Medallion Quilt “Tied Together”


The highest  form of wisdom is kindness”  The Talmud

I am assuming that most of you that are visiting came from the McCall’s blog so  I decided to share another one of my medallion quilts. This one was in “American Patchwork and Quilting” on page 34 in the August 2014 issue.

When I start a new medallion quilt I begin by playing with the center.  I have no idea what the end result will be.  This quilt started with leftover blocks from trades and other projects.


In the picture below you can see me playing on my design wall.  There are blocks that I thought I might use but didn’t seem to work.  I was considering a red border but if you look at the finished quilt you will see this didn’t happen.


In the center I used split nine-patch blocks leftover from a trade,


extra blocks from a Triangulation class taught by Sharon Craig 20 years ago,


rail blocks from a trade and


blocks I made to turn the corners.


Once the center was sewn together I pulled out my bag of half-square triangle units.  If you look the finished quilt and then the photo of the design wall you will see that the rows of triangle units are facing different directions.  I had decided to go with the design wall version but I carefully and accurately sewed on a row of triangle units.  They were turned the opposite way from what I had planned.  You can see that I decided not to unseen the row.  LOL

I have a box of 2 1/2″ strips that came in handy for the pieced strip borders.  I don’t cut my stash into certain size pieces but if the fabric is pressed on the cutting mat with a clean edge and there is less than say 5″ left I will cut 1 1/2″, 2″ and 2 1/2″ strips.

Happy Quilting!!!