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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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:
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.