Place the square and triangle with right sides together and sew together the top fabrics only, using a 1/4″ seam.

Do this initially with one triangle only.  You need to join the three layers individually for each seam and I find it best to complete one seam before joining the next triangle to the central square.

Finger press the seam allowance

Finger press the seam allowance

Trim the wadding so that it follows the seam line

Trim the wadding so that it follows the seam line

Join the wadding

Working now on the back of the quilt pieces, finger press the seam allowance of the top fabrics so that it lies flat.  Unfold one side of the wadding and trim so that the edge follows the seam line.

Baste the edges of the wadding together

Baste the edges of the wadding together

Unfold the second wadding and trim so that the two edges of the wadding butt up against each other.

Baste the two edges of the wadding together.  This needs to be done by hand, using a large zigzag stitch.  I’ve used blue thread so I hope you can see the stitching in the photo.  You need to put the needle in about 1/4″ from the edge of the wadding or the thread will just pull free of the wadding.  Some quilters don’t do this step, but I find that it helps the quilt to lie more flat.

Unfold one side of the backing fabric and trim
Unfold one side of the backing fabric and trim

Join the backing fabrics

Unfold the right hand backing fabric and trim the edge just past the join of the wadding pieces.

Unfold the left hand backing fabric and trim so that there is about 1″ overlap with the right hand backing fabric.

Turn under a small hem and hand sew the seam

Turn under a small hem and hand sew the seam

Join the remaining three triangles

Join the remaining three triangles

Turn under a small hem on the left hand backing fabric, pin and then hand sew the seam.  That means that you have now joined together all three layers of fabric for one triangle on one edge of the central square.

In the same way, join the triangle on the other side of the square and then join the remaining two triangles on the top and bottom of the square.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border to the medallion quilt as you go pattern

Your medallion quilt as you go pattern is now almost complete.  It should be a complete square now, with the central square showing as a diamond in the middle.  Fold back the wadding and backing fabric around the edges so that you can add the 1.1/2″ strips of border fabric.

You need to measure your own quilt to be sure of the measurements, but the two strips of border fabric for the top and bottom should need to be approximately 26″ long and the two strips for the sides need to be approximately 28″ long.

Baste the edges of the border

Baste the edges of the border

Trim the excess wadding and backing fabric

Trim the excess wadding and backing fabric

Baste the edges of the border and trim the excess wadding and backing fabric.

The medallion quilt as you go pattern is now complete apart from the binding.  Although there is a bit of hand sewing involved in making a quilt using quilt as you go methods, the quilting itself is so much easier when you are only quilting small sections that I think that it makes a very simple quilt.

Here’s the video:

How to make bunting

How to make bunting

The bridal shower last week was great fun – lovely food, some wedding knowledge based games and very good company.  I had been asked to make bunting by Katy’s sister and you can see how I made the bunting here.

This weekend I am indulging myself with a trip to Birmingham to see a Horrible Histories show. I’ve heard that it’s really funny, so I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Craftsy

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  1. Dear Rose – I thought the bunting looked great fun and the basic pattern could be used for all sorts of things – like different colours for Easter and Christmas. Just a thought. I may just have a go for a small Christmas present as it will probably take me that long to make.

    This new quilt looks fun and so maybe one day?

    Have a lovely time in Birmingham. Horrible histories – sounds like the story of my life. lol.

    all best Janny.

    • Hi Janny. That’s the beauty of bunting – you can use it for any time of year and make it really personal and unique. I’m looking forward to Horrible Histories – I suspect that it might be a bit pantomimey, but then my kids are too old for me to take pantomimes any more, so I might as well indulge myself!

  2. I’ve always wanted to learn this method. Thanks so much for helping me along my quest.

  3. Hello Rosie. I might have a go at this. I have wanted to do ‘quilt as you go’ for ages, but am half scared of it. Sounds stupid, but true. Thanks for that pattern. Glad you enjoyed the bridal shower. An American import I presume, but of course it may not be. I have not heard of one before. Such a quiet life I have ;).

    • Hi Jennie. I think we are often nervous of things until we have tried them. Quilt as you go is particularly useful for a large quilt which you might otherwise have difficulty quilting on a domestic machine. It was the first bridal shower that I had been to, so I was a bit nervous but I had a great time.

  4. Monica Powell says:

    I love your bunting Rose – looks so pretty! Glad you had a good time and how exciting to have a wedding to look forward to. Enjoy the Horrible histories in Birmingham – it all sounds like so much fun.
    Monica

  5. I love quilt as you go method Rose. Thank you for the pattern. I am addicted to cutting very narrow strips and joining them together with quilt n go. Love the colours. Made a wall hanging and its very effective. Enjoy Birmingham. Never been there.

    • Hi Dianne. That sounds fascinating – and really colourful. Birmingham is lovely now – they’ve done so much work to the centre.

  6. Bea Sherrick says:

    Hello Rose; i MADE A COMMENT AND i DON’T KNOW IF IT WENT THROUGH OR NOT. I LOOK FORWARD TO FRIDAY MORNING.I WANTED TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH FUN I HAVE HAD MAKING THE WINE BAGS OUT OF MY SCRAPS. I WANTED ONE FOR MYSELF AT CHRISTMAS TIME AND FOUND I HAD GIVEN THEM ALL AWAY. HAD TO GET BUSY AND MAKE SOME MORE. HOWEVER, I AM RUNNING OUT OF SCRAPS. SOME OF THE LININGS ARE REALLY PIECED. THANKS FOR THE PATTERN. BEA

  7. Thank you Rose. Enjoy your weekend.

  8. Ann Lundie says:

    The bunting is just lovely Rose. I’d also like to give quilt as you go a try. Enjoy Horrible Histories.

  9. I may just have a go at this – and show you when you come to talk to us in Llanidloes! Shop’s in the Bull Ring are great but you need to go into Digbeth to The Fancy Silk Store, so much fabric – http://www.fancysilkstore.co.uk/

  10. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    I was just talking about this today with my cousin, she is a quilter too. I had decided to do this with the quilt I am making now. I may have to sew it in 4 sections. took on more of a challenge than I wanted to, but I will see it through. Thank you for the refresher course.
    Have a great time seeing the show Sounds like fun. Glad you had a great time at the shower, knew you would.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Sandra

  11. The medallion quilt is lovely. I love the beautiful fabrics you chose.
    Glad you enjoyed your first bridal shower. Thanks for showing us how to make a bunting. I had never seen one like it. If it’s easy, I’ll give it a try. Hard to believe that this was your first bridal shower. It would be hard for me to count all the ones I attended. Enjoy your weekend in Birmingham.

    • Hi Claire. You obviously lead a much more busy social life than I do! Actually I think that bridal showers are more common in America than they are over here. Good luck with the bunting.

      • I forgot to mention that my father had 8 brothers and 4 sisters. My mother had 3 sisters and 3 brothers so I have lots of cousins. You are correct, showers are very common here in the USA. Showers for gals and stag parties for guys. Then there are baby showers, wedding gifts, birthday gifts.. it’s non stop.

        • Goodness me, Claire – you come from an enormous family! I think that I’d have trouble remembering the names of that many people.

  12. Dear Rose – this note does not apply to this quilt but I wanted say that the material I requested has arrived via Postie Phil yesterday. It is lovely. I am so pleased with it. I am hoping to get started on the cutting out this evening. I hope they love it when I have finished it.

    The batik material goes well with the other bits (3) I have collected. They are for a more long term project.

    Hope you had an enjoyable time with ‘orrible ‘istories. Lots of laughs and oooohs and aaaahs.

    all best Janny

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