Medallion Quilt Along


Back in the beginning of the year, one of our guild members suggested doing a medallion quilt along with our guild. She had recently been inspired by the book, “The Modern Medallion Workbook” and felt it could be a fun group activity. The board was excited to try something new and jumped on board. With our fearless member leading the charge, we kicked the medallion quilt along off in June. We’ll be sharing our center blocks at our upcoming meeting in September, and I can’t wait to see what everyone is doing!

If you want to join us, it’s not too late! Below is more information, as provided by the quilt along leader, Sue.

First, let’s start with the general overview:

This quilt project is intended to stretch your creativity and design skills, while working within a framework and with some structure. While sizes and dimensions are given, you have the opportunity to change any or all pieces of this project. You may use any size at any time and your own quilt can be whatever size you decide. However, dimensions are given to give a base or framework to start from, or if you do not want to think too much. 

Curiosity piqued?! Here’s a bit more:

We will start with a center medalion block and add borders each month. The completed size of the project as planned is approximately 52”x52”. The amount of fabric to buy is difficult to estimate, as it depends on whether you use multiple background fabrics, many pieced blocks, or not. The best suggestion might be to select fabrics that are readily available to repurchase in the future or be willing to use additional similar fabrics as the project progresses. Also, keeping up each month may allow fabric to stay on the store shelf during the project timeline.

And now, a general schedule:

Month 1: We will make a center block that measures 12.5” x 12.5” (or will finish at 12” x 12”). This block should make a statement, and use colors that you would like to repeat throughout your quilt top. It can be set on point if you like, but will need setting triangles to make it fit properly into the center of your quilt.

Month 2: In this month, we will add narrow borders for a total of six inches on all sides. These may be solid or pieced, totally pieced, or partially pieced and partially solid. You may use one fabric for a border, or many. We will make 3 borders that will finish at 2” each. One idea is to make the first solid, the second pieced, and the third solid again. You may miter your corners, use cornerstones, or do whatever you like. Or you can divide the total 6” border into 2 parts instead. Or you could make a 1 “, 4” and 1” borders if you prefer. Creativity is encouraged.

Month 3: This month we will make 2 borders. The first will finish at 4” and the next at 2”. You will probably want to add pieced blocks to the 4” border – either make the border of all pieced blocks or some pieced and some solid. The 2” border can be solid or use a variety of fabrics. Or you could just add one 6” border. You get the idea.

Month 4: This month we will make 1 border that finishes at 4”. Again, you will probably want to include at least some pieced blocks. Cornerstones, assymetry, randomness are all possibilities.

Month 5: This is the final opportunity to be creative. We will make another 4” border with piecing or not, just like we have been doing all along.

Month 6 and beyond: Quilitng, binding, and showing.

Our final reveal will be at our February meeting… it’s going to be a fun one!

In June, we officially kicked off the quilt along, and provided members with the following instructions:

Month 1 — June:

  • Choose a theme if desired

  • Choose a color palette

  • Select at least some fabrics

  • Make your central medallion block.

The central medallion block is suggested to finish at 12” x 12”. However it can be really any size. It does not have to be square, it can be a different size, it can be set on point with setting triangles.

Use any resources you like to choose your center. It can be a modern block, a traditional block, a traditional block made wonky or modern. It can be pieced, appliqued or even a fabulous piece of fabric that you can't bear to cut up. Maybe you have an orphan block that you love but never used in a project – you can work with it to make it fit into your plan.

The center of the medallion is important in that it sets the tone for the rest of the quilt. It should make a statement about your quilt and the fabric/color choices you will use in the rest of the quilt. If you do not want a square quilt at the end, you can address that here and make your medallion a rectangle, or change things later. You could use a circle for the medallion, and use curved piecing to fit it into the quilt.

The point is, use your imagination to make something unique and cool. Have fun and be creative!

We will be sharing our progress here as we go! We hope you will follow along with us as we quilt along!