Monday, August 15, 2016

A Work In Progress: Medallion Quilt Challenge

I've blogged a couple of times about the medallion quilt challenge members of my quilt guild are working on this year, but it has been awhile so I thought I'd catch y'all up on my progress. {insert cheesy grin here} I'm so excited with the direction this quilt is going that I just have to share. Warning: photo overload ahead!
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As you may remember if you've stopped by before, we started out the year with the instruction to make a center block.
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From there, each month a new block or technique is drawn from a bag for the next instruction. The rounds to date have been drawn in the following order:
  • February - Applique
  • March - Rail Fence
  • April - Flying Geese
  • May - Wild Card (we could choose whatever we wanted to do)
  • June - Pinwheels
And since I'm behind and trying to catch up, the next two rounds that have been drawn are:
  • July - 4-patch
  • August - Piano Keys
I've tried to challenge myself each round. For our center square, I made a paper pieced star from the book "50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars" by Carol Doak. I've done a little paper piecing, but not much, so I enjoyed taking on a larger project. As for applique, I enlarged the flowers in one of the pieces of fabric in the Antique Fair collection by Blackbird Designs that I'm using and used that for my applique.
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For the rail fence, I found a ribbon border that used the rail fence block to create it, which was a challenge to figure out the math to make it fit. I shared a tutorial on how to make the Rail Fence Ribbon Border here.
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Then I decided to place my center on point and make the setting triangles with the flying geese blocks. Talk about a math challenge! I ended up taking the corners off after this picture and trimming them up a little to take out some of the waviness.
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Luckily, the wild card was drawn next which allowed me to cut odd width strips to make my square a size divisible by 4 so that my next round of 4" pinwheels fit. To dress up that plain border, I added prairie points.
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And, for those pinwheels, I found a 3-D pinwheel pattern for a little variation from the standard pinwheel.
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I'm anxious to finish up the pinwheel border and move to the 4-patch & piano key borders because I've got something planned that I think will really set this quilt off. Can't wait to share more pictures at that point so you'll have to keep checking back! {wink, wink}

Our quilt guild is starting to talk about what next year's challenge will be. Do you belong to a guild? Do you have challenges? Please share your favorite quilt challenges for ideas!



  1. It's looking great, Sharla, and I look forward to seeing how it continues to grow. You definitely have my interest with your tease of ideas for the next two borders. :)

  2. What a wonderful quilt this is going to be. Each round in itself is a challenge!
    Thanks for sharing.


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