Starbright Medallion Quilt Pattern

Starbright medallion quilt

Starbright medallion quilt

The Starbright Medallion quilt uses the starbright quilt block for the central medallion, surrounded by three different borders.  In case you hadn’t come across the term before, a medallion quilt is simply one that is built up with frames around the centrepiece (the medallion) so you are working from the middle outwards rather than sewing blocks together in rows, which is more common.

The quilt measures 48″ square and I have used 1/2 yard of red fabric with 1 yard each of blue, turquoise and white fabrics.  You can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.

Cutting requirements for the starbright medallion quilt

Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

3.1/2″ squares:  sixteen white, eight blue

3.7/8″ squares:  four each in turquoise and white, four each in blue and turquoise, twelve each in blue and white

2.1/2″ squares:  ninety six turquoise, twenty four red

2.7/8″ squares:  forty eight red, forty eight turquoise

For border 1 you will need four 3.1/2″ white strips cut across the width of fabric

For border 3 you will need five 3.1/2″ blue strips cut across the width of fabric

Making block 1 for the starbright quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units in the colour combinations listed above.  Place two squares with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ square either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.  These are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Press the seam allowances towards the darker fabric and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out.

The medallion area is most easy to make in four quarters.  For this you will need to make two each of two different but similar blocks.

First block for the medallion

First block for the medallion

Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows of four.  There are three white squares in the top right hand corner.  One diagonal is made with white, blue, white, blue squares.  The rest of the block is half square triangles.  These are always placed so that the white triangles are together, forming larger white triangles pointing away from the edge.  Look for the larger shapes:  two triangles together forming a stripe of either blue or turquoise, two rosebud shapes formed with a blue square and two blue triangles.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the block.  You need to make two of this block.

Layout for second block

Layout for second block

Making block 2 for the starbright block

This block uses exactly the same pieces as the block above, but just arranged differently to form a mirror image of the first block.  This time the three white squares are on the top left hand side of the block and the diagonal of squares runs from top left to bottom right.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make two of this block.

Assembling the medallion

Layout for the medallion

Layout for the medallion

Arrange the four blocks in two pairs.  Place block one in the top right and bottom left with block 2 in the top left and bottom right.  Rotate the blocks so that the three white squares are always in the corner of the medallion, with the blue squares nearest the middle.

Sew the blocks together in pairs and then sew the pairs to each other to complete the starbright quilt block.  You’ve probably noticed that this is very similar to the Carpenters Wheel quilt block – there are quite a number of blocks with very similar layouts to this.

At this stage the medallion should measure 24.1/2″ square.

Add the first border

Add the first border

First border

For the first border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of white fabric.  You will need two lengths of 24.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 30.1/2″ for the sides.  I wanted to have this white border to ensure that the central area stood out and didn’t blend into the borders.

Second border

For the second border I have used a simple star design.

Make half square triangles as above with all the 2.7/8″ squares.

Star block layout

Star block layout

Lay the patchwork pieces out in three rows of three.  There’s a 2.1/2″ red square in the middle and a turquoise square in each corner.  Check the photo to see which way to place the half square triangles to get the star shape.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make twenty four of this block.

Add the second border

Add the second border

Sew the stars together in two strips of five stars and two strips of seven stars.

Sew the five star strips to the top and bottom of the quilt and sew the seven star strips to the sides.

Add the third border

Add the third border

Starbright medallion quilt – third border

For the third border I have used 3.1/2″ strips of the blue fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 42.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the starbright medallion quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.

Here’s the video:

Statue of Liberty, New York

Statue of Liberty, New York

Last week I promised you some images from my American holiday and my niece’s wedding.  You can find them here – or click on the photo.

Now if I could just persuade my body to work to UK sleep patterns rather than American ones …….

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  1. Wow this is stunning! I’m amazed by how you manage to produce such a variety of patterns, which never fail to surprise and delight. This one is up there with my top likes. Oh and for the jet lag, if it is still giving you problems, try taking Nytol for a few days.

    • Thanks, June. I’m over my jetlag now, but I’ll remember that for the future. I had to laugh – the predictive text on my tablet gave me kevlar for jetlag!

  2. Hi Rose, Love your website and all the beautiful quilt ideas. I have a travel question for you. If I were going to plan a trip to London and Bath, what time of year would you suggest. I don’t like traveling in the heat, so summer is out for me. Would like to hear your opinion. Thanks so much, Estelle from Marblehead, MA USA

    • Hi Estelle. How lovely to be planning a trip to the UK. I personally love the spring, so I would say April, May, June, but our weather is very unpredictable so you might end up with lots of rain – but then I suppose that could happen at any time of the year. Enjoy!

  3. I enjoy receiving your latest quilt block pattern and your colour combinations. So many things I want to do, never seems enough hours in a day. Glad your holiday to California was enjoyable, you had me thinking of a bit of t.v. News I heard recently. The population of California is larger than the population of all of Canada , hard to believe , but they say it’s so. We live in western Canada and are making a trip to the east coast of Canada Newfoundland in a few weeks to visit family, with various layovers and time changes a good 9 plus hours, but it’s always good to go home. But thank you for giving us quilters the benefit of your talents and experience, I for one truly appreciate it. Thank you Lou

    • Thanks, Lou. That’s interesting about the populations of Canada and California. I hope you have a great time on your visit to the east coast.

  4. Hi Rose Love seeing your quilts, although still new at quilting your ideas give me inspiration to keep trying…also love your travel photo’s….this trip to US was wonderful to share in. Living in Aust. although born in London, makes me want to travel again…last big trip was to the beautiful islands in Palawan – Philippines. My last trip home was about 5 years ago. I think its time to plan another.. Cornwall or North Yorkshire moors…the list goes on. Carole.

    • Hi Carole. I’ve never been to the Philippines – they always sound amazing. I love travelling and visiting new places – yes, the list definitely does go on.

  5. I loved the quilt block. California is a nice state to visit. Glad you had a nice holiday.

  6. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great quilt. Your blue looks like purple on my computer,so it especially looks great.
    Love the pattern. Already thinking about starting one maybe tomorrow.
    Glad you had a great visit to NY, and saw so many things more than myself and I live here in USA. Your niece did look like a princess, Glad you had a fun trip. Keep busy and you will get tired enough and your body will have to give in and put you back on your on time schedule.
    Have a great weekend And Happy Quilting.

    • Hi Sandra. That’s wishful thinking, isn’t it – seeing purple in everything! You’ll find the quilt goes together quite quickly. I might try and layer and quilt mine this weekend – that should keep me busy.

  7. Rose , thank you for a beautiful pattern. I enjoyed your photos.
    New York is a fascinating place. There is always something to see.
    The jetlag is a pain but your body clock should soon be back to normal.

  8. Love this! Glad you had a nice visit to Caifornia, Rose – hope the smoke/fires didn’t ruin your good time. I’ve heard it said that we have four seasons here: Fire, Wind, Flood & Earthquake!

    • Thanks, Annie. It’s funny, because I think of California as being permanent sunshine, in spite of all the natural disasters. We were lucky enough not to be affected by the fires. As we drove up the West coast we passed evidence of fires but didn’t come anywhere near a live fire.

  9. Lovely pattern – and you make it so easy to follow. Thank you!

  10. Mignol Gregory says:

    Hi Rose love the new block and I no exactly what you are going through with jetlag I suffer when I visit my sister in Canada what I used to do is try and stay awake when sleep taking hold of me

    • Hi Mignol. I’ve tried doing that – I go out for a walk or something. How can my body be so stupid that it doesn’t know where I am!

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